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There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man, and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone is great television in the new Season 2 collection, completely remastered on Blu-ray or DVD from Image Entertainment.
The four-disc set contains 29, 25-minute episodes (more than 12 hours) that analyze man’s affinity to that which is strange and mesmerizing, even though it at times may be dangerous.
The discs provide commentary from film greats Donna Douglas, Don Rickles, William Idelson, Cliff Robertson, Dennis Weaver and others.
In A Thing About Machines, a reclusive society page writer is upset because his television needs weekly repairs and his secretary won’t bow to his every wish. In a strange twist, the machines in his home turn on home, including the television, electric razor, typewriter and clock. The madness eventually causes him to run out of the home, only to be chased by his luxury automobile. He ends up at the bottom of the nearby lagoon, as police speculate what could have driven this obstinate man into such a frenzied state.
In The Man in the Bottle, an older couple are near bankruptcy because their curio shop isn’t making much of a profit. To hurt matters even more, the husband continues to loan money out to his customers, as opposed to taking much money in. One evening a woman comes in with a unique glass bottle that she claims in an heirloom, only to admit after he gives her his last dollar that it’s just a piece of junk. Afterward he accidentally breaks the bottle, right before he is visited by a neatly dressed gentlemen who proposes to give him four wishes, but he warns him to be careful what he asks for. As he and his wife ponder and realize the four wishes, which include a dark ride as Adolf Hitler, only bad luck results, with the final destination being exactly where they started out.
In The Rip Van Winkle Caper, thieves put themselves into suspended animation for 100 years after hiding a million dollars worth of gold bars. But even in the future, wealth is still far out of reach for two greedy crooks.
The Twilight Zone is available November 16 on Blu-ray and DVD and filled with suspense, horror, fantasy and sci-fi, which will keep your eyes glued to the television. It’s splendid in sharp, pristine high definition! For more information, visit www.image-entertainment.com
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.
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