Wednesday, August 4, 2010

TZ Newsflash: Twilight Zone season 2 blu-ray announced!

The blu-ray release of The Twilight Zone's first season hasn't even happened yet yet (next month.... impatiently he taps his fingers against the desk...), and Image Entertainment has already announced the blu-ray release of season two!

Here's the scoop from

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 will be available on Blu-ray November 16th. Coming on 4 discs running approximately 749 minutes, the episodes will be presented with new 1080p high-definition transfers created from the original camera negatives, but retaining their original as-broadcast 1.33:1 "full screen" video format. Audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks, will be presented in the original as-broadcast English Mono sound format, but as uncompressed PCM audio for optimal clarify and quality. English subtitles are included.

As with the first season's Blu release, the BD version of The Twilight Zone - Season 2 will include bonus material previously available on Image's DVD version, plus new extras just for this high-def release. Among the new special features you'll get Part 2 of the vintage (1978) audio interview with Director of Photography George T. Clemens. There's also an audio interview with Makeup Artist/ Designer William Tuttle (who was involved with several key Twilight Zone episodes, such as the second season's "Eye of the Beholder" and "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?", and classics from later seasons including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet " and "The Masks").

Another intriguing new extra is a bonus episode of the TV series Suspense, from that show's fifth season. Penned by Rod Serling, the 1953 episode "Nightmare at Ground Zero" tells the story of an artist who is stressed in both his work and his personal life, and is hurrying to meet a 4:00 AM deadline for his contract with the military, in which he must provide mannequins that represent people to the target house at the Nevada Proving Grounds. The episode starred O.Z. Whitehead, Louise Larabee and Calvin Thomas, and also appearing in it was Pat Hingle ("Commissioner Gordon" in 1989's Batman and sequels). The episode was executive produced by William Dozier, the creator/producer/announcer for TV's Batman and Green Hornet programs in the '60s, and it was directed by Robert Mulligan (who was nominated for an Oscar for his direction of 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck). This episode of Suspense is available on DVD elsewhere, but we're sure that Twilight Zone fans will be glad to have it as part of this collection!
Salivating? Why yes, as a matter of fact, I am.


oceanave said...

hehe, your "salivating" comment says that you are really a diehard fan....much more of a fan than I am. I did TZ stuff nonstop for like 4 years, and off and on for like 6 more. And part of what I did appears on the DVDs you're speaking of. But do I care that much about it? No. I won't even buy these DVDs until all 5 seasons are out and probably well after that, as I don't even have a bluray player! :-)

Craig Beam said...

You'll almost certainly save some money waiting. I bought each of the Definitive Edition DVDs as they were released, and I paid quite a bit for 'em. Each season can now be found for $25 or less. Patience clearly pays... wish I had some!

oceanave said...

now they can be found for about $50, not just $25 less! But I think most people are buying those 'The Complete Definitive Collections' now - 5 seasons for $129.99? Can't beat that....well, but now they're on bluray so the Definitives are now the dead, dead past!