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Night Gallery: Season Two

Night Gallery: Season Two

Prepare for the unexpected as Season Two of Night Gallery comes to DVD! This 5-disc DVD set contains 61 stories, created and hosted by the master of mystery: The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. With guest performances by Hollywood legends that reads

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  1. Scott M. Skelton says:

    Review by Scott M. Skelton for Night Gallery: Season Two
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    For most fans of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery,” season two is when the show really hit its stride with its kaleidoscopic mix of thoughtful Serling originals (“Class of ’99,” “Dr. Stringfellow’s Rejuvenator,” “The Messiah on Mott Street,” “Lindemann’s Catch,” “Deliveries in the Rear”) and vivid adaptations of classic horror fiction by Serling and others (“The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes,” “A Fear of Spiders,” “Silent Snow, Secret Snow,” “A Question of Fear,” “Pickman’s Model,” “Cool Air,” “Camera Obscura,” “Green Fingers,” “I’ll Never Leave You–Ever,” “The Sins of the Fathers,” “The Caterpillar,” and many more). Most of the series’ best-remembered story segments are here in their original, uncut broadcast form; so are the critically reviled comic blackouts, which left a bad taste in the mouths of some and caused others to reject the series altogether. (On the plus side, they’re fairly brief and generally restricted to the first half of the season. Those so inclined may, through the magic of DVD technology, skip over the offending vignettes.)

    Universal has included some generous bonus features, including a 30-minute documentary, a menu of Tom Wright’s superb paintings for the show (with commentary by the artist), and six episode commentaries: three by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”), throwing light on the series’ influence, and three by Scott Skelton (me) and Jim Benson (co-authors of the series companion “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour”), offering cultural and historical context and a general appreciation of the show. For the true believers (and lovers of the macabre), this release is a godsend.

  2. Schuyler V. Johnson says:

    Review by Schuyler V. Johnson for Night Gallery: Season Two
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    This season, is, IMO, the best of Night Gallery.

    Virtually all of my favorite episodes reside in this collection, beginning with

    The Academy,that is absolutely chilling and you find yourself shifting around in your chair wanting to be far away from it…the recalitrant son of the businessman who is having the guided tour, in hopes of improving his son’s outlook, is in for a very different education.

    I enjoyed The Diary primarily to watch the excellent performance by Patty Duke, reminiscent of her Neely O’Hara role in Valley of the Dolls. She does a great interpretation of a female you would never want to meet.

    Camera Obscura is my number on all time favorite episode ever; Ross Martin and Rene Auberjenois are fabulous in their respective roles and the story is wonderful, Ross Martin is a collector par excellence and when he tries and fails to reform Auberjonois’s greed in his zeal to collect his debts (by use of practices which can only be described as usury) from an impoverished friend of Martin’s, Martin shows Auberjonois one last item in his collection: A camera obscura.

    And last but not least of my favorites, The Caterpillar, starring Laurence Harvey and Joanna Pettit, when Harvey is so bedazzled by her beauty he schemes to get possession of her by any means available.

    These shows represent the best of the best, and each one is a brilliant stand alone study of human (and sometimes inhuman) nature in all its forms. When I saw these episodes when they first came out, I was absolutely enthralled; I never missed a show and watched them every time they were on like it was the first time; never dreaming that someday they would all be available to watch as often as I wished in my own home. What a treat!!!

    Season 2, Episode 1: The Boy who Predicted Earthquakes

    Original Air Date: 15 September 1971

    A young boy who can accurately foresee future events becomes a TV star.

    Season 2, Episode 2: Miss Lovecraft Sent Me

    Original Air Date: 15 September 1971

    Sent from an agency for an overnight stay, a babysitter begins to think something is wrong when the father’s reflection doesn’t appear in a mirror and his unseen son sounds a lot like a wild dog.

    Season 2, Episode 3: The Hand of Borgus Weems

    Original Air Date: 15 September 1971

    A man’s hand is possessed and starts to exact revenge for the death of it’s owner.

    Season 2, Episode 4: Phantom of What Opera?

    Original Air Date: 15 September 1971

    Season 2, Episode 5: A Death in the Family

    Original Air Date: 22 September 1971

    Petty thief Doran is on the run from the law and hides out at the funeral home run by Mr. Jared Soames, an undertaker who has an unusual method of dealing with the loneliness in his life.

    Season 2, Episode 6: The Merciful

    Original Air Date: 22 September 1971

    In this brief twist on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”, a marital partner is cemented inside a small cubicle as part of a mercy killing.

    Season 2, Episode 7: Class of ’99

    Original Air Date: 22 September 1971

    The final is given at an unknown university that reveals more than just the knowledge of its students.

    Season 2, Episode 8: Witches Feast

    Original Air Date: ????

    Season 2, Episode 9: Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay

    Original Air Date: 29 September 1971

    College professor Craig Lowell and his wife have recently opened their home to her aunt Ada Burn Quigley, but he suspects that she is not the sweet little old lady she appears to be.

    Season 2, Episode 10: With Apologies to Mr. Hyde

    Original Air Date: 29 September 1971

    Doctor Jeckyl takes his potion with some unusual results.

    Season 2, Episode 11: The Flip Side of Satan

    Original Air Date: 29 September 1971

    A callous disc jockey finds himself spinning platters at a hellish radio station.

    Season 2, Episode 12: A Fear of Spiders

    Original Air Date: 6 October 1971

    Arachnophobic gourmet critic Justus Walters has no use for the clingy librarian who lives upstairs, until he discovers a tenacious spider in his kitchen sink and needs help to get rid of it.

    Season 2, Episode 13: Junior

    Original Air Date: 6 October 1971

    A “black-out” vignette dealing with parents who have to decide which one gets out of bed in the middle of the night to feed their son.

    Season 2, Episode 14: Marmalade Wine

    Original Air Date: 6 October 1971

    Roger Blacker gets caught in a cloudburst, is welcomed into the home of retired surgeon Dr. Francis Deeking, drinks excessively, and lies about his photographic achievements.

    Season 2, Episode 15: The Academy

    Original Air Date: 6 October 1971

    A wealthy businessman is having trouble with his son, a delinquent who’s constantly in trouble. He hears of a private school that specializes in “problem” children, and pays it a visit to determine if it’s the kind of place that will straighten out his son.

    Season 2, Episode 16: The Phantom Farmhouse

    Original Air Date: 20 October 1971

    Psychiatrist Joel Winter is questioned by the local sheriff when one of his patients is savagely murdered in the forest near the sanitarium where Winter is on staff.

    Season 2, Episode 17: Silent Snow, Secret Snow

    Original Air Date: 20 October 1971

    Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hasleman are concerned when their young son Paul escapes from reality into a fantasy world full of snowy landscapes.

    Season 2, Episode 18: A Question of Fear

    Original Air Date: 27 October 1971

    A mercenary is bet $15,000 that he cannot stay one night in a haunted house, a house that turned his companion’s hair white in one night.

    Season 2, Episode 19: The Devil Is Not Mocked

    Original Air Date: 27 October 1971

    The Nazi’s plan to bring everyone under their domination throughout the Balkans during the early days of World War II including the master of a dark castle and his entire household.

    Season 2, Episode 20: Midnight Never Ends

    Original Air Date: 3 November 1971

    A hitch-hiking Marine feels he has met the woman who picks him up before.

    Season 2, Episode 21: Brenda

    Original Air Date: 3 November 1971

    A girl vacationing on an island comes across a creature that she befriends.

    Season 2, Episode 22: The Diary

    Original Air Date: 10 November 1971

    A gossip columnist gets a gift of a diary in which the next day’s events are described before they happen.

    Season 2, Episode 23: A Matter of Semantics

    Original Air Date: 10 November 1971

    Dracula visits a blood bank with an unusual request.

    Season 2, Episode 24: Big Surprise

    Original Air Date: 10 November 1971

    Mr. Hawkins is an elderly hermit feared by the children in the neighborhood. When three boys reluctantly pass his farmhouse on the way home from school, he offers them a big surprise if they visit nearby Miller’s Field and do some digging.

    Season 2, Episode 25: Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture

    Original Air Date: 10 November 1971

    During one of his classroom lectures, college professor Peabody makes the mistake of dismissing pagan religious cults as childish superstitions.

    Season 2, Episode 26: House – with Ghost

    Original Air Date: 17 November 1971

    In England an American with a nagging wife rents a house that comes with a stairwell ghost.

    Season 2, Episode 27: A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank

    Original Air Date: 17 November 1971

    A hungry vampire goes in search of a nocturnal nosh in a young woman’s bedchamber.

    Season 2, Episode 28: Dr. Stringfellow’s Rejuvenator

    Original Air Date: 17 November 1971

    In the American desert circa 1880, “Doctor” Ernest Stringfellow survives by selling snake oil in the form of a medicinal tonic with dubious healing powers.

    Season 2, Episode 29: Hell’s Bells

    Original Air Date: 17 November 1971

    A hippie dies in an automobile accident and finds himself in hell. He wonders just how bad eternity in hell can be.

    Season 2, Episode 30: The Dark Boy

    Original Air Date: 24 November 1971

    In 19th-century Montana, recently-widowed schoolteacher Judith Timm is visited by the specter of Joel Robb, a fourth grader who died two years earlier.

    Season 2, Episode 31: Keep in Touch – We’ll Think of Something

    Original Air Date: 24 November 1971

    Wealthy young housewife Claire Foster is a dead ringer for the attractive hitchhiker who pistol-whipped musician Erik Sutton and stole his car. But she steadfastly proclaims her innocence to him and to the police.

    Season 2, Episode 32: Pickman’s Model

    Original Air Date: 1 December 1971

    In 1890′s Boston, art student Mavis Goldsmith has a desperate crush on her teacher Richard Upton Pickman and tries to learn why he is obsessed with painting rat-like ghouls. One night, she follows him home to learn more.

    Season 2, Episode 33: The Dear Departed

    Original Air Date: 1 December 1971

    Con artist Mark Bennett and his bumbling accomplice Joe Casey run a successful spiritualist scam, until Mark falls for Joe’s wife Angela.

    Season 2, Episode 34: An Act of Chivalry

    Original Air Date: 1 December 1971

    When a woman enters an elevator, a ghoul is asked to remove his hat.

    Season 2, Episode 35: Cool Air

    Original Air Date: 8 December 1971

    A Gothic love story about a woman and a man who lives in a refrigerated apartment.

    Season 2, Episode 36: Camera Obscura

    Original Air Date: 8 December 1971

    A miserly banker finds himself trapped after viewing his client’s strange optical device.

    Season 2, Episode 37: Quoth the Raven

    Original Air Date: 8 December 1971

    Edgar Allen Poe can’t even get the first line down on paper.

    Season 2, Episode 38: The Messiah on Mott Street

    Original Air Date: 15 December 1971

    When his grandfather is ailing, a nine-year-old Jewish buy runs out looking for the Messiah. His grandfather said that he will appear big and black against the sky striking down their enemies. When he gets into trouble and is saved by a black man, he brings him home to his grandfather announcing that he had found him.

    Season 2, Episode 39: The Painted Mirror

    Original Air Date: 15 December 1971

    Removing the paint from the glass of an antique mirror, an aged shop owner sees an alien landscape that is used in a plot to rid himself of his unwanted partner.

    Season 2, Episode 40: The Different Ones

    Original Air Date: 29 December 1971

    In the 21st century, suburban widower Paul Koch is desperate to find a solution to his 17-year-old son Victor’s facial deformity, but none seem to exist – on this planet.

    Season 2, Episode 41: Tell David…

    Original Air Date: 29 December 1971

    Lost and asking for directions a woman gets a warning and possible glimpse into her own future.

    Season 2, Episode 42: Logoda’s Heads

    Original Air Date: 29 December 1971

    A man scours the African jungle for his missing brother and finds Logoda, a witch doctor whose “trophy room” contains the shrunken heads of defeated enemies.

    Season 2, Episode 43: Green Fingers

    Original Air Date: 5 January 1972

    In the days before the Supreme Court’s Kelo v. City of New London decision extending eminent domain rights to private business development, the owner of a construction company must resort to nefarious means to acquire the home of a little old lady in order to build a factory.

    Season 2, Episode 44: The Funeral

    Original Air Date: 5 January 1972

    Greedy funeral director Morton Silkline balks at having to arrange a belated funeral for distinguished client Ludwig Asper, but Mr. Asper proves to be very convincing…

    Season 2, Episode 45: The Tune in Dan’s Cafe

    Original Air Date: 5 January 1972

    Season 2, Episode 46: Lindemann’s Catch

    Original Air Date: 12 January 1972

    A fisherman who catches a mermaid longs to keep her, but wishes for her to be a real woman.

    Season 2, Episode 47: A Feast of Blood

    Original Air Date: 12 January 1972

    Vain young beauty Sheila Gray is repulsed by Henry Mallory, the unattractive man who wants to marry her. But he’s given her a gift – an unusual fur brooch that will not fall off Sheila’s coat, no matter how much it is shaken.

    Season 2, Episode 48: The Late Mr. Peddington

    Original Air Date: 12 January 1972

    A woman who is provided very little means from her husband’s estate is shopping for the cheapest funeral she can find.

    Season 2, Episode 49: The Miracle at Camafeo

    Original Air Date: 19 January 1972

    Instead of spending his insurance settlement on a medical solution to his paralyzed legs, he visits a Mexican Shrine and looks for a miracle.

    Season 2, Episode 50: The Ghost of Sorworth Place

    Original Air Date: 19 January 1972

    Wandering through Scotland, American drifter Ralph Burke is instantly smitten with Ann Loring, a beautiful widow whose home Sorworth Place is haunted by a ghost.

    Season 2, Episode 51: The Waiting Room

    Original Air Date: 26 January 1972

    The sins of unsavory gunfighter Samuel Dichter follow him into the afterlife.

    Season 2, Episode 52: Last Rites for a Dead Druid

    Original Air Date: 26 January 1972

    Attorney Bruce Tarraday suffers nightmares after his wife Jennie visits an antique store and makes an impulse purchase of a life-size druid sorcerer statue that she claims resembles him.

    Season 2, Episode 53: Deliveries in the Rear

    Original Air Date: 9 February 1972

    In 19th century New England, callous surgery instructor Dr. John Fletcher is unconcerned about where the local grave robbers obtain the dissection cadavers that they sell to him for his classroom lectures.

    Season 2, Episode 54: Stop Killing Me

    Original Air Date: 9 February 1972

    Middle-aged housewife Frances Turchin confides in police sergeant Stanley Bevelow that her husband is trying to murder her.

    Season 2, Episode 55: Dead Weight

    Original Air Date: 9 February 1972

    A bank robber desperate to leave the country doubts the credentials of Mr. Bullivant, an aging exporter with a reputation for complete customer satisfaction.

    Season 2, Episode 56: I’ll Never Leave You – Ever

    Original Air Date: 16 February 1972

    An adulteress tries to destroy her terminally ill husband Owen with the help of a local crone skilled in the black arts.

    Season 2, Episode 57: There Aren’t Any More MacBanes

    Original Air Date: 16 February 1972

    Arthur Porter is fed up with wasting his money supporting his eccentric nephew Andrew MacBane and threatens to cut him off, so Andrew turns to the occult to solve the problem.

    Season 2, Episode 58: You Can’t Get Help Like That Anymore

    Original Air Date: 23 February 1972

    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fulton delight in the sadistic torture of their servants, but they may have met their match when a new robot maid, known as Model # 931, shows up at their home.

    Season 2, Episode 59: The Sins of the Fathers

    Original Air Date: 23 February 1972

    Famine runs rampant in 19th century Wales, requiring terrified young Ian Evans to feast on the sins of deceased Mr. Craighill in order to feed himself and his parents.

    Season 2, Episode 60: The Caterpillar

    Original Air Date: 1 March 1972

    A unscrupulous man who wants the beautiful wife of another colleague pays to have an “earwig” placed in the husband’s ear. This insect will will tunnel through the victim’s brain causing excruciating pain and certain death. His accomplice enters the wrong bedroom and places the insect in his employer’s ear. After weeks of pain he miraculously survives, but his doctor tells him that his ordeal is not yet over.

    Season 2, Episode 61: Little Girl Lost

    Original Air Date: 1 March 1972

    The government plays up to a genius’ illusion that his dead daughter still lives so that he can finish his energy experiments even though his mind is still clouded.

    Season 2, Episode 62: Satisfaction Guaranteed

    Original Air Date: 22 September 1971

    An employment service has a difficult time fulfilling a customer’s request for staff.

  3. calvinnme says:

    Review by calvinnme for Night Gallery: Season Two
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    Season Two of “Night Gallery” had some of its best episodes. I have seen these episodes in syndication a great deal – they have held up very well over time. However, even if I hadn’t seen them in 37 years there are some episodes that I would still remember. In particular there is the excellent “The Caterpillar” with Lawrence Harvey as a man who covets another man’s wife and decides to do away with the husband in a way untraceable by the authorities. An earwick – a small caterpillar native to the tropical area – left on the pillow of the man that will burrow through his brain. The question is – do you trust a total stranger to put the earwick on the right pillow? “A Question of Fear” has a pre-Airplane Leslie Nielsen playing a mercenary who accepts a bet to stay in a haunted house overnight. However, his host has a past grievance. “Tell David” has a young woman, unhappy with her life and feeling that her husband is being unfaithful, meeting her son decades in the future when she takes a long drive. She is both reassured and resigned to her own fate by what she learns. In “He ll’s Bells” John Astin plays someone who recently died. He recalls paintings of Hades while waiting for his final judgement, and thinks that the afterlife down under will be quite exciting. The episode suggests that perhaps He ll is in the eye of the beholder. The following are the details on the extra features:

    Disc 1:

    Podcast Commentary: “A Fear of Spiders” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “Junior” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “Marmalade Wine” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “The Academy” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Audio Commentary: “The Phantom Farmhouse” wtih Guillermo Del Toro

    Audio Commentary: “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” wtih Guillermo Del Toro

    Disc 2:

    No extras for this disc were listed by the studio in their announcement

    Disc 3:

    Podcast Commentary: “Cool Air” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “Camera Obscura” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “Quoth the Raven” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Audio Commentary: “The Messi ah on Mott Street” wtih Guillermo Del Toro

    Audio Commentary: “The Painted Mirror” wtih Guillermo Del Toro

    Disc 4:

    Podcast Commentary: “Lindemann’s Catch” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “The Late Mr. Peddington” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Podcast Commentary: “A Feast of Blood” with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

    Disc 5:

    Revisiting the Gallery: A Look Back

    Art Gallery: The Paintings in “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery”

    NBC TV Promos

    Audio Commentary: “The Caterpillar” with Guillermo Del Toro

    Audio Commentary: “Little Girl Lost” with Guillermo Del Toro

  4. Garlic Chicken says:

    Review by Garlic Chicken for Night Gallery: Season Two
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    Growing up in the 70′s, I always had a fascination with Night Gallery. And some of my favorite episode segments, like “The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes”, “The Dear Departed”, “Lindmann’s Catch” are on this set.

    If one had to pick a season to see what NG was all about, Season Two, on this set is the best. Unlike the Season One set, this one has recent interviews from cast members.

    I also like the section that displays Season Two’s paintings.

    This is the Gallery Set that fans of the show waited a long time for.

  5. Kenneth M. Pizzi says:

    Review by Kenneth M. Pizzi for Night Gallery: Season Two
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    Night Gallery fans will rejoice with the second season release of this popular anthology series.

    Thanks to Universal’s collaboration with “Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour” authors Jim Benson and Scott Skelton provide several commentaries on a number of key episodes. One wishes they were contracted for the first season’s collection of DVDs were released. Their keen insight into the various installments are most welcome as they explain not just the obvious, but many of the interesting backstories to the individual episodes.

    One interesting observation that the authors made was that the reason why Night Gallery attracted such outstanding acting talent was primarily based on the strength of the scripts, the short shooting schedule (a week at the most; sometimes less than 3 days–Stuart Whitman recalled learning his lines for “Lindemann’s Catch” the night before!) and the limited theatrical-feel to the sets and the surroundings during filming. Whatever the reason, prepare yourself for eighteen hours of pleasurable television viewing, not seen in a similar format and theme until “Roald Dahl’s “Tales of the Unexpected” making it’s debut in 1978.

    Also included is an interview with director Guillermo Del Toro, whose recent work included the popular theatrical film, “Hellboy 2.” NBC promos are also round out the set as well as a insightful short hosted by Tom Wright, the artist whose paintings introduced by Serling kicked-off each story.

    The second season, usually considered the strongest of the three, clearly indicated the ever-present stamp of producer Jack Laird who, at this time, just about wrested all creative control of the series from Serling. Because of the latter’s contract with NBC and Universal, Serling virtually signed away any opportunity for story approval or creative input into the anthology series. Many fans lament….”What would become of Night Gallery if Rod had been given total reign over the series as he had on Twilight Zone?”

    Alas, it could also be argued that because of Laird’s supervison, the second season is nothing less than an outstanding showcase of some of the finest writers and short story adaptations available–Alvin Sapinsley’s superb “Pickman’s Model” and Halsted Welles’ disturbing “Sins of the Fathers” to name a few. Nonetheless, several of the outstanding installments of this set were written or adapted by Serling himself and they include Emmy-nominated “The Messiah of Mott Street” and the chilling “The Caterpillar” starring Lawrence Harvey and Joanna Pettet.

    Those annoying vignettes are present as well and back with a vengeance with Jack Laird himself, replete with hunchback, playing Igor to Adam West’s Dr.Jekyll in the “With Apologies to Mr. Hyde.” It’s nice to know our DVD players can allow us to fast forward such codswallop like the fetid “The Witches Feast” and get right to the main installments. In all, a delight for fans to savor. I cannot wait for Season Three….

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