Inasmuch as the DVD release of the first season of Serling’s 70′s horror/sci-fi anthology contains all the stories (and more) contained on this VHS collector’s set, it would be economical and most logical to purchase the DVD set.
That said, the stories on this videotape are some of the best of the series, with the standout being already mentioned by the Amazon editors.
Just to add a little tidbit of information, William Windom (who stars in both “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar” and “Little Girl Lost”) starred in the critically-aclaimed but low-rated “My World and Welcome to It,” a James Thurber-like series that aired in the late sixties. Windom’s quirky yet enigmatic character on that show may have led to his casting in the Serling productions, for both stories allow the actor to show his versatility as an actor and his Emmy win for “Riley’s Bar” was deserved.
Another item of interest in regards to “The Caterpillar”. Tom Helmore, who plays the older husband of Joanna Pettit, was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” as the husband that hires Jimmy Stewart to follow his suicidal wife “Madeleine” (Kim Novak).
And a second coincidence is the casting of the late Jack Cassidy as a bed-ridden athlete that accidentally brings about his own demise. The irony is that the actor actually died tragically a few years after the filming of this installment, the victim of the dangerous combination of drinking and smoking in bed.
This set is truly a “collector’s edition” for those with an interest in good drama, as well as a hint of a supernatural connection.
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