This “redundant” DVD re-release is absurd and unfair and doesn’t do justice to the show. It’s a disgrace and a real swindle that a major and “wealthy” Studio release a vintage show in two volumes. With today’s technology, you could, at least, obtain a complete restoration from the original 35 mm prints. The first DVD release was cheaply cleaned up and featured no extras and worst: no language options. I advise all “Outer Limits” diehard fans to read a full account of the lowdown first DVD edition by getting this publication serving as an evidence for the future: “Video Watchdog”, n° 89 and n° 102, November 2002 and December 2003, articles by “Outer Limits” expert David J. Schow. I reject this vulgar 2007 DVD edition that deserves to be dumped into the “Pit” (Cf. “It Crawled out of the Woodwork”)! I believe that the right action from the Studio would be to re-release the entire season in one single set including:
- 32 restored copies
- the two “restored” alternate pilots (“Please Stand By” and “The Unknown”)
- restored trailers and promos
- audio commentaries by expert David J. Schow
- interviews with “Outer Limits” cast and crew
- isolated scores
- languages options (dubbings and subtitles: English, Spanish, French)
“When this passion called aspiration becomes lust, then aspiration degenerates, becomes vulgar ambition, by which sin the angels fell.”
–End Narration from “The Bellero Shield”.
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The first season of “The Outer Limits” was the best. Sure the second season had some classic episodes (among them “Solider” and “Demon with a Glass Hand” which inspired James Cameron to come up with “The Terminator”. I’d give the shows here 5 stars but 0 stars to MGM for this reissue. Why? Because these are the exact same digital transfers as last time. They haven’t been enhanced with any thing AND there are no extras. I’d average that out to 2 stars for this set.
Don’t get me wrong–the first season was terrific for the most part. This set (like the first season set) features the moving “The Man Who Was Never Born” with Martin Landau as a scarred victim of a viral holocaust who is given the chance to go back in time and prevent the birth of the man who created his sterile world. Featuring a rich score by the late Domninic Frontiere (among his best), this was “The Outer Limits” as its best. Also we get “The Galaxy Being” with Cliff Roberson who unwittingly brings an alien creature he has been communicating with from a world made of anti-matter into ours causing destruction and death. David McCallum in “The Sixth Finger” about the results of an experiment to push humanity to evolve to the next level but how, in the process, we lose the essence of what makes us human.
“The Zanti Misfits” like much of Stefano’s work provides a neat allegory about human nature. We also get “The Borderlands” and many other classic episodes mixed with claptrap like “Human Factor” but almost everything here is terrific even if we’re only getting half a season at a higher price than before.
Why not include a commentary track from surviving actors or David J. Suchow the author on the definitive book on “The Outer Limits”? Because MGM is convinced that you’ll buy this set and the second one coming out in August AND pay more in the process because they’ve split them up. Heck, the least they could have done was got rid of those dreadful dual sided discs. Nope. These are dual sided as well.
So what do you get? 16 episodes–half the first season of the series. In August you can get the second half of the first season. I’m at a loss here–why release the exact same thing as before only in a different package? The only reason is so that retailers (such as Best Buy) who return things after a limited shelf life will carry this again. If you’re going to do this at least give us some extras (a featurette on the visual effects, vintage interviews with the late Joe Stefano or Leslie Stevens, commentary tracks with Suchow discussing the making of the episode.
The show deserves 5 stars but Sony/MGM deserves 0 stars for this reissue. Get this instead. The Outer Limits – The Original Series, Season 1
MGM splits the first season in half. You get 2 double sided discs, same format as the first release. No extras. I can only assume the episodes are NOT remastered. What is the point? True fans bought the first set. Casual fans will probably seek out their favorite episodes. What are the odds their favorites fall within the first 16 episodes?
This set makes no sense whatsoever. Without ANY additional attractions, I don’t see why anyone would buy this.