Check your reality at the door! On September 7, New Line Home Entertainment takes fans into a world of fantasy and suspense with The Twilight Zone, a deluxe, six-disc set that includes all 43 episodes of the hit television series. Hosted by actor/filmmaker Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Panic Room), The Twilight Zone is an edgy, fast-paced anthology series updated for modern audiences. The Twilight Zone DVD set is available at a $59.98 SRP.
A cast of today’s brightest stars – including Jessica Simpson (MTV’s Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica), Jaime Pressly (Torque, Not Another Teen Movie), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Jason Bateman (TV’s Arrested Development), Amber Tamblyn (TV’s Joan of Arcadia), Usher (multi-platinum R&B artist), Jason Alexander (TV’s Seinfeld), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Vivica A. Fox (Boat Trip), Dylan Walsh (TV’s Nip/Tuck), Portia de Rossi (TV’s Ally McBeal), Patrick Warburton (TV’s The Tick), comedian Paul Rodriquez, Eriq La Salle (TV’s ER) and many more – journey into a world where ordinary people exist in beyond-extraordinary situations.
One of the most popular programs of its time, the original The Twilight Zone ran from 1959 to 1964. The series featured a collection of fascinating tales that ranged from the tragic to the comedic, and the stories were usually laced with a wicked sense of humor and unexpected endings.
Created and written by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone featured a “who’s who” of the era’s most popular and up-and-coming actors including Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Mickey Rooney, Telly Savalas, Martin Landau, Ron Howard, Joan Crawford, William Shatner, Roddy McDowall and many more.
The DVD set of the updated The Twilight Zone includes remakes of two popular classic episodes – “The Eye of the Beholder,” with Molly Sims in the lead role of Janet Taylor (the original starred Donna Douglas of The Beverly Hillbillies fame) who anxiously awaits the outcome of an eleventh surgery to correct her abnormal face. When the bandages come off, she is revealed to be incredibly beautiful, but the doctor recoils in horror as the camera pulls back to reveal that he and others in the hospital room are deformed and misshapen. Then, a thoughtful, middle-class man watches his street descend into chaos and vicious paranoia when all communications with the outside world are cut off and his neighbors focus their fear on a reclusive family that seems “foreign” in “The Monsters on Maple Street,” another remade episode starring Andrew McCarthy (the original, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” starred Claude Akins). Also of note is “It’s Still a Good Life,” a sequel to “It’s a Good Life,” which stars Bill Mumy and Cloris Leachman, cast members from the original The Twilight Zone episode about little Anthony Fremont, a boy who controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes.
The Twilight Zone DVD set is presented in widescreen (1.78:1), with audio selections including 5.1 Surround Sound (English), DTS Surround Sound, Stereo Surround Sound (English), English and Spanish subtitles and Closed Captions.