Twilight Zone Fan Favorites is a 5-DVD set consisting of 19 classic episodes of Rod Sterling’s landmark series, The Twilight Zone. The set includes classic episodes like “Nothing in the Dark”, featuring a very young Robert Redford as Death, “Nightmare at 20,000 feet”, featuring William Shatner on a very bumpy flight, and “Two”, featuring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson, two foes that find themselves the only survivors of a nuclear holocaust; along with many more that exemplify what this influential series represents—chilling stuff, really. With over eight hours of episodes, this box set is perfect for any fan of the legendary television series.
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Sometimes, a title is all you need. Within said moniker, everything and anything is possible. Coming up with the perfect label is never easy, but when you do, it does almost all of your narrative heavy lifting. You can even throw logical and esoteric wrenches into the mix, and as long as your tag takes care of the counterbalance, you’re home free. Such is the case with Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof, and J.J. Abrams’ absolutely brilliant Lost. Not only did said brand indicate the basic premise of his complex castaway drama but it suggested the level of depth viewers could expect in the sometimes arcane path toward enlightenment.
It’s a feeling carried over to the recently released multi-disc Blu-ray package of the complete six seasons. Within its world of known conspiracies and series secrets are a wealth of hidden extras that make the return trip through Series One through Six a breathtaking reexamination of the entire Lost legacy. In fact, it’s safe to say that this seminal TV show was always more interested in the journey than the eventual answers found along the way. Those revelations kept fans riveted, but just like the name “Lost” suggests, the real purpose was to propose realities outside the rhetoric, to reduce the survival of a bunch of plane crash victims into a matryoshka of multi-layered meanings.
This is the TV box set of the year… a perfect 10 for both content and extras.
Vampire shows tend to fall into two categories: campy dramedies with occasional moments of angst, and brooding Gothic romances with occasional moments of humor. The first season of the BBC’s Being Human fell somewhere in between; the second season is firmly planted in the latter. For good or ill, the strength of the show—and season two in particular—is its character development. A sort of British Joss Whedon, creator and lead writer Toby Whithouse has used the trio’s journey toward humanity to highlight everything that’s not working in the world, though with a strong, almost fanatical focus on the evils of religion in the form of the aforementioned (and ultimately useless) Professor Kemp and his lackey, Lucy Jaggat. It’s all a bit reminiscent of Whedon’s failed Dollhouse, but without the annoying cheesecake and heavy-handed “we are greater than the sum of our parts” claptrap.
For years one of the most requested TV shows not available on DVD, the Six Million Dollar Man is finally getting its due with a muscular 40 DVD box-set. One of the iconic pop smashes of the ‘70s, this set features all five seasons of the action-packed adventures of Col. Steve Austin (Lee Majors), the world’s first Bionic man. In addition to the original, uncut broadcast versions of the episodes, also included are the three pilot TV movies and reunion shows as well as a bonus 17 original featurettes, ranging from “The Bionic Sound Effects” to “The Search for Bigfoot”.
American history has never looked more exciting than in the History Channel’s opus America: The Story of Us. Originally a 12-part series that debuted on the channel, it is now a three-disc DVD to be enjoyed over and over again. Covering 400 years of American history, it’s the most extensive and in-depth series ever produced by History. From the days of the Oregon Trail to steel structured buildings and the transcontinental railroad to the moon landing, this series reminds us of the work it took to create this great country. Narrated by Leiv Schreiber and with icons such as Tom Brokaw, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell and Brian Williams commenting on what it means to be an American, there is certainly enough star power to keep people interested—perhaps the most iconic of all comes from a special introduction by President Barack Obama.