Rod Serling’s classic series The Twilight Zone is one of the most beloved series in modern television history. Decades after the show first debuted on CBS, it is still watched by millions of audiences the world over. It has become a pop phenomenon, being referenced by any number of movies and television shows since its initial run. The series has already been released to audiences in full on DVD in 2006. Before that, the show’s single season sets began being released in 2004. And in 2010, it saw release on Blu-ray. Now nearly a decade after it was first released on DVD by Image Entertainment, fans of this timeless classic have gotten the chance to own the series once more as all five of the show’s seasons have been re-issued on DVD. So with the show having been re-issued three years ago on Blu-ray, why would one want to own the series on DVD? The answers to that are simple. First and foremost, fans of The Twilight Zone will appreciate its cost effectiveness. Secondly, these new DVD re-issues are far more ergonomically designed than the original DVD sets. And third, audiences will get largely the same video quality on these new DVD re-issues as they would on the Blu-ray re-issues. Me-TV and on Syfy, both networks run The Twilight Zone. The problem is that they run it at times at which most audiences are asleep or getting ready for work. Keeping this in mind, it makes the new re-issues even more of a must have for any Twilight Zone fan that has yet to own any of the show’s seasons, beginning with its first season.
The first season of the new Twilight Zone re-issues is far more cost effective for fans of the show than the previous DVD release and the more recent Blu-ray re-issues. The original DVD release of Season 1 is listed on Amazon for a cost of nearly thirty dollars. The new DVD re-issue of Season One (and the season to follow) are listed at nearly half that price. And a look at in-store prices reveals roughly the in-store price is roughly half of that original price, too. The blu-ray re-issues by comparison are listed via Amazon at nearly fifty dollars with a comparable list price of roughly one hundred dollars just for one season. So suffice it to say that audiences have in the series’ new DVD re-issues five season sets that are far more affordable than any of the previous re-issues. The cost effectiveness of the new Season One (and Season Two through five) set is a big factor in the decision as to whether or not to buy this set. Also to take into account with this set is its packaging.
The packaging of the new Twilight Zone Season One box set is far more ergonomic than that of the first season’s original DVD release. All five discs that contain Season One’s thirty-six episodes are placed into a standard size DVD case in the new DVD re-issue. By comparison, the original DVD box set was much more bulky. The new Season One box set is packaged much more in the newer packaging method used by most companies. That method places discs on their own spot on either side of a given number of inserts. And if necessary, discs are placed on either the inside front or back of the case. This not only saves space all the way around, but it also protects the discs from one another. The discs are prevented from touching one another, thus greatly reducing the chance of the discs being scratched up. It is increasingly becoming the standard for every company that releases multi-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets. So it is a wonderful thing to see that RLJ Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment have followed this same path. It is one more positive to Season One’s new re-issue. It isn’t the last, either.
There is one more factor to consider in whether or not to order or buy the new DVD re-issue of The Twilight Zone Season One. That factor is the show’s footage. One of the great things about owning any movie or TV show on Blu-ray is getting to see said show or movie in full clarity. There’s just one problem. Not every show re-issued on Blu-ray was originally recorded in High Definition. Such is the case with The Twilight Zone. Audiences watching the DVD played back on a Blu-ray player and HDTV will get the same result as those watching the Blu-ray re-issues. The Blu-ray player and HDTV will upconvert the footage on the DVDs to HD quality. This goes back to the set’s cost effectiveness. It makes the new DVD re-issue of Season One all the more worth picking up or ordering. And for those that still have CRT monitors, the new Season One DVD re-issue will still have that same classic quality that audiences get with its TV broadcast. Simply put, it all adds up to the same end. Keeping this factor and the previously mentioned factors in the new Twilight Zone Season One DVD re-issue in mind, one will see just why it is one of five DVD sets a must have for any true purist Twilight Zone fan. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and future Twilight Zone re-issues is available online at http://www.facebook.com/TheTwilightZoneTV.
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