A few weeks ago Image Entertainment confirmed the release of The Twilight Zone on Blu-ray. And there was much rejoicing.
Today, TV-Shows-On-DVD.com helped confirm what special features are slated to appear in the collection when it is released September 14. Most impressively, the discs will sport new 1080p film transfers that were made using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks. These transfers are brand new and not rehashes of the HD masters first constructed in 2004 for the then Definitive Collection.
In addition, the set will feature new commentaries, interviews, scores and much more.
Full special features include:
- Audio commentaries from the Definitive Collection feature actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self
- 19 brand-new new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark, Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post
- The never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, “The Time Element,” written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz — presented in high-definition!
- Vintage audio recollections with actors Burgess Meredith and Anne Francis, directors Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare, producer Buck Houghton and writer Richard Matheson
- Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College
- Rod Serling promos for episodes of the show
- Original Unaired Pilot Version of “Where is Everybody?” with Rod Serling’s Network Pitch
- Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the series
- New interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak
- A Tales of Tomorrow episode titled “What You Need”
- A newly presented vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens
- New to the collection 1977 syndication promos for “A Stop at Willoughby” and “The After Hours”
- 18 newly presented radio drama adaption of classic Twilight Zone episodes
- 34 isolated music scores featuring Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others
Absent from the features, though, are any audio commentaries from author Neil Gaiman, who was previously said to be recording new tracks for the Blu-ray. These commentaries may have been for episodes from future seasons of the show.
List price for the set is $99.98, a hefty fee for those that already own the series on DVD. If you pre-order from Amazon.com, though, you can pick up the series for $74.99.
Tags: Blu-ray Reviews, Burgess Meredith, Children of Men, Dark Angel, Iron Man, Martin Landau, Neil Gaiman, Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone