If I ran the country, I'd blast the news that 'The Twilight Zone' Season 1 is now available on Blu-ray across all television and radio stations as though it were a life or death public service announcement. Well, that's not entirely true. If I ran the country, I'd probably just give everyone in the US a copy of the set and make watching it a mandatory part of school curriculums coast-to-coast. Yes, I'm aware I probably wouldn't make a very good President. Point is, I'm just a little bit excited about this new set.

Why? Well not only do I love anthology TV series and 'The Twilight Zone' is essentially the granddaddy of them all, but it really is just a marvelous release. The picture is crisper than it's ever been, the audio is as clear as a bell. All 36 of the episodes' intros and outros have been included, though I do wish they'd also kept in the original sponsor adverts. Plus, there's a boatload of new features exclusive to the 5-disc Blu-ray package, all of which are outlined below.

- Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz
- 19 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. Interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak.
- "Tales of Tomorrow" episode "What You Need."
- Vintage audio interview with Director of Photography George T. Clemens.
- 1977 syndication promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours."
- 18 Radio Dramas
- 34 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others! Set also includes:
- Audio Commentaries by actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self.
- 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 "Next Week's" Show.
- Original Unaired Pilot Version of "Where is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's Network Pitch.
- Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the series

That's a pretty remarkable set of special features on top of all the features that could be found on the previous DVD release. Sure, the $69 asking price is a bit steep, but it's worth it.
categories Dvds, Sci-Fi