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Created by Jeffrey Grant Rice
USA 19
74-75

 

Before X-Files was even a glimmer in Chris Carter's eye, he was a loyal viewer of this cult giant of classical 70's TV. The ABC network's made-for-television movie THE NIGHT STALKER, was based on the novel by Jeff Rice. It was adapted for the tube by legendary Richard Matheson and was a monster (no pun intended) hit which followed with another success - THE NIGHT STRANGLER TV-movie pushing for the eventual birth of the much-beloved series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker".

Each week, INS (Independent News Service) reporter, Carl Kolchak (played with energetic panache, in a role he seemed born to exude, by Darren McGavin - who found his vehicle of most associated fame) would venture out on a usually 'unofficial' assignment that invariably led to an abrupt encounter with the supernatural. Kolchak's editor/boss Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland) created a rather more-ish foil as the brow beating, disbelieving, authority-hounded counter-piece to Carl's prying pen. It was perfect - why only 2 seasons you say? The creative well of supernatural combatants seemed to run dry leaving a legacy of some of TV's absolute best and groundbreaking of this unique self-made genre. It was never given the opportunity to deteriorate too rapidly and we are left with something rather unforgettable, sprinkled with moments of sheer adventurous delight and eerie mystery charm.

Gary W. Tooze

The Episodes

Theatrical Release: September 13th, 1974

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DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Universal - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 20 episodes X 50:00 = approx. 16.5 hours 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English (HoH), Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

Episode 1: "The Ripper"
Episode 2: "The Zombie"
Episode 3: "They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be..."
Episode 4: "The Vampire"
Episode 5: "The Werewolf"
Episode 6: "Firefall"
Episode 8: "Bad Medicine"
Episode 9: "The Spanish Moss Murders"
Episode 10: "The Energy Eater"
Episode 11: "Horror In the Heights"
Episode 12: "Mr. R.I.N.G."
Episode 14: "The Trevi Collection"
Episode 16: "Demon in Lace"
Episode 17: "Legacy of Terror"
Episode 18: "The Knightly Murders"
Episode 19: "The Youth Killer"
Episode 20: "The Sentry"


DVD Release Date: October 6th, 2005

3 X slim transparent keep case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 4 X 20 episodes

 

Comments:

3 dual-sided DVDs with 4 episodes a side (one side - the 6th - is blank).

Perhaps not as shiny a gem, and a little more obvious, than my youth would remember, this is still packed with fun and edge-of-seat suspense. The image looks fine - some episodes a shade sharper or brighter than others - but as consistent as I expected. The 2.0 channel audio has no flaws that I could detect. I'm a big fan of removable subtitles and these have Universal's excellent standard. No extras but if you start analyzing what you are getting here - its about $1.30 an episode - and to have this long sought series digitally at your finger tips makes it even more of a steal. How can we not recommend?

Gary W. Tooze

 





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