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Created by Rod Serling
USA 1971-72 (Second Season)

 

Prepare for the unexpected as the complete Night Gallery: Season 2 comes to Blu-ray! Created and hosted by the master of mystery, The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, the spellbinding second season of this classic anthology series features a legendary roster of guest stars: David Carradine, John Carradine, Broderick Crawford, Sandra Dee, Patty Duke, Joel Grey, Yaphet Kotto, Elsa Lanchester, Cloris Leachman, Sondra Locke, Patrick Macnee, David McCallum, Ray Milland, Leslie Nielsen, Geraldine Page, Joanna Pettet, Vincent Price, Edward G. Robinson, Cesar Romero, Gale Sondergaard, Orson Welles, Adam West and many, many more. John Badham (Blue Thunder), Robert Bloch (Psycho), Richard Matheson (The Raven) and Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2) are among the talents behind the nightmarish visions of Night Gallery: Season 2.

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Rod Serling narrates an anthology of fantasy, horror and sci-fi stories from a set resembling a macabre museum. A chilling work of art serves as the connective link between the stories.

Painting-style often used in Night Gallery

Television Premiere: November 8th, 1969

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime Average episode:  0:51:06.021         
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Sample Disc Size: 47,924,634,772 bytes

Sample Episode: 9,437,116,416 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.41 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1590 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1590 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Sample Disc Size: 47,924,634,772 bytes

Sample Episode: 9,437,116,416 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.41 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• LOST TALES FROM SEASON 2 (DIE NOW, PAY LATER/ROOM FOR ONE LESS/WITCHES’ FEAST/LITTLE GIRL LOST)
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE BOY WHO PREDICTED EARTHQUAKES/MISS LOVECRAFT SENT ME/THE HAND OF BORGUS WEEMS/PHANTOM OF WHAT OPERA? by Film Historian Craig Beam
• NEW Audio Commentary for DEATH IN THE FAMILY/THE MERCIFUL/CLASS OF ’99/SATISFACTION GUARANTEED by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
• NEW Audio Commentary for A DEATH IN THE FAMILY/THE MERCIFUL/CLASS OF ’99/SATISFACTION GUARANTEED by Television Music Historian Dr. Reba Wissner
• NEW Audio Commentary for SINCE AUNT ADA CAME TO STAY/WITH APOLOGIES TO MR. HYDE/THE FLIP-SIDE OF SATAN by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for SINCE AUNT ADA CAME TO STAY/WITH APOLOGIES TO MR. HYDE/THE FLIP-SIDE OF SATAN by Television Music Historian Dr. Reba Wissner
•  Audio Commentary for A FEAR OF SPIDERS/JUNIOR/MARMALADE WINE/THE ACADEMY by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE PHANTOM FARMHOUSE/SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW by Screenwriter/Historian Gary Gerani
• Audio Commentary for THE PHANTOM FARMHOUSE/SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW by Legendary Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
• NEW Audio Commentary for A QUESTION OF FEAR/THE DEVIL IS NOT MOCKED by Novelist/Critic Kim Newman and Writer/Editor Stephen Jones
• NEW Audio Commentary for MIDNIGHT NEVER ENDS/BRENDA by Night Gallery Author/Historian Jim Benson and Actress Laurie Prange (Star of BRENDA)
• NEW Audio Commentary for MIDNIGHT NEVER ENDS/BRENDA by Author/Historian Amanda Reyes
- NEW Audio Commentary for THE DIARY/A MATTER OF SEMANTICS/BIG SURPRISE/PROFESSOR PEABODY’S LAST LECTURE by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for HOUSE—WITH GHOST/A MIDNIGHT VISIT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD BLOOD BANK/DR. STRINGFELLOW’S REJUVENATOR/HELL’S BELLS by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE DARK BOY/KEEP IN TOUCH – WE'LL THINK OF SOMETHING by Author/Historian Amanda Reyes
• NEW Audio Commentary for PICKMAN’S MODEL/THE DEAR DEPARTED/AN ACT OF CHIVALRY by Actress Louise Sorel (Star of PICKMAN'S MODEL) and Night Gallery Authors/Historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
• NEW Audio Commentary for PICKMAN’S MODEL/THE DEAR DEPARTED/AN ACT OF CHIVALRY by Screenwriter/Historian Gary Gerani
- NEW Audio Commentary for COOL AIR/CAMERA OBSCURA/QUOTH THE RAVEN by Author Mark Dawidziak, Director John Badham and Screenwriter/Historian Gary Gerani
• NEW Audio Commentary for COOL AIR/CAMERA OBSCURA/QUOTH THE RAVEN by Novelist/Critic Kim Newman and Writer/Editor Stephen Jones
• Audio Commentary for COOL AIR/CAMERA OBSCURA/QUOTH THE RAVEN by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• Audio Commentary for THE MESSIAH ON MOTT STREET/THE PAINTED MIRROR by Legendary Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE DIFFERENT ONES/TELL DAVID…/LOGODA'S HEADS by Film Historian Craig Beam
• NEW Audio Commentary for GREEN FINGERS/THE FUNERAL/THE TUNE IN DAN’S CAFE by Director John Badham and Night Gallery Author/Historian Scott Skelton
• UPDATED Audio Commentary for LINDEMANN’S CATCH/THE LATE MR. PEDDINGTON/A FEAST OF BLOOD by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE MIRACLE AT CAMAFEO/THE GHOST OF SORWORTH PLACE by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE WAITING ROOM/LAST RITES FOR A DEAD DRUID by Author/Historian David J. Schow
• NEW Audio Commentary for DELIVERIES IN THE REAR/STOP KILLING ME/DEAD WEIGHT by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for I'LL NEVER LEAVE YOU – EVER/THERE AREN'T ANY MORE MACBANES by Author/Historian David J. Schow
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE SINS OF THE FATHERS/YOU CAN’T GET HELP LIKE THAT ANYMORE by Night Gallery Author/Historian Scott Skelton
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE SINS OF THE FATHERS/YOU CAN’T GET HELP LIKE THAT ANYMORE by Novelist and Critic Tim Lucas
• NEW Audio Commentary for THE CATERPILLAR/LITTLE GIRL LOST by Screenwriter/Historian Gary Gerani
• Audio Commentary for THE CATERPILLAR/LITTLE GIRL LOST by Legendary Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
• Audio Commentary for LOST TALES FROM SEASON 2: DIE NOW, PAY LATER/ROOM FOR ONE LESS/WITCHES’ FEAST/LITTLE GIRL LOST by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
• Revisiting the Gallery: A Look Back – Featurette with Actors Lindsay Wagner, Pat Boone, Joseph Campanella, Laurie Prange, James Metropole; Directors John Badham, Jeannot Szwarc, William Hale; Composer Gil Mellé; Make-Up Artist Leonard Engelman; Artist Tom Wright; and Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton (29:57)
• THE SYNDICATION CONUNDRUM PART 2: A Look at the Show's Troubled Second Life in Reruns – A Featurette by Film Historian Craig Beam (1:06:33)
• Art Gallery: The Paintings – Featurette with Artist Tom Wright (3:27)
• 19 TV Spots (Newly Mastered in HD)
• NBC TV Promos (12:51) – From the 2008 DVD Release (1:43)
• DVD Easter Eggs(0:41)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 26th, 2022
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 7 each

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2022): Kino have transferred Rod Serling's Night Gallery - Season Two to Blu-ray. They released Season One last November (2021) and we reviewed it HERE. It is cited as being "from 2K scans of the interpositives". Aside from a rare speckles or two these look exceptionally  strong in 1080P. Like the first season, colors are vibrant, contrast well-layered, plenty of depth and surprising detail in close-ups. The TV programs of this era were shot of film and always tend to look pristine in this higher resolution. There are 5 dual-layered Blu-ray discs with 5 episodes on each disc with 3 on the last disc (23 in all) with supplements. Each episode is around 50-minutes and usually consists of two or three segments - often the third (that started in this Second Season) is very short described as an 'original comic blackout sketches' of 2-3 minutes - that Serling did not endorse. Although I believe they separated the two episodes they are show at the end of the episode here. They have middling bitrates but look very strong in these HD presentations.  

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Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Night Gallery has an eerie, electronic-based, main theme by Gil Melle (The Victim, The Andromeda Strain, The Deliberate Stranger, Frankenstein: The True Story, 7 episodes of Kolchak the Night Stalker, Colossus: The Forbin Project, You'll Like My Mother, The Sentinel and The Organization) plus score for episodes by Oliver Nelson, who did mostly TV work - The Six Million Dollar Man, Columbo etc. plus the Burt Reynolds's film Skullduggery - Jazz pianist John Lewis (Odd Against Tomorrow) - Paul Glass (Bunny Lake is Missing, Lady in a Cage, Overlord) - Eddie Sauter (Mickey One, some may note his music on Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66') - Argentinean Lalo Schifrin (famous as the guy behind the Mission: Impossible theme as well as impressive scores for Man on a Swing, Joe Kidd, Rollercoaster, Charley Varrick, The Nude Bomb, Day of the Animals, Hit!, The Manitou, Tango and many other films) - all adding atmosphere to the episodes. The quality is clean and crisp with audible dialogue via the lossless transfers. Kino offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-rays.

Kudos to Kino for adding a mass of commentaries (many new); by the likes of Gary Gerani (co-author of Fantastic Television: A Pictorial History of Sci-Fi, the Unusual and Fantastic From Captain Video to the Star Trek Phenomenon and Beyond...), Jim Benson and Scott Skelton (authors of Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour - Television and Popular Culture and Rod Serling's Night Gallery: The Art of Darkness), Tim Lucas (author of Spirits of the Dead), Amanda Reyes (author of Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999.) Plus there are commentaries by Guillermo del Toro, David J. Schow, Dr. Reba Wissner, Craig Beam, Scott Skelton and others. Some of these appeared on the 2017 Universal DVD set of the complete series, although originally on the earlier individual season DVDs. Also included is Lost Tales From Season Two with Die Now, Pay Later, Room For One Less, Witches' Feast and Little Girl Lost with optional commentaries by Benson and Skelton as found on the DVD set. Included is the 1/2 hour Revisiting the Gallery: A Look Back – featurette with actors Lindsay Wagner, Pat Boone, Joseph Campanella, Laurie Prange, James Metropole; Directors John Badham, Jeannot Szwarc, William Hale; Composer Gil Mellé; Make-Up Artist Leonard Engelman; Artist Tom Wright; and Night Gallery authors/historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton plus the, new, hour-long "The Syndication Conundrum Part 2" (Part one was on the Season One Blu-ray set). It's a look at the show's troubled second fife in reruns with film historian Craig Beam. There is the short "Art Gallery: The Paintings – featurette with artist Tom Wright, - 19 TV Spots (Newly Mastered in HD), NBC TV Promos from the DVD release, and that 41-second DVD Easter Egg.

Rod Serling's Night Gallery - Season Two is a Who's Who of 70's TV and a handful of aged big screen stars like Ray Milland, Edward G. Robinson, Laurence Harvey, Dana Andrews, Vincent Price, Cloris Leachman, Broderick Crawford, Gale Sondergaard, and how about Barbara Steele!

Plus this extensive list; Leslie Nielsen, Fritz Weaver, Patrick O'Neal, Kim Stanley, Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, Leif Erickson, Pat Boone, James Farentino, Michele Lee, E.G. Marshall, Desi Arnaz Jr., Imogene Coca, Brandon De Wilde, Michael Constantine, Clint Howard, Joseph Campanella, George Maharis, Yaphet Kotto, Tony Roberts, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Arthur O'Connell, Ross Martin, Barbara Rush, Elizabeth Hartman, Sondra Locke, Joanna Pettet, Bob Crane, Patty Duke, Virginia Mayo, David Wayne, Cesar Romero, John Carradine, Carl Reiner, Lindsay Wagner, Glenn Corbett, Susan Strasberg, Barbara Babcock, Joel Grey, Howard Duff, John Saxon, Jack Albertson, Geraldine Page, Cornel Wilde, Bobby Darin, James Gregory, Marjorie Bennett, Bill Bixby, Carol Lynley, Donna Douglas, Buddy Ebsen, Richard Kiley, Julie Adams, Jill Ireland, Ed Nelson, Geraldine Page, Richard Thomas and Alan Napier.

I really enjoyed "The Phantom Farmhouse" with David McCallum falling for a hot werewolf (Linda Marsh as a blonde), always pleasant to hear Orson Welles (narrating "Silent Snow, Secret Snow") and "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore" with Cloris Leachman and Broderick Crawford torturing their robot maid played by large breasted Lana Wood ('Plenty O'Toole' in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, and, btw, Natalie Wood's sister.) This original anthology television series was often described as "thought-provoking dark fantasy." It has vampires, werewolves, a "Man-Thing"-like monster, witchcraft, grave robbers, doom prophecy, survival attempt of one night in a haunted mansion, Nazis, Dracula, Lovecraftian gods taking revenge, a fake fortune-telling racket, Gothic love story, a unique Pawnshop antique mirror, a witch doctor, a melancholy jukebox, a possessed hand and a painful earwig. Did I say Barbara Steele? What more could you ask for? Kino's Blu-ray package is totally stacked - full of value. Certainly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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