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Created by Rod Serling
USA 1969-71

 

Prepare for the chill of a lifetime as the master of suspense, Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone), hosts every spine-tingling episode from the complete first season of Night Gallery. Thrill to stories performed by Hollywood greats including Joan Crawford, Ossie Davis, Larry Hagman, Diane Keaton, Roddy McDowall, Burgess Meredith and Agnes Moorehead, and directed by cinematic masters like Steven Spielberg (Jaws) in this unforgettable series—available for the first time in HD, from 2K scans of the interpositives! Night Gallery: Season 1 also features top-notch direction by acclaimed filmmakers Daryl Duke (The Silent Partner), Boris Sagal (The Omega Man), Barry Shear (Across 110th Street), Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2), Don Taylor (The Island of Dr. Moreau) with wonderful performances by John Astin, Diane Baker, Martine Beswick, Tom Bosley, Jack Cassidy, Godfrey Cambridge, Bert Convy, Phyllis Diller, Louis Hayward, George Macready, Raymond Massey, Joanna Pettet, John Randolph, Barry Sullivan, Torin Thatcher, William Windom & many others.

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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: 0:50:28.024 / Pilot: 1:38:19.493       
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,590,971,049 bytes

Sample Episode: 12,063,025,152 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Episode Sample Blu-ray:

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1973 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1973 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, None
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Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,590,971,049 bytes

Sample Episode: 12,063,025,152 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary for the PILOT by Screenwriter/Historian Gary Gerani
NEW Audio Commentary for THE DEAD MAN/THE HOUSEKEEPER by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
NEW Audio Commentary for ROOM WITH A VIEW/THE LITTLE BLACK BAG/THE NATURE OF THE ENEMY by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
NEW Audio Commentary for THE HOUSE/CERTAIN SHADOWS ON THE WALL by Film Historian Tim Lucas
NEW Audio Commentary for THE HOUSE/CERTAIN SHADOWS ON THE WALL by Author/Historian Amanda Reyes
NEW Audio Commentary for MAKE ME LAUGH/CLEAN KILLS AND OTHER TROPHIES by Filmmaker/Historian Constantine Nasr and Night Gallery Book Publisher Taylor L. White
NEW Audio Commentary for PAMELA'S VOICE/LONE SURVIVOR/THE DOLL by Novelist/Critic Kim Newman and Writer/Editor Stephen Jones
NEW Audio Commentary for THEY'RE TEARING DOWN TIM RILEY'S BAR/THE LAST LAUREL by Film Historian Craig Beam
THE SYNDICATION CONUNDRUM: A Look at the Show's Troubled Second Life in Reruns – A NEW Featurette by Film Historian Craig Beam (58:04)
Episode Guide Insert Booklet


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 23rd, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case inside O-card slipcase

Chapters 7 each

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (November 2021): Kino have transferred Rod Serling's Night Gallery to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand NEW 2K Master for the 2-Hour Pilot and Six Season 1 Episodes". With a very few min or inconsistencies - it looks very strong in 1080P. There is some minimal teal infusion (see Joan Crawford's outfit) but generally decent, true, colors, plenty of depth and pleasing detail. These TV shows of this era were shot of film and always tend to look quite good in this higher resolution.  

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On their Blu-ray, 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 TV-composer Billy Goldenberg (The Glass House, The Legend of Lizzie Borden, Spielberg's Duel, some Columbo, Smile Jenny, You're Dead etc.), Robert Prince (Scream, Pretty Peggy, Columbo, Newman's Law, and many TV credits including Peppard's Banacek) and Benny Carter (A Man Called Adam, Too Late Blues)  sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Kudos to Kino for adding a mass of commentaries; 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...) for the Pilot; The Cemetery, Escape Route and the Steven Spielberg-directed segment Eyes. 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) do commentaries for The Dead Man / The Housekeeper, Room with a View / The Little Black Bag / The Nature of the Enemy. Favorite Tim Lucas (author of Spirits of the Dead) does the commentary for The House / Certain Shadows on the Wall and a second for those two paired segments by Amanda Reyes (author of Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999.) Constantine Nasr (another favorite) and Night Gallery Book Publisher Taylor L. White do the commentary for Make Me Laugh (Spielberg) / Clean Kills and Other Trophies. Kim Newman and Stephen Jones (co-authors of Best New Horror #30) for Pamela's Voice / Lone Survivor / The Doll. Craig Beam for They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar / The Last Laurel. I can't wait to indulge. The Syndication Conundrum: A Look at the Show's Troubled Second Life in Reruns is an hour-long featurette on the second Blu-ray identifying key differences from the original broadcasts to syndicated re-reruns. As Wikipedia tells us "In order to increase the number of episodes that were available for syndication, the 60-minute episodes were re-edited for a 30-minute time slot, with many segments severely cut, and others extended by inserting "new" scenes of recycled, previously discarded, or stock footage to fill up the time." The package also has a liner notes episode guide insert booklet.

Rod Serling's Night Gallery is classic sci-fi, horror, fantasy TV. It also is rife with 70's fashion (I suggest a 'drinking game' of doubling your intake every time you see a character wearing an ascot or loosened wide-lapel tie.) Serling introduces the night's episode segment; “Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time." He shows nightmarish paintings usually by artists Thomas J. Wright and Jaroslav "Jerry" Gebr. Brilliantly inventive and with a cast of stars from Season One like Joan Crawford, Ossie Davis, Larry Hagman, Diane Keaton, Roddy McDowall, Burgess Meredith, Larry Hagman, Diane Baker, Bert Convy, Louis Hayward, Godfrey Cambridge, Tom Bosley, Raymond Massey, Phyllis Diller, John Astin etc. Of course The Twilight Zone and Kolchak fans will enjoy Night Gallery. Kino Blu-ray again do it right with the impressive HD presentation and extensive commentaries. The hour-long featurette is also worth the indulgence. Personal favorites include all three from the Pilot, They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar, Pamela's Voice, The House, Certain Shadows on the Wall, The Little Black Bag, and The Dead Man. Tons of value here!

Gary Tooze

 


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