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(aka "Outer Limits 1963-64 Season 1")

 

created by Leslie Stevens

USA 1963-64

 

Newly Re-Mastered in HD! There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set... Do Not Attempt To Adjust The Picture... We Are Controlling Transmission... The entire first season 32 Episodes You hold in your hands an artifact from a time now vanished forever; a compendium of portals into worlds unknown. A seven-disc set that controls over 27 hours of transmission from the 1963-1964 series, this vessel has sought you out for one specific purpose: to expand your mind to The Outer Limits! Guest stars include Ed Asner, Macdonald Carey, Dabney Coleman, Robert Culp, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Mimsy Farmer, Don Gordon, Harry Guardino, Gloria Grahame, Signe Hasso, Miriam Hopkins, Richard Jaeckel, Sally Kellerman, Shirley Knight, Martin Landau, George Macready, John Marley, David McCallum, Ralph Meeker, Gary Merrill, Vera Miles, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates, Carroll O Connor, Donald Pleasence, Cliff Robertson, Ruth Roman, Barbara Rush, Martin Sheen, Henry Silva and many more. 'The best program of its type ever to run on network TV!' - Stephen King

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 1963

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Kino

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Runtime 0:50:50.047 X 32
Video

Disc One Size: 45,793,273,727 bytes

Average Episode Size: 10,101,424,128 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.49 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray 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 1560 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1560 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH),  none
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Release Information:
Studio: Kino

 

Disc One Size: 45,793,273,727 bytes

Average Episode Size: 10,101,424,128 bytes

Average Bitrate: 23.49 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
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Audio commentaries by David J. Schow (author of The Outer Limits Companion) and film historians Tim Lucas, Reba Wissner, Craig Beam, Gary Gerani, Michael Hyatt and Steve Mitchell (see episode list below)
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR TELEVISION SET 40 Page Booklet Essay by David J. Schow

Blu-ray Release Date: March 27th, 2018
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Chapters 12

 

 

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

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set..." (voiced by Vic Perrin who did voices on Jonny Quest and starred in many TV shows of the 60s.)

With great anticipation, science-fiction fans have patiently awaited the original The Outer Limits to come to Blu-ray. Kino are bringing us the first (of two) seasons - 7 dual-layered BD discs housing all 32 original episodes.  

There are many memorable episodes; The Architects of Fear, The Sixth Finger, The Man Who Was Never Born, Nightmare, The Zanti Misfits, Don't Open Till Doomsday, The Invisibles, The Bellero Shield, A Feasibility Study, The Forms of Things Unknown.... with many directed by the likes of Gerd Oswald, Byron Haskin, Paul Stanley, Felix E. Feist etc. and starring such favorites as Robert Culp, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Gloria Grahame (hubba hubba), Richard Jaeckel, Sally Kellerman, Shirley Knight, Martin Landau, David McCallum, Gary Merrill, Vera Miles, Donald Pleasence, Cliff Robertson, Ruth Roman, Martin Sheen and many more recognizable faces. This new 1080P image is in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The overall image is impressively detailed in close-ups as you might expect as it was shot on 35mm. Contrast is great and there only a handful of episode scenes that had some weaknesses - inherent in the surviving source no doubt. It was minimal. The higher resolution is so adept some effects become more transparent than they would have been on 20" tube viewing in original broadcasts. Overall, I would say this is a slight notch below the stellar Twilight Zone HD transfers.

 

The audio is transferred via the option of  linear PCM 2.0 channel mono (16-bit) in the original English. Effects are modest and drama is infused by the music. The bulk of the series had music composed by Dominic Frontiere (Brannigan, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold, The Invaders TV series, The Stuntman) and it sounds authentically flat but buoyant in the lossless transfer. Kino add optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.

 

Extras are in 24 commentaries (I'm still getting through them - all excellent so far) as:

 

Blu-ray One:

"The Galaxy Being" - Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
"The Hundred Days of the Dragon"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
"The Architects of Fear"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Gerani
"The Man with the Power"
"The Sixth Finger"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
 

Blu-ray 2
"The Man Who Was Never Born"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Gerani
"O.B.I.T."
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Craig Beam
"The Human Factor"
"Corpus Earthling"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Craig Beam
"Nightmare"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow

Blu-ray 3
"It Crawled Out of the Woodwork"

"The Borderland"
"Tourist Attraction"
"The Zanti Misfits"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
                             
- Audio Commentary by Film Historians Gary Gerani & Steve Mitchell

"The Mice" - Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner

 

Blu-ray 4
"Controlled Experiment"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
"Don't Open Till Doomsday"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
"ZZZZZ"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
"The Invisibles"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

"The Bellero Shield" - Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

 

Blu-ray 5
"The Children of Spider County"
"Specimen: Unknown"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Craig Beam
"Second Chance"
"Moonstone"
"The Mutant"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow

 

Blu-ray 6
"The Guests"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historians Gary Gerani & David J. Schow
"Fun and Games"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
"The Special One"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historians Gary Gerani & Michael Hyatt
"A Feasibility Study"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow

"Production and Decay of Strange Particles" - Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

 

Blu-ray 7
"The Chameleon"
"The Forms of Things Unknown"
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

 

What adds so much more value here are the commentaries.... the always informative and impressive Tim Lucas, David Schow (author of The Outer Limits Companion), Reba Wissner (author of We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits and the Aural Imagination) and other plus we get a 40-page liner notes book in the package; "There is Nothing Wrong with Your Television Set" with photos and an excellent essay by Schow.

 

This Blu-ray box gets our absolute highest recommendation! Let's hope for the remaining 17 episodes (Season 2) to come to Blu-ray soon...  this is something I can keep and watch forever.

 - Gary Tooze


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