TZ on DVD: “Definitive” No More
Planning to give the gift of imagination this Christmas? For the fifth-dimension fans in your life, The Twilight Zone on DVD is hard to top. But if you like extras on your discs, it will soon be hard to get.
That’s because Image Entertainment will stop offering their “Definitive Collection” DVDs on Dec. 1. Soon only independent vendors on Amazon, eBay and other websites will carry them.
That doesn’t mean the series won’t be available on DVD anymore. In fact, Image has been re-issuing the series a season at a time over the last year or two, and will unveil a boxed set of the whole collection on Nov. 19.
However, this new edition is a bare-bones one that gives you nothing but the episodes — no commentaries or other extras of any kind.
Now, a lot of fans won’t care. They’ll be happy just to get the series. And yes, hearing, say, Kevin McCarthy reminisce while “Long Live Walter Jameson” plays, or watching a Rod Serling beer ad (no joke) is hardly essential to The Twilight Zone experience.
But for the more rabid fans out there, it’s nice to get all the extras you can find. So if you are among that group, or you’re shopping for someone who is, you might want to pick up the series on DVD sooner rather than later.
I’ve heard this move by Image described as a moratorium, or like Disney putting them in the vault for the time being. So at least we know that, like Henry Bemis reading happily on his lunch hour, they’ll be safe.
Of course, you can continue to get all the extras you find on the DVDs, and even more, on the Blu-ray discs. But if you’re in the market for “DVDs plus extras,” now’s the time to buy. Sure, it’s possible Henry Corwin will pull it out of his bag for you on Christmas Eve, but why take a chance?
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