Night Gallery Season 2 is Headed to Blu-ray — Here’s What to Expect

For a long time, I had nothing hopeful to say when Night Gallery fans would ask me if we’d ever see a Blu-ray release of the series.

Rod Serling introducing “Make Me Laugh”

I’d tell them how long it took for it to come out on DVD, and say we were lucky to have it on disc at all. MAYBE we’ll see a Blu-ray someday, I’d add, but don’t hold your breath.

Then Season 1 came out on Blu-ray last November.

And Season 2, I’m happy to say, is about to follow — either on July 19 or July 26, depending on who you ask.

This is terrific news for a couple reasons. One is that Season 2 marks when the series went to a weekly format, so you get a lot more material. Many of the show’s finest segments aired in Season 2, like “Class of ’99” with Vincent Price, “Cool Air,” “A Death in the Family” and “Green Fingers.”

“Class of ’99”

The other reason is that Kino Lorber has really packed this one with extras. Besides the cleaned-up video and audio, we get audio commentaries on every episode, not the half dozen or so we got on the Season 2 DVDs. I’m especially glad to see so many by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson, co-authors of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour” (which will soon be released in an expanded and revised edition).

You can pre-order the Season 2 Blu-ray now at Kino Lorber for $59.97 (40% off the $99.95 full retail price at Amazon). I suspect it will be available for less as the date approaches, though, so I plan to wait a bit. If I hear of any better prices, I’ll be sure to share it here, as well as on my Twitter and Facebook pages.

In the meantime, feel free to peruse the list of extras below — and prepare to see Night Gallery as it was meant to be seen.

“You Can’t Get Help Like That Anymore”

– BRAND NEW 2K MASTERS
– 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

“A Fear of Spiders”

– 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

“Midnight Never Ends”

– 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

“Cool Air”

– 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

“The Miracle at Camafeo”

– 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

“Little Girl Lost”

– 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 (29:55)
– THE SYNDICATION CONUNDRUM PART 2: A Look at the Show’s Troubled Second Life in Reruns – A Featurette by Film Historian Craig Beam
– Art Gallery: The Paintings – Featurette with Artist Tom Wright (3:28)
– 19 TV Spots (Newly Mastered in HD)
– NBC TV Promos (12:51) – From the 2008 DVD Release
– DVD Easter Eggs
– Optional English Subtitles

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Posted on 05/20/2022, in Night Gallery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I have always been a fan of everything Rod Serling and am looking forward to the Night Gallery series

  2. Blu-Ray is really not the way that Night Gallery was “meant to be seen,” though. The resolution is so high in Blu-Ray that it can actually reveal problems in the visual images of these old shows that were imperceptible during the original TV broadcasts—a real problem for Twilight Zone, for instance, where in the Blu-Rays you can sometimes make out flaws in makeup or set painting that would never have been visible watching on an old rabbit-ears TV set—which was actually the way they were meant to be seen. I’m not that big a fan of Night Gallery anyway, so it’s not a big deal to me, but in general my finding is that “better” is not necessarily always, well, better.

    • I get that, and I agree. But I would certainly like to see something that looks better than the somewhat grainy prints we have now on DVD. And judging by the Season 1 Blu-rays, we should be in good shape.

  3. Are the DVDs grainy? They sure look better than when I used to watch the show in reruns on KCOP Channel 13 circa 1977! Maybe someday there will be a movement toward recreating what these old shows actually looked like in their original broadcasts, with the appropriate resolution and original commercials. I’d actually be very interested in that.

    • Ha, well, I’m sure they look at least a little better than what you saw on what was probably a modest set in 1977! But I don’t know—maybe the Twilight Zone DVDs spoiled me; despite being 10 years older, the show looks fantastic. Very crisp. You can tell they used the best print available. That wasn’t the case with NG, and a disc print is only as good as your source material. To see what I mean, check out the “Class of ‘99” shot above—I screen-capped it from the DVD onto my laptop. Not very crisp, as you can see. (Close-up shots are a bit better.)

      As for seeing these with their original commercials, I’d be game! At least as an option. It would be fun to watch each episode of TZ and NG exactly as they were seen when they debuted.

  4. That’s good news, Paul. Thorough as always. Thanks for doing the legwork. I hope you have a nice weekend.

  5. This is great news! “Green Fingers” is hands down my favorite episode of the series.

    • Good choice! I have a post coming up that will show how Serling adapted the original short story. Some fascinating changes, as usual.

  6. Wow, Paul! That’s a seemingly exhaustive list of extras that Kino Lorber is providing! Thanks for your researching, as always! I ordered the set from KL last month; although I normally purchase from Amazon, my thinking is their usual discount is less than 25% off MSRP.

    • You’re welcome, Ken! And yes, you’re probably wise to get it from KL directly. My guess is that I’ll do likewise. I’d love to pay less than $57 or whatever it is now, but there’s no question it will be worth that price.

  7. Robert Allee

    The Blu-ray set for season 2 look amazing and the commentary is wonderful. This IS the best way to see the series. The commentary mentions that there is an updated and expanded version of Scott Skelton and Jim Benson’s first book coming out in 2022. Does anybody have an exact date on that?

    • Scott Skelton recently said there would be a Kickstarter in October. I bet we’ll hear more next week at Serlingfest.

      • Robert Allee

        I’ll keep my ears open about the book. I just finished the set and watched the last two episodes and was blown away by the way “Sins of the Father” looked. I was wondering how a dark and fog filled episode would hold up on Blu-ray and it was incredible to see. I do think Blu-ray is how Night Gallery was “meant to be seen”. I don’t think you can fully appreciate it any other way. “The Caterpillar” really looked amazing too. It was like watching it for the first time. I forgot that season 2 ended with the destruction of the entire world with “Little Girl Lost”! I kind of wish the entire series had ended with season 2. What an amazing way to have finished a series.

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