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Studio: Warner Brothers
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
Genre: TV Series
[SKU-263315]In The Twilight Zone The Movie DVD you'll see how some of Hollywood's top directors handle some classic stories from the legendary sci-fi series. The movie includes great work from Stephen Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller, who dares to direct "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," the famous episode featuring a hair-raising monster on the wing of a plane. In The Twilight Zone The Movie Video, a highlight of the Syfy DVD collection, you'll want to watch it over and over for all the chills and thought-provoking stories.In The Twilight Zone The Movie DVD, a highly anticipated release for fantasy fans in the summer of 1983, there are three adaptations of classic episodes (and one original story) from Rod Serling's anthology series by a quartet of the biggest directors in Hollywood. With Stephen Spielberg (also the film's co-producer), John Landis, George Miller (The Road Warrior, Happy Feet), and Joe Dante behind the camera for this portmanteau feature, one might expect Serling's episodes to positively gleam with star power, but the truth is that Twilight Zone: The Movie is a hit-and-miss affair. In The Twilight Zone the Movie video, Landis opens with an amusing nod to the original series' pop-culture appeal with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks riffing on their favorite episodes before a hair-raising shock finale; unfortunately, his second offering is a bland morality plan about racial tolerance that will forever be overshadowed by the accident that claimed the lives of star Vic Morrow and two child actors during shooting. In the Twilight Zone The Movie DVD, part of the collection of Syfy DVDs, Spielberg's take on George Clayton Johnson's "Kick the Can" looks lovely and is well performed by its cast (especially Scatman Crothers), but it struggles to bear up under the weight of treacly sentiment so common to the director's films at the time. Dante's version of Jerome Bixby's "It's A Good Life" (about a boy with monstrous powers) is rife with his trademark energy and black humor (and his cast of regular players, including Kevin McCarthy and William Schallert, strike the right balance of terror and comedy). But it's Miller's revamp of Richard Matheson's legendary "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" that delivers the biggest payoff, thanks to John Lithgow's super-charged turn as a nervous airline passenger who's convinced he's seen a monster tampering with the plane's wing. Burgess Meredith (himself a veteran of the original TZ) provides narration. Shop for The Twilight Zone The Movie DVD and prepare to be taken on four thrilling stories by some of the big screen's hottest directors.
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