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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Season Two arrives on Blu-ray!

Hey gang.... yeah, I know, it's been a DAMN long time since I've posted anything. Sue me.

So THE OUTER LIMITS Season Two has dropped, and it's magnificent.* Don't believe me? Just ask Glenn Erickson, the esteemed CineSavant himself:

CineSavant Review

Yours truly recorded four, count 'em, FOUR commentary tracks this time around (after contributing three for the Season One set earlier this year). You'll hear my annoying voice droning on incessantly on the following episodes:

Cold Hands, Warm Heart
Demon with a Glass Hand
The Invisible Enemy
Wolf 359

I dunno, maybe these are a bit better than my season one offerings...? I dunno, I'm way too close to these things to possess any semblance of an impartial view.

Longtime readers of the blog will recall my frequent MGM-bashing over the lack of a Blu-ray release for the series, especially when the show turned 50. The series turns 55 this year (actually, it already did, back on September 15th), so I guess the additional five years didn't kill me. My ire is still as strong as ever toward MGM, though, since they aren't even the ones releasing these sets.... we can all thank Kino Lorber for that.

* There's a bit of an audio problem on the episode "Soldier." The entirety of act two is marred by bad audio. I mean, like, REALLY bad. It starts out okay, then gradually blooms into full-on obnoxious-as-hell warbling. Check it out:

Kino will be offering replacement discs in early 2019, so don't let this gaff stop you from purchasing. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

On This, the Eve of the Season One Blu-ray Release...

I was interviewed about a week ago about my involvement with the Blu-ray release of The Outer Limits Season One (which streets tomorrow!), and the interview went live today. Check it out!

Here's a much larger version of the (quite tiny) picture of me they used. My old friend Martin ScorZanti is clearly the better looking.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A few quick comparisons....

DVD on the left, Blu-ray on the right. Click on 'em for the full-sizedness.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

First Blu-ray Review Is Up!

Two weeks from today, the legendary first season of The Outer Limits will be released on Blu-ray.... and the first review is up! CineSavant himself Glenn Erickson gives the set a pretty thorough rundown, and (spoiler alert) it's a glowingly positive review. Well, what are you waiting for? Click, man, CLICK!

He even mentions me--- well, not by name, but...

"Kino has produced a tall stack of audio commentaries for the boxed set, covering more than two thirds of the episodes. Unchallenged OL master David J. Schow takes on many of the top titles, and gives us authoritative reportage on the careers of Leslie Stevens and Joseph Stefano. Tim Lucas adds his brand of analysis and insight to other well-known hits, often citing surprising sources of inspiration for episodes, and connecting OL shows to later classic works. The other commentators range from knowledgeable authors, to specialists in TV music and art direction, to a super-fan blogger who knows his territory as well as anybody."

That's definitely me (I'm the only blogger on the roster, so...!). So between being listed as a "film historian" on the back cover and this,  I may be in serious danger of developing a Gwyllm Griffiths-sized swollen head...!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Season 1 Blu-ray cover art unveiled!

I love getting exactly what I want. It doesn't happen often. But when it does... I just revel in it, man.

Just a couple of days ago I described what I was hoping the Blu-ray cover would look like:

I'm not sure I want ANY characters displayed... I'd prefer something starker. Just the logo, and the iconic sine wave behind it. Something stately. Classy. Minimalist. 

The universe heard me.

61 days.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Season One Blu-ray now available for pre-order!

There's no cover art posted yet, but Amazon now has an official listing....

The Outer Limits: Season One Blu-ray

From the listing:

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

Special Features:

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 


It appears that the cat is officially out of the bag, so I'm free to talk about it. Yours truly contributed three commentary tracks: "O.B.I.T.," "Corpus Earthling," and "Specimen: Unknown." Not gonna lie--- I'm still having a hard time believing this is all really happening.

March 27th, folks.