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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...!

1 comment:

  1. This is definitely the best that The Outer Limits has ever looked on home video, but I'm not convinced it's the best that it could look. No restoration was done, which seems a bit surprising, but I'm guessing money was a factor. On a number of the episodes the intros show obvious signs of wear, mostly in the form of speckling, which does not appear in the main body of the episodes. Why this would be I don't know, maybe it has to do with the way the films were stored over the years, but I'm not sure if that makes much sense. This could have been cleaned up, that sort of thing has been done before, but I wouldn't know how expensive that would have been. Whatever the case, these prints were not struck from the original negatives, and I'm beginning to wonder if the negatives for The Outer Limits even exist anymore. If anyone knows the answer to that, I'd be interested to know what the deal is on that one. Some might say I'm making a big deal out of not much, but I've seen my share of classic old TV shows and movies released on DVD and Blu-ray, and I just don't see that speckling issue with the vast majority of them.