"The Outer Limits" coming to blu-ray with new HD masters late 2017/early 2018

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by jupiter8, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    NJ, USA
    Kino Lorber just posted this to Facebook:

    Coming Soon on DVD and Blu-ray!
    Brand New HD Masters!

    The Outer Limits (Original Series 1963-1965)

    Season 1 (32 Episodes - 8 Discs) - Late 2017
    Season 2 (17 Episodes - 5 Discs) - Early 2018
  2. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

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  3. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Thought it would be the revival series. Oh well.
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  4. Otlset

    Otlset free-range audiophile

    Temecula, CA
    "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture."

    Uh-oh...get ready for the ride...
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  5. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    Just don't colorize it!

  6. mooseman

    mooseman Forum Resident

    Hulu has the regular series.
  7. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    You'd prefer that over the original? Not that it's a bad show or anything but I'd much rather have the original on Blu-ray, especially to get rid of my dual-sided DVDs.
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  8. costerdock

    costerdock Forum Resident

    Prescott, AZ, USA
    I already have the complete DVDs - love the show.
  9. Deesky

    Deesky Forum Resident

    Yeah, I'd like that too.
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  10. ducksdeluxe

    ducksdeluxe Not my cat!

    Excellent news. This was WAY too intense for 5 year old me back then. Just the intro would make me flee the room. My brothers, 11 and 8, laughed.

    I would love to hear similar news about One Step Beyond, but that situation seems messy. The public domain box I have is pretty sketchy, quality-wise. I think Hulu has this one, too.

    I'd be up for the revival series too on BR. I've never seen it, but it's probably very good if it lasted 7 years.
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  11. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    dread the pricing though even without knowing it... LOL. I'm sure it will be in the Outer Limits of my wallet.
  12. reapers

    reapers Forum Resident

    These just started airing on MeTV.
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  13. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident

    A another nostalgia money grab aimed at the babyboomers .... sad...
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  14. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    The "Zanti Misfits" episode scared the crap outta me as a little kid. That is nightmarish stuff.

  15. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Forum Resident

    NJ, USA
    There's a soundtrack CD that's fun to listen to. Opening and closing titles (the Control Voice), music scores from some of the episodes, and sound effects, 38 tracks in all.
  16. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    There was a bigger issue of the Dominic Frontiere scores to OUTER LIMITS episodes by La-la-land. It was limited to 3000 units and rare as heck now:


    Sounds better than the GNP Crescendo disc. I have both.
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  17. I was about in the same situation, except that for some strange reason, I seemed to have been left all by myself with that show (1st season) when it first aired, IIRC every single week... Listen, when that mutant from The Man Who Was Never Born first appeared in close-up from behind his rock, I turned the set off and ran straight to my bedroom under the blankets! ...Returning half-sheepishly to turn the set back on about 30 minutes later, only to come upon the dreadful, doom-laden final shot of the girl crying alone in her ship, lost in the void... The most pessimistic ending ever seen on primetime television... A real dolly shot if I recall what I have read correctly, not a cheap zoom-out. To this day I get the shivers when I see it!
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  18. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    I was 12 when THE OUTER LIMITS premiered, so I was right in the show's wheelhouse, demographically. I remember watching the premiere with the family and was fascinated by it all. But I also think I tuned in or out on the show depending on the storyline that week. If it had anything to do with outer space, I was right there, and recall each of those episodes vividly. But the ones that didn't fall into that category were tune-outs. So the second episode, being political in nature, wasn't of big interest to me at the time. Today I think it's brilliant.

    Today, I marvel at the fact that the powers that be of the series purposely shot it with odd angles and deep shadows, giving it a somewhat murky look. Now imagine that murky look on the already murky-looking televisions of the day.

    Which also reminds me that many who look at THE OUTER LIMITS today might wonder about the opening sequence with the dot, the sine wave, the rolling image, and the Indian test pattern.
    People who've grown up in the age of color TV and 24-hour stations probably never encountered the phenomena that were part of the opening of THE OUTER LIMITS.

    - The dot: when an old black & white TV from the fifties and early sixties was turned off, the image would shrink do a centered dot that faded slowly as the CRT cooled. It was a common image, and the fact that THE OUTER LIMITS would dare to put that dot on as its opening image was bold indeed, imitating a set that was turned off.

    - The sine wave: a less-common image, but still something that might be seen on an oscilloscope. It went with the piercing tone.

    - The rolling image: Tube TVs at the time often had vertical sync problems. It caused the picture to roll down from the top or up from the bottom. THE OUTER LIMITS example shows it perfectly. A fast roll was called a flutter. There was a horizontal sync error as well that caused the image to skew in a diagonal fashion from side to side.

    - The test pattern: when TV stations went off the air after midnight, they'd put up a test pattern for their engineers to align the various components needed to provide consistent broadcast parameters. The Indian test pattern was quite common.

    - CRTs in those days had focusing mechanisms, and THE OUTER LIMITS used that too to "blur the image", later to "sharpen it to crystal clarity."

    - The "control voice" was the calming influence, telling you that there was nothing wrong with your television set, that "they" were controlling things.

    Effective indeed in the early sixties, and quite anachronistic these days.
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  19. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Is the revival version airing too?
  20. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    There's something very creepy about that. But I don't know what.
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  21. Deesky

    Deesky Forum Resident

    Have you seen The Fly?
  22. Stop-go motion was creepy! It's been analyzed and explained by better minds than me.

    As creepy as the Zantis (those alien giant ants) were, the use of "live" puppets in the other non-stop/go scenes and various other aspects made, for me, The Zanti Misfits one of the least re-watchable episodes of a wildly uneven show (first season - I have very little use anyway for the differently produced 2nd season).
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  23. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
  24. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    Actually, the revival series was mostly sensational, some of the best sci-fi I've ever seen on television.
    And the second season 1st episode "A Stitch In Time" is one of my all time favorite episodes of ANY
    TV series. It should be redone as a full length movie. Also, they made a follow up episode of it
    as the series finale. Basically the end of the world.........
  25. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    I watched them at the time of broadcast and thought it was good, but nothing phenomenal. I probably need to re-watch to re-evaluate. I've read that at least some of the seasons of the 'new' show are edited on DVD. Pity.

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