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Old January 2 2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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Twilight Zone shot direct to video

I've checked out a handful of episodes during Sci-Fi's holiday marathon, but I honestly don't recall the "shot live/direct to video" episodes like the last two. It has a whole different "texture" or feeling to watching it. Kinda cool...kinda TZ. You know. I didn't remember these at least, not on a video way. Cool.

This one has "Ed Norton" as Santa Claus and John Fiedler ("Redjac") as co-stars. Quite fun, actually!

(Seconds later) Art Carney is SO TRAGIC and STRONG in this episode. I SWEAR I've never seen itt before...a real treat to me in the new year though I cry to see it as well.
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Old January 2 2008, 02:33 AM   #2
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Re: Twilight Zone shot direct to video

I actually didn't like the "video" episodes from TZ. There were only a few I think, then they went back to film. There's the one where the family lives in the mansion staffed by robots, the one where the hospital patient is having nightmares about being lured to the morgue, (22?), and maybe one more. I haven't seen them for a while. Glad to see the show is alive and well, though.
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Old January 2 2008, 02:59 AM   #3
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Re: Twilight Zone shot direct to video

There are a half-dozen videotaped episodes of TZ:

"The Lateness of the Hour" (with John Hoyt)
"Static"
"The Whole Truth"
"Night of the Meek" (Art Carney Christmas episode)
"Twenty-Two" (with Jonathan Harris and Arlene Martel)
"Long Distance Call" (with Billy Mumy)

They were done because the show was running over budget and they needed to save money. Shooting on videotape was cheaper, and editing was done by switching cameras just as with a live production, so there was less post-production time and expense required. But the technology was crude and very limiting, requiring stagey, in-studio stories with no location work and minimal special effects, and it proved too limiting for The Twilight Zone. Serling declared it "disastrous."

(This info comes from The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree.)
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Old January 2 2008, 03:03 AM   #4
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Re: Twilight Zone shot direct to video

I used to read a lot of MSZ in the '80s.

And it all looks very...thrown together. You get my drift, right? Very...last minute.
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Old January 2 2008, 03:09 AM   #5
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Uhh, what? Are you referring to Zicree's writing or to the videotaped episodes?
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Old January 2 2008, 03:16 AM   #6
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Christopher said:
(This info comes from The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree.)
That was one heck of a book. Completely recommended reading.
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Old January 2 2008, 03:24 AM   #7
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Re: Twilight Zone shot direct to video

benny said:
Christopher said:
(This info comes from The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree.)
That was one heck of a book. Completely recommended reading.
...a truly great book!
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Old January 2 2008, 11:53 AM   #8
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Re: Twilight Zone shot direct to video

Kryton said:
I've checked out a handful of episodes during Sci-Fi's holiday marathon, but I honestly don't recall the "shot live/direct to video" episodes like the last two. It has a whole different "texture" or feeling to watching it. Kinda cool...kinda TZ. You know. I didn't remember these at least, not on a video way. Cool.

This one has "Ed Norton" as Santa Claus and John Fiedler ("Redjac") as co-stars. Quite fun, actually!

(Seconds later) Art Carney is SO TRAGIC and STRONG in this episode. I SWEAR I've never seen itt before...a real treat to me in the new year though I cry to see it as well.
"The Night of the Meek" is probably the best Christmas episode of any show that I have ever seen. Art Carney really sells his character. I'm glad I managed to catch it this time around.
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Old January 2 2008, 01:38 PM   #9
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Re: Twilight Zone shot direct to video

To this day, I maintain a private conceit about that episode :


Also, I wish I could find out whether Carney's pal Gleason had ever been under consideration for this role.

This has to rank with Charlie Brown for best 'touches the spirit' Xmas ep.
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Old January 12 2009, 05:18 PM   #10
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This one has "Ed Norton" as Santa Claus and John Fiedler ("Redjac") as co-stars. Quite fun, actually!
"Look mom, Santas' loaded!"
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Old January 12 2009, 06:14 PM   #11
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Holy thread necromancy!!!
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Old January 12 2009, 08:31 PM   #12
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Video or not, "Night of the Meek" is still one of my favorite TZ episodes.

And it's not even written by Richard Matheson!
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Old January 12 2009, 09:06 PM   #13
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I think more than a few of these episodes are well-written, which leaves me more disappointed that they were shot on video in the live television manner. They'd look ugly all by themselves, but compared to the cinematography that used film on every other episode, they look really ugly.
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Old January 13 2009, 12:34 AM   #14
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I haven't even looked at any of my TZ Collection 1 I got for a steal a couple months ago...sure enough, Night of the Meek is the first episode on the first disc. I'll have to pop that in since I haven't seen it since I started this thread just over a year ago!
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