Although we focus on film rather than TV here at Blueprint: Review, you often get the occasional series or special that crosses the boundary between the formats. These days especially, with the high budget and high quality series being produced by companies like HBO and the mini-series that the BBC and ITV put together here in the UK, more and more film fans are putting as much stock into what’s on offer at home as what’s on at the cinema.
Long before Game of Thrones, The Wire or The Sopranos though there was a series which revolutionised what TV was capable of and launched the cinematic careers of numerous directors and actors. That series was The Twilight Zone. Premiering in 1959, the original series’ original and mind-bending stories (largely written by creator Rod Serling) captured the imaginations of viewers around the world. It provided early roles for actors like William Shatner and Martin Landau as well as giving a boost to the careers of then fledgling directors such as Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) and Richard Donner (Superman).
The series came to an end in 1964, but in 1985 it came back and remained as captivating as ever. Like before, it also provided a great platform for new talent, with directors such as Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) getting involved and writers such as George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) getting their big break alongside established sci-fi authors such as Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451). Actors giving early performances included Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman alongside more familiar faces such as Helen Mirren and Janet Leigh.
Well the complete 3 series made in the 80’s are being made available in the UK on 29th April in an epic box set, released by Shock Entertainment & FremantleMedia Enterprises and to celebrate, we’ve got a few video clips for you to take a look at.
DOUBLE THE BRUCE
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
And here’s an infographic with more information on the show as well as links to purchase the set: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/378601158320586754#tlsite