Twilight Zone/UFO Cafe DVDs

Sunday, 27 July 2008 12:01

The Twilight Zone, the groundbreaking creation of screenwriter Rod Serling, gained instant legendary status in the 1950s and its popularity and influence endure worldwide. In 1994, Serling’s widow Carol discovered an unfilmed screenplay, entitled Where The Dead Are; along with another short story entitled The Theater, the ‘lost’ work was subsequently adapted for television by Richard Matheson.

Also out from Network DVD this month is a release of the cute and comedic movie UFO Cafe, which unites Richard Mulligan and Beau Brudges in a tale of aliens who are more human than most of those homo sapiens who reside on Planet Earth.

Twilight Zone ClassicsMatheson is a celebrated science-fiction author in his own right, perhaps best known for his novel I Am Legend, on which the 2007 Will Smith blockbuster was based, and was previously filmed with Charlton Heston as The Omega Man. Matheson had worked closely with Serling on the original series, so the adaption can be said to be true to the original spirit of the series.

Rod Serling’s Lost Classics comprises both Where The Dead Are and The Theater, stylish adaptations that remain true to Serling’s original vision for The Twilight Zone: in other words, a thought-provoking blend of disconcerting mystery interwoven with a powerful and timely moral allegory.

The Theater

A young couple see their own lives played out on a cinema screen. Can they escape their own seemingly inevitable fates?

Starring: Amy Irving, Gary Cole

Where The Dead Are

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a brilliant young surgeon is determined to do battle with death. But his research reveals a macabre reality…

Starring: Patrick Bergin, Julia Campbell, Jack Palance

The DVD has a running time of 89 mins approx, and an RRP of £7.99 – or less from www.culttvstore.com.

UFO CafeMeanwhile, in another Network DVD release, UFO CAFÉ, a visitor from another world brings fun and friendship into the lives of three elderly mid-town Americans.

Before going out, George (Richard Mulligan – Soap) always promises his wife he’ll bring home a glass of stardust. Living in a fantasy world, hardware store keeper George spends most of his days in the local café, sharing stories and dreams with his two best friends. Then, one day, a stranger from the city, Arnold Zimmerman (Beau Bridges – Major General Hank Landry in Stargate SG-1), visits the store looking for a specific piece of machinery. As it’s Thanksgiving, George lets him have it for free. The stranger is so touched that he lets him in on a secret. He is not from the city at all; in fact, he is from another planet, but his spaceship has broken down and he is stranded...

George introduces Arnold to his friends and once the ship is repaired the men buy a field on which to build a launch pad. When the locals hear of this, they assume that George has gone mad. As the relationship develops, it becomes clear that the two men have touched each other’s lives forever. And with the help of his new friend, George might even be able to keep that promise to his wife...

The movie’s fun, has a running time of 91 mins approx, and an RRP of £7.99 – or less from www.culttvstore.com.

And now, thanks to Cult TV and Network DVD, you could have had the opportunity to put a copy of both of these DVDs on to your mantelpiece, in our prize competition – we had two sets of both DVDs up for grabs. All you had to do is tell us the answer to the following question: Which star of Stargate SG-1 features in UFO Café? The answer was Beau Bridges, and the winners were Carla Knight of Pembrokeshire and Cliff Hedges  of Kent.

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