The Twilight Zone

Volume 6

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Details At A Glance

Category Sci-Fi / Television Biography - Rod Serling
Production Notes - Season By Season
Production Notes - History of The Twilight Zone
Year Released 1961, 1962
Running Time 100:25 minutes
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 2,4 Directors Don Medford
Montgomery Pittman 
Elliott Silverstein

Warner Vision
Starring Joseph Schildkraut 
Lee Marvin 
Lee Van Cleef 
Strother Martin 
James Best
Edgar Buchanan
James Gregory
Case Transparent Amaray
RPI $34.95 Music Tommy Morgan
Fred Steiner

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono, 96 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono, 96 Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles Dutch 
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, minor in credits

Plot Synopsis

   Continuing the ongoing stream of releases of episodes from one of the all time classic television shows, we get to Volume 6 of The Twilight Zone. The subheading of this little collection of four episodes is The Unquiet Dead in The Twilight Zone. I need not add any comments about my feelings about the series, as they are very much in accord with the views expressed by Paul C in his review of The Twilight Zone - Volume 1. All I will say is that it has been some time since I saw these episodes on television and it is great to return to them again after so long, especially as I don't recall them ever looking this good!

    The episodes on offer on Volume 6, in the running order on the DVD, are:

    Deaths-Head Revisited (Episode 74, Nov 10 1961, 25:22 minutes) - A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to re-live the good old days - until his long-dead victims appear to deliver overdue justice! Directed by Don Medford. Perhaps just a tad too clichéd to be utterly memorable but still a decently evocative tale based upon the events at Dachau.

   The Grave (Episode 72, Oct 27 1961, 24:51 minutes) - Before he died, notorious badman Pinto Sykes put a curse on hired-gun Conny Miller. If Miller ever sets foot on his grave he will kill him - a threat Sykes carries out! One of the more memorable episodes that I recall from my youth, since it starred three great actors from the annals of the Western - Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef and Strother Martin. Directed by Montgomery Pittman.

    The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (Episode 88, Feb 23 1962, 25:02 minutes) - Ever since he came back to life at his own funeral, Jeff hasn't been the same! The townspeople want him out of town, but Jeff says they have no reason to fear him. Or do they? One of the dreadfully overacted efforts that did occasionally plague the series, there is nothing too memorable here at all. Perhaps if they had not insisted on using those dreadfully fake Midwestern accents this would have been less painful! Also directed by Montgomery Pittman.

    The Passerby (Episode 69, Oct 6 1961, 25:00 minutes) - On the road home from The Civil War, a Confederate soldier stops at a house. He and the owner, a recent widow, soon realize that all who pass are dead, including them! Starring James Gregory, this is a nicely handled take on the walk of the dead to the afterlife. It is also a rather prosaic look at the futility of revenge. Directed by Elliott Silverstein.

Transfer Quality


    The transfer is presented in the native aspect ratio of television shows of the era, namely 1.33:1.

    Whilst it has been said before, it does bear repeating that the transfer quality on offer is very good when consideration is given both to the age of the series and to the medium for which it was produced. All episodes have generally the same video characteristics. The definition in all episodes is generally very good, and is actually a lot better than I was expecting for television episodes bordering on forty years old. Detail is uniformly high too, although the odd lapse does have to be grudgingly acknowledged. Clarity is pretty good throughout. There is no low-level noise in the image, and the shadow detail is quite acceptable.

    As is to be expected, these episodes are all in black and white and a fine looking black and white it is too. I only wish that some of the black and white films I have seen on DVD had this sort of quality. There is generally a very nice depth of tone to the black and white that makes these in general quite vibrant looking transfers.

    There generally were not any significant MPEG artefacts in these transfers, apart from Episode 69 which suffers just a little from some blockiness in the picture on a couple of occasions. There is a rather consistent problem with film-to-video artefacts, most noticeably aliasing. At times it gets a little distracting, especially in Episode 74 and Episode 88. Naturally there are plenty of film artefacts, but in general they are no worse than we would expect in source material of this vintage.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-to-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The usual standard two soundtracks are on offer on the DVD, being Dolby Digital 1.0 mono efforts in English or French. I have to agree with Paul C in being thankful that they have decided to stick with 1.0 mono sound rather than trying to tweak it into 2.0, something which I find that in general does not sound as natural. I naturally stuck to the English soundtrack, as I really have no desire to try out my French in something like The Twilight Zone.

    The dialogue for all episodes was clear and easy to understand, and audio sync did not appear to be any sort of problem here at all.

    The music for the episodes is often not credited, reflecting the stock nature of a lot of the music used. However, the last two episodes on the DVD have music provided by Tommy Morgan and Fred Steiner.

    There really is not an awful lot to say about the soundtrack, as it is obviously a reflection of the limitations of the period in which it was recorded and the medium for which is was recorded. You certainly would not be digging this sort of effort out to demonstrate how great DVD can sound. Still, the soundtracks are generally free from any distortion or congestion and this is actually very decent sounding mono. Naturally, you can forget about every speaker apart from the centre speaker here!

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The usual effort common to the releases in the series, noteworthy for the nifty selection animation in the Episodes menu.

Biography - Rod Serling

    The usual effort common to the releases in this series.

Production Notes - History Of The Twilight Zone

    The usual effort common to the releases in this series.

Production Notes - Season By Season

    The usual effort common to the releases in this series.

R4 vs R1

    The same as the Region 1 version in broad terms, the Region 4 version would be the version of choice owing to PAL formatting.


    Maintaining the standards of the series established by the earlier releases, there is certainly no reason to avoid this collection of episodes.

    A good video transfer for material of this age and source.

    An acceptable audio transfer.

    A good extras package all things considered.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Ian Morris (have a laugh, check out the bio)
23rd September 2000

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-515; S-video output
Display Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Built in
Amplification Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Speakers Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL