While Americans around the country are celebrating their independence by grilling things and consuming lots of beer, the dapper, lab-coated guys and gals at CERN rocked the science landscape by announcing today that they may have finally found the Higgs Boson, the so-called “god particle.” Amongst the general populace, that news is likely to generate a question of “Who the hell is Higgs Boson?” But we like to think that our readers here at GFR are a savvier sort when it comes to science, even if we don’t all have degrees in particle physics. So even if you’ve read the articles and still aren’t entirely sure what a Higgs Boson is, we can all at least agree that this is a big day for capital-S Science. In honor of this titanic potential discovery, Amazon has decided to mark down one of the greatest science fiction series of all time: today only, you can pick up The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $179.99, a savings of 55% off list price.
Okay, so the sale probably has more to do with Independence Day, or possibly just because they had a lot of copies cluttering up the floor space in one of their warehouses. Either way, it’s a damn good sale on a damn good series, and I’m sure the Higgs Boson would approve. The set includes all 156 episodes of the series’ five seasons, all remastered in high-definition. And while you might not think a fifty-year-old black-and-white series can improve that much on Blu-ray, the new transfers of the show look surprisingly great.
The set is also packed with bonus features and behind-the-scenes goodies to help examine what went into the show’s making, and just how impactful the series has been on the shows and movies that came after. Its legacy has inspired people like Chris Carter (The X-Files) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), and the series includes episodes written by such genre titans as Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, and Rod Serling himself. If you don’t already own the Twilight Zone on Blu-ray, this is a perfect excuse to add it to your collection.
Submitted for your approval, here’s the rundown on the set’s bonus features:
- Features Stunning Brand-New Transfers!
- Audio Commentaries
- Twilight ZoneRadio Dramas
- Video Interviews
- Conversations with Rod Serling
- Highlights from the Museum of Television and Radio seminar
- Isolated Music Scores
- Twilight ZoneBillboards
- Twilight ZoneStills
- Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval (Bonus Documentary)
- George Clayton Johnson Home Movies
- Rod Serling Blooper Reel
- Genesee Beer spot
- Saturday Night LiveClip
- Twilight ZoneComic Book
- Genesee Beer Spot
- Complete script for “Twenty Two” with Serling’s handwritten notes