New Line Tunes in TV DVD With ‘Twilight Zone'22 Jun, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf
New Line Home Entertainment is taking its first leap into the TV-on-DVD market with the Sept. 7 release of The Twilight Zone.
The six-disc set is priced at $59.98 and includes all 43 episodes of the anthology series that updated the 1960s sci-fi classic TV program and ran in the last year on UPN.
New Line Television produced the series, which allowed the home entertainment division to get in on the TV-on-DVD game with a very strong product, said Matt Lasorsa, EVP of marketing at New Line Home Entertainment.
“It's very exciting for us, given that [TV on DVD] is an exploding market, and we have here a very quality show with a lot of equity,” he said.
Lasorsa said this set should appeal not only to fans of the original series, but could open up a whole new “Twilight Zone” audience, thanks to the updated episodes, the fact that they aired recently on TV and the long list of current stars who appeared in guest spots throughout the show's run.
Hosted by Forest Whitaker, stars of “Twilight Zone” episodes that appear in this set include Jessica Simpson, Jaime Pressly, Shannon Elizabeth, Amber Tamblyn, Usher, Vivica A. Fox, Dylan Walsh, Jason Bateman, Paul Rodriguez and others.
The season and the set include two remakes of classic “Twilight Zone” episodes, including “The Eye of the Beholder,” which stars Molly Sims in Donna Douglas' original role; and “The Monsters on Maple Street,” starring Andrew McCarthy in a remake of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” which starred Claude Akins.
Also included is the episode “It's Still a Good Life,” which is a sequel to an episode from the original series, “It's a Good Life,” and reunites the original stars, Bill Murray and Cloris Leachman.
Image Entertainment has enjoyed success with nearly a dozen DVD releases over the past few years from the original “Twilight Zone” series, having released a series of single-disc volumes in the early days of DVD. In the past two years, Image has released five multidisc “Twilight Zone” collections.
If this newest offering on DVD does well, it could inspire another TV season, Lasorsa said, though that would be up to New Line's TV production arm.