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Thriller: The Complete Series (1960)

Boris Karloff , William Shatner , Arthur Hiller , Douglas Heyes    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Image Entertainment's 14-disc presentation of the acclaimed anthology series Thriller is arguably among the most anticipated DVD releases for horror fans and vintage-TV aficionados alike. Hosted by screen legend Boris Karloff, who also appeared in five episodes of the series, and aired on NBC from 1960 to 1962, Thriller immediately earned a reputation as one of the most frightening programs ever broadcast on television--a legacy that endures some four decades after it left the airwaves. Though it featured an all-star lineup both in front of and behind the camera--actors such as William Shatner, Richard Chamberlain, Rip Torn, Leslie Nielsen, Elizabeth Montgomery, Warren Oates, Robert Vaughn, and Marlo Thomas were among its guest stars, while directors included veterans like John Brahm (The Lodger), John Newland (One Step Beyond), and actor-directors Ida Lupino, Paul Henreid, and Ray Milland--the chills of Thriller hinged on its stories. Psycho author Robert Bloch adapted several of his short tales for the series, including one of its most nerve-jangling episodes, "The Cheaters," about a pair of glasses that reveal terrifying truths to the wearer. Twilight Zone scribes Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont also contributed scripts, while others were based on stories by Cornell Woolrich, Edgar Allan Poe, and Conan creator Robert E. Howard; the latter provided the source material for "Pigeons from Hell," the episode widely regarded as the most terrifying of the series, with Brandon De Wilde as a young man who encounters restless spirits and a unique monster in an abandoned Southern mansion. Other standouts include Bloch's "The Grim Reaper," about a cursed portrait that brings death to its owners (including Shatner); "The Purple Room," with Torn as the skeptical inheritor of a haunted house, which viewers will immediately recognize as the Bates home from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; and "La Strega," with Ursula Andress as a young woman bedeviled by her sorceress aunt.

The 14-disc Thriller: The Complete Series offers all 67 episodes of the series, each remastered and uncut for the first time since their original broadcast. Some 50 hours of supplemental features have also been included; chief among these are 24 hours of commentary tracks by Thriller participants like directors Arthur Hiller and Ted Post and actors Richard Anderson and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), as well as genre experts like Tim Lucas, David Schow, Gary Gerani, and Lucy Chase Williams. Episode promos and isolated score tracks by composers Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen) and Morton Stevens all help to underscore why no less an authority than Stephen King declared Thriller to be the best series of its type to ever air on television. --Paul Gaita

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Now available for the first time, experience the complete series hailed as the most frightening ever created for television. Horror legend Boris Karloff guides you through 67 unforgettable episodes of suspense, murder and relentless terror from the minds of such masterful writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch and Cornell Woolrich. Featuring an incredible cast of stars, including William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery, Rip Torn, Richard Chamberlain, Cloris Leachman, Robert Vaughn, John Carradine, Ursula Andress and many more! THRILLER is the ultimate must-have collection for any horror fan.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller: The Complete Series Jan. 17 2013
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A true classic thriller/horror TV series, somewhat Twilight Zone meets One Step Beyond with a bit of Universal horror movies thrown in for good measure.

Excellent quality video and audio, great transfers, with a lot of extras, especially of the nature that serious fans of the show will enjoy and appreciate, this DVD set is about exactly what a fan of this or any other show would want in a DVD complete set of their show.

First rate and highly recommended, the guest cast is unending with a view of many up and coming TV stars before they were famous with Elizabeth Montgomery a very good example, here she was supernatural in Masquerade before there was a Samantha.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and overhyped Dec 26 2010
This classic TV series is almost unknown today because unlike the Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents series, this series did not enjoy a long rerun life throughout the 60's and 70's. That is because unlike the other series that were 30 minutes in length, this series is 1 hr in length, which made it too expensive to air as a rerun. The price is ridiculously high, although the quality of the production values and sheer number of episodes with memorable stories and A-list stars could perhaps justify the price in the eyes of die-hard classic TV fans. Anyone wishing to buy this series but not wishing to pay the high price, check out prices on the online used product websites (I dare not mention the name of the biggest and most well-known site, as it will trigger a "red flag" in amazon's head office and this review won't get published). In recent years these anthology series have had a renaissance because there's nothing like them on TV today. In addition to the Hitchcock and Twilight Zone series, check out the Barbara Stanwyck series (it only lasted one season but she starred in almost every episode and the show won an Emmy).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD but with some niggles Sept. 27 2010
Well as the title says but it has a few upsides and downsides:

Upside: Excellent extras, audio commentaries, all eps complete etc. Video is great, on par with the image Twilight zone dvds.

Downside: The price, too expensive for what you get. at this price, they could have put commentaries on all the eps.

Anyways, Thriller is a great show and I'm glad all the eps are here.
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8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 30% off? Wow! Aug. 22 2010
By Bt
Only a hundred and 20 bucks for 2 seasons? What a bargain! These crooks are something to watch. To justify this price takes a great deal of denial. The truth is, it's robbery. The show was good. Not great but very good. Some episodes were excellent, some good while there were more than a couple of clunkers. Overall you never quite new what to expect in terms of quality. Big names like Steven King have endorsed it so it gets overated in my view and it sure is not in the same league as Hitchcock and Twilight Zone. Those comparisons are ludicrous. For me, It's all about the fact that the studios continue to gouge fans. People need to speak up but I understand that I'm in a minority. I'll wait for it to sell somewhere at a much cheaper price.
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