Twilight Zone: The Movie

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Golden Zone: The Movie (DVD)

An extremely prepared for release for fantasy fans in the summertime of 1983, Twilight Zone: The Movie presents three adjustments of timeless episodes (and one original story) from Rod Serling's anthology series by a quartet of the most significant directors in Hollywood. With Stephen Spielberg (likewise the film's co-producer), John Landis, George Miller (The Road Warrior, Happy Feet), and Joe Dante behind the video camera for this portmanteau feature, one might expect Serling's episodes to positively shine with star power, however the reality is that Twilight Zone: The Movie is a hit-and-miss affair. Landis opens with an amusing nod to the original series' pop-culture appeal with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks riffing on their preferred episodes before a hair-raising shock ending; sadly, his 2nd providing is a bland morality strategy about racial tolerance that will forever be overshadowed by the mishap that asserted the lives of star Vic Morrow and two kid stars throughout shooting. Spielberg's take on George Clayton Johnson's "Kick the Can" looks charming and is well carried out by its cast (especially Scatman Crothers), however it has a hard time to bear up under the weight of treacley sentiment so common to the director's movies at the time. Dante's version of Jerome Bixby's "It's A Good Life" (about a boy with monstrous powers) is swarming with his hallmark energy and black humor (and his cast of regular players, consisting of Kevin McCarthy and William Schallert, strike the best balance of terror and comedy). But it's Miller's revamp of Richard Matheson's legendary "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" that provides the most significant payoff, thanks to John Lithgow's super-charged turn as a nervous airline company passenger who's convinced he's seen a beast tampering with the aircraft's wing. Citizen Meredith (himself a veteran of the original TZ) offers narration; the widescreen DVD includes no bonus conserve for the original trailer and a remastered digital transfer. -- Paul Gaita

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