Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Outer Limits - There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Blu-ray Disc Player...

The Outer Limits - There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Blu-ray Disc Player...

Kino Lorber to release high-def Blu-rays for Season 1 and Season 2!

Posted by David Lambert
    There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to...The Outer Limits.
In 1963, Leslie Stevens IV (Incubus, The Marriage-Go-Round, It Takes a Thief, McCloud, Search, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Galactica) created and executive produced the now-legendary scifi-horror anthology series, The Outer Limits. It only ran for 2 seasons (32 in the first, and 17 in the second) on ABC in black-and-white, but it inspired a lasting legacy...including Showtime's 1995 revival often referred to as "The New Outer Limits."

In 2002 and 2003, MGM released both seasons of The Outer Limits on DVD, as individual season sets. In 2007 they re-released the show on DVD, re-configuring it into Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 sets this time. Then in 2008 they released The Outer Limits - The Complete Original Series, bringing all 49 episodes together for the first time. Each of these are out of print now, and can be difficult to find outside of the "used DVD" market. But yesterday after third-party studio Kino Lorber made an exciting announcement!

Kino Lorber posted on their Facebook page that in Late 2017 they will release The Outer Limits - Season 1 (32 episodes on 8 discs) on high-res Blu-ray Disc! Then, in Early 2018 they will follow up with The Outer Limits - Season 2 on Blu-ray Disc (17 episodes on 5 discs). Pricing, details, package art and extras (if any) aren't available yet, but the studio plans to include English subtitles with each episode, which will be presented visually in the originally intended 1.37:1 aspect ratio (as they were originally seen on TV). KL also points out that their releases will be "Brand New HD Masters!" and that the episodes currently available for digital streaming in "high def" actually "are up-res of the SD masters" and that the program "has never been remastered in HD" before. So this is a first!

Our thanks to the MANY readers who emailed us about this late yesterday and overnight, beginning with Steve Benkin. Stay tuned, naturally, and we'll update you when further information becomes available! We now return control of your television set to you....

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