The Twilight Zone
Radio Dramas
4-CD collection - Vol. 1

Starring: Stacy Keach, Tim Kazurinsky, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jane Seymour, James Keach & Jim Caviezel
Falcon Picture Group
RRP $27.99 (USA Only)
ISBN 1 59171 058 8
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The year is 1847. A wagon train has made the cross-country trek from Ohio to the deserts of Arizona and beyond - all the way into another century...

A Hundred Yards Over the Rim gets this compilation off to a very slow start, which is a shame. This collection really needed to be started with a bang and this is by far the weakest of the stories. At around 40 minutes this story feels very stretched and would have worked better as a 10 minute script.



A young woman lives a life of comfort and ease, thanks to her father's robot servants. The problem is she may also be a prisoner in her own perfect home...

The Lateness of the Hour stars Jane Seymour and sees the series going in the right direction. The story is gripping, if a little predictable. It took me a whole 20 minutes before I worked out what the probably ending was - a plot twist which has been done to death.


The world's most talkative bore gets a magical stopwatch that can stop everything except him. But when he misuses it, a wonderful conversation piece becomes a real party killer...

A kind of Stopwatch is more like it. Here Lou Diamond Philips stars as the man in control of a time-freezing stopwatch. The build-up is a little on the slow side, but that just makes the twist so much more terrifying. Diamond Philips is perfect for the role - in fact his voice talents sound not unlike The Riddler of the 1960's Bat Man TV show. What is great about this episode is that while you can't stand Diamond Philips' character, you can't help but feel sorry for him as the tale unfolds.

A great script and a fantastic audio production.


A mild-mannered vacuum cleaner salesman is given the strength of three hundred men in a scientific experiment conducted by two Martians...

Mr. Dingle, the Strong is a rather sad tale. Unlike the majority of The Twilight Zone scripts, where the person or persons who are tormented are deserving cases, Mr Dingle is nothing but a mild mannered individual just trying to make an honest living. But as the story unfolds the comedic elements come flying thick and fast.

Tim Kazurinsky is perfect in the lead role as the unsuspecting, and rather pathetic, Mr Dingle and this could be the first time you feel sorry for a Twilight Zone victim.


All the episodes contained here are from original scripts by Rod Serling and these new recordings go to show how timeless these stories really are. As well as a fantastic supporting cast these stories have impressive sound effects and beautiful scores that help to set the mood.

This collection is hampered slightly by the annoying advertisements that keep interrupting each episode for the shows website and its official sponsors. This wouldn't be too bad if you could skip the track, but each story is on a separate disc which has only one track on it - so it is very difficult to take a break in the middle of listening to one of the episodes. The annoyance of the advertisements soon disappears as I found myself automatically tuning out when I got used to them.

This is a fantastic collection. Anyone with an interest in science fiction should get their hands on these recordings.

Pete Boomer

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