The Twilight Zone
Radio Dramas
10-CD Collection - Vol. 1

Starring: Various
Falcon Picture Group
RRP $39.99 (USA only)
ISBN 1 59171 100 2
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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 stars Lou Diamond Philips as a man who is 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 Batman 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 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. While the story is gripping, it is a little on the predictable side. 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. That had the undesired effect of making the final half of this story a little drawn out.

When a Naval destroyer picks up a signal from a ship that sank 20 years ago, a crewman is haunted by a strange memory buried at the bottom of the sea...

The 30-Fathom Grave is the eeriest story to be retold here. More a Tales of the Unexpected than a Twilight Zone episode - not that that's a complaint. The twist in the tale is easily explained away as a natural phenomenon and not some supernatural happening - unless you really want to believe that it is.

My only real gripe is that I wasn't really sure which character Blair Underwood was supposed to be playing. I couldn't tell if he was the captain of the ship or the man who starts to go mad. There seemed to be no clear main character.

Apart from that small complaint this is a great episode which slowly builds the tension to an exciting climax.


What if a genie granted your heart's desire? Is it possible to wish your way to happiness - or is the hidden price more than anyone can pay?...

The Man in the Bottle puts a new spin on the old 'Monkey's Paw' urban myth. When a genie appears and grants four wishes to a kind, and generous middle-aged couple the consequences soon become apparent. For every positive wish it seems there is a negative outcome.

This story breathes new life into a tired format - which is remarkable in itself - but the moralistic happy(?) ending is a little disappointing. This could be one of those rare instances where you feel sorry for one of the victims of The Twilight Zone.


Every year Corwin plays Santa Claus for the kids in a department store. But this time there may be more presents in Santa's bag than even he can imagine...

Night of the Meek sees a shift in the story telling as we are introduced to a 'sweet' festive tale that sees an alcoholic with a kind heart do the whole Miracle on 42nd Street routine. No nasty twist in the tale, just a heart warming Christmas tale that has a feel good conclusion.

A young woman goes gift-shopping in a department store and is trapped on the ninth floor when the store closes - even though no such floor exists...

The After Hours is a rather bizarre tale which sees Kim Fields star as a woman concerned that she may be going out of her mind. The twist is rather unexpected and the way the plot unfolds is ingenious - Fields starts off as a rather stern shopper and slowly becomes meeker and meeker. Riveting stuff.

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.

While commuting on a train, an ad executive dreams away his job pressures and finds himself back in time to the peaceful old fashioned town of Willoughby...

A Stop at Willoughby taps into a personal fantasy of many people who have had enough of working in a job that is too stressful and provides very few rewards. Travelling back and fourth to work on the train the hero of the story keeps imagining that the train stops at a strange station called Willoughby, yet no such station exists on that route. As he becomes more and more fed up with his job he becomes more tempted to step off at the strange station which seems to have been untouched by time.

This story has a rather unoriginal ending, yet that doesn't detract from the fact that its construction and delivery is well produced. Entertaining.


A convicted murderer incarcerated on a distant asteroid is dying of loneliness until a supply ship captain leaves him a female robot for companionship...

The Lonely stars Mike Star as Corey, the only inhabitant of an asteroid - which acts as his prison. Convicted of a crime that was in reality a tragic accident, his only interaction with the human race is with the captain of the supply ship which regularly brings him food and news of Earth, as well as the hope that his sentence may be quashed. The captain takes pity on Corey and, thinking that he may be alone for the rest of his life, gives him the gift of a female robot to keep him company - a robot that is so lifelike you could mistake her for the genuine article.

While this tale is neither creepy nor surprising, it does allow the listener to reflect on how they would react if put in a similar position. And, by the end of this tale, you'll be itching to hear more from this series.

Feathersmith is a wealthy businessman who gets the chance to go back in time to start over, armed with the knowledge he's acquired - an arsenal that's not as powerful as he may think...

Of Late I Think of Cliffordville stars H.M. Wynant as the cold and heartless business tycoon, Feathersmith. Thankfully the old 'selling your soul for fame and fortune' cliché is carefully side stepped - mainly because it is painfully obvious that Feathersmith already has no soul to give - and instead cold, hard cash is used by the mysterious company that gives Feathersmith his second chance at his life.

My only slight moan is that the voice of Feathersmith's old boss (who is older than Feathersmith) sounds a little too young. Not only that, but when Feathersmith returns to his roots (50 years in the past) his voice remains that of a 70 year-old. But, then I guess that for storytelling purposes it wouldn't work if his voice kept switching between that of an old and younger man.

The twist in this tale is also rather satisfying and this story stands out as an exceptionally well produced episode.

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 tales are brought up to date with some impressive sound effects and beautiful scores, that help to set the mood.

The majority of these episodes have previously been released on four story collection. But they are almost worth buying again - even if you already own the other collections - mainly due to the fact that all of the annoying house ads that peppered the previous releases have been removed. The only ad now is for the Twilight Zone website, but that is placed after the story has been told, and will come in useful for those who want to be kept up to date on all future audio releases.

This is a fantastic collection - I really can't recommend it enough.

Pete Boomer

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