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Night Gallery: Season Three (Blu-ray Review)

REVIEW OVERVIEW

The Series
The Video
The Audio
The Supplements
Overall

SUMMARY

Fifteen episodes of horror and the bizarre ranging from sorcerers to mysterious black cats to boxers dueling to the death are presented by Rod Serling in this final season of this cult classic series.

Night Gallery: Season Three Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)Night Gallery: Season Three was the final season for this macabre and short-lived TV series from Rod Serling that had a rocky life. Starting off with a bang in its first season with good ratings, episodes that were in the style of the European gothic, and sitting in an hour-long time slot, the series would eventually slip in ratings, be moved around in the lineup up, and end up playing second fiddle to Mannix. By this third season the network had reduced time slot to half-hour and ordered Serling to produce mor action-oriented shows in thew style of Mannix, geared toward American tastes. Although the third season slowly clawed its way back up in the ratings, it was still canceled, and thus began its incredible journey in syndication, being cut down to thirty-minute episodes and being combined with the unrelated short-lived paranormal series The Sixth Sense to stretch it out for content purposes.

While this third season is not the best of the three for hardcore Serling fans, there is plenty to enjoy, starting with the opening episode, “The Return of the Sorcerer,” starring Vincent Price, who fits the material like a glove. In the episode a sorcerer hires a translator to decode an ancient, cursed artifact. Then there’s the strange “She’ll Be Good Company for You” with Leonard Nimoy, reminiscent of the film The Cat People, in which a widower who may have killed his wife is watched by a mysterious cat.

The cast of guest stars in this season is one that most producers probably envied, including John Astin, Bill Bixby, Chuck Connors, Sandra Dee, Sally Field, Burl Ives, Fernando Lamas, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Dina Merrill, Cameron Mitchell, Leonard Nimoy, Geraldine Page, Joanna Pettet, Vincent Price, Mickey Rooney, Dean Stockwell, Susan Strasberg, John Badham (Saturday Night Fever), Leonard Nimoy (Str Trek) and Jeannot Szwarc (Supergirl). Every episode has someone fantastic starring in it. This series does not have the same recognition as Serling’s The Twilight Zone, but it has garnered cult status over the years and with good cause.

The Video

Night Gallery: Season Three is taken from new 2K masters of the original source. The series is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio in an AVC 1080p encodement across two Blu-ray Discs. The image is not flawless by any means, there being some sparkle and in the opening sequence of paintings one can see some banding and noise, but this is definitely the best the series has looked in a very long time. There is a strong amount of detail, extended shadow nuance, and colors are vibrant. The episode “The Ring with the Velvet Ropes” has some vibrant reds, for instance.

The Audio

Night Gallery: Season Three comes with an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono soundtrack that is more than adequate for the material at hand, providing clean dialogue, clean sound, and piercing opening theme music.

The Supplements

Both discs include all-new audio commentaries for each episode, most episodes coming with multiples commentaries. My favorites, for anyone who pays attention to my reviews, are the ones by Kim Newman and Stephen Jones, as Newman’s affable and informed presentation is always a pleasure to listen to. There is also the third installment of The Syndication Conundrum on disc 2, a featurette which chronicles the show’s rocky history in reruns.

Disc 1:

  • Audio commentary for The Return of the Sorcerer by novelist/critic Kim Newman and writer/editor Stephen Jones
  • Audio commentary for The Return of the Sorcerer by Night Gallery authors/historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentary for The Girl with the Hungry Eyes by Night Gallery author/historian Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentary for The Girl with the Hungry Eyes by author/historian David J. Schow
  • Audio commentary for Rare Objects by Night Gallery author/historian Jim Benson, featuring Rod Serling, Guillermo del Toro, Mickey Rooney, Raymond Massey, Jeannot Szwarc, and Tom Wright
  • Audio commentary for Rare Objects by film historian Craig Beam
  • Audio commentary for Spectre in Tap-Shoes by author/historian Amanda Reyes
  • Audio commentary for You Can Come up Now, Mrs. Millikan/Smile, Please by Night Gallery author/historian Jim Benson, featuring Ozzie Nelson, Lindsay Wagner, Michael Lerner, Roger Davis, John Badham, and Tom Wright
  • Audio commentary for You Can Come up Now, Mrs. Millikan/Smile, Please by novelist/critic Tim Lucas
  • Audio commentary for The Other Way Out by Night Gallery author/historian Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentary for Fright Night by Night Gallery author/historian Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentary for Fright Night by author/historian Amanda Reyes
  • Audio commentary for Finnegan’s Flight by Night Gallery author/historian Jim Benson, featuring Rod Serling, Guillermo del Toro, Burgess Meredith, Cameron Mitchell, Leonard Engelman, Jenny Sullivan, and Tom Wright
  • Audio commentary for Finnegan’s Flight by television music historian Dr. Reba Wissner

Disc 2:

  • Audio commentary for She’ll Be Good Company for You by author/historian Amanda Reyes
  • Audio commentary for She’ll Be Good Company for You by film historian Craig Beam
  • Audio commentary for The Ring with the Velvet Ropes by Night Gallery author/historian Jim Benson, featuring Rod Serling, Joan Van Ark, Gary Lockwood, Jeannot Szwarc, Leonard Engelman, and Tom Wright
  • Audio commentary for The Ring with the Velvet Ropes by television music historian Dr. Reba Wissner
  • Audio commentary for Something in the Woodwork by Night Gallery author/historian Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentary for Something in the Woodwork by novelist/critic Kim Newman and writer/editor Stephen Jones
  • Audio commentary for Death on a Barge by Night Gallery author/historian Scott Skelton
  • Audio commentary for Death on a Barge by novelist/critic Tim Lucas
  • Audio commentary for Whisper by Night Gallery author/historian Jim Benson, featuring Guillermo del Toro, Sally Field, Dean Stockwell, Jeannot Szwarc, David Rayfiel, Gerald Perry Finnerman, Burt Astor, and Tom Wright
  • Audio commentary for The Doll of Death by novelist/critic Kim Newman and writer/editor Stephen Jones
  • Audio commentary for Hatred Unto Death/How to Cure the Common Vampire by screenwriter/historian Gary Gerani
  • The Syndication Conundrum Part 3: A Look at the Show’s Troubled Second Life in Reruns – A Featurette by Film Historian Craig Beam (1080p; 00:55:42)

The Final Assessment

Creepy, macabre, at times darkly comedic, and just a hint of the gothic remaining in this third and abbreviated final season of cult series Night Gallery, which is looking better than ever on Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.

Night Gallery: Season Three is out on Blu-ray November 22, 2022, from KL Studio Classics


  • Rating Certificate: TV-PG
  • Studios & Distributors: Universal Television | Kino Lorber
  • Run Time: 390 Mins.
  • Street Date: 22 November 2022
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Video Format: AVC 1080p
  • Primary Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
  • Subtitles: English SDH
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