Item description for As Timeless As Infinity: The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling Vol. 5 by Tony Albarella Carol Serling...
Gauntlet Press announced last year that we are publishing all 92 of Rod Serling's scripts for The Twilight Zone, authorized by his wife Carol Serling. This is a 10 volume signed limited edition set entitled AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: THE COMPLETE TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS OF ROD SERLING. Except for The Twilight Zone Magazine and a few textbooks, this is the first time that Carol Serling has authorized (and will take an active role in) the publication of these scripts. The books are edited by Tony Albarella (co-author of THE TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS OF EARL HAMNER and one of the Board of Directors for the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation).
AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY offers a unique and definitive look at Rod Serling's landmark Twilight Zone teleplays. The classic scripts are reprinted directly from Serling's personal collection, currently housed in the Special Collections Archive at Ithaca College. As editor, Albarella is working closely with Carol Serling to bring out material that has never before been made available to the public.
The scripts appear in their original format and are not typeset or altered in any way. In some cases this includes Rod's handwritten changes or notations. The Ithaca material also includes many revisions and earlier script drafts that differ, to varying degrees, from the final shooting scripts. We include these variant details where appropriate to document the creative process and track the evolution of the stories.
A commentary accompanies each rare script; in many cases this includes exclusive interview material with cast and crew and select comments from Serling himself. In addition, many of Rod's friends and colleagues pay tribute to the man and his work. Included are appreciations from contemporaries that worked with Serling as well as current talents who were inspired by him. Participating in Volume Two will be acclaimed author Robert McCammon, whose bestselling novels and short stories have earned scores of prestigious awards.
Preparation for this ambitious collection began in early 2002. Since then, over one hundred interviews have been conducted and the gathering of unique material is an on-going process. These books offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes examination of Rod Serling and his signature creation, including examples of Serling's personal correspondence, vintage communications from CBS, rare production photos and much more.
Rod Serling was a true visionary - one of the pioneers of early television - and The Twilight Zone showcased some of his finest creations. AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY presents these ageless tales in a tribute worthy of Serling's legacy.
For only those ordering through Gauntlet Press, you receive a free chapbook entitled "I am the Night -- Color Me Black." It contains variations of three scenes from this classic Twilight Zone tale. This presentation includes material exclusive to the chapbook.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 8.6" Height: 1.5" Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2007
Publisher Gauntlet Press
ISBN 1934267007 ISBN13 9781934267004
Reviews - What do customers think about As Timeless As Infinity: The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling Vol. 5?
For the serious Twilght Zone fan Apr 28, 2008
If I had only one book to purchase from this series of Twilight Zone scripts, this would be the one. I like the inside look at Rod Serling through the comments of those who were close to him. I have found myself watching the DVD's of the episodes and holding the scripts to review them. I find it facinating to see how the lines are delivered by the actors with such little written direction. If has given me a greater appreciation of the talent of those who work in entertainment. I have have realized that delivering lines while acting the part is not such an easy task as many might seem. It takes a great deal of talent and coordination to play a part. Secondly, it is equally as facinating to see how the director of photography and used the same simplified directions for the camera and produced such excellent lighting and angles. There are also some interesting contract prints from some of the shows included in the book. Now, as I have stated, this book is definately for a person who is highly interested in the Twilght Zone. It is a prized addition to my Twilght Zone Library.
Excellent Presentation Jun 12, 2005
Ever since the release of "The Twilight Zone Companion" by Marc Scott Zicree twenty-two years ago, followers of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and Rod Serling have awaited the possible release of a second opinion, if you will. Zicree's comprehensive volume covers the series in depth, and everyone who calls themself a fan of THE TWILIGHT ZONE has a copy of this book. "The Companion" has been criticized for its brevity and lack of thorough coverage of many episodes, possibly due to publisher requests that the book serve as a casual episode guide.
Other attempts have been made in recent years to expand upon what "The Companion" did. Most recently and notoriously, the horridly-written and overpriced volume by Presnell and McGee (1998) and several other books on the series that have included episode guides with commentary. 2001 and 2002 marked the release of Richard Matheson's TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS, and in 2003 Earl Hamner's eight scripts were released. The scripts of Charles Beaumont are also now in print (edited by Roger Anker, published by Gauntlet Press), the three TWILIGHT ZONE scripts written by Jerry Sohl (edited by Christopher Conlon, BearManor Media, c. 2004), as is a collection of eight scripts written by non-mainstream writers compiled by Andrew Ramage (c. 2005, BearManor Media). The eight ZONE scripts and stories written by George Clayton Johnson were released a number of years ago, in 1976.
Tony Albarella undertook the project of introducing all ninety-two scripts written by Rod Serling. Having gotten a warm-up on the art of commentary writing as editor of Hamner's TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS (Cumberland House, 2003), Albarella's commentaries here are excellent. Although not cast as an episode guide, this looks to be the finest analysis of TWILIGHT ZONE episodes to date. After audiences have taken Zicree's words as 'the last words on TWILIGHT ZONE' for many years, Tony Albarella gives a particularly insightful look at each episode. He has taken the time to interview many actors who appeared in/starred in each segment.
Included in each volume are the original, unedited, typewritten copies of Serling's scripts, sometimes with handwritten annotation. Bonus items include a photo gallery with never-before seen production and publicity stills, and short but touching tributes to Serling and the series by actors. Also included are nice essay appreciations by well-known TV and sci-fi writers.
Volume 2 includes the scripts for "Walking Distance", "Judgment Night", "King Nine Will Not Return", "The Silence", "The Passersby", "The Trade-Ins", "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain", and "I am the Night - Color Me Black". Albarella offers fine, in-depth commentary on all, and they are generally right on the mark. They include fascinating anecdotes from over a dozen actors who appeared in these "classic" episodes.
Volume 2 also includes musical cue sheets for each episode, taken straight from CBS's archives, which list the composer and title of the stock music clips that underline certain pointed dialogue and give dimension to scenes. These have never seen the light of day until now; this is very welcome information to diehard Zone fans.
After years of being bottled up and not readily available, this series of script books may well be the finest, if not the most distinguished, presentations of TV scripts currently out there.