Amazon.com has announced the release on August 21, 2010 of the original, complete classic TV series, THRILLER in a DVD boxed set. For fans of Boris Karloff and "thrillling" episodes to rival the best of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE OUTER LIMITS, this is big news. It also sounds like this release will be "done right", as it has claimed to be remastered.
Amazon offers the following:
Now available for the first time ever in any format, experience the complete series hailed as the most frightening ever created for television. Horror legend Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) guides you through 67 unforgettable episodes of suspense, murder and relentless terror, featuring a stellar cast of stars from the golden age of TV. These tales from the minds of such masterful writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch (Psycho), and Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window) include a murderous cursed painting, a supernatural mirror, a demonic tailor’s suit and much more!
Now remastered and packed with hours of exclusive, fascinating extras, Thriller is the ultimate must-have collection for any horror or classic television fan. Featured Stars Include: William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery, Rip Torn, Richard Chamberlain, Cloris Leachman, Alan Napier (“Batman”), Robert Vaughn (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), Werner Klemperer (“Hogan’s Heroes”), Russell Johnson (“Gilligan’s Island”), Donna Douglas (“The Beverly Hillbillies”), Richard Kiel (“Moonraker”), Marlo Thomas (“That Girl”), Edward Platt (“Get Smart”), Marion Ross (“Happy Days”), Tom Poston (“Newhart”), Natalie Schafer (“Gilligan’s Island”), Richard Long (“The Big Valley”), Ursula Andress (“Dr. No”), and many more!
1. All 67 episodes -- remastered, uncut and loaded with exclusive extras
2. 27 new audio commentaries featuring Arthur Hiller, Patricia Barry, Ernest Dickerson, David Schow, Tim Lucas, Gary Gerani, Jim Wynorski, Richard Anderson, Lucy Chase Williams, Steve Mitchell, Marc Scott Zicree, Alan Brennert, Beverly Washburn, Larry Blamire, Jon Burlingame, Daniel Benton, Ron Borst, Craig Reardon
3. Extensive promotional and production still galleries
4. Rare episode promos
5. Thriller series promo
6. Isolated music and effects tracks for select episodes from composers Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens
THRILLER enjoyed a relatively lengthy run and, most likely as a result of having the Karloff bling on board for star power, spawned sidelines of everything from books to comic books and even a board game! This ain't yo mama's Michael Jackson THRILLA, this is yo granpappy's scarier'n hell THRILLER!
The famous THRILLER title
Karloff in one of his sinisterly contemplative moods
Title from one of the most popular and acclaimed episodes of the series
The THRILLER comic book, published by Gold Key/Western Publishing
The THRILLER board game (!)
Below is a 1960 promotional segment that was intended to sell the THRILLER series to network television