It's been a while since UNIVERSAL released the first season of "NIGHT GALLERY," but "SEASON 2" is finally here, and while the series is still inconsistent in content quality, it's much better than "NIGHT GALLERY: SEASON 1."
Rod Serling's "NIGHT GALLERY" is much more focused on the macabre, with the host taking the audience on a tour through a art gallery of paintings derived from a supernatural story, and "none" of these paintings are the kind one would have hanging up in their home!
Because each episode was able to fill an hour time slot, directors of individual stories are given more free reign to tell their tale, with whatever time left over, filled by much shorter tales(almost skits)with typically comedic twists, and with the exception of "HELL'S BELLS," starring John Astin, typically "bad." Some of the feature tales are terrific, especially "THE CATERPILLER," and "THE BOY WHO PREDICTED EARTHQUAKES," however many become anti-climatic, by running on too long after the "twist" ending is already revealed.
Unlike Rod Serling's most well known creation, "THE TWILIGHT ZONE," time hasn't been too good to most of these stories. Due to horrible use of canned music, and some less-than-talented direction, many of these tales feel horribly dated, whereas many of the much older episodes of "TWILIGHT ZONE," eg. "TO SERVE MAN," hold up brilliantly today. Still, the series had its fans, and one of them, the great director Guillermo Del Toro, lends great commentary on several of the episodes within this season, although it's arguable his choices of the episodes he most liked, was less than perfect.
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this release. While some spotting and edge enhancement pops up sporadically, the image is generally quite impressive, with solid colors and decent detail, considering the age of the series.
UNIVERSAL has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono mix. While it's not horrible, there's a surprising amount of distortion popping up during louder moments, and hiss, typically absent on average dvd releases, shows up at times.
In addition to Del Toro's commentaries, there are three others from "Night Gallery" historians, a featurette, and a tour of some of the paintings used in the series as well as a brief interview with the series' artist and his commentary about the process he used in creating some of his work.