The Golden age of television [videorecording].
[United States] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
3 videodiscs (478 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
1604651784, 9781604651782
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[United States] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
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Disc 1. Marty (1953, United States) / directed by Delbert Mann ; television play by Paddy Chayefsky -- Patterns (1955, United States) / directed and produced by Fielder Cook ; written by Rod Serling -- No time for segeants (1955, United States) / directed by Alex Segal ; written for television by Ira Levin -- disc 2. A wind from the south (1955, United States) / directed by Daniel Petrie ; written by James Costigan -- Bang the drum slowly (1956, United States) / directed by Daniel Petrie, written by Arnold Schulman -- Requiem for a heavyweight (1956, United States) / directed by Ralph Nelson ; written by Rod Serling -- disc 3. The comedian (1957, United States) / directed by John Frankenheimer ; written by Rod Serling -- Days of wine and roses (1958, United States) / directed by John Frankenheimer ; written by JP Miller.
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Bonus features: Commentaries, interviews with select cast and crew.
Release date: Nov. 24, 2009.
Julie Harris, Piper Laurie, Rod Steiger, Mickey Rooney, Paul Newman.
A set of hugely popular live television plays produced in the 1950's. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic.
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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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Not rated.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-09-15:
The digital age changed everything-didn't it? This reviewer thought her new millennium senses would balk at these black-and-white teleplays from the 1950s; instead, these productions are simultaneously preserved in a time capsule precious and happily contemporary. Instead of a surfeit of stagey direction and death-crawl editing, these shows are lively and sparkling with excitement for the new medium of television, magically reflecting back our current enthusiasm for the latest in entertainment technology. Wireless 3-D Blu-ray is great, but it's nothing without artful performances and thoughtful scripts, and this set is chock-full of those. The video is very good viewed on a wide screen; interviews with the original actors, writers, and directors comprise the extras. Veteran TV watchers will enjoy seeing their old favorites when they were fresh and young. Other users will discover that a great story will always grab you.-Ellen Druda, Half Hollow Hills Community Lib., Dix Hills, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive "teleplays" constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America. The award-winning programs included in this box set-originally curated for PBS in the early 1980s as the series The Golden Age of Television, featuring recollections from key cast and crew members-were conceived by such up-and-comers as Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer and star the likes of Paul Newman, Mickey Rooney, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris, and Piper Laurie.

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