Encounter With the Unknown (Retro Cover Art + Postcard)

Rod Serling narrates three tales of terror in this classic horror anthology. Part of the "Alpha Video Rewind Series” featuring retro cover art. Includes collectible postcard!
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 9, 2021
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Rating: 2.5/5 -- Something in the slipshod style begins to get under the skin.The blurry images and stiff line readings create a sense of dislocation and mystery, a separate reality. Full Review
Feb 1, 2010

Description by OLDIES.com:

The "Alpha Video Rewind Series" is an ever-growing collection of specially-selected films from our vast library on DVD, now in collectible retro-style packaging inspired by VHS cover art from that format's heyday! Every Alpha Video Rewind Series title also includes a free collectible postcard.

Rod Serling narrates three terrifying tales in this rare horror anthology from 1973. A one-time staple of the late-night TV circuit, Encounter with the Unknown presents its macabre stories in the style of Serling's famous creations The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) and Night Gallery (1969-1973). It was the first of several B-grade thrillers director Harry Thomason made in his home state of Arkansas, followed by The Day It Came to Earth (1977) and Revenge of Bigfoot (1979). He would later produce the popular television series Designing Women (1986-1993) and Evening Shade (1990-1994) with his wife, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. A close friend of Bill Clinton's, Thomason served as the President's image consultant during his years in office. Former model Rosie Holotik was cast after appearing on the cover of Playboy the previous year (April 1972) and is now remembered for the drive-in classics Don't Look in the Basement (1973) and Horror High (1974). Character actor Bill Thurman is recognizable from countless "good ol' boy” roles; his credits include The Last Picture Show (1971) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Comedian Charlie Dell was a regular on the sci-fi children's series Jason of Star Command (1978-1981). Though the opening narration states the film is based on the research of parapsychologist Dr. Jonathan Rankin, there is no evidence that Dr. Rankin actually existed. The first segment of Encounter with the Unknown was homaged in Final Destination (2000).

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  • Sales Rank: 67
  • UPC: 089218840493
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