Out of the Unknown (1971)

3.8 of 5 from 65 ratings
22h 5min
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This classic anthology science fiction series, created by Irene Shubik, was daring, ambitious and inventive, drawing from writers of the calibre of Frederik Pohl, E. M. Forster, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham. The cream of British television talent was recruited to bring these tales to the small screen. Dramatists such as J. B. Priestley and Leon Griffiths, directors such as Philip Saville and Rudolph Cartier, visionary designers, including Ridley Scott, and actors of the calibre of Yvonne Mitchell, George Cole, Rachel Roberts and David Hemmings.
The results were spectacular: a consistently demanding exploration of science fiction with some of the most memorable television productions ever staged. This seven-disc video box set collects all 20 surviving episodes from the four original series, along with an extensive and comprehensive collection of extra features including four episode reconstructions, an incomplete episode, audio commentaries, stills galleries, an interview with director James Cellan Jones, and a newly created 42-minute documentary with original cast and crew members and rarely seen fragments from lost episodes.
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Irene Shubik
Irene Shubik
Stanley Miller, Isaac Asimov, Robert Muller, John Brunner, David Campton, Irene Shubik, John Wyndham, Alan Nourse, Philip Broadley, Jeremy Paul, Paul Erickson, William Tenn, Mike Watts, Meade Roberts
BFI Video
British TV, TV Classics, TV Dramas, TV Horror, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The Instant Expert's Guide, The Instant Expert's Guide to: Ridley Scott
Release Date:
Run Time:
1325 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour and B & W
  • Return of the Unknown (2014, 42 mins): exclusive documentary, featuring interviews with cast and crew, as well as rare clips
  • 11 Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew, including Philip Saville, John Glenister, Wendy Gifford, Peter Sasdy and John Gorrie, moderated by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke
  • "An Interview with James Cellan Jones" (2014, 16 mins): the legendary TV director discusses his career and approach to filmmaking
  • Episode Reconstructions for Beach Head, The Naked Sun, The Yellow Pill, and The Uninvited
  • Film Insert from Deathday episode
  • Seven Extensive Stills Galleries
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- No Place Like Earth
- The Counterfeit Man
- Stranger in the Family
- The Dead Past
Special Features:
- Stills Gallery
- Audio Commentaries
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Time in Advance
- Come Buttercup, Come Daisy, Come...?
- Sucker Bait
Special Features:
- Stills Gallery
- Audio Commentaries
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Some Lapse of Time
- Thirteen to Centaurus
- The Midas Plague
Special Features:
- Stills Gallery
- Audio Commentaries
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- The Machine Stops
- Lambda 1
- Level Seven
- Tunnel Under the World
Special Features:
- Stills Gallery
- Audio Commentaries
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- The Last Lonely Man
- Beach Head (Reconstruction)
- The Naked Sun (Reconstruction)
- The Little Black Bag (Incomplete)
Special Features:
- An Interview with James Cellan Jones (16 minutes)
- Stills Gallery
Disc 6:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- The Yellow Pill (Reconstruction)
- To Lay a Ghost
- This Body is Mine
- Deathday
Special Features:
- Deathday: Film Insert (1 minute)
- Stills Gallery
- Audio Commentary
Disc 7:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Welcome Home
- The Man in My Head
- The Uninvited (Reconstruction)
Special Features:
- Return of the Unknown
- Stills Gallery
- Audio Commentary

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Reviews (2) of Out of the Unknown

Older than 1971 - Out of the Unknown review by RM

Spoiler Alert

There is a mistake with the date on this series.It was first broadcast in 1965 not 1971. 26 episodes were made and it finished in 1966. All were made in black and white.

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Brlliant plots, acting and scripting (for the most part) - Out of the Unknown review by IS

Spoiler Alert

Excellent Series and far seeing a shame only 20 episodes survived. The information provided IS correct it aired over 6 years from 1965 to 1971.


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