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Learn more about Bonanza-Official First Season V01:

Format: DVD
Sku: 211276379
UPC: 097361424842
UPC 14: 00097361424842
Category Keywords: Television/TV Series
Rating: NR
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Editor's Note
Up until September of 2009, the only authorized DVD edition of BONANZA was a double-disc set with a selection of episodes from Artisan Entertainment, and that was out of print as of 2006. The only other versions have been cheap public-domain editions containing bad copies of various episodes that have fallen out of copyright. This four-disc set, containing the first half of the series' 1959-60 opening season, changes all of that--fortunately for fans of the series, there seem to be not only perfect copies of the first-season shows, but copies with the original network intros, "bumpers," and outros. The option of seeing those particular shows is one of the highlights of this DVD set, which offers about the best-looking account of the series ever seen.

BONANZA was the first television Western series shot in color, and it was a major undertaking for NBC--which was tied corporately to RCA, which was not only marketing color television sets but also owned the patent on the color television system adopted by the FCC--even if most viewers in 1959 couldn't avail themselves of Bert Glennon's cinematography on the premiere episode, or the rest of the season that followed. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfers look fine and the sound is mastered at a healthy volume, and the chaptering follows the credit and commercial break-points. Each disc here comes with bonus features, in the form of stills from relevant episodes and events, and short interviews (dating from 2002) with series creator/producer David Dortort, devoted to such matters as Michael Landon's and Dan Blocker's recruitment into the series, and the creation of the map of the Ponderosa ranch. Those are interesting, and the Blocker segment is highly informative as well, but the best bonus feature--apart from the long-lost "song outro" from the debut episode (in which the Cartwrights leave Virginia City singing the BONANZA theme song--the only time it was ever heard that way)--is an episode of FIRESIDE THEATRE entitled "Man of the Comstock" from 1953; written by Dortort, the latter half-hour black-and-white show, starring Bruce Bennett and Andrea King, was the beginning of the inspiration behind BONANZA. All of these extras, as well as the presentation of the shows, makes it a must-own for fans of the series, no matter how many times they may have seen the episodes involved.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/18/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 792 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00097361424842
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 4

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dan Blocker
Video Cast Info Lorne Greene
Video Cast Info Pernell Roberts
Video Cast Info Michael Landon

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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