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Bonanza: The Official First Season Volumes 1 & 2 DVD
Bonanza: The Official First Season Volumes 1 & 2

Bonanza: The Official First Season Volumes 1 & 2

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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 of various episodes whose copyrights have fallen into question. This eight-disc set offers all 32 first-season episodes -- fortunately for fans of the series, there seem to be not only perfect copies of the first-season shows to work from in mastering these discs, 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 that this reviewer -- a longtime fan --has 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 televisionsystem adopted by the FCC -- even if most viewers in 1959 (and for many years after) couldn't avail themselves of the color cinematography. 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, Dan Blocker's, Pernell Roberts' or Lorne Greene' recruitment into the series, of the origins of the Ponderosa ranch name and map. These extras makes a delightful addition, on top of the gorgeous transfers. But there are other treats as
Title: Bonanza: The Official First Season Volumes 1 & 2
Genre: TV Western, Westerns
Starring: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts
Studio: Paramount
Number of Discs: 8
Attributes: Full Frame
Release Date: 9/15/2009
Original Year: 1959
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 097360723441
Item #: PRD072344

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