Bonanza: the Official First Season, Vol. 2

Bonanza: the Official First Season, Vol. 2

Arthur Lubin, Charles F. Haas, Christian Nyby, Felix E. Feist,

DVD (Full Frame)

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Up until September of 2009, the only authorized DVD edition of Bonanza was a double-disc set wihh 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 the episodes whose copyrights have fallen into question. This four-disc set and its companion volume, containing the first half of the first 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 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 television system adopted by the FCC -- even if most viewers in 1959 couldn't avail themselves of the color cinematography for several years to come. 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 Pernell Roberts' or Lorne Greene' recruitment into the series, of the origins of the Ponderosa ranch name. These extras makes a delightful addition, on top of the gorgeous transfers. And those who have purchased the poorly mastered, unauthorized versions of the episode The Avenger, with Vic Morrow, will be delighted to find on this set the uncut original network version, complete with network intros and outros.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0097360723243
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 13:13:00
Sales rank: 8,632

Special Features

Closed Caption; Archival interviews with creator-producer David Dortort; Extensive episodic and rare behind-the-scenes photographs; Original episodic promos on selected episodes; Original NBC network peacock logo, bumpers, and RCA spots on "The Avenger"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lorne Greene Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts Adam Cartwright
Michael Landon Joe Cartwright,Slade Brother
Dan Blocker Hoss Cartwright
Cameron Mitchell Fred Kyle
Claude Akins Marshal Dowd
David Ladd Billy Allen
Everett Sloane Jeb Drummond
Gene Evans Thomas Fulmer
Grant Williams Tyler
Hazel Court Lady Beatrice
Hugo Haas Zirka
Jack Lord Clay Renton
Kathleen Crowley Kathleen
Lloyd Nolan Insp. Charles Leduque
Patricia Medina Rosita Morales
Rhys Williams Andy McKaren
Robert Middleton Sam Bryant
Vic Morrow Lassiter

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Charles F. Haas Director
Christian Nyby Director
Felix E. Feist Director
George Blair Director
Lewis Allen Director

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