The Big Valley - Season 1

The Big Valley - Season 1

Director: Arnold Laven Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Long, Peter Breck

DVD

Overview

The first season of The Big Valley has arrived on DVD quite unexpectedly. Although a successful series that ran for four seasons, it wasn't remotely the most popular Western of its period, outdone in longevity by Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Rawhide, and Have Gun, Will Travel; yet, for reasons best known to their owners and distributors, only that last series has begun showing up yet in complete form (or at all) on DVD. This set consists of six two-sided discs in three slim slipcases, containing all 30 episodes of from the first season of the Western. As with other 20th Century Fox DVD releases, each episode has been given a generous dozen chapters, and is accessible through a cleverly designed and easy-to-use menu. The picture transfers, in full-frame (1.33:1) are very good -- sufficient to reveal some very poor stunt-substitutions in the fight scenes -- and the audio is clean and reasonably bright. Each slipcase contains a good plot summary of each episode, though one wishes that there were mentions made of notable guest stars, as the series was full of them, including Vincent Gardenia (playing a rancher surprisingly well), Katherine Ross, Andrew Duggan, Claude Akins, Charles Bronson, Warren Oates, and Diane Baker.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2006
UPC: 0024543240921
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 25:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 1-4
1. Bridge/Main Titles [3:45]
2. Beating the Iron [5:08]
3. The Gravesite [3:55]
4. Pay or Go [5:51]
5. Heath's Arrival [3:29]
6. Barkley Heritage [5:29]
7. The Test [4:20]
8. All for One [6:51]
9. Sample's Ranch [5:15]
10. Peace Offering [1:10]
11. Family Breakfast [3:53]
12. End Titles [:58]
1. Cattle Herding/Main Titles [4:52]
2. Cut Off at the Knees [5:58]
3. Stranger in Town [1:32]
4. General Wallant [5:41]
5. Heath's Suspicion [4:38]
6. Deception [2:20]
7. The Kern [7:18]
8. Coup [7:11]
9. Wallant's Way [4:35]
10. A Humbled Barrett [3:16]
11. Mr. Barkley [1:49]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Father's Boots/Main Titles [5:09]
2. Remembering Tom Barkley [8:40]
3. The Town of Strawberry [2:48]
4. An Unwelcome Visitor [3:51]
5. Meeting Hannah [4:39]
6. Facing Off With Martha Simmons [9:38]
7. A Letter From Tom [4:13]
8. Threats [4:00]
9. A Greedy Woman Scorned [2:33]
10. The Ride Home [2:24]
11. The Statue [1:14]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Wild Mustangs/Main Titles [4:19]
2. Mystery Man [5:46]
3. Young Marauders [3:59]
4. Search for a Decoy [5:04]
5. At the General Store [4:26]
6. Getting to Know Lloyd [5:45]
7. The Date [3:22]
8. Brothers' Suspicion [9:04]
9. Kidnapped [3:09]
10. Rescuing Audra [2:10]
11. Free Again [3:01]
12. End Titles [1:00]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 5 & 6
1. Oak Meadows/Main Titles [2:34]
2. The Committee Meeting [2:12]
3. An Old Friend [5:59]
4. A Barkley's Word [6:06]
5. Stubborn for a Reason [5:49]
6. A Deed in the Way of Progress [4:41]
7. Family Divided [6:53]
8. A Long-Overdue Debt [1:50]
9. Unwelcome Guests [3:11]
10. The Majority of One [4:54]
11. The Jubal Tanner Dam [6:01]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. The Mine/Main Titles [3:51]
2. The Saloon [4:52]
3. Needed Information [3:11]
4. Barkley Sierra Mining Company [7:01]
5. Jarrod's Mission [3:18]
6. Promises Unfulfilled [3:42]
7. What Tom Would Do [6:10]
8. Uprising [4:47]
9. Murdoch's Proxy [1:52]
10. Paddy's Fake Wake [6:08]
11. Righting a Past Wrong [5:16]
12. End Titles [1:00]
Disc #2, Side A -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 7-10
1. Hadley's Land/Main Titles [4:22]
2. Gathering Before Dinner [4:11]
3. Barkley Charm [4:30]
4. Bloodlines [3:11]
5. A Father's Love [2:12]
6. The Fourth of July [5:48]
7. Friendly Competition [3:02]
8. Changing Times [5:33]
9. Thicker Than Water [5:27]
10. Family Ties [4:53]
11. Change of Heart [7:04]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Audra's Party/Main Titles [4:04]
2. Evan Miles [5:34]
3. Sleepless Nights [3:53]
4. Wool Over the Eyes [5:21]
5. No Trespassing [4:22]
6. Disturbed [3:14]
7. Bad Blood [5:16]
8. Who Fired the Shot? [2:53]
9. Malicious Intent [4:36]
10. The Truth About Evan [8:49]
11. Defend Your Children [1:50]
12. End Titles [:58]
1. Earthquake!/Main Titles [3:51]
2. Buried Alive [6:51]
3. Searching for Loved Ones [2:15]
4. Cellar Door [4:39]
5. Chaos in the Aftermath [5:36]
6. Naomi's Shame [2:50]
7. Looking for the Victoria [5:42]
8. Concealing Evidence [1:22]
9. Aftershock [3:14]
10. Little Canyon [5:39]
11. Rescue [8:16]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. At the Train Station/Main Titles [2:47]
2. Kyles Versus Ashby [4:36]
3. Jarrod's Dilemma [5:57]
4. An Unbelievable Story [5:23]
5. What They Say Is True [4:44]
6. Not by Choice [3:29]
7. Taking the Case [4:19]
8. A Lawyer's Oath [4:20]
9. The Trial [4:28]
10. Cross-Examination [5:02]
11. Bingham's Testimony [4:55]
12. End Titles [1:00]
Disc #2, Side B -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 11 & 12
1. A Calf for Nick/Main Titles [3:01]
2. Mariano's Fiesta [6:47]
3. No Longer a Thief [3:01]
4. Anthrax [4:53]
5. Quarantine [4:12]
6. Suspicion Confirmed [4:26]
7. The Fate of the Herd [3:32]
8. The Way It's Always Done [4:02]
9. A New Way of Thinking [2:21]
10. Vaccination [6:04]
11. Prince Oxford [7:53]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Wolf/Main Titles [4:36]
2. Sixty Days to Live [2:43]
3. Strange Behavior [7:34]
4. Willow Springs [3:44]
5. Symptoms [6:09]
6. The Tough Morning After [2:48]
7. Marry You? [5:33]
8. Better Before Worse [3:41]
9. Keeping a Promise [4:18]
10. A Family's Right [4:48]
11. Tommy Barkley [3:09]
12. Massachusetts/End Titles [2:01]
Disc #3, Side A -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 13-16
1. Matt Bentell/Main Titles [3:47]
2. Can You Forget? [6:24]
3. Taking a Chance [4:58]
4. Hiring in Modesto [4:11]
5. The New Men [2:15]
6. Attempted Murder [4:24]
7. Confronting Heath [4:22]
8. The Real Matt Bentell [5:43]
9. The Condon Brothers [4:53]
10. Saving Camp [8:03]
11. Forgiveness [1:11]
12. End Titles [:59]
1. On Barkley Land/Main Titles [4:12]
2. Kilkenny Farms [5:29]
3. Bill of Sale [4:56]
4. Disagreement [2:51]
5. From Stockton to San Francisco [4:53]
6. Barkley vs. Callahan [8:15]
7. Good and Honest People [4:11]
8. The Haves and the Have-Nots [4:51]
9. Referee [4:06]
10. Quite a Pair [3:28]
11. Learning to Accept [2:55]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Bailed Out/Main Titles [4:51]
2. Wildcat [4:20]
3. Guilty [3:46]
4. Like a Party [7:03]
5. Trust [2:11]
6. Untamed [6:13]
7. Too Tough [3:33]
8. Mistletoe [2:38]
9. Deck the Halls [2:50]
10. Home Alone [6:01]
11. Lady's Choice [6:42]
12. End Titles [:58]
1. Buzzards/Main Titles [3:33]
2. Amongst Thieves [2:36]
3. Good Samaritans [6:18]
4. That Poor Fella [3:48]
5. Welcome News [3:37]
6. Indoor Plumbing [2:09]
7. A Hankering for Quality [7:10]
8. Happy to Oblige [5:02]
9. Born to Live Good [7:16]
10. Popping the Question [3:39]
11. Out of Their Misery [5:03]
12. End Titles [1:00]
Disc #3, Side B -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 17 & 18
1. Engaged/Main Titles [4:15]
2. Brief Courtship [3:55]
3. Horseflesh [4:08]
4. The Great Outdoors [3:47]
5. Fish out of Water [7:20]
6. Square Dance [6:09]
7. Sibling Rivalry [3:06]
8. Delirious [3:16]
9. Going for the Doctor [4:55]
10. Afraid to Wait [3:58]
11. Goodbye [4:56]
12. End Titles [:58]
1. Other Half/Main Titles [3:18]
2. Rising Star [3:10]
3. Secret Service [5:47]
4. The Real Thing [1:59]
5. Full Service Bank [5:40]
6. Teamwork [5:33]
7. Unanswered Questions [4:29]
8. Even Trade [4:49]
9. Partnership [3:12]
10. It's Over [5:07]
11. Taking It Back [7:11]
12. End Titles [:59]
Disc #4, Side A -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 19-22
1. After School/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Hideout [5:49]
3. A Lot of Trouble [4:14]
4. Needle in a Haystack [5:10]
5. Widower [6:39]
6. Bad Luck [4:23]
7. Going Downhill [3:26]
8. Twilight [3:41]
9. House Call [5:02]
10. Old Friend [3:18]
11. Queen Bee [6:32]
12. End Titles [:58]
1. Innocent/Main Titles [2:45]
2. A Free Man [3:37]
3. All Gone [4:21]
4. Hounds [4:38]
5. Nothing but Trouble [6:10]
6. In the Lion's Mouth [6:22]
7. Best Friends [4:31]
8. Nine Years [4:46]
9. Forgive and Forget [3:25]
10. Unanimous Verdict [4:04]
11. The Human Race [5:37]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Birthday Boy/Main Titles [4:03]
2. Two Conditions [7:05]
3. Shanghaied [4:22]
4. Formal Invitation [3:36]
5. Cold Feet [4:22]
6. A Beautiful Woman [4:17]
7. Voyage to Paradise [4:49]
8. Last Chance [3:51]
9. Risking Death [5:06]
10. Their Own Free Will [2:23]
11. Tricked [5:40]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Old Man/Main Titles [2:55]
2. Houseguest [3:32]
3. Range War [5:17]
4. Difference of Opinion [4:58]
5. A Gift [4:24]
6. Looking Down the Barrel [4:59]
7. Asked to Leave [5:21]
8. Specialist [4:25]
9. Woman's Work [5:32]
10. Full of Gravel [3:32]
11. Long Time Dead [5:07]
12. End Titles [:58]
Disc #4, Side B -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 23 & 24
1. Broken/Main Titles [4:45]
2. Guilt [4:21]
3. Striking It Rich [3:37]
4. Homecoming [4:29]
5. Stubborn as a Mule [3:24]
6. Outstanding Loan [4:26]
7. Trapped [3:43]
8. The Subject of Heath [4:09]
9. Chance of a Lifetime [6:08]
10. Cured [8:11]
11. Free [2:55]
12. End Titles [:58]
1. Wanted/Main Titles [5:26]
2. Friend of Heath's [3:46]
3. Left for Dead [6:41]
4. Stonewalled [4:28]
5. The First Move [4:55]
6. Wild Bet [3:18]
7. So Much Hate [5:31]
8. Sticking Together [5:11]
9. No One to Talk To [4:05]
10. Self Defense [4:38]
11. Speaking His Piece [2:16]
12. End Titles [:59]
Disc #5, Side A -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 25-28
1. Street Show/Main Titles [4:00]
2. Big-Time Lawyer [2:27]
3. Lobster and Champagne [4:52]
4. No Choice [4:52]
5. Devil's Advocate [5:01]
6. Inquest [4:26]
7. Hounded by the Press [4:41]
8. Revelation [4:53]
9. Asking a Favor [5:07]
10. Ballistics Test [3:43]
11. So Close [6:01]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Full Wagon/Main Titles [3:01]
2. Stuck in the Mud [6:02]
3. Going for Help [4:35]
4. Bounty Hunters [6:36]
5. On the Trail [3:05]
6. Sinking Fast [5:11]
7. An Innocent Man [3:12]
8. Lobo [2:23]
9. Pioneer Mother [8:36]
10. Never Give Up [2:39]
11. Gambling on Love [4:51]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Big Catch/Main Titles [4:00]
2. Found! [2:59]
3. Bitter Taste [5:20]
4. Hang the Barkleys [4:58]
5. Disinguished Journalist [4:23]
6. Lead Investigator [5:08]
7. The Golden Circle [5:41]
8. Confederate Sympathizers [4:24]
9. The Whole Story [4:08]
10. Sense of Honor [3:59]
11. Days of Glory [5:01]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. Skinny Dip/Main Titles [5:09]
2. Into Gold [3:00]
3. Big Gamble [4:03]
4. Not the Marrying Kind [6:04]
5. Bad Drought [4:07]
6. Dynamite [2:25]
7. Enchantress [6:20]
8. No Strings Attached [5:49]
9. Vulture [3:45]
10. Interesting Offer [3:47]
11. Beautiful Courage [5:32]
12. End Titles [:59]
Disc #5, Side B -- The Big Valley: Season 1 - Episodes 29 & 30
1. Emporium/Main Titles [2:30]
2. Familiar Face [5:12]
3. A Run of Bad Luck [3:11]
4. Closed for Business [4:51]
5. Decent People [4:56]
6. One More Hostage [4:32]
7. Little Sister [4:22]
8. Never Too Late [4:56]
9. Hard to Breathe [5:06]
10. One Right Thing [3:23]
11. Almost [7:05]
12. End Titles [1:00]
1. State Fair/Main Titles [3:17]
2. On the Run [4:12]
3. Reception Party [4:06]
4. Appendicitis [5:06]
5. Transgressions [6:34]
6. Blood for Blood [5:22]
7. Holding On [2:26]
8. Hanging Offense [3:49]
9. No Stopping [5:28]
10. Simple Little Operation [5:07]
11. Reborn [4:43]
12. End Titles [1:00]

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The Big Valley - Season 1 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic western series. The Big Valley had much going for it , great scripts, lush scenery and a magnificent cast. What a cast it had. Headed by Miss Barbara Stanwyck as the the classy but tough and loving "Victoria Barkley". Miss Stanwyck was one of the great actresses of all time, what more can be said. Miss Stanwyck also had great co-stars portraying her children. Richard Long portrayed the eldest son lawyer "Jarrod Barkley". His portrayal as a urbane smooth-talking attorney was excellent. Peter Breck portrayed rough and rugged "Nick Barkley",The Barkley Ranch Ramrod. His portrayal of a fiery tempered, fast shooting but loyal cowboy was the highlight of the series. Lee Majors, one of the most succsessful actor in television history, makes his series debut with the Big Valley. As "Heath Barkley", the son fathered by Stanwyck's character "Victoria" late husband "Tom Barkley" the outside of his marriage, was dead on. His fight to gain respect and honor as a Barkley was with-out a doubt his best acting performance.Linda Evans did a good job of playing "Audra Barkley". In the begining her character had promise but unfortunantly she was regulated to the damsel in distress and eye candy. A third brother, college boy, "Eugene Barkley" was played by an actor who's name escapes me but that character was dropped before it was fully developed. But the chemistry betwen Stanwyck, Long, Breck, Majors and Evans was dead on. They don't make them like this any more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally! I have been waiting for many years to see the Big Valley on DVD in it's entirety. This was one of the best western series made in the late 60s with great acting, great stories, and always tied to family values that are timeless. As a young boy growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, I appreciated what life may have been like during the 1870s as depicted in the series. I also enjoy seeing the beginning of Linda Evans and Lee Majors as major screen stars. The best part of the series was watching the incredible acting of Barbara Stanwyck from week to week. She was truly a great actress. I can't wait for the other three seasons to be released!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am simply overjoyed that the seasons of Big Valley are finally coming out on DVD. I am very young but was told by my grandmother about this great fun-filled western drama that she wathched "back in the day". When I finally gave in and watched an episode with her I fell in love! To sum it all up I can't wait untill the next season comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to finally be able to see this classic western television series on DVD. In my opinion, THE BIG VALLEY was the best series of its kind in the history of television, including Bonanza. The cinematogography was superb, the musical score was excellent, and the writing and acting were both first rate. And also, what a handsome cast! They had to be the best looking family in the history of television, bar none! One thing that I have found very interesting as I look at the first season DVDs is that by slowing the episodes down, I am able to see when stunt doubles are used. Probably they never dreamed in 1965 that more than 40 years later we would have the technology to be able to see the stunt doubles at work. Let's face it, Lee Majors was probably the best looking and most handsome actor in television history. It's little wonder that the producers of the show frequently had him appear shirtless. The guy was built. However all of the characters were equally important on this show. They could all carry an episode by themselves if need be. Of course, Miss Barbara Stanwyck held it all together. It's nice to see a strong female lead for a change, in a film genre that is dominated by males and male values. Finally, of course no family would in real life suffer the trials and tribulations that the legendary Barkley clan did on the show. But it certainly made for great television, as I'm sure the producers wanted. I shall always remember this series fondly, and associate it with the salad days of my youth. I look forward to the final 3 seasons being released on DVD.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply the best and my personal favorite of the 60's westerns. This is actually my favorite show EVER and some of the best episodes were done in this first season.
D-gal More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed these dvd's a great deal. Wonderful color and clarity. Have watched them often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved the Big Valley since childhood. Now I can watch it, commercial free, whenever I want! PLEASE release additional seasons ASAP!!!!