Bonanza - Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 television system 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 well -- the first disc includes the seldom seen original outro to the pilot, in which the four stars ride off singing the Bonanza theme song (it does have words, and they were never used again). And as a special bonus, we're treated to Man Of The Comstock, a 1953 30-minute black-and-white television drama written by Dortort, which he describes as the start of his process of developing Bonanza -- the episode stars Bruce Bennett (in a superb performance) and Andrea King, and is worth seeing. And those who have purchased the poorly mastered, unauthorized versions of the episode The Avenger, with Vic Morrow, will be in for a treat here, with the uncut original network version, complete with network intros and outros. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) image is excellent throughout, and the sound is mastered at a good high volume as well. The chapters correspond to the credit and commercial break spots, and each disc opens automatically to a simple, dual-layered easy-to-use menu.
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Special Features

Rare alternate pilot ending and other great extras
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 097360723441
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 26:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,559

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Disc #1 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   A Rose for Lotta (Pilot)
      Play Episode
      Play Episode with Original NBC Network Logo, Bumpers & RCA Promo
      Photo Gallery
   Death Sun Mountain
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   The Newcomers
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   The Paiute War
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   Special Features
      Fireside Theatre: "Man of the Comstock" Original Airdate: November 3, 1953
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: The Ponderosa Map Story
      Rare Alternate Pilot Ending Featuring the "Singing Cartwrights"
      Photo Galleries
         NBC Headquarters
         Clarence "Fat" Jones Stables
         Publicity Stills
Disc #2 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   Enter Mark Twain
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   The Julia Bulette Story
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   The Saga of Annie O'Toole
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   The Philip Diedsheimer Story
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Special Feature
      Photo Gallery: Bonanza World Premiere - Reno, Nevada August 22-23, 1959
Disc #3 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   Mr. Henry Comstock
      Play Episode
      Photo Galleries
         Episode Stills
         Lost Sequences
   The Magnificent Adah
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   The Truckee Strip
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   The Hanging Posse
   Special Features
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: Remembering Michael Landon
      Photo Gallery: Lake Tahoe Location - June 1959
      Credit Drawings: Joe Messerli's Early Concepts
Disc #4 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   Vendetta
   The Sisters
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   The Last Hunt
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   El Toro Grande
   Special Feature
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: Remembering Dan Blocker
Disc #5 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   The Outcast
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   A House Divided
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   The Gunmen
   The Fear Merchants
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Special Feature
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: How the Ponderosa Got Its Name
Disc #6 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   The Spanish Grant
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   Blood on the Land
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   Desert Justice
   The Stranger
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Special Features
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: Pernell Roberts
      Photo Gallery: Iverson Ranch Location - Chatsworth, CA - January 1960
Disc #7 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   Escape to Ponderosa
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   The Avenger
      Play Episode
      Play Episode with Original NBC Network Logo, Bumpers & RCA Promo
      Photo Gallery
   The Last Trophy
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   San Francisco
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Special Feature
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: Remembering Victor Sen Yung and San Francisco
Disc #8 -- Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 & 2
   Bitter Water
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Feet of Clay
      Play Episode
      Episodic Promo
      Photo Gallery
   Dark Star
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Death at Dawn
      Play Episode
      Photo Gallery
   Special Feature
      Archival Footage (2002): David Dortort Stories: Remembering Lorne Greene
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    When I received this item, half the discs were missing, and B&am

    When I received this item, half the discs were missing, and B&N refused to send a replacement. I am very unhappy with their customer service, and recommend using a different online source for purchasing DVDs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Phooey! Decades to wait and only Season 1?????

    Season 1 was the WORST! The characters hadn't been fully developed until late in the season. Lorne Greene said the scripts weren't worthy of toilet paper. Eventually, they found the winning formula,but it took most of the first season. They had good actors, absolutely. And great color, and a marvelous musician behind the scenes doing the lush orchestrations (David Rose, Judy Garland's first husband). But writing? Yuck. Most of the early episodes were awful renderings of very bad histories of the Comstock, mostly Lyman's Saga of the Comstock Lode. You could almost see, word for word, how Dortort followed it - Dortort, who apparently wrote those episodes, made that history even worse. And it didn't fit the eventual shape the series took. Thank goodness they found it. And credit Dortort with waiting it out until he did.

    After all my ranting, the first season isn't worthless. It's interesting to watch the show evolve. And the color was great back then. But after all the wait for good, quality DVDs of this series - and all we get is Season 1? How long before we get to the best years - like Season 5? That was its greatest peak year - the year of "Hoss and the Leprachauns" and the fun of the series was matched by the very high ratings numbers. Another fifty years? Sigh. Season 1 isn't worth the money they're charging.

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