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Bonanza: Season 3

4.9 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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For the Cartwright men, the Ponderosa is home sweet home. They love it, work it, and sometimes, they even have to fight for it. In BONANZA: SEASON THREE, Ben (Lorne Greene), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon) endure a deadly drought, reconnect with lost loves, and brave life-and-death showdowns. Through it all, they stand strong for their town, their home, and, most of all for each other. For the first time on DVD, this digitally remastered collection contains TV episodes that make the West come alive and create a legacy that will never die.

Special Features

- Audio Commentary on select episodes
- Photo Galleries
- Original Bumpers and Network Logos
- On-Air Promos
- Archival Footage

Product Details

  • Actors: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon
  • Directors: Multiple
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 1720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V973KI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bonanza: Season 3" on IMDb

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There's been many a time that I was tired of waiting and wanted to order these episodes from another source, but watching them now in full living color as I first saw them so many years ago Sunday nights on NBC makes me glad that I waited.

BONANZA is one of the greatest television series of all time, and this set is an excellent example of why. I won't comment on the quality of the many outstanding episodes as far as story, acting, direction, etc. (because all that goes without saying), but I will say if all you know of BONANZA is edited episodes you've seen on TV Land or time-compressed episodes on MeTV, or other broadcast or computer sources, you are missing out.

Each episode here is newly restored from original 35mm film materials complete with the original theme song and that beautiful peacock (at the beginning of every episode)! Most every show has extras like extensive photo galleries, and there so many special features and commentaries by performers who worked on the show that make it all worth the extra time it took for CBS Paramount Home Entertainment to release this set. The color is true (Lake Tahoe locations look spectacular!) and the sound is crystal clear (you can hear saddles creaking!).

Starting with the third season, BONANZA moved to Sunday nights and Chevrolet sponsored the entire hour. (You've heard of the expression, "Mom, apple pie and Chevrolet"? Well, for many years, it was "Mom, apple pie, Chevrolet and BONANZA!") There are so many wonderful, "cast commercials" in this set. (If you've never seen the "Cartwrights" away from horses - and most of the younger fans never have - you're in for a special treat when you see the gang each take the wheel and tool around the "Ponderosa.
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Life on the Ponderosa has never been better! Uncut episodes, superior quality image and sound - classic episodes include Springtime, The Burma Rarity, The Tin Badge, The Tall Stranger, The Ride, The Storm, The Wooing of Abigail Jones, The Crucible - featuring "spotlight" episodes for each of the Cartwrights. Season Three was a season of 'firsts': Pernell Roberts sings for the first time in Broken Ballad, and this is when Michael Landon's first script, The Gamble, was filmed. Count me among those who are thankful and appreciative for the "official" releases. No matter what you've seen before - you haven't seen anything until you've seen THESE!
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When I was growing up, Sunday evening was always associated with the depressing feeling that the weekend was over and it was back to school the next day. One of the redeeming graces of that day was "Bonanza," which was a staple of viewing in our home during the early years of its network run.

The casting was cleverly geared to all demographics. Older viewers loved watching silver-haired Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) impart fatherly wisdom to his sons each week while recognizing that they were adults, not kids. Adam (Pernell Roberts) was the introspective oldest son. Hoss (Dan Blocker), larger than life with that amazing Stetson, was a favorite of kids. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold, and a ready champion for the weak and/or defenseless. Little Joe (Michael Landon) was the cute youngest, often impetuous son with a quick temper but a winning smile for the ladies. The beauty of the show is that it was a terrific ensemble piece with four major characters (itself unusual for TV Westerns of the time).

The stories took place, for the most part, on the sprawling Ponderosa ranch and nearby locations in the Nevada territory. Assorted characters crossed paths with the Cartwrights week after week, providing drama, action, humor, as the show tackled a number of social issues, working them into solid stories rather than force feeding "messages" to viewers.

The third season marked the first season the show was broadcast on Sunday night (it was shown on Saturday night during Season 1 and Season 2). In its Sunday slot, ratings soared, and the show ranked Number 1 for three seasons between 1964 and 1967. The show holds the distinction of being the first Western broadcast in color.
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Another winner! The color is spectacular. It's wonderful to see these programs as they were originally broadcast and not cut and peppered with commercials. And it's so great to again hear interviews, see behind the scenes photos and the other special attractions. Not too many releases of this era have these features. Look forward to the release of Season 4 in October and all future seasons on a timely basis.
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Bonanza is a truly iconic piece of television history. The Cartwrights rode into millions of homes every week fighting bad guys and righting wrongs for 14 seasons These DVD's allow us to experience that excitement all over again, the way it was intended. The uncut, digitally remastered episodes add to the viewing experience allowing the fan to enjoy scenes that have rarely been seen since the original airing. The color is sharp and crisp and the audio is so clear that you can almost hear the wind rustling through the trees. The commentaries by people actually involved in the episodes is a bonus that you don't get with any other series DVD's and the promo's and bumpers add a touch of nostalgia.

These DVD's are a must have for die hard fans and people just looking for some good, wholesome entertainment alike.
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