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Bonanza: Season 3 (2012)

Lorne Greene , Pernell Roberts , Christian Nyby , David Orrick McDearmon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Vaughn Monroe
  • Directors: Christian Nyby, David Orrick McDearmon, Don McDougall, Jesse Hibbs, John Peyser
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V973KI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bonanza: Season 3" on IMDb

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One of the longest running and most popular of all television programs, Bonanza has become a part of American mythology. For fourteen seasons, audiences enthusiastically tuned in to see the High-Sierra adventures of the Cartwright clan. Nestled amongst the pines above the shores of Lake Tahoe is the Ponderosa, the thousand-square mile home of Ben Cartwright and his sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. Guest players were a veritable Who's Who of classic Hollywood and upcoming superstars, and timeless stories continue to appeal to contemporary audiences of all ages.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet! July 23, 2012
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BONANZA of extras! August 10, 2012
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonanza Season 3 July 24, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Classic Western July 11, 2012
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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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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14 seasons of Bonanza and only on Season Three Sheesh! Talk about torture.The series has and incredible cult following with hundreds of thousand of fans worldwide.We just lost the last living Cartwright Pernell Roberts last year.The transfers have been beautiful and looks great on big screen tvs with such color and detail. We are lucky to see it like that unlike the old 25 inch color sets which were high tech at the time.Well I have pre ordered mine to insure more to do as well and eventually we will get the whole series out on region one dvds.Long Live the Ponderosa!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonanza Review
My mother Loves these movies. This is about the only stuff she will watch on tv anymore. So these are the only things that she will ever have me order for her. Thank you..
Published 4 days ago by Millie M. Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD set!
This set has quality DVDs! We have always loved to watch Bonanza! These will give us years of watching and listening pleasure!
Published 23 days ago by George Philhour
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on the Ponderosa!
A wonderful collection of memories of the Ponderosa and those Cartwright boys! Great entertainment that takes you back to childhood! I recommend these DVDs!
Published 1 month ago by Susan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment!
I highly recommend the "Complete" season the other sets/episodes/seasons do not have all of the episodes only the "complete" season. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debby Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars i just love bonanza
couldn't wait to open it and start viewing grew up on this looking forward to ordering season 4 next time
Published 2 months ago by patricia mclaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait.
Been waiting for a long time for a quality version of Bonanza to become available and this is it. Anxious to acquire the complete series.
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season
What a great collection this season had the gamble, springtime my kids love the wooing of Abagail Jones, the crucible the list goes on the storm what a great story there are just... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paula Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonanza
Always great entertainment. I can watch it with my grandkids and not be ashamed. Good clean viewing. Deals with a lot of great moral issues.
Published 6 months ago by Geneva
3.0 out of 5 stars Television Marketing at its most crass
As everyone knows, this television series was created just so some of the actors could start some lame chain steak restaurants called Ponderosa and Bonanza, which served very cheap... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great episodes in season 3!
one of my all-time favorite episdoes is from season 3 of bonanza. it's "the wooing of abigail jones." what a hilarious plot! Read more
Published 8 months ago by marcee r.
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