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Journey to the Wild West in the sweeping, sensational epic drama Centennial: The Complete Series! Relive the grand hopes, dreams, loves, and adventures of generations of residents in Centennial, Colorado - from their risky attempts to establish a settlement in 1795 through the politics and power plays of the 20th century. With over 26 TV hours of content on DVD for the first time, this incredible set gives fans the opportunity to own the complete chronicle that showcases one of the finest casts ever assembled, including Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Timothy Dalton, Mark Harmon, Andy Griffith, Raymond Burr, Dennis Weaver, Lynn Redgrave, Sharon Gless, Stephanie Zimbalist, Sally Kellerman and many more. Based on James Michener’s best-selling novel, this Primetime EmmyAward-nominated saga is a captivating look at the intertwining lives of the brave men and women in a fictional American town that endured the growing pains of a nation on the rise.
A remarkably ambitious and engrossing project, this 1978 television miniseries ran 26-and-a-half hours, cost a then-enormous $25 million, and involved 4 directors, 5 cinematographers, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 speaking parts. Based on James Michener's panoramic bestseller about the settling of the American West--as reflected in the history of a fictional town called Centennial, Colorado--the story begins in the late 18th century and ends with a typical 20th century conflict over land usage. Centennial, however, largely concentrates on various memorable frontiersmen, trappers, Indians, ranchers, cowboys, and farmers from long ago. Richard Chamberlain shines as the pioneer Alexander McKeag, Robert Conrad does some of his best work as French-Canadian Pasquinel, and performances by Alex Karras, Chad Everett, Sally Kellerman, Raymond Burr, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, and Dennis Weaver effectively add to a tapestry of adventure, tragedy, violence, and dubious Western progress. Produced at a time when TV networks were in the throes of acknowledging America's history of racial injustice, the program paints a starkly villainous portrait of opportunists exploiting and destroying Indians in the name of manifest destiny. While the project's great length might make one wary of diving in, Centennial is the sort of carefully paced drama that makes one care about the intertwined destinies of unique characters and how they illuminate America's past. --Tom Keogh
The book was a very good read. The beginning was slow and the very end was boring. The rest of the book (say 95%) was delightful reading. Very informative and well written.Published 2 days ago by gary mcmillin
Not interested in the subject, and the print in the hardcover edition is very small and hard to read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by carolart5
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|Cattle drive segment missing?||
No it is not missing. The Dennis Weaver segments are the 2nd episode of the disc. Each disc has two episodes. Many people are getting to the end of the first episode on a disc, and when the credits come up - they think that is it. Probably because each episode is as long as a regular movie. ... Read More
Aug 24, 2008 by R. Hays | See all 4 posts
|Is It Complete?||
No the DVDs are complete. The complaints about the disks not being complete are from people who aren't clicking on the second episode on each disc. I am surprised so many people don't know how to use their DVD player. Makes me wonder if they have ever bought a DVD that had more than one... Read More
Sep 9, 2008 by Chris Meece | See all 18 posts
|Favorite part(s) of Centennial??||
1) McKeag dancing. (Both times)
2) The RJ Poteet/Nacho exchange when they first meet.
3) Hans Brumbaugh walking through his fields with his hands out talking about the ditch.
4) Anytime Elly writes about their travels to Oregon.
5) Ol O D Cleaver stories.
6) Charlotte... Read More
Aug 4, 2008 by Chris Meece | See all 17 posts
|bad aging of characters in Centennial||
One thing that occurred to me this morning too is that it was made for tv back in the 1970's and that tv sets may not have been as sharp pictured back then as they are now. I mean we have hdtv coming in now days and the scan lines of a dvd picture are about twice that of a comperable image... Read More
Aug 13, 2008 by Kindle Customer | See all 13 posts
|Quality of transfer to DVD||
I've seen part of the copy that I ordered (it came yesterday) and it appears to be very sharp and clear of picture. In fact I think it's sharper now than when it was originally shown on tv. Well worth the cost of the DVD set.
Jul 30, 2008 by Kindle Customer | See all 27 posts
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