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Gunsmoke - 50th Anniversary Edition, Volumes 1 & 2 (2010)

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  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 1145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BJS4IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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213 of 223 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, please--- why not do a season-by-season DVD release?? December 31, 2005
Format:DVD
Look, I know "Gunsmoke" ran 20 years and filmed 636 or so episodes, but cant we still get a full season-by-season DVD in motion?

This "50th Anniversary Edition" looks to be chock full of extras, and that's great, but it's another "compilation" collection, with just a few espisodes here and there from the series' run.

And if we're lucky enought to GET a full seasonal DVD release on "Gunsmoke" (finally), will these same wonderful extras still be available on those??

I am NOT excited about this middling tossed-together package--- no matter how many interviews and commentaries it has... Yes, I WANT those extras, but with a full episodic collection to go with them!
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but woefully inadequate January 18, 2006
Format:DVD
Since a number of truly mediocre TV series have been released in complete season DVD sets, it boggles the mind to see that "Gunsmoke," the longest running drama in TV history, has gotten comparatively shabby treatment. Here we have a mish-mash of episodes from the show's various eras that have mostly been selected because of "big name" guest stars that appeared in them, not because they are the best in the series' 20-year run. If CBS wanted to issue a "selected episodes" collection, they should have used better criteria than guest stars (some of whom aren't all that "big" anyway, including Angie Dickinson, Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy, Adam West, et al). Moreover, most of these epiosodes have been issued on home video before.

Perhaps it is asking too much for CBS to issue the entire series on DVD, consisting of some 635 episodes (although they already have issued the first 3 1/2 seasons on 20 DVDs through their video club), but there are a number of better alternatives than this half-hearted effort. They could issue DVDs with the best episodes of each season, or sets with the best of the show's several eras (half-hour and one-hour black and white shows, and one-hour color episodes), or entire seasons one at a time to see how well they do in the market place (they have already done 3 seasons worth of "Have Gun - Will Travel" this way).

Since this set is all that "Gunsmoke" fans are likely to get for some time, it will have to do (and is better than nothing; there are, after all, some interesting special features included). Whether or not it is worth the asking price may depend on how many of the episodes you already have in your collection. For many "Gunsmoke" fans, that may be a deal breaker.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment January 6, 2006
By DPC1212
Format:DVD
This set has its good points and its bad points.

The picture quality is outstanding as well as the audio; much better than TV Land. The special features are nice as well. I also really liked the audio commentary from not only James Arness and Dennis Weaver, but actors like Angie Dickinson and Bruce Dern. There is another subtle feature to the episodes that I liked. The episodes on TV Land are edited more than you realize. There are small snippets throughout the show that are edited out, usually a delayed glance here or there. No big deal really but they can have a powerful emotional impact to the story. I first noticed it on "The Wrong Man" with Carroll O'Connor. When Hootie leaves the Long Branch and his sons are trying to tell him that he has no more credit at the general store, there is a knowing delay by O'Connor as well as a glance to his other son which to me was powerful in setting the tone for the rest of the episode. But it is cut out of the tv version, which I have recorded on VHS.

My main complaint which overrides most of the positives is with the episodes selected. Some are good but there's a long list of much better episodes that were ignored or not selected for a reason. I, like many others want to see the entire series put out season by season or bundled. I for one will gladly buy them all.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
i love this show and while i love all the extras that are here(the comantareys by the cast alone would get a five star rating any other time) this is not the way to release this groundbreaking and truly important series from our past!!!

would they release only a few shows from each season of "i love lucy" , no because they know we would not stand for it and as painful as it is for me to say, i can't give this otherwise wonderful set a good rating,it's not how to release these great shows!!! PLEASE ,PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE US SEASON BY SEASON RELEASES OF GUNSMOKE!!!!!!!!!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke boxed set December 25, 2006
Format:DVD
I'm like so many of the other reviews I've read...I would like to purchase gunsmoke but I am waiting for the full season boxed sets to be released. I don't want a volume here and a volume there. I want to view it in release order. I don't understabd why Gunsmoke hasn't been offered yet in season boxed sets...unless it's more profitable this way.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Old Friend Revisited January 24, 2006
Format:DVD
If only "Gunsmoke, Volumes I and II" would have been a complete season set. The edition pales in comparison to the recent complete season sets of "Have Gun, Will Travel" and "Wanted: Dead or Alive." In the aforementioned compilations, all 39 shows per season were included. Also, so many quality episodes of "Gunsmoke" were left out. With super characters actors such as R.G. Armstrong, Morgan Woodward, Pat Hingle, L.Q. Jones, Steve Forrest, and Dabbs Greer still very much around, it would have been great to hear their comments on the many episodes they were involved in. In fact, Woodward, now living in the Dallas area, appeared in a record 19 "Gunsmoke" programs. He even taught Jim Arness how to fly an airplane. Hingle took Milburn Stone's place as town doctor for an entire season while Stone recovered from a heart attack. Veteran heavy Leo Gordon, who died just recently, could have no doubt given some interesting feedback while this set was being put together on the first "Gunsmoke" actually filmed, "Hack Prine." As it stands, the episodes included are in good shape with fine audio and video quality. However, the various features included are all out of sync audio-wise -- there is almost a second delay in the dialogue. The best clip is of Jim Arness appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. Arness, all 6'7 of him, towers over poor Ed. I'm glad I purchased this set, but it honestly could have been so much more. Hopefully complete season sets will be issued in the near future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good movie to buy
Published 13 days ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series, good quality transfers!
Published 19 days ago by Christoph W. Strattan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke! Is good clean entertainment !
Some of these were repeats but we still enjoyed them. They were all clean and moral, and had good standards with righteous lessons to learn.
Published 1 month ago by Evelyn Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gunsmoke can never be bad. I love this collection.
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie L Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Love going back to the old days with Marshall Dillon in Gunsmoke
I love going back to the old days with Marshall Dillon and all the character actors. It brought back memories of my Mom and Dad, and us kids sitting around watching Gunsmoke when I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sunsetdesire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video set!
I have been a big fan of Gunsmoke since I was a kid. Seeing all the guest stars in their younger years is a treat. Even the black & white shows are sharp and clear.
Published 3 months ago by John E. Gercken
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection
Wish there were more episodes. Makes me want all the seasons, good sampler over the years. Most episodes have guest stars you will recognize.
Published 5 months ago by Eprintfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
My 22 year old granddaughter received a U-tube of the first Gunsmoke televised. She fell in love with the series. This was my Christmas present to her. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Judith Sadowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas gift
Got this for my father in-law and he is very pleased with it. Decent price for a 2 volume collection
Published 7 months ago by C lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Gunsmoke lover
This was a birthday gift for my husband who is an avid Gunsmoke watcher. The boxed set was a great gift as it has a vast collection of episodes ranging from the 1950's into the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Denise A.
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