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The Directors Collection is a showcase for rookies and veterans alike whose filmmaking careers were boosted by Gunsmoke. Andrew V. McLaglen (who directed 95 episodes, far more than anyone else) is represented by season 8's "US Haggens," and his commentary is a highlight of the set. The episode commentaries (by John Rich, Arthur Hiller, Dennis Weaver, McLaglen, Mariette Hartley, and Harry Harris Jr., Mark Rydell, and Peter Graves--brother of series star James Arness) offer a wealth of Gunsmoke history, and while Hartley (a rising star in the early '60s) did not direct the eighth-season episode "Cotter's Girl," her commentary with director Harris is a real treat, as they playfully argue over their memories of the episode's production. Gunsmoke's excellent writing is evident throughout, including the third-season episode "How to Kill a Woman," written by David S. (Sam) Peckinpah, who would soon begin his own illustrious directorial career. Additional special features include four original CBS broadcasts of the Gunsmoke radio show (which starred William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon, the role played on TV by James Arness); an eight-minute interview with Amanda "Miss Kitty" Blake, from The Mike Douglas Show; a excerpt from a soundtrack scoring session, and a clip from Have Gun, Will Travel featuring Ken Curtis, who played "Festus" on Gunsmoke. Taken as a whole, the episodes and special features of The Directors Collection qualify as one-stop shopping for the best that Gunsmoke had to offer. --Jeff Shannon
- Episodes directed by on-camera talents such as Dennis Weaver, Peter Graves, William Conrad and Victor French
- Four original CBS Gunsmoke Radio broadcasts
- Soundtrack scoring sessions
- Amanda Blake on The Mike Douglas Show
- Have Gun, Will Travel clip with Ken Curtis
Top Customer Reviews
Magnus - 12/24/55
Chester's Mail Order Bride - 7/14/56
How To Kill A Woman - 11/30/57
Buffalo Man - 1/11/58
The Constable - 5/30/59
Old Flame - 5/28/60
Love Thy Neighbor - 1/28/61
Cotter's Girl - 1/19/63
US Haggens - 12/8/62
Ten Little Indians - 10/9/65
Which Dr. - 3/19/66
Mannon - 1/20/69
Captain Sligo - 1/4/71
The Legend - 10/18/71
Brides And Grooms - 2/10/75
Special features will include:
CBS Radio broadcasts of "Magnus," "How To Kill A Woman," "Buffalo Man," and "The Constable"
Have Gun Will Travel clip from "The Naked Gun" with Ken Curtis
Mike Douglas Show with Amanda Blake
Soundtrack scoring session at CBS Studio Center
There are not as many extras on this set. The theme of the Directors collection allowed me to hear for the first time Peter Graves (Jim Arness's brother) talk about their experiences. Other than Jim's book there is almost no info regarding them together. I was disappointed in the radio episodes, the quality was terrible. I am a collector and I know that many of the radio episodes exist in pristine condition. I'm afraid that some viewers will possibly think that all of the radio episodes only exist in the condition of those on the DVD.
I would really like to see the black and white hour long episodes featured more on the next set because they are the ones that get very little to no cable airtime.
This set is a must have for the serious Gunsmoke collector, the opening gives a goodbye to Dennis Weaver and it is sad that nearly everyone associated with the series is gone.
with episodes such as " Cotters Girl " from 1963.
Hearing the diector and the actress who played Cotters daughter speaking about their obvious
enjoyment with that episode is wonderful for the viewer , the lunch scene that took so long to
film because of the laughter - the scene was not completed until the following day.
And the quality is so well done , this will be a real stand out in my collection.
I have now ordered the 50th anniversery collection.
" Cotters Girl" had a female writer, the director of this episode spoke with admiration for this
writer and as he had directed 90 episodes of Gunsmoke over the years , he was aware when the
gold shone through. Other directors prefer a " shoot em up script" and would stay away from
one such as this, however it is good to see the actors having fun on the job.
My one wish is that some bloopers were saved from "Cotters Girl".
All in all, a consistent, pretty authentic, and definitely fun show, any of the various seasons or collections should be great, but I chose this one to get a good cross-section without buying all of them and triggering a divorce!
Highly recommended series, and this collection is excellent.
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he is the man!! thanks sooo much amazon and to the director for selecting my best ,my main Man , Matt Dillon '' OLD SCHOOL SHOWS'' !!
Don't buy this. I don't understand why the show "Gunsmoke" is so expensive. Why isn't it released per season or even the entire 20 seasons at a time?? Read morePublished 1 month ago by DogStarDon
My husband is a huge fan of Gunsmoke and has thoroughly enjoyed this set.Published 2 months ago by Debra Bodily
A great western TV show of the 50's and 60's. Sandra K.Published 3 months ago by Sandra K. Mcclaflin
I bought these for my husband for xmas. He wanted to know why I didn't buy him more. He liked seeing episodes he had not seen before and he thought he had seen them all. Nice.Published 4 months ago by me
I love Gunsmoke and have purchased a number of the seasons from Gunsmoke. I purchased the Directors Collection primarily to listen to the comments from the directors. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wyvern