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Gunsmoke: Season 3, Vol. 1 (2008)

James Arness  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Arness
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Mono)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6JC1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gunsmoke: Season 3, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the Wild West where people often have no respect for the law.

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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love The Show, Hate The Release Format September 28, 2008
Gunsmoke - The Third Season, Volume 1 continues the release schedule for one of television's alltime greatest television series. Beloved and revered, this series will always be considered one of the alltime best. Yes, because of its' longevity, but also because of the great acting, directing, and writing displayed on the series.

But still, I cannot recommend these sets. There is no excuse, no justification the studio can make for splitting a 20-season series up and dividing each season into multiple sets. It's greed, shortsighted, fear of producing full season sets that won't sell - maybe one or more or all of these things. But the Western lover, loyal as we are to our favorite stars, our favorite movies and series, are being made to pay a price that is way too high to pay. To think how long it may be before the entire series is released is too painful. Suffice it to say that it will be WAY TOO LONG at the current rate.

At this point, it is probably too much to expect the studio to come to its senses. But it is worth it to say that they need to come to their senses, and soon.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV Entertainment August 20, 2008
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This is a classic TV show and should be (along with it's stars) in the TV Hall of Fame!!!!! I truly wish though that they would release by ENTIRE seasons and release them quicker!!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep 'em coming! August 21, 2008
Whilst I myself would love entire seasons released in 1 volume, it looks as though split volumes are here to stay. At least they are selling and I for 1 am very glad about that. I love Gunsmoke and Rawhide, 2 classic shows and I am just glad to get the opportunity to obtain superb prints of these wonderful shows. I wish there were more extras, I wish the releases were more frequent, but I will just gladly accept what i can get. A superb show with beautiful quality episodes to watch at the flick of a switch. A dream come true and as long as it lasts I am there to wallow in it. Happy trails to all fellow fans.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
CBS Television and Paramount Pictures presents "GUNSMOKE: THE THIRD SEASON VOL. ONE" (14 September 1957- 18 January 1958) (500 mins/In Glorious Black & White) (digitally remastered in Dolby) -- The television series ran from September 10, 1955 to March 31, 1975 on CBS for 635 episodes --- Until 2005, it was the longest run of any scripted primetime series with continuing characters in American primetime television --- According to a James Arness interview, John Wayne was offered the role, but wouldn't do it; Wayne was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and at that time, working in television was seen as a huge step down in prestige for a star actor.

In the end, the primary roles were all recast, with James Arness taking on the lead role of Marshal Matt Dillon upon the recommendation of John Wayne, who also introduced the first episode of the series; Dennis Weaver playing Chester Goode; Milburn Stone being cast as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams and Amanda Blake taking on the role of Miss Kitty Russell, owner of the Long Branch Saloon --- Norman MacDonnell became the associate producer of the TV show and later the producer. John Meston was named head writer --- Arness, in his role on Gunsmoke, achieved what no other actor at the time had ever matched: he played the same character on the same scripted series for 20 years - at the time the longest uninterrupted period a primetime actor had played the same role in the same show.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one True Classic Western September 7, 2008
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The best western television show ever made. I wish it was released in larger increments: I'm almost 49, and i really would be willing to buy all the seasons at one time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic TV Show September 3, 2008
Gunsmoke is a great classic tv show, especially the first nine seasons that have the late Dennis Weaver on the show. I do wish that the seasons would be released as whole seasons and more faster, but you have to remember something: Gunsmoke was first aired in 1955, that is almost 54 years ago. These early seasons of Gunsmoke first have to be found, then remastered all before they can be released on DVD. So naturally with a show this old and a show that ran for so long, it's going to take time to get the seasons out onto DVD, as for the seasons being split season DVD's, who knows how long it would take for them to release Gunsmoke onto DVD if they took the time to find all, remaster all the shows of a single season and then release it onto DVD. My advice is don't complain, be glad that a great Legendary Show like Gunsmoke is being released onto DVD even if it's just split seasons. I personally am glad take them as they are released.
For those intrested, Gunsmoke Season 3: Vol 1 will be a 3 disc set that contains 19 remastered episodes that are:
1. Crack up
2. Gun For Chester
3. Blood Money
4. Kitty's Outlaw
5. Potato Road
6. Jesse
7. Mavis McCloud
8. Born to Hang
9. Romeo
10.Never Pester Chester
12.How To Kill A Woman
13.Cows and Cribs
14.Doc's Reward
15.Kitty Lost
16.Twelfth Night
17.Joe Phy
18.Buffalo Man
19.Kitty Caught
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
how can anybody not love Gunsmoke
Published 3 days ago by phillip gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Charles "Bud" Wiezer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect DVD
I'm going to order the entire series. Everything was clear and showed a perfect picture. I'm looking forward to the other sets.
Published 3 months ago by De Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars good
i had bought this season for my father for his birthday and he love them. they were a great price and as always the shipping was free so so happy with this buy..
Published 4 months ago by allie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dvd
This DVD is one of several that i bought of the gunsmoke series and I think that the entire series is some of the best episodes made and i highly recommend them to everyone.
Published 5 months ago by Bigdaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars There's nobody more endearing than the characters in these programs
Gunsmoke is so endearing. It doesn't take but a few episodes before you feel like you know the characters and their interactions are so like "real life". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic show.
Gunsmoke is a classic western show . Great western action for ALL ages. Plenty of action, but NO bad language!
Published 5 months ago by charlie whetzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke
As stated in previous ratings, I just love the Old Gunsmoke sessions. I watch it faithfully every evening on television. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jane A. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars dads gift
It is hard to find a gift for my dad..cause he has everything! He does love to watch gunsmoke so this is a great find for a gift he will enjoy! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Single need to buy two. Half hour episodes are great. I only remember the one hour version.
Love watching the different characters develope
Published 8 months ago by C. Stacy
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