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Gunsmoke: Season 5, Vol. 1

James Arness , Milburn Stone , Andrew V. McLaglen , Arthur Hiller  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake, Gene Nelson
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen, Arthur Hiller, Buzz Kulik, Christian Nyby, Jean Yarbrough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, 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: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 521 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D7E7PY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gunsmoke: Season 5, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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Includes the first 20 episodes of the fifth season of Gunsmoke.

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Season 6 of Gunsmoke would mark the last of the half-hour black and white shows. It would also be the last year the show would rank as the Number 1 show on TV. Gunsmoke ranked a very respectable No. 8 in its first season. As the actors matured in their roles, it would rocket to the No. 1 spot and stay there for the next four years. Dennis Weaver's Chester Goode helped out in the Marshall's Office and all was right with the show. I have always considered these shows to be the golden years of Gunsmoke. These episodes relied very heavily on recycled scripts from the admittedly superior radio show. If you have never heard the radio shows, you owe it to yourself to give them a try.)

Season 7 the show's time slot expanded to a full hour and Gunsmoke dropped to No. 10. The half-hour scripts were stretched to fit the hour format and story pace suffered. It would continue to drop in the ratings down to a low of No. 34 in season 12. Dennis Weaver left the show after two seasons of hour-long episodes. Chester's last season the show ranked at No. 20. The following season it dropped to No. 27. The loss of Chester was a big deal to someone like me, who had watched the show since its premiere. After his departure, I lost interest in the show. I probably would not be interested in buying the later seasons. Ken Curtis's Festus was cute for about 15 minutes the first time I saw him. After that, I couldn't figure out why no one wanted to strangle him - and I really liked Ken Curtis as an actor-singer. Did you know he was one of the original "Sons of the Pioneers" singing group?)

In season 12 (1967) color was added and Gunsmoke would climb back to be in the top ten for six straight years. Too few shows dealt primarily with Matt Dillon.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke 5th season, volume 1 of 2. October 19, 2011
By Tammy
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I've been a major fan of the early seasons of Gunsmoke since they appeared in 1955. I have seasons 1 to 4. Season 5 continues in the same vein. I'm only sorry they weren't made available years ago. The first season was sold
in its entirety, and one could carp that season 2 to 5 have been sold as two half seasons, and of course cost more. But CBS knows how much old fans enjoyed the show, and suspected this might happen. This is balanced by the fact one can now get the show on DVD at all. They are excellently packaged, and the image quality is very high. A real joy for old Gunsmoke fans, and anyone looking for top quality, timeless entertainment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the best! November 8, 2011
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I always look forward to the next Gunsmoke DVD and I am never disappointed! This one was no exception. The picture and sound quality are excellent and the content is the way television should be done today. I was pleased to see the tribute to the great great James Arness that was included on this edition. It must have been added at the last minute but was fitting to do so. Gunsmoke is my all time favorite TV series but I am finding that the earlier seasons were superior to the later hour long episodes. As good as Festus was in these later episodes, I think Chester may have been even better! All in all, Gunsmoke was a treasure chest of Characters!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They keep getting better December 30, 2011
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We are now enjoying Gunsmoke Season 5 Vol 1. Every year James Arness became more and more like the character I remembered as a kid. The story lines also seemed to improve. We will be ordering Vol 2 soon. I wish they'd sell the seasons as one unit. Still, it's better to have the seasons issued this way than not at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The Fifth Season! November 23, 2011
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The first six years were half-hour episodes. Originally adaptations of the radio scripts from 1952-1955, the producers by season five discovered that original teleplays were also beneficial. For anyone keeping track, Columbia House put "Gunsmoke" out on DVD years ago and stopped in the middle of the fourth season. So even if you think you have all the half hour episodes, guess again. CBS has finally cracked past the Columbia House releases. The hour-long episodes have aired on the Starz Encore Westerns Channel. So Season Six is all we Gunsmoke fans need to enjoy the best years of the program. Yeah, the hour-long colors were not as intriguing and were eventually padded. But the black and white years were the best and Season Five and Six are the cream of the crop.

Picture quality is superb and my only gripe is that the studio put bonus features on the DVDs. Seriously, there are historians out there who know their stuff and wrote books about Gunsmoke. CBS couldn't contact them about rare footage such as blooper reels? When CBS came out with "The Wild, Wild West," they had a slew of bonus features. Same for "Hogan's Heroes." Why not "Gunsmoke"?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaddy of all Westerns November 7, 2011
By Mike
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This is considered one of the best if not the best western ever made.It certainly is in my book.Great ensemble cast and acting.
Sadly,the great James Arness who played Marshal Matt Dillon passed away earlier this year.He will be missed.
This was one of the first adult westerns produced and ran for an incredible 20 years.I grew up watching this series but only when it went to color and was expanded to fifty minutes in length.So it is great that I am now getting the chance to see the early episodes with Dennis Weaver in the cast.What a fantastic show this is.Thanks to CBS for releasing this on dvd.
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Item as described fast free shipping lovem
Published 1 day ago by Jeanne McClaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Thank you.
Published 5 days ago by mjh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got this gunsmoke series for my boyfriend!! He absolutely loves his gunsmoke!!
Published 25 days ago by Kimberly Eshleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic western
In my opinion Gunsmoke is one of the all-time classic western shows. The shows are well written so the whole family can enjoy them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Charles "Bud" Wiezer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, good stories.
I am a HUGE fan of the series Gunsmoke and was thrilled to finally be able to purchase these DVDs at a great price. I am looking forward to the release of season 10 this August!
Published 3 months ago by khughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show. The first 14 seasons are in black ...
Great Show. The first 14 seasons are in black & white. If ever a show needed to be put in color this one would be it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert E. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Gunsmoke reruns when I was a child and they just keep getting better.
Published 3 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars The video was cool, but the case was broken inside.
The video was cool, but the case was broken inside. I was always a fan of Gunsmoke so this just fulfills my Gunsmoke junky needs.
Published 4 months ago by B. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Please with item.
DVD's were new and in original packaging. Full season as described. Another season added to our collection. Have no complaints.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Penland
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I'd agree with that, Paula. Looks like they're going to lose a LOT of potential buyers, since many (if not most) are getting older, and may not be around...especially at the current rate of the releases. Yes, they should be putting the entire season in one set, like they did with season 1. I... Read More
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