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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: 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D7E7PY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,667 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke 5th season, volume 1 of 2. October 19, 2011
By Bob
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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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Gunsmoke set!
I love all Gunsmoke shows. Gunsmoke is my all time favorite TV program. So it's no wonder I give it 5 stars! These black & white episodes are the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sharon Ledford Stamper
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke: The Fifth Season, Vol. 1
Very well received. My husband is a hugh Gunsmoke fan and I was very happy you could ship the item in time for Christmas when originally you told me you did not have it available. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. C. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke The Fifth Season Volume 1
A great TV series to describe this adult TV show. Even though this series was a half hour show it packed a wholloping story for each episode. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. B. Benedictson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke
I can remember watching Gunsmoke when I was 10 years old and thought it was boring; but have rediscovered how really good it was and how much I like "Matt, Kitty, Doc and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by P.J. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars great shows
i love gunsmoke and always have! my husband and i watch it almost every night. more shows should be made like gunsmoke!
Published 6 months ago by Rita Gail Harrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke: The 5th Season, Vol. 1
I ordered this for myself and I love it! It works fine and is a great TV series. They just don't have good shows like this anymore. I love it.
Published 6 months ago by Becky D. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke
This DVD and other Gunsmoke DVD's was shipped as promise and in good condition. I would recommend any of the Gunsmoke series to any person(s). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Just excellent. More a character study than a western.
It's no accident that this show was on for so long. Tightly writer, perfectly acted, unfailingly interesting. What more could you ask from a TV show?
Published 9 months ago by Noneof
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
We love these series. Every weekend we watched couple episodes. They are full of lessons of life. Great CDs too.
Published 11 months ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband likes
This is one of the classic western series of all time. Will keep on collecting Gunsmoke until he has them all!
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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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