Gunsmoke: Season 8, Vol. 1
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I wondered if anyone else has experienced this problem with the CBS programs DVDs.
When Arness passed away there was almost a national wake by those who grew up with those characters.
Old reliables John Meston and Kathleen Hite wrote fourteen of the episodes and Harry Harris Jr. and Andrew V. McLaglen directed seventeen between them giving the series a continuing high standard which was to remain throughout its entire longevity.
The role of Quint Asper, played by Burt Reynolds, joined the cast in episode three to bolster the already strong ensemble of James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone. Another interesting character also appeared: it was the first entrance of Festus Haggen played by Ken Curtis. The latter, one of the Sons of the Pioneers and a regular in John Ford movies, had appeared in quite a number of previous episodes but never as Festus. As we all know Festus would be a permanent staple in years to come and fill the gap of quirkiness when Weaver's Chester departed the series.
A great bunch of guests appeared in this selection of shows including Kathy Nolan, Virginia Gregg, John Dehner, Joanne Linville, Robert Middleton, Ruta Lee, Strother Martin, Chill Wills, Claude Akins, William Windom, Audrey Dalton, Joyce Bulifant, J. Pat O'Malley, Denver Pyle, Sherry Jackson and Mariette Hartley.
One highlight episode: "Root Down" where Chester is kidnapped, bound and gagged and destined to be a reluctant bridegroom!
A great series that has never grown tiresome.
Number one is the increase in price for these seasons. STUDIO GREED is the reason here, pure and simple.
My second gripe concerns the number of repeat episodes included. 'Quint Asper Comes Home' is listed, yet again,
on the eighth season, volume one.
Yes, GUNSMOKE, has become the gold standard among mega-successful TV westerns, no question about it.
However, this fact does NOT warrant repeat episodes or exorbitant prices.
Consumers are NOT paying for either of these.
I haven't purchased The Eighth Season, and not planning to until these negative issues are addressed and remedied.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013: Got it CBS/Paramount?
Stop Being So Greedy!
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I watched this show with my parents when I was a kid and am very pleased it's on dvd. Unfortunately, there is no option for the hearing impaired which some of my elderly friends... Read morePublished 17 days ago by charles
These episodes were never on TV to my knowledge and all are excellent.I wouldn't be without them as I own the first 10 seasons now.Published 2 months ago by chondroman
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