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How the West Was Won: Season 1


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 279 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BXTDVEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

* TV Movie -The Macahans

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How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season (DVD)

Customer Reviews

I'm pleased with the picture and the color.
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I am so glad you have made this series purchase friendly, I have waited so long for this great TV season to come my way.
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We loved it and it is a movie that my husband has been wanting for years!!!
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mahoney on July 26, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD set includes the complete (but short) 1977 season of "How the West Was Won". As a bonus, on Disc #2, this set also includes the original TV-Movie pilot from 1976.

Some critics are complaining that this DVD Release shouldn't be called "Season One", because it doesn't include any episodes from 1978 (when the series settled into a regular weekly slot on ABC's Sunday night schedule for several months).

But "How the West Was Won" did not start out as a traditional weekly series. The original pilot TV-movie aired in January 1976, and was titled "The Macahans." The following year, in February of 1977, a short first season, consisting of three 2-hour episodes was aired. This DVD set includes the complete 1977 season (all three 2-hour episodes), and also includes as a bonus the original pilot movie from 1976.

Picture quality is quite decent for a show from this era. And the performances are mostly very good, holding up much better and feeling far less dated than the majority of 1970's television. In particular, Eva Marie Saint shines in her role as the matriarch of the family.

The 1978 season of the series did air weekly (from February to May of that year), and episodes from the 1978 season varied in length. Some episodes, including the season opener and the season finale, ran upwards of 3 hours in length. The bulk of the season, however, aired as 1 hour episodes.

None of the episodes from 1978 are included on this "Season One" DVD set.

The 1978 season is scheduled for Release on July 15, 2014, according to Amazon, and is being labeled as "Season Two".

The 1979 season (which originally aired as weekly 2-hour episodes from February to April of 1979) will probably be called "Season Three" or "the Final Season", when released on DVD.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Walton P. Sellers III on July 13, 2013
Format: DVD
Those of you who are old enough to remember when this series came out are already familiar with the quality with which "How the West Was Won" was crafted. This DVD product is made along those lines. I agree with two other reviewers when they say that the first "season" is complete, because the first installment of this series, as it aired on TV, consisted of the "Macahans" pilot (1976), and a three-part "miniseries" that began airing in 1977. This was followed by a final installment of episodes that continued the saga up to the series' conclusion in 1979. This last portion is notable because Fionnaula Flanagan took over the main female lead from Eva Marie Saint; Kate Macahan's character was supplanted by that of her sister, Molly Culhane.

The DVD's in this set are sharp and clear, a fitting tribute to Mr. Arness and the actors who worked with him. This series has been called the last of the great "made for TV" Westerns and is superb family entertainment that parents can watch with their kids without concern. In the late 1970's after "Gunsmoke," Zeb Macahan became as iconic a character as Matt Dillon. Strong and firm, yet gentle when he needed to be, the elder Macahan kept his family together in a realistic portrayal of many of the issues that arose in the early West. Bruce Boxleitner also deserves a thumbs-up for his portrayal of the eldest nephew, Luke Macahan. The main women characters of the series, (especially Eva Marie Saint and Fionnaula Flanagan,) gave, in my opinion, a realistic portrayal of how crucial the pioneer woman was to the development of the West. There were excellent supporting characters aplenty, too, such as Jack Elam, Morgan Woodward,
Brian Keith, and Ken Curtis (Festus in "Gunsmoke.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Paul on April 3, 2013
Format: DVD
How the West Was Won was a terrific series. There is some confusion regarding the release of the "First Season". According to TVShowsOnDvd.com, this release consists of the TV Movie "The Macahans" from 1976, and the 3 episode mini-series "How the West Was Won" from 1977. Usually the 13 episodes of the TV series that aired in 1978 is considered the first season.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mahoney on August 19, 2013
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I am a huge fan of this series and have anxiously waited for its release in Region 1. That being said I enjoyed the story when I received the set. BUT there was one problem for me...I am one of those OCD people who likes to watch a series beginning to end. I started with the first disk and felt like I wish coming in to the middle of the story. It Turns out I was. On the second disk in the extras is the FIRST TV movie that starts the story. I was annoyed but it is something I can live with now. This is something that really should be addressed by the manufacturing or labeling of the disk as I am sure this will annoy other people as well. Just wish they would release the remaining seasons.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Moxie Spirit on April 30, 2013
Format: DVD
I watched all these shows when they initially were broadcast,then the re runs on TNT. The Movie "The Macahans" was broadcast on ABC in 1976 a 2 hour movie which includes commercial time. You could call this the Pilot show, because it started it all. Then in 1977 there were three two hour segments (Mini Series) Titled "How the West was won" with a slight recap of the Macahans movie, then continuing the story where the Macahans movie left off. This is what they are now calling Season One for the purpose of this first DVD release. Sure glad it's out, sure took long enough.
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As noted elsewhere, this show started with a TV movie in 1976, then a three-part mini-series in 1977, then two more-traditional "seasons" in 1978 and 1979. This "first season" release includes the 1976 and 1977 productions, with Eva Marie Saint. The 1978-79 shows (with... Read More
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If you did not already see it, here is my comment from the other discussion about this show and the DVD release, clarified here:

As noted elsewhere, this show started with a TV movie ("The Macahans") in 1976, then a three-part mini-series in 1977, then two more-traditional... Read More
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