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The Best of Bonanza, Vol. 1 (1959)

Lewis Allen , William F. Claxton  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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  • Directors: Lewis Allen, William F. Claxton, Nicholas Colasanto, Robert L. Friend, Alvin Ganzer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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: Artisan/Republic
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009NH9L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great episodes! January 31, 2005
By Beckys
This set contains eight episodes on three DVDs -- five from the first season and one each from the third, fourth and fifth -- that show the broad range of this series that ran from September of 1959 through January of 1973. All of these are family fare and can stimulate good discussions with children about moral issues we all face (even if not as dramatically), or can be enjoyed simply as good entertainment.

The DVDs are of good quality, and as they are licensed, contain all the scenes, all of the original music, and all of the artwork from the credits, unlike many other DVDs and VHS tapes of Bonanza episodes.

1 - Mr. Henry Comstock. The second episode filmed, this is the humorous story of the arrival and impact of Henry Comstock on the future Virginia City. Guest star Jack Carson. From season one, originally aired November 7, 1959. aka "The Henry Comstock Story"

2 - Death on Sun Mountain. Based on actual incidents, a merchant tries to corner the meat market in Virginia City by selling antelope meat to the miners for outrageous prices. When the Cartwrights begin selling cattle as an alternative, the merchant stirs up trouble with the Paiutes. Written by Gene L. Coon and David Dortort; guest star Barry Sullivan. From season one; originally aired September 19, 1959. aka "The Sun Mountain Herd"

3 - The Saga of Annie O'Toole. Based on the story of Eilley Orrum and her future husband, Sandy Bowers. In a light-hearted episode, Adam helps Annie get legal claim to one of two of Swede Lundberg's silver mines. Written by Thomas Thompson, guest stars Ida Lupino and Alan Hale. From season one; originally aired October 24, 1959.

4 - Paiute War. Based on the actual conflict between the Paiutes and the white settlers in May and June of 1860.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Western classic! September 21, 2003
So,the waiting time is over.A beautiful DVD in Top Quality of the great Bonanza TV-Show.I am astonished about the remarkable Choice about the episodes.The Crucible and All about Walter,one dramatic and one funny,are truly some of the greatest from the complete Run.And the Orginal Sound and Opening Sequence let the heart jump.Bonanza Fans,this is the first real deal on DVD.Buy it and lets hope there will be more.And my wish is that there will be more classic shows like Branded,Man called Shenandoah,Lancer,High Chapparal,Bronco,Laramie or Gunsmoke.I think there is a big market for these treats.
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BONANZA...AT LAST RESTORED TO ITS BEST QUALITY July 6, 2004
(*This review and this DVD release will probably offend the licensees and sellers of the inferior video and DVD releases of Bonanza.)

Bonanza is at last available as its meant to be...Digitally-Mastered, with the original music, the burning map, the beautiful watercolor drawings of the opening and closing credits.

The various repeat airings on television since the series ended were edited by up to 10 minutes to allow for more commercial time. This DVD presents the episodes in their original form. And the excellent picture quality is no doubt better than what was seen on the then-new color TVs when the series originally aired in the 1960s.

May this Volume 1 sell enough that Republic/Artisan continue to remaster the original master prints from the series. There are many classic episodes that have never seen release on DVD or video, and were sadly edited in tv repeats...

Springtime, The Hayburner, The Wooing of Abigail Jones...just to name a few.

The original masters of the Bonanza series (at least through 1966) need to be restored and preserved on DVD.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you should buy this DVD March 13, 2005
This DVD contains the following episodes:

Mr. Henry Comstock, Death on Sun Mountain, The Saga of Annie O'Toole, Paiute War, Enter Mark Twain, The Crucible, Any Friend of Walter's and Bullet for a Bride. It is one of my favorite Bonanza DVDs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Bonanza-Volume 1 March 8, 2006
If you love westerns you will enjoy this dvd. It gives you the beginning episodes. This is the dvd to buy first. The whole family can watch this together. Bonanza at its Finest!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love & Highly Recommend This DVD For Bonanza Fans!! February 15, 2006
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I just got my dvd today, and I am loving it already. The first episode I watched was The Crucible, because its my favorite, and it was perfect. The theme, the proper credits, the full episode, etc.. It was perfect! I'm all giddy over it, because its the best dvd a Bonanza fan can own.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why not Season Box Sets? March 27, 2004
By A Customer
This is a great compilation of classic episodes of one of the best shows in TV History.My only complaint is the lack of the deserved respect for such a show.Many classic shows from the 60s and 70s have been released in wonderful quality season box sets.Why not Bonanza?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bonanza August 4, 2003
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I am so glad some more episodes have been released instead of the same 31 that have been released over and over again. These are great episodes and the DVD form is great! Great picture and great sound. If you are a fan of Bonanza you will enjoy these DVD's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for the Entire Family
Kids loved it & I enjoyed reliving my childhood watching it again with them. Classic FAMILY show at its best.
Published 4 months ago by Aaron Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Bonanza fan...
Even though this is not one of the "Official" Bonanza dvd releases, it still brought back a lot of wonderful childhood memories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Captivating Movie Episodes
All the episodes in this series have been very well selected, to deserve the title THE BEST OF BONANZA. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jinda2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Episodes
Bonanza has always been one of my favorite westerns and its so enjoyable watching it and not having the commercials to sit through.
Published 15 months ago by mabel
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of Bonaanza volume 1
Any friend of WALTER. iS ONE OF THE FUNNY Bonanza shown. I laugh until my side hurt. The chili screen awesome, Just for that seem . It a keeper,
Published on May 22, 2011 by Richard F. Vandermeulen
5.0 out of 5 stars My heroes have always been Cowboys
The Cartwrights ride again! Very excited to see this dvd because it has some of my favorite episodes, including "The Crucible." This was TV as it should still be.
Published on January 27, 2011 by B. Sowder
5.0 out of 5 stars great Introduction to BONANZA
This 2-disk collection from Artisan/Republic contains all excellent episodes from the classic series, all from the "glory years," including my personal favorite, "The Crucible. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Insightfully Sensitive
4.0 out of 5 stars If your a fan, you will love this
If your a Bonanza fan or know someone who is, the will enjoy this set. We gave it as a gift and the person watches it frequently.
Published on June 13, 2009 by M. Lucash
3.0 out of 5 stars adequate for the Bonanza fanatic
Not many episodes, but at least they spring for the real theme music, unlike other Bonanza dvd's.
Published on January 7, 2009 by D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal on DVD
Thanks. I am Pamela Douglas. I haven't had a chance to watch the DVD's yet, but they are in excellent condition .I would reccomend to any of of family and friends.
Published on December 21, 2008 by Burma J. Stephens
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I also have the ANY FRIEND OF WALTER'S. I am searching for WALTER AND THE OUTLAWS - Season 6, Episode 34 (1964). If any has this episode, please contact me. I do NOT need any art work or case.

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