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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams: Season 1 (1977)

Dan Haggerty , Denver Pyle , Jack B. Hively , Richard Friedenberg  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle, Don Shanks, John Bishop, Jack Krutschen
  • Directors: Jack B. Hively, Richard Friedenberg, James L. Conway
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008WAM2DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams features Dan Haggerty as James Grizzly Adams, a character loosely based on a 19th century woodsmen.

After being accused of a crime he did not commit, Adams Haggerty takes sanctuary in a remote mountain area in the American west, where he discovers and befriends an orphaned grizzly cub. The cub eventually grows into a full-sized Grizzly bear that Adams affectionately calls Ben. Together, Adams and Ben learn to survive in the wilderness, assisted by an old trader named Mad Jack played by Denver Pyle - The Dukes of Hazzard and a Native American named Nakoma played by Don Shanks. Impressed with the way Adams has adapted to his environment and for his uncanny rapport with animals, Nakoma and Jack come to appreciate Adams' harmonious existence with nature. Unfortunately, Adams needs to be watchful for bounty hunters, even as he protects the wildlife he grows to cherish.

Compelling, entertaining and hugely popular, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams offered its audience a unique viewing experience, vastly different from the sitcoms and dramas that flooded the airwaves at the time.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The shows deserve a 5 star rating but quality is lacking November 11, 2012
By Hankman
I have fond memories of watching Grizzly Adams on TV and even owning the Goodtimes VHS release of the 1974 movie (which I've now ordered from here on Amazon). I jumped for joy to see the series was coming to DVD this month.

The shows are a joy for anyone who likes older TV. Each episode is introduced by Denver Pyle (Uncle Jessie on The Dukes of Hazzard) and each one is set on the essential same pattern of Grizzly avoiding capture and befriending nature. Don Shanks and Denver Pyle make an excellent supporting crew for this slow paced, family oriented show.

I did however cringe when I saw that CBS was distributing the show. CBS is notorious for not finishing what they started but I saw last night that Season Two is already slated for release in February. Sadly, CBS Home Entertainment is notorious for their sub-standard treatment of classic TV and this falls short of the mark on quality.

The disclaimer at the start of each DVD says these have been sourced from the best possible sources and have been digitally remastered. Umm, whatever. The films are scratchy and grainy and show no hint of having been restored. The 2nd episode on the DVD shows hints of videotape archives. These look like public domain episodes that you buy in the dollar bin at some discount store they are so bad. Topping it off, the shows end with the late 80's/early 90's Viacom logo at the end making me believe not only were they not remastered but that they are the syndicated, edited versions. These only run about 46 minutes from start to finish and most programs of that era ran for a full 50 minutes.

Perhaps someone will come along and redo these properly and include both movies with it.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show. Terrible packaging November 10, 2012
If you are a fan of the show, there is no point in typing out what the show is about. We all know. I watched this show when it was on in the 70's as a teen and loved it. Now, the reason for the 3 stars. The horrible packaging. It comes in a cheap plastic box. Two disk set inside each inside flap. Two to a side. Easily popped out and sratched. When I got it in the mail one was popped out, but thankfully not scratched. No notes. No book. No listing of episodes, except what you get on the disk. And the disk are not even numbered, so you dont know which episode is first and or last. So it is hard to watch them in order. There are no extras at all. Just the episodes. OK. I got this for $19.95. A good price, but come on. Why do this on the cheap and cheat your fan base? The show is fantastic. The the box is horrible. And the fact that there are no extras is a cheat.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!!!!! November 20, 2012
By Cassie
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I have always loved this show. I have wanted it to come out on dvd for a long time. Since I got it I have watched nothing else. Just this show over and over. I can hardly wait for season 2 which I have pre-ordered. I can't say for sure because the episodes are framed around Mad Jack's stories, but two episodes might be out of order. On the 1st disc, 2nd episode "Blood Brothers" Adams already knows Robbie, but on the 2nd disc, 1st episode (which is 4th episode in the first season "Unwelcome Neighbor" they meet Robbie and his dad for the first time. The Episodes "Blood Brothers" and "Howdy Do, I'm Mad Jack" seem to contradict each other about how Adams comes to the mountain, his ability to/or not to make a leentwo and the circumstances of where his cabin got built and who was there when it got built, etc. As for the packaging, The case is a chubby quad(which means it is the size of 2 standard cases. Inside there are 2 on each side. What I don't understand is why they made it a chubby instead of a standard. It's not like they needed the room. When they use chubbies when they don't have to it takes up unnecessary extra space on your shelves. And when they use chubbies
the art work is chubby size too so in order to make it fit a standard quad which I buy from Amazon I would have to cut the cover. I'm probably going to buy a chubby 8 disc and put both seasons in it. I am giving it a 5-star because of the show because I love show so much. Because there was only 13 episodes I wish they had included the movie that started it all "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", but they didn't. I hope they, at some point, bring out both movies "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" and "The Capture of Grizzly Adams"
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1974 movie NOT Included! August 26, 2012
It has been confirmed that the original 1974 theatrical film will NOT be included in this set. The rights for the movie are with another company. The same is true for the 1982 TV movie.

Here's hoping these two movies find their way to DVD so we can complete out Grizzly Adams collections!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality and fond memories January 8, 2013
By charlie
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This first season of the series is a real treat and an insight into how well childrens programmes were once made.
A real feeling of love and hope comes across as each episode unfolds.
The episodes have a way of drawing you into them and the bear is just outstanding. I reckon Dan Haggerty had a close
bond with him.
Quality wise... being shot on 16mm and with an optical soundtrack it looks and sounds like a series from the late 70's early 80's
That is exactly the feel I want. No its not HD but when played through a Sony Dvd player and upscaled to 1080p it looks very impressive on a 40 inch screen. The soundtrack is also fine and the lovely soundtrack music creates a perfect retro feel. I am more than happy with the quality.
I am from the Uk and can strongly reccomend the set to you if you have a region 1 or multi region dvd player.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories. Great presentation.
You know when I think about Grizzly Adams, I remember the show being exactly as it is presented on these DVD sets. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Collector 4 Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good
Published 10 days ago by Dale E. Komanec
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the show since to 70's grew up with Grizzly Adams now my family loves the show.
Published 16 days ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and so do my Granddaughters
Love it and so do my Granddaughters.They absolutely love BEN. It brings back so many memories of when life was simpler than now days. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Lillian Olby
5.0 out of 5 stars Moral values
Great show with moral values.
Published 29 days ago by RA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality and Love it
This really brought back child hood memories. I purchased this for our kids and they loved it and we loved being able to share a part of our child hood with them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tia D
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep inside the forest there's a door into another land. Here, is my...
I was ecstatic when I found out these had finally been released on dvd! Everyone says I'm hard to buy for, so I added these to my amazon wishlist along with a few other things. Read more
Published 1 month ago by firehound
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Travis Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this when i was a kid and i still love it i really love a the...
i remember watching this when i was a kid and i still love it i really love a the animales i love ben the caters are very good
Published 1 month ago by tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended if you like animals and no violence.
I enjoyed this series when it came out in 1977, and still loved it now. Great series for children as there is no violence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine
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