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Join host Kenny Rogers as THE HISTORY CHANNEL brings to life the most legendary cowboys and notorious outlaws of America s western frontier. Then get ready to draw, draw the line, that is, between the facts and fictions about the most fabled men from this bygone era.

Learn the real story behind former rebel soldier turned outlaw Jesse James and his James gang, anti-heroes Billy the Kid and Doc Holiday, as well as lead-slinging lawmen like Stephen F. Austin and his illustrious Texas Rangers. Then meet the real men behind the show business legends of Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody through authentic diary entries, period accounts, rare photos, and expert commentary. And, of course, you ll get up close and personal with two of the most dreaded names in Western lore, Smith and Wesson.

This collection of eight films from the critically acclaimed and fan-revered THE REAL WEST series from THE HISTORY CHANNEL includes:
DISC 1: Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok
DISC 2: Legendary Cowboys and Law From Behind The Tin Star
DISC 3: The James Gang and The Texas Rangers
DISC 4: Outlaws: The Ten Most Wanted and The Guns That Tamed The West

DVD Features: Laws of the Old West; Glossary of Old West slang; Extensive photo gallery of guns of the Old West; Wanted poster photo gallery; Text biographies of Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, and the Texas Rangers

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, 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: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WOSB00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

If you like history on this topic, it is a pretty good overview.
Gary
This History Channel set of DVDs uses archival stills & some old movie clips to present a good look at the "real" West.
Gullyraker
The commentary taken from the diaries of cowboys and newspapers are accurate accounts.
NStill

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By NStill on March 23, 2008
I love this series by the History Channel. The scenery photos are beautiful. The commentary taken from the diaries of cowboys and newspapers are accurate accounts. The History Channel created a small glimpse into the history of the old west into an hour long show. They could not tell all in only hour long glimpses into history. If you want to gain an insight into the old west this is a great way to begin your journey. If you want to become an historian on the old west then you can read many books on the subject. But as a fan of the old west I love watching this series and hope to find more of this series available on DVD.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gullyraker on July 19, 2008
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This History Channel set of DVDs uses archival stills & some old movie clips to present a good look at the "real" West. Intelligent commentary, warts & all add to the enjoyment. The Chapters give really good in depth looks at the various Characters & the disc on the Guns of the West is well done except it glosses over the Remington Revolvers which were very well respected by their owners & were probably superior to the Colt Peacemaker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2010
The Old West is an amazing part of American History.Though it is not a precise time period;generally it is taken to be fron 1865 (end of the Civil War)to the turn of the Century.This in not precise,because much of what went on in the West happened before that,and many of those who took part in "The Old West",particularly in the 70's,and the 80's were in their 20's and 30's lived well into the first quarter of the 1900's.
This collection of 4 DVD's of 8 hours and 40 minutes attempts to tell what happened,who were the famous participants,what the truth was and what and why there is so much fiction and legends about it all.
The main narrator throughout is Kenny Rogers ,whose very appropriate voice and demeanor was an excellent choice to tell the story.He is assisted with a number of experts on the subject,curators of western historical museums and writers.There are numerous quotations through the stories giving first hand accounts of their experiences.
The photography of the country is excellent,the soundtrack adds greatly to the stories,and there is a plethora of photographs from the whole period.
It is obvious that many different people were involved in the production;and there is some repetition as the DVD's are watched.
No doubt the treatment of everything is very brief,but only so much can be squeezed into so little time;and even then the surface is barely scratched.
I think this collection would be greatly enjoyed by both long time fans of the movies and books of the Old West as well as someone who is just looking for an overview of this period.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Koreacollieman on December 20, 2008
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Yep, this was a real thrill when it was on the air...just like the way they told the tales. No real fluff and lots of solid facts told in an entertaining way. History buffs will get a kick out of and young kids learning about the Wild West might find it a good source to fall back on when Hollywood is done with it's revisionist west....
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larry Richardson on July 25, 2008
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Sorry, but this series just doesn't have the depth to provide much more than a superficial look at the subject matter. If you are a wild west buff or a western history fan you won't pick up much here that you hadn't already seen or heard. I suppose it might be a case of trying to cram too much into spots that were made for t.v., but I just didn't see much here to recommend this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monty on October 29, 2014
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Can't go wrong with the history channel videos. My dad is of that generation of loving the old and real west. I've watched a few of the segments with him at his room in the nursing home and learned several things myself. All stories authentically portrayed and easy to understand.
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By Steven Hensley on July 1, 2014
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Great
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