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  • Actors: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Archie Butler, Joe Benson
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, 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: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T30W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rifleman, Boxed Set 1" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

DVD Box set containing 20 episodes of the famed "The Rifleman" series starring Chuck Connors. Guest appearances by Michael Landon, Martin Landau, Dennis Hopper, Cesare Danova, Buddy Hackett and John Carradine. The Rifleman ranked as the #1 half hour program during its time slot on ABC for the duration of its run from 1958-1963.

Customer Reviews

My 4 year old son loves it.
LH
Good show to teach kids right and wrong but may seem corney for some.
Mark J. Pettit
I have enjoyed every episode.
Errica Hill

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2002
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These are extremely well written shows from a time when television portrayed the good guy as the winner and the bad guy the loser (and usually dead in this series). There are 2 reasons why I cannot give this DVD set 5 stars:
1) MPI Home Video is not releasing the episodes in order. Obviously the earlier shows are better so they have decided to pack representative shows from all 5 seasons in Boxed Set 1.
2) There are quality control problems with disk 1. At 21 minutes into the episode the picture pixilates then skips to the end of the episode. Amazon sent me out another Set of DVDs and I found a similar problem at the exact same time (though only pixilating not skipping). I was able to repeat this on several DVD players.
Negatives aside I still recommend These DVDs.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ROM on May 23, 2012
The "Product Details" section curiously does not mention how many episodes per DVD. Call me crazy, but I like to know what I am getting when I make a purchase, including the names of the episodes.

I had to research other sites to figure out not only which episodes are listed, but how many.

Here is what I determined, for those still trying to figure it out:
A "volume" is one DVD with 5 episodes, usually from the same season, but not always.
A "boxed set" is made of 4 volumes, for a total of 20 episodes.

Episode lists by volume may be found on some other Rifleman websites.

There are 6 boxed sets currently in release, for a total of 120 episodes available for purchase. There are 48 episodes not currently released.

Also, I cannot believe that none of the other reviewers address the incredibly steep price! At $500 for a new set which includes only 20 episodes, that's $25 per episode! I love the show, but I can't justify that price...

For the producers of the DVD, it is absolutely ridiculous not to release the DVDs in broadcast order.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Trancelucence on February 24, 2002
There's something very zen-like about this show. I've loved it since I was a kid. The dialogue is brilliant in its simplicity at times. Very aware people were writing this, I think. Directors/writers include Sam Peckinpaw, other luminaries (curious that Peckinpaw should evince such tenderness in his writing on the Rifleman and then go on to make such violent and brutal films). The extent of the affection tough Lucas shows Mark is quite incredible for the 50's/early 60s. This is like no other 1950's show, that's for sure. Chuck Connors managed to perfectly balance drama with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Some episodes are light, others most profound.

Lucas McCain is the toughest hombre ever, and yet he is as wise as a sage and plants marigolds all around the ranch-house and actually holds and kisses his son (remember Jim Anderson? I loved Father Knows Best too but Jim reserved his hugs and kisses for Princess and Kitten, poor Bud had to be content with shaking hands). At other times Lucas is funny and mischievous- Chuck Connors did a really fantastic job of making this guy seem straightforward and yet complex. But best of all are the outtakes with the cast cussing, playing practical jokes, etc. I love this set and intend to get more volumes as they come out.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2002
The Rifleman was the popular television western series starring Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain, a widower who raised his son (Johnny Crawford) on a ranch in New Mexico in the late 1880s. Every episode portrayed an old fashioned sense of morality, courage, and justice as Lucas McCain was called upon to defend the local town, his ranch, his son, and a number of ordinary men and women who were threatened by the villains and outlaws of the Old West. Lucas signature weapon was a specially modified rifle that could should bullets faster, with more accuracy and at a greater distance than any of the bad guys. Now in a four-volume boxed set containing more than nine hours of these memorable black & white western adventure series from television's early days, The Rifleman Box Set #1 is an enthusiastically recommended addition to community library Video and DVD collections, as well as a popular choice for nostalgia buffs with found memories for one of the more wholesome and "family values" oriented shows of television's "Golden Age".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BeeJay on November 14, 2006
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For the show itself I give 5 stars.

For picking episodes (based on guest stars who later became big ?) from the first 5 seasons and putting them out as set one I give 0 stars. So it can only get 4 overall.

It seems all the sets follow the same process, and that will make for some interesting continuity jumps from set to set. Young Mark is going to grow up, AND down!

A pity, but never mind, I am glad to be able to see rifleman again. I remembered it for two things; the relationship between father and son and of course THAT really nifty rifle!

Set one at least, is well worth its purchase price.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By O'Dryden on August 30, 2007
Are you tired of watching men on TV who act more like children than men? Are you tired of watching effeminate male figures portrayed as buffoons whose only purpose in life is to be ridiculed by their wives and mocked by their children? Are you fed up with seeing fathers who lack logic, intelligence, and courage? If you said yes to any of these questions than the Rifleman is a show you will be interested in. Chuck Connors plays Lucas McCain, a single parent who is raising his young son in the rugged Southwest during the later part of the nineteenth century. McCain embodies many of the characteristics that we used to admire in American men: courage, leadership, sacrifice, loyalty, chivalry, fairness, and the ability to remain calm amidst tragedy and difficult circumstances. The McCain character reminds me of the World War II vets I knew growing up. These men reflected the old-fashioned male persona that made America the greatest country in the world. Every episode of the Rifleman contains a very complex situation which necessitates the need for Lucas McCain to demonstrate incredible courage and clear-thinking in order to bring about the best resolution. McCain's main goal in life is to "bring up his boy right" and to model for his son Mark the most desirable traits needed to make good moral decisions and to understand the difference between right and wrong. On an entertaining note, you have to love his Winchester rifle. This gun could fire something like 8 rounds in 2 and half seconds. McCain is more precise and deadly with his rifle than any other man is with a pistol. The show was on 5 seasons from 1958 through 1963. During its first year, the Rifleman finished fourth in the TV ratings, which is pretty good for a first season. By the second season it dropped to fourteenth place.Read more ›
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