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The Virginian: Season 1 (1958)

James Drury , Lee J. Cobb  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clark, Roberta Shore
  • Format: 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: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 2370 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZL1P84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Owen Wister's 1902 western novel The Virginian was one of the first great novels of the American West. Set in the semi-mythical town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming in the 1890's, it chronicled the lives and relationsips of the people who came west and settled the wild land. Starring James Drury in the title role, The Virginian was the first 90 minute television western, airing in prime timeon NBC from 1962-1971. The stellar cast included Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clark and Roberta Shore, and each week brought talented guest stars to The Virginian. Season One's line-up of luminaries reads like a who's who of Hollywood, including George C. Scott, Lee Marvin, Bette Davis, Robert Duvall, Brian Keith, Colleen Dewhurst, Hugh O'Brian, Ricardo Montalban, Eddie Albert, Tammy Grimes, Clu Gulager, Fabian, Vera Miles, Michael Rennie, Ida Lupino and many more! Color New Packaging - 10 DVD Set in one Case.

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savor the memories... April 23, 2010
Format:DVD
I couldn't wait for the May release of this fine series either so I picked it up at Sam's Club. This has to be the most beautifully photographed of all the classic TV Westerns. Another reviewer mentioned each episode was like a mini-movie, and this is true.

The storylines are credible and entertaining, and the cast is stellar. LJ Cobb is in a category by himself, of course, but having watched the first two seaons on Encore Westerns (and then again on the DVDs) I'd forgotten what a genuinely good actor James Drury was. Ditto for Clu Gulagher and Doug McClure. And while I am enjoying the later episodes, I must confess I miss Gary Clarke's "Steve" and the chemistry the three main leads--Drury, McClure and Clarke--displayed during the first two seasons.

One of the things I find enjoyable is how "real" the series plays. The guy that played Randy carps about this in the book written about the series (especially how the horses were handled?) but I beg to differ. Within the constraints of the time it was filmed--the 60s and 70s when all the actresses had the wrong hair and makeup for the Victorian Era, and even the dim saloon interiors were lit up bright as day--The Virginian looked as real as it could get. It's one of the few Western series that actually took advantage of the vistas--we get plenty of sweeping shots of Shiloh, etc.--and low and behold! When the script called for it, Drury and Co. were actually portrayed as scruffy, dusty and *bearded*.

And another thing: They actually herded real cattle and horses. I don't recall that happening on any episode of The Big Valley. And did any of Ben and his sons ever sport a five o'clock shadow, even when they'd been out riding the trail for days, away from the ranch house and hot water?
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic TV Western May 22, 2010
Format:DVD
Until "The Virginian" bowed on NBC in the fall of 1962, Westerns were relegated to either half-hour or one-hour time slots. The network took a chance, counting on the popularity of Westerns at the time, to expand a weekly Western series to 90 minutes. The gamble paid off. The show ran through 1971, chalking up a total of 249 episodes. "The Virginian" is the third longest-running TV Western, behind only "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza."

"The Virginian - The Complete First Season" contains all 30 full-color episodes from the first season. The 1902 Owen Wister novel on which the series was based was set in the town of Medicine Bow, Wyoming in the 1890's, and chronicled the lives and relationships of the people who came west to settle the wild land. The title refers to a man of mystery whose past was unknown.

The novel was first adapted to the screen as a silent picture directed by Cecil B. DeMille. There was another silent film in 1923 and then the 1929 sound version starring Gary Cooper as the man with no name. Joel McCrea reprised the role on the big screen in 1946. The story was one of the best known in the genre by the time it hit home screens.

For the TV series, James Drury starred in the title role as foreman of the Shiloh Ranch. Doug McClure portrayed Trampas, a devil-may-care lovable rogue, and Lee J. Cobb played patriarchal figure Judge Garth, owner of the Shiloh Ranch. Gary Clark, Pippa Scott, and Roberta Shore rounded out the cast of regulars.

Filmed mostly in the greater Los Angeles area, on the back lots and sound stages of Universal Studios and at surrounding ranches, "The Virginian" was strengthened by A-list guest stars. In the first season, George C.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally it is out February 13, 2010
Format:DVD
I am very glad to see the Virginian is finally out on DVD. The first season is 10 dvd out in May. I remember the series with great fondness. The fist season has many good episodes with Judge Garth and how he came to adopt Betsy. It also has Trampas at his most charming. I am anxious to see if the old series holds up. It took a long time to put it on DVD as it was in a 90 minute format. All Were in color also. This is a series worth watching again. Pay careful attention to the guest stars. Many are famous now and were not then.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic series that has aged like fine wine. June 15, 2010
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So far i have only seen a few episodes of season 1.I live in the u.k. so my set took a little longer to reach me than it would domestic u.s.a. customers.I remember seeing this series as a child.It was shown friday evenings on bbc telelvision,so we had the privilege of watching the show without any adverts interrupting.Even though i loved westerns,as a young boy i found the series a little dull.It had too much talking and not enough gunfire or deaths in each episode.As an adult i can begin to fully appreciate this show.It oozes class and pedigree.The episodes are well written,acted and beautifully photographed.The list of guest stars in the first series is a who"s who of hollywood and tv stars.The first few episodes i"ve watched boast guest stars such as lee marvin,bette davis,robert vaughan,nancy sinatra and dana wynter.One show is even directed by the legendary sam fuller with lee marvin at his most evil as one of the bad guys.This set is lovingly remastered and produced in a set that gives the series the treatment a series of this stature deserves.When i saw the show in the 60"s/70"s i didn"t fully appreciate it or its merits.Like classic wine this show has aged and matured beautifully over the years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not new.
Advertised as new. First Dvd was scratched and not playable. Tried to clean Dvd but did not help. Visable damage to (new) product.
Published 12 days ago by JP
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality DVDs not once but twice
We love to watch the Virginian! This is the set I had to buy to replace the first set I order for my wife for a Christmas present. Read more
Published 1 month ago by George Philhour
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite shows!
We ordered the First Season thinking we had missed a lot of the episodes but it turned out we had seen them all! Oh well, we enjoyed watching every one of them again.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Virginian
The Virginian is my favorite western TV show to watch. I like the show, the characters and what they stood for. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra K. Mcclaflin
4.0 out of 5 stars This set is well worth buying
As a boy I watched Gunsmoke and Bonanza, but hardly ever "The Virginian." It was a different western series, more adult and literate than most. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donald Nellenback
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE "The Virginian"
One of the best westerns of the '60s! A real trip down memory lane! Only complaint is that a plastic piece was broken off from the inside of the case and it will not close shut.
Published 2 months ago by Susan L. Stepputtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Western of all Time
This is a wonderful Western series. I plan on finding more to enjoy. This order was received timely and in very good condition.
Published 3 months ago by Adelle
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love All The Shows
I love all the characters and the shows. Can't wait to order more seasons. Trampas and the Virginian are my favorites
Published 3 months ago by tammy steege
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have a show I grew up with that i can watch anytime!
I love the show. Now when there is nothing good on TV I have a classic show I can just pop in my DVD player.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars A longtime favorite
This was one of my favorite shows growing up and it's a wonderful way to relive those moments watching this DVD set.
Published 4 months ago by JANET LEE CRADDOCK
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