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Then Came Bronson (1969 Tvm) (1969)

Michael Parks , Marjorie Eaton , Jud Taylor , Paul Stanley  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Parks, Marjorie Eaton, Rosanna Huffman, Renne Jarrett, Michael Lipton
  • Directors: Jud Taylor, Paul Stanley, Marvin J. Chomsky
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGMTV
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039UU3KA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Harley Roadster, a bedroll, a lonely stretch of highway: Jim Bronson (Michael Parks) is traveling where the road and the day take him, trying to make sense of things after the suicide of his close friend. He doesn't go far along a magnificent stretch of California's coastal Big Sur before he meets Temple Brooks (Bonnie Bedelia), a runway bride just as adrift as Jim is. Together, they'll ride that Harley all the way to New Orleans. Together, they might find what they're looking for. The pilot film for the same-titled 26-episode TV series, Then Came Bronson - seen here in an international version that has footage not seen in U.S. telecasts - came along in the free-wheeling era of Easy Rider. Hop on.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goin' down that long lonesome highway ... December 2, 2009
At last!

While it's only the superb pilot film for this long-lost but not forgotten TV series, at least it's finally available on an official DVD, rather than on faded, jumpy bootlegs. Not only that, but it features additional footage from the European theatrical release, never before seen in the United States.

So what is it about this story of man & motorcycle that makes so many remember it with such fondness? Part of it is the lure of the open road, the sense of freedom. Part of it is the deeply personal motivation of Jim Bronson, trying to make sense of life after the suicide of an old friend. And part of it is the ethos of a vanished time & sensibility, when searching for meaning in this world was considered a worthwhile pursuit. That final part is even more pressing today, when the world seems to worship money, success, fame, and the superficial illusions of the consumerist culture above all else.

Jim Bronson offered a fascinating model of manhood, one that sadly wasn't followed. He combined the best of the old-fashioned style of manhood -- responsibility, honor, integrity -- with the best of the newer, youthful model -- a disdain for violence, a genuine desire to understand others, a need to live life on honest terms. Rather than go to the extremes of the blustering macho man vs. the overly wimpy New Age guy, he steered a middle course between them. In the entire series, he only ever threw one punch, and that one in this pilot film. Yet he never backed down from confronting injustice or aggressive ignorance.

Here we see Jim Bronson quitting his life as a reporter, after having seen too much of the worst side of humanity.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware - format December 27, 2009
Upon purchasing this product the DVD did not "read" on any of my 3 dvd players or computer. If you read reviews on other Warner Brothers dvd products you will see the same concern. I then noticed the dvd format listed on the back (but not in any product description) is DVD DOWNLOAD, which may not play on record capable dvd players (mine would not). I then pulled out a cheap $29 dvd player (play capability only), and inserted the disc. It did work.

I always buy my dvd's from Amazon, in this case I purchased this dvd direct from WB. I will not return the dvd, but will have to keep my simple dvd player handy to play it. Why WB uses this format is a mystery. Buyer beware if you own recordable dvd players.

PS: The transfer is good. The movie great. I changed my rating from 1 star to 3 (the lower rating due only to the dvd format used by WB).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! May 7, 2010
By Auj
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's a joy for many fans of this TV pilot movie to finally have it available on DVD.
For fans- you know the film, so I won't bore you with how good it is- you know that.
The picture is good- not it's not HD, but you won't be unhappy if you buy this DVD.

Please note- IMPORTANT:
This DVD is a DVD-R. There is a warning on the back of the DVD box:
" This disc is expected to play back in DVD video "Play Only" devices, and may not
play back in other DVD devices including recorders and PC drives."
I can confirm that this DVD-R did not play back in my Panasonic DVD/VHS recorder.
It did play back beautifully in my three- year-old iMac.

This little film is special. It changed some people's lives.
For me personally- I loved it and was happy to find a VHS copy.
Today- that has changed. Good to see you, Jim. And yeah- I'll hang in there.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEN (finally!!) CAME BRONSON May 11, 2010
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I'm extremely biased. I've been waiting for this DVD since 1969 and am overjoyed to have it. Quality is much better than the bootlegs and I would only like to encourage Warner Bros (or any other studio - TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY has just been digitized for release in North America (June 8, 2010) by SHOUT FACTORY) to release the rest of the series.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Then Came Bronson' Pilot Review July 4, 2010
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An excellent opportunity to see the pilot of what was a seminal series for a teen, I religiously watched 'Then Came Bronson', and it triggered a life-long passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles which continues to this day. As I watched the series, I always wondered what set off Bronson's odessey, and now I know!!! Since the series only lasted one season, and I haven't seen it in syndication, although it may have been done, it's great that the pilot, and hopefully later the entire season, has been offered in DVD. I'll bet I'm not the only one whose passion was triggered by this series and I hope that this DVD release is supported by excellent sales.

The pilot offers the opportunity to return to a bygone era, not only of the culture but of the vehicles of the time. Obviously, those of us who lived back in the day paid little attention to these things, but slowly we evolved into a slicker, more ordered society, and the pilot offers us a look back. The cinematography is also dated, but was state of the art back then, and that proved to be fascinating to me.

I recommend purchase of this pilot to anybody who enjoyed the series back then...even if you didn't, it's worth purchasing for a glimpse of the culture, personalities, and machines of the day!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom of the Road . . .
This series was one of the best coming out of the 1960's. Okay, yes I know it is reminiscent of Route 66, but still I love this as well. When we will see the series on DVD?? Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sister Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars retro TV show
packaged appropriately in the condition promised, arrived as promised as well, it is a niche item i guess, didn't run very long on air, but it also had a feel and fit of the time
Published 17 days ago by L. E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still feels good
I talked about this series to the younger generation for years, not remembering for sure of the title or being able to find people who remembered it at all, nor could I find... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Steven B.
5.0 out of 5 stars was what i was looking for
thanks the movie was what I had been looking for some time now I am looking for copy's of the TV show. thank again for your fast service.
Published 2 months ago by chestervwyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner
My husband was thrilled with this

Really made points with my husband. Even I sat to watch and enjoy. Love Michaels songs also.
Published 4 months ago by Sunshine
4.0 out of 5 stars my fav!
This show is what made me love motorcycles, traveling, and love helping people! R.I.P Michael Parks! You will be missed!
Published 4 months ago by Anthony M. Lupp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Took me back to my early years when this was on TV. Brought back great memories of a great time
Published 5 months ago by Tom Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked the whole series Then Came Bronson
I wish they could get the whole series out on DVD. I also really liked his music from the whole series.
Published 5 months ago by Marilynn May
4.0 out of 5 stars "Really,well hang in there !"
Dated and corny but love the Ca. coast ( the same one I'm always riding up and down ) and the bikes and cars of the day ! Plus just a nice reminder of simpler times pre tech ! PL
Published 5 months ago by Paul Leduc
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quite Stand The Test Of Time
I really loved this movie when it first came out but I was a lot younger back then... Still a good story but could stand an update. The TV series holds up better.
Published 5 months ago by D. Campbell
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