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Wagon Train, The Complete Color Season (2008)

Ward Bond , Robert Horton , n , a  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, John McIntire
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 3900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GP5TJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wagon Train, The Complete Color Season" on IMDb

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16 DVD Box Set- The Complete Color Season! One of the longest running and most popular of all the television westerns, Wagon Train topped the ratings for eight seasons in the late 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by John Ford's classic 1950 film, Wagon Master, Wagon Train debuted on Wednesday, September 18, 1957 on the NBC Television network. Ward Bond, who starred in Wagon Master, re-created his role from the film as Wagon Master Major Seth Adams. He was joined by costars Robert Horton as Head Scout Flint McCullough, Frank McGrath as the cook Charlie Wooster, and Terry Wilson as Assistant Wagon Master Bill Hawks, who all brought their skills as horsemen as well as wonderful western actors to the show, giving Wagon Train a special, western flavor. Each well-crafted episode focused on a personal story of courage and perseverance of not just the main cast, but of the westward-bound emigrants as they made the perilous journey by Conestoga wagon from the banks of the Mississippi to California's Pacific shores in the face of great odds. The cast was joined each week by Hollywood's brightest stars in guest roles. The ensemble acting, wonderful scripts and great western scenery soon made Wagon Train a fixture in American homes on Wednesday nights, as millions of Americans of all ages tuned in to NBC for classic family entertainment. When Ward Bond passed away during the 4th season, he was replaced by John McIntire as Christopher Hale, who took over as the new Wagon Master, a role he played till the series ended in 1965. There were other cast changes as well. Denny Scott Miller took on the role of assistant scout Duke Shannon in 1961, and when Robert Horton left the show in 1963, the producer Howard Christie brought in Robert Fuller (Laramie) as the new scout, Cooper Smith. Christie also brought Michael Burns onboard the wagon train as Barnaby West, a teenager looking for his lost father on the trail. One-time stunt man Frank McGrath's character Charlie Wooster, Wagon Train's irrepressible cook, was the only cast member to remain with the show for its entire run. Another big change to Wagon Train in 1963, its 7th season, was the expansion from a one-hour format in black and white, to 90 minutes in color. In its longer format, the 7th season combined both expanded story lines and remarkable color photography of the scenic western landscape, and allowed for greater character and plot line development. Guest stars continued to grace Wagon Train, including performances by Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Peter Falk, Suzanne Pleshette, Bruce Dern, Rhonda Fleming, Burgess Meredith, Neville Brand, Annette Funicello and many, many more! These 32 color episodes of that 7th season are fully restored and mastered from the original NBC Universal masters by TMG, which is proud to present them for the first time on DVD. Bonus DVDs: 16 Classic Episodes of Wagon Train on 4 DVD discs - These classic episodes of Wagon Train span the entire series, from Season 1 with Ward Bond and Robert Horton, to season 8, when the series returned to a one-hour, black and white format with John McIntire, Robert Fuller and Denny Scott Miller. Reproduced from NBC Universal's original masters, these 16 black and white episodes have never before been released on DVD. Many fine guest stars appear in these stories of the great westward migration of the 1800s, including Anne Bancroft, Harry Carey Jr., Dan Duryea, Harry Von Zell and Ann Sheridan. Bonus DVD: Interviews - An exclusive look behind the scenes with two of Wagon Train's most memorable actors, Robert Fuller and Denny Scott Miller, who played Scout Cooper Smith and Duke Shannon. These two stars speak freely about the family of creative people who brought you Wagon Train, from the wranglers and stunt men, to the stars and the producers of the hit series.

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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CASE FOR WAGONTRAIN November 21, 2008
There was a time back in the 1950s and '60s when primetime network programming relied so much on Westerns that nearly every night of the week featured at least one. While some rode off into the sunset without much ado, one of the best, and longest-running, "Wagon Train," set the bar for style and authenticity that few other Western series ever achieved.

This DVD set, all 3,900 minutes of it, presents the 1963 season -- all 32 90-minute episodes filmed in color, as well as 16 classic episodes (black and white) from the series' other seven seasons. The show, based on the legendary John Ford Western feature film "Wagon Master," starred Ward Bond (who reprised his role from the Ford film), John McIntire, Robert Horton, Robert Fuller, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Denny Scott Miller and Michael Burns. Each week the show told the stories of a wagon train heading west from Missouri to California in the days following the Civil War.

What set the series apart from many of its contemporaries was the show's impeccable attention to details: Most of the actors were trained horsemen or cowboys; set dressings and wardrobe were as authentic as possible, and nearly every minute of it was filmed on location across California and surrounding states, which took the West out of the backlot and into, well, the West.

"The Western on television was so successful because it appealed to the entire family," said Fuller, who joined the cast in 1963 as the wagon train's scout Cooper Smith (he replaced Robert Horton), fresh from his starring role in another Western series, "Laramie." "At the end of a hard day of work and school, the family could all watch the show together and escape from the worries of the day. I know it sounds corny, but it was true.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS December 15, 2008
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Beautifully remasters and the interviews were wonderful. So many fond days came back of all those great old tv westerns of yesteryear. The old time belief that they were too violent, geez, they are mild compared with the stuff they show on tv. These were tame, taught good lessons and it's a shame more of them are not available to show to our children and grandchildren. The days of the westerns seem to be over, what a loss and shame, but thank goodness to such people as those at Timeless to bring back those gold old westerns. I wish I could list a bunch more I'd love to see to share with my family. I'm glad I lived through that magical period, tv was worth watching back then.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here is what's on the DVDs: January 31, 2011
By lcc
Thought this would be helpfull as I wanted to know myself BEFORE I spent my money:

Disc #1 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Molly Kincaid Story
The Fort Pierce Story
The Gus Morgan Story
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Disc #2 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Widow O'Rourke Story
Robert Harrison Clarke Story
The Myra Marshall Story
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Disc #3 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Sam Spicer Story
The Sam Pulaski Story
The Eli Bancroft Story
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Disc #4 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Kitty Pryer Story
The Sandra Cummings Story
The Bleecker Story
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Disc #5 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Story of Cain
The Cassie Vance Story
The Fenton Canaby Story
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Disc #6 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Michael Malone Story
The Jed Whitmore Story
The Geneva Balfour Story
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Disc #7 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Kate Crawley Story
The Grover Allen Story
The Andrew Elliott Story
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Disc #8 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Melanie Craig Story
The Pearlie Grant Story
The Trace McCloud Story
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Disc #9 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Duncan McIvor Story
The Ben Engel Story
The Whipping
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Disc #10 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Santiago Quesada Story
The Stark Bluff Story
The Link Cheney Story
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Disc #11 -- Wagon Tran: The Complete Color Season
The Zebedee Titus Story
The Last Circle Up
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Disc #12
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Gotta tell ya, I am sooooooo glad I purchased this set! Video and audio quality are great, but it's the shows that are worth their weight in gold. Where on TV today could you find something like this: Barbara Stanwyck turning a young woman toward a church to "find" her Father there, after being disappointed in her earthly parent? I'm not a Bible-beater, but I hate most of the crap on TV nowadays. I loved this show as a kid, and now, as soon as the theme song comes on, I'm catapulted back to that much more simple time, with no swearing or nudity or lewd behavior - just good old fashioned morals and a happy ending. That's what entertainment is - to me, anyway. I HIGHLY recommend this set!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagon Train The Complete Color Season January 15, 2009
By Conway
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This is a fantastic collection from the Wagon Train TV series. It is a 16 disc set and is well worth the money. The picture and sound quality are excellent. These are classic TV westerns and I only hope they will put ALL of the Wagon Train episodes out on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wagon train the complete color season
thanks for getting wagon train the complete color season to me in time for me to put it under the tree for my wife.
it was in great shape and we are very happy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by anthony martina
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV westerns.
This series rates as one of my favorite westerns. I only wish every season could have been filmed in color as was season 7.
Published 7 months ago by EVAN L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagon Train, The Complete Color Season
Love the old westerns from the late 1950s to 1960s. All the DVD's were great. Did not care the three at the end with Ward Bond. I had all of these. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gloria Faust
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagon Train
Black and white or colour, Wagon Train remains the one family western that tops them all. A huge set that takes awhile to get through, but well worth the trip
Published 9 months ago by haz 1902
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagon Train the complete color season
This was a great series. It was well written, produced and great story lines. This series should hve been done in color before the seventh season. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. B. Benedictson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It When It Was First Run Still Love It
I went with this rating because Wagon Train was an absolute favorite of our entire family. We would all watch
Published 10 months ago by Pony Gee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good show but obviously too much has been cut out, also some negative...
Whenever you get DVDs of a TV series always remember the 5/6th rule: The DVD of each episode should come to about five-sixth the time of the show's original time slot length. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Randall Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars color
the seventh season of wagon train was my favorite because i was old enough to remember it,and the only season in color and 90 minutes great to add to any wagon train collection... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sharona
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagon Train -- a fond piece of my childhood
Wagon Train was a regular on TV in our house when I was growing up. It's a fond piece of my childhood and so great to enjoy the series once more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by SkimmersPlace
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift item
I did not watch the dvd, but the recipient of this gift said it was enjoyed very much. The picture and content was of very
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Published 17 months ago by virginia masti
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