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Wanted: Dead or Alive - Season One (1958)

Steve McQueen , John Dehner , Don McDougall , R.G. Springsteen  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve McQueen, John Dehner, Eduard Franz, Rachel Ames, Robert Nichols
  • Directors: Don McDougall, R.G. Springsteen, Thomas Carr
  • Writers: Charles Beaumont, Christopher Knopf, D.D. Beauchamp, Daniel B. Ullman, David Lang
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 1008 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008FXSSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wanted: Dead or Alive - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 36 episodes, plus three colorized episodes
  • Six-part documentary "Life in The Fast Lane"--an in-depth look at the legendary Steve McQueen
  • Featurettes: The Bounty Hunter, Angel or Devil, Dead End
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

The uniquely cool talent that propelled Steve McQueen to movie stardom is fully evident in the debut season of Wanted: Dead or Alive. Having just boosted his big-screen potential with a starring role in The Blob, 28-year-old McQueen was reluctant to accept the role of bounty hunter Josh Randall in this trend-setting series; he balked at the demanding schedule and thought himself too contemporary for a Western series, but the producers (including Four Star Productions cofounders Dick Powell and Ida Lupino) were convinced that McQueen was perfect for the role, and the still-struggling actor couldn't refuse a $750-per-week salary. Once committed, McQueen developed Randall into an antihero with conflicting qualities of danger and compassion: With his infamous "Mare's Leg" (an 1892 Winchester rifle with sawed-off stock and barrel) and calm demeanor, Randall maintained his tough-guy image as a mercenary outcast. Capable of attack without warning, he could also be generous to the needy, never seeking credit for his kindness. In these 36 consistently enjoyable episodes (out of a three-season total of 94), McQueen builds the prototype of his later success; he's a man of few words and volatile action, and his expressions (including a mischievous smile) convey quick-draw instinct and an amiable yet potentially deadly ability to fend off all enemies.

Randall was introduced in a March 1958 episode of the Western series Trackdown, and Wanted: Dead or Alive was an instant hit when it premiered on CBS on September 6, 1958. With surprising quirks of character (his "favorite tune" is Chopin's C-flat Nocturne), Randall was a new kind of hero, and Wanted further benefited from quality writing, direction, and familiar guest stars (including first-season appearances by Michael Landon, James Coburn, Skip Homeier, Everett Sloane, and many other stalwarts of late-'50s TV). The season 1 DVDs include a wealth of bonus features, including show history, a McQueen biography, three "series analysis" featurettes," photo galleries, and the A&E Biography segment "Steve McQueen: Life in the Fast Lane" split into six parts. Image and sound quality varies from excellent to average, and three episodes that were badly "colorized" in the 1980s are also included. They're hideous proof that colorization was a bad idea, but they indicate the extra effort that was made to provide features that Wanted fans will surely appreciate. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Own the hit television series that launched the career of big-screen legend Steve McQueen. Josh Randall (McQueen) was not a typical rough-hewn bounty hunter of the Old West; he was a consummate gentleman who always gave half - or even all - of his reward money to charity. He was a man of few words, and he carried a Winchester sawed-off shotgun, which he wore on his belt and fondly called his "Mare?s leg."

DVD Features:Biographies:Documentaries:6-part documentary "Life in The Fast Lane"--an in-depth look at the legendary Steve McQueenFeaturette:3 featurettes on the TV seriesOther:3 colorized episodesPhoto gallery:

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
CBS and New Line Home Entertainment present "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE", featuring Steve McQueen as the gentleman bounty hunter Josh Randall...a man of few words who carried on his belt an 1892 Winchester lever action pistol, which he fondly called "Mare's Leg"...originally introduced in an episode of the TV Western "Trackdown"...this was the beginning of a beautiful role that lasted for three seasons for Mr. Steve McQueen that catapulted him to stardom.

First time on DVD with all 36 Original Episodes of Season One...loaded with extras.
Disc One (Side A)...with title and directors:
THE MARTIN POSTER (Thomas Carr) (guest star: Michael Landon & Nick Adams)
FATAL MEMORY (Thomas Carr)
THE BOUNTY ( Thomas Carr)
DEAD END (Thomas Carr)
(Special Features...Genesis of Wanted:Dead or Alive...Steve McQueen Bio Part One...Color Episode of "The Martin Poster")

Disc One (Side B)...with title and directors:
THE GIVEAWAY GUN (Donald McDougall)
RANSOM FOR A NUN (Donald McDougall)
(Special Features..."The Bounty Hunter" featurette...Photo Gallery)

Disc Two (Side A)...with title and directors:
TIL DEATH DO U PART (Donald McDougall)
THE FAVOR (Thomas Carr)
RICHOCHET (Donald McDougall)
(Special Features..."Life in the Fast Lane" Documentary Parts 1 & 2)

Disc Two (Side B)...with title and directors:
DIE BY THE GUN (Donald McDougall)
RAWHIDE BREED (Donald Mcdougall)
(Special Features...Steve McQueen Filmography...Steve McQueen Bio Part 2...
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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One of the most memorable and famous characters of the '50's Western genre was Steve McQueen's "Josh Randall", who spoke softly (with the Southern drawl he cultivated in his early days roaming around the South, particularly Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and carried a Big Gun, the sawed-off Winchester lever-action rifle then known as the "Mare's Laig". I remember the excitement each week eagerly waiting for each episode of this great Western.

One of my fondest childhood memories was the weekend I spent with my Dad, helping him to hand make my own custom-made leather belt rig from scratch for my toy "Mare's Laig" in time for use as part of a Halloween costume when the plastic original proved to be a poor replica.

With all the second-rate wastage flooding the DVD market lately, it's really great to see New Line Ent. bring back such a great actor in a great Western!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show-Poopy Packaging! June 11, 2005
My wife and I have just finished watching (and reading) everything on these discs. We thought that the episodes looked great, and that the extras were just fine. Really, these studios are not obligated to include any extras, and this is just brimming with them. But, wouldn't you think that such a large amount of effort is a waste when the packaging falls apart to reveal how it was bound together to begin with? (Each disc is housed on their own plastic "pages," or panels, which are bound at the spine; just like a book.) It's not enough that it fell apart, but it's bound with what appears to be packaging tape! Can you believe that? HOW OBTUSE!!! You know that these discs are more than likely going be allowed to slip quietly out of print, which means that long after the incredibly cheap packaging has failed (and judging from the copy I own, it'll probably be sometime next week), we're going to be scrambling for ways to protect double-sided discs; which are difficult enough to care for when kept in their proper cases. I don't believe that we're owed any extras, but I DO believe that there should be enough pride on the studio's part, as well as a sense of obligation to the consumer to at least make a container which will properly house and protect the product being offered!
The show? Great!
The DVD quality? Great!
The packaging? DISGRACEFUL!!!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Dead or Alive is cool May 14, 2005
By B. Daub
I am a big fan of Steve McQueen and I have watched several episodes of Wanted Dead or Alive. I am excited about the series coming out on DVD. It is hard to find this series on VHS and when found they are expensive. Steve McQueen played Josh Randall with a calm Mid-Western type attitude with a sense of humor. McQueen does not play the tough guy looking for a fight, instead he was a gentlemen to the ladies and kept calm in most situations. He was a bounty hunter doing his job and when pushed he used his rifle with speed and accuracy. The series is dated because you can tell right away who is bad and who is good and it is in black and white. Although, I like the camera angles in most of the episodes they are very good. Richard Donner directed a few episodes and there are several episodes that take place outdoors. The best part is Steve McQueen was a great actor even while on T.V. and he was the "King of Cool" on Wanted Dead or Alive.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant series... July 28, 2007
By Lee W.
Format:DVD would be NICE if Amazon would consider adjusting the product information to reflect what they're selling, and not, apparently, the Rutger Hauer movie of the same name. It's a little difficult for someone who may not be highly familiar with this classic television series to buy it, when EVERYTHING in the product listing was apparently lifted from the other item (probably the vhs form of the movie, no less) rather than someone taking the time to give the correct information for the actual product - a classic television series that deserves far better treatment. C'mon, Amazon...FIX IT! Steve McQueen should at least be getting credit where credit is due!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars season 1
It is so fun to see these old shows I watched as a child. I am amazed that they have such good quality.
Published 4 months ago by lmw
5.0 out of 5 stars wanted season one
great episodes showing the compassionate and intellectual bounty hunter, always willing to help the underdog and giving others a second chance
Published 6 months ago by ollie fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Ease of transaction
I found what I was looking for very easy. Even though they sent me the wrong movie. When I contacted him he told me to keep the one I have and he refunded my money. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Angela Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good western
Good show, would recommend to anyone who likes old classic tv shows. Good quality picture on the dvd. Season two is also good.
Published 8 months ago by GM card
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price!
Great deal for the price. Wanted Dead or Alive is an older western,(1958-1961), so you can watch it with your entire family.
Published 9 months ago by Fanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Dead or Alive: Season one
This completed my set of this series. Steve Mcqueen is one of my favorite western actors. This is a great series. I watch them over and over.
Published 12 months ago by Nancy P. Hobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the TV westerns
It is easy to see why the western dominated the 50s and 60s. Steve McQueen is still cool. The acting is good, the sets and special effects are dated. Read more
Published 12 months ago by CHARLES SCOTT JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having just purchased a Ranch Hand (modern, legal version of a Mare's Leg), I decided to buy this series "just because". Read more
Published 13 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve McQueen is a great actor in this T.V. series
I used to watch this series when I was 12 years old and enjoyed it so much I just had to buy it >It shows you great action and clean western spirt of how things werecarried on... Read more
Published 17 months ago by edward costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve McQueen was the greatest.
I enjoyed the show back in the 50s and it was just as good today. Steve is Mr cool. It is a shame he is gone now.
Published on May 11, 2012 by Richard B. Spurgeon
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wanted dead or alive season 1
No. There are 3 (if I remember correctly) episodes that were black and white that got colorized, so those are included both in b/w and color.
Jan 16, 2007 by BubbaCoop |  See all 3 posts
Season 2 To Be Released.
Anyone know if the BCI re-release of Season 1 has all the NewLine extras? I'm mostly interested in that documentary that was split into multiple parts. The NewLine version of the DVDs never played properly for me, so I'd like to sell it and buy the re-release (just picked up season 2 at Sam's... Read More
Sep 4, 2007 by BubbaCoop |  See all 2 posts
release of season 2 of Wanted Dead or Alive
Is it scheduled at all? Did Season 1 sell? I bought Twin Peaks season one 4 years ago and season two just never came out.
Sep 28, 2006 by BubbaCoop |  See all 3 posts
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