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  • Actors: Earl Holliman, Andrew Prine, Slim Pickens, Barbara Parkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 1400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MRN3JQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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* Stars Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine * Story of two brothers, one a rodeo champion and one aspiring to emulate his older brother in the arena * Set against the backdrop of the hard living, hard loving life of the professional rodeo circuit rider * Bonus feature "Second Chances", the pilot for Wide Country

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I was happy with the picture and sound quality.
Larry
Earl Holliman shines as the lead and Andrew Prine works really well as Holliman's younger brother.
cwilli
There are some great story lines and some very good guest stars.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 5, 2012
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This series is very similar to Route 66 but with two brothers travelling around America with the rodeo circuit.I bought this sight unseen because of Earl Holliman from "Police Woman" fame.This is a good little series that failed to catch on maybe because it was thought to be only about the rodeo or maybe because there was not enough rodeo material shown to please some people.I read somewhere that this was a boring series.It is NOT.Some episodes are not great but what series has a good story every time and there are plenty of guest stars in each episode.I loved this series.Bonus features are interviews with both the stars and the pilot episode introduced by Fred Astaire which sold the series.
Here are some of the more interesting episodes:

The Royce Bennett Story. Rodeo rider with a terminal illness. Guests: Steve Forrest and Billy Mumy
Journey Down A Dusty Road
Who Killed Eddie Gannon
What are Friends For.[ A really funny episode]
Our Ernie Kills People. Andy [Andrew Pine] is attacked with a lug-wrench and may lose an eye. My Favourite episode!
Tears on a Painted Smile
My Candle Burns at Both Ends. Mitch [Earl Holliman] falls in love but tragedy strikes.Guest: The beautiful Laura Devon.
Step Over the Sky. An old man goes after the horse which maimed him and ended his career. Guest Victor Jory
A Cry from the Mountain
Don't Cry for Johnny Devlin. Mitch [Earl Holliman] is challenged by an old friend to keep riding ever more dangerous brahma bulls until tragedy strikes
Speckle Bird. A horse is injured and has to be put down.But a little girl refuses to give up and seeks help to save the horse
The Judas Goat. Guest Eddie Albert
The Lucky Punch. Guest Bruce Yarnell.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on October 1, 2011
While I obviously can't review this set since it hasn't been released yet, I hope Timeless Video does a better job than so many of their other releases of old TV series. (See Amazon reviews on any other Timeless releases on DVD, with the exception of The Virginian which they have done a good job on.)
As for the series itself, it is interesting how series with the same basic plot are released the same year and usually last the same amount of time. This show ran on NBC Thursday nights, it concerned rodeo rider Earl Holliman who travels the rodeo circuit with his younger brother, Andrew Prine. I watched it although I have no specific memories of specific episodes. The same year this series premiered on NBC, 1962, another rodeo show debuted on ABC: Stoney Burke with Jack Lord and a great supporting cast including Warren Oates and Bruce Dern. Both these rodeo series lasted 1 year and were cancelled. It is interesting how often we see this: The Munsters and The Addams Family, both premiered on CBS and ABC in 1964, and both lasted 2 seasons and were cancelled. Two serious Doctor series, Dr Kildare and Ben Casey, premiered in 1962 on NBC and ABC, and both left the air in 1966. It was the same with Marcus Welby, MD and Medical Center, which premiered in 1970 on ABC and CBS, both lasting 7 years until cancellation. I can go on and on about this phenomenon, but I won't any further.
In conclusion, what little memory I have of Wide Country was that it was a good series (Why else would I have watched it? I only hope that Timeless Video does it justice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cody Robert at Spokane on May 4, 2014
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Frank Telford produced this 28-episode rodeo drama for Universal's TV arm Revue Studios. The directors include Alan Crosland Jr., Ted Post and, surprisingly, John Brahm. The scripts--including several by Alan Le May--are consistently intelligent if talky (this is a 50-minute drama, not action, series in spite of the rodeo setting).

The guest "stars" include Ray Danton, Peggy McCay, James Caan, Victor Jory, Diane Ladd, Jerome Cowan, Ray Walston, Dan Duryea, Irene Hervey, Coleen Gray and Edgar Buchanan. (The Danton-McCay episode is really outstanding and is the highlight of the series.) Slim Pickens is a recurring semiregular and contributed the concept for one very solid script featuring Forrest Tucker.

Earl Holliman carries the show with viewer-friendly star power. He is Idahoan Mitch Guthrie, Korean War vet and now 10 years later an all-around champion (three times running) in roughstock events on the Southwestern circuit. Mitch's chaperone is callow but smart younger bro Andy (Andrew Prine) who is baccalaureate-bound but dabbles in rodeo to cover tuition fees. They are a cute pair, bickering amiably like a long-married couple. Mitch is overly inclined to be a do-gooder, but the scripts regularly save him from overt sermonizing. And rangy young Andy with his spaniel eyes makes a perfect reactor/straight man to Mitch's odd moments of rodeo raunchiness (to his credit, Mitch enjoys his beers and cigarettes). Both actors are perfectly cast and very convincing in their roles. Holliman's straw hat, dorky but rakish in 1962, has the "taco crease" that has become iconic down the decades and is still favored by West Texas cowboys.
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