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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These transfers are superb!, January 9, 2014
Season 4 was the first in color. And those colors are dazzling! Gone are the washed out, dusty 16mm film prints that aired on television stations around the country for decades, with the accompanying tracking hiccups and blur. These are crisp, uncut and beautiful -- the way they must have looked nearly 50 years ago on CBS. The only music that sounds replaced appears to be that played by the rock band in the "Hoedown a-Go-Go" episode. It's hard to tell for sure without seeing the original syndication version. For some reason, the video on "Admiral Jed Clampett" starts out fuzzy -- almost VHS-like -- but clears up after about 30 seconds or so. Also, it would have been nice if CBS had kept with previous "official" releases, by listing the original air dates next to the plot synopsis. They haven't done that this time out. Overall, a nice package. But do yourself a favor. Order this from As of this writing, January 9th, the entire season is just $19.99. That's $14 less than it is here.

Bonanza: Official Sixth Season, Vol. 1 & 2 (2-Pack)
Bonanza: Official Sixth Season, Vol. 1 & 2 (2-Pack)
DVD ~ Bonanza
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Season Comes To DVD, July 9, 2013
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Bonanza's 6th season was the last to feature Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright. Unhappy with a perceived decline in script quality, Roberts would leave in early 1965 (mid-season) to pursue other acting opportunities. Because of this, just under half of the episodes featured in this collection are "Adamless"; which tees up the "three Cartwright era" that would showcase Lorne Greene, Michael Landon & Dan Blocker exclusively, until David Canary joined the cast in the fall of 1967.

This is also the season in which the original distributor, Republic Pictures, began dividing up seasons for syndication. "Lothario Larkin", which was one of the "Adamless" 6th season episodes, was excluded from Bonanza's "Classic 260" syndication package that has aired on North American television from the late 1970's to date. It remained out of syndication until it was included as part of the "Lost Episodes" package that began airing on the Family Channel back in 1988. Inexplicably, it's the only pre-7th season episode excluded from that original package. The 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th season episodes were divided between "Classic 360" and "Lost Episodes" packages, so it will be exciting to see them all together again in their original running order in future Bonanza releases.

In this set, we have a refreshing blast from the past. I've never seen these episodes look so clean! I grew up watching those washed out, grainy 16mm syndication prints on KTLA in Los Angeles. So seeing the color and audio restored to near-HD quality is a real treat; along with all the extras. I'm guessing these episodes didn't look this great when they aired on NBC back in the day!

Keep it up!
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Definitive Collection
Definitive Collection
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Stereo, Don't Waste Your Money, May 17, 2013
This review is from: Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
Collection consists of MONO masters used by Atlantic Records to stamp 45 rpm single releases, except the 50's songs which were mono only and the early 70's tracks which were stereo only. Early to mid 60's era material is NOT the stereo album versions we've heard on the radio for the past 40 years. Audio is flat and background vocals are muddy. Be warned! It's very hard to find complete stereo Drifters Anthologies, but stereo versions of these songs are out there.

Have Gun Will Travel: The Sixth and Final Season, Vol. 2
Have Gun Will Travel: The Sixth and Final Season, Vol. 2
DVD ~ Richard Boone
Price: $19.89
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think you've been shorted two episodes? Read This:, May 8, 2013
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If you log onto Internet Movie Database, you'll see Season 6 contained "34" episodes, but only 32 are appear in this two volume season set. Huh?

Here's the breakdown: "Sanctuary" originally aired December 31, 1960. So it's included in Season 4, Volume 1. "Squatter's Rights" originally aired December 30, 1961, and is included in Season 5, Volume 1.
Under Season 6, Internet Movie Database lists "Sanctuary" as having aired on June 22, 1963, and "Squatter's Rights" as having aired on August 3rd of '63; several months after the final new episode of the series aired. Therefore, IMDB lists season 6 as having 34 episodes, not the 32 included in Vol. 2 DVD set.

Since the two episodes in question were summer repeats, there was no need to place them on the season 6 set. Hope this clears up the confusion.

4 stars are for weak scripts and Paramount's continued greediness in its multi-volume pricing of TV show season sets.

In the Digital Mood
In the Digital Mood
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Looking For the Miller Sound? This Isn't It!, April 10, 2013
This review is from: In the Digital Mood (Audio CD)
In 1983, smooth jazz guru David Grusin decided to gather the Glenn Miller Orchestra together to roll off 10 of the legendary band's biggest hits from the 30's and 40's in digital stereo. They missed the mark completely.

Since Glenn Miller died in 1944, there have been several band leaders who tried to emulate the Miller sound. Some, like Ralph Flanagan and Ray Anthony, did it quite well. Why a group using the Glenn Miller name couldn't do it is beyond me. What's on this disc is your standard run-of-the-mill jazz band doing liberal interpretations of Glenn Miller classics. They lack the soul created by Miller's unique blend of saxaphone, horns and trombone. Trust me, you will NOT be taken back in time by this one. It's more like a band you'd hear at the grand opening of a shopping center. To make it worse, the vocals originally done by Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke are done this time around by pop singer Julius LaRosa. That's probably because LaRosa sounded like Eberle...back in 1953! His vocals are very weak here.

Save your money and instead buy "In the Christmas Mood" volumes 1 & 2. THAT band from the 90's is a perfect replica of Miller's classic sound from 70+ years ago.
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The Complete Columbia Album Collection
The Complete Columbia Album Collection
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18 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Not Stereo?, March 18, 2013
OK, it's clearly stated on the box that the first 19 chronological albums ("The Fabulous Johnny Cash" to "From Sea To Shining Sea") are in mono for the first time in the US. There's no deception here, and the producers somehow see this as a selling point. The question is: WHY!? If you're going to put together a be-all-end-all collection of Johnny's material at Columbia, you'd think you'd want it to sound as good as possible. Instead, we're "treated" to flat, monaural audio on a majority of the 1960's era albums that were previously issued in either mono/stereo on LP and full stereo for the few titles that made it to CD. Personal preference? Maybe. But I think the majority of music fans prefer stereo sound. Otherwise record labels would still be releasing current albums in stereo AND mono. I think this is a major mistake & the label should look at issuing an all stereo set at some point in the future (not gonna happen, I know!).

That said, all the albums from "The Holy Land" on are in stereo and sound great. But my favorite Cash era was the 60's, so the audio quality pretty much ruins this set for me. Sorry. Fortunately I have most of these on stereo LP's already.
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Bonanza: The Official Complete Fifth Season
Bonanza: The Official Complete Fifth Season
DVD ~ Lorne Greene
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the perfect price for the perfect product!, March 2, 2013
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I must admit, Paramount has done a loving restoration of this series. Finally, the 5th season set delivers at a price that doesn't break the bank.

In 1991, NBC did a tribute to the late Michael Landon's 30+year career with the network. That was the last time I saw pristine prints of the Adam-era Bonanza episodes (albeit clips) grace my television screen. For decades, all we've seen are blurry, faded 16mm syndication prints that have aired as part of the "classic 360" syndication series sold to most TV and cable outlets throughout the country. This collection takes you back to the 1963-64 television season and treats to you Bonanza, the way it looked when it originally aired on NBC. Crisp picture, no edits & restored color. I was surprised to see they even included the NBC "living color" peacock bumper in front of each episode, plus the vignettes done by Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts & Michael Landon for Chevrolet, the original sponsor.

Best of all, Amazon delivers the complete season for a $40.00 pre-order price. That's $10 less than the selling price for seasons 1-4. This is my first purchase of Bonanza on DVD. If Paramount & Amazon keep the rest of the series at this price, it won't be my last.
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The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show (Collector's Edition)
The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show (Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Dean Martin
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200 of 219 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Have any of you actually SEEN these yet?, May 28, 2011
Most of these reviews here are in anticipation of something the reviewer has never seen. I purchased this at Costco this weekend in California where they're already on the shelves (for half the price, $29.99). I'm glad, because this is a lousy set.

It's branded the BEST of the Dean Martin Variety Show. That's fair, except when you crack open the case and browse through the booklet, they lead you to believe that you're watching hand selected COMPLETE episodes. These are not. They are heavily edited :20 minute versions of the original shows which were 50 minutes or so in length.

Most of these episodes (spanning 1965-73) are available in their entirety on YouTube, which makes this collection even more frustrating. Gone are most of Dean's musical numbers, most of his musical parodies with Ken Lane, his bottom of the hour "couch" songs. Instead, we're "treated" to full length performances by acts like Juliet Prowse and Joel Grey??? The picture quality is marginal as well (comparable to the first generation DVD Sinatra specials from the 1960's)

Producers! If you're going to give us only 20 episodes, fine. But give us the COMPLETE episodes. Give us all the monologues, all the songs and throw in the DMS bumpers and the NBC peacock at the beginning. This is a SAD effort. Now granted, the DMS was like most variety shows of its era. 60% was filled with crap (bad comedians, singers that never made the charts, animal acts, acrobats), but let me the viewer decide when to hit the fast forward button please.

I would save your money & wait for NBC to release this show in season sets. COMPLETE season sets that is!
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The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 8: 1955-1959
The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 8: 1955-1959
DVD ~ Moe Howard
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by someone who HAS seen these DVD's!!!, May 27, 2010
These are already on sale here in Southern California. Picked my copy up today.

First of all, Joe Besser is unwatchable in my opinion. All Stooge fans know the quality (or lack thereof) of the Stooge shorts Columbia was delivering at this point. So my review will focus on the technical.

The controversial 16x9 matting is back, blacking out nearly 1/3rd of the total frame. Remember these were shot in 3X4 full screen, but were presented in the matted format in theaters. They were always presented in full screen during their television run. In most scenes, the blacked out portions aren't that intrusive. Occasionally though, a visual aide to a joke is obscured to the point that you have to back up the DVD to study what it was.

For instance, in "Space Ship Sappy", Moe is laying in a hammock discussing stocks on the financial page. He talks about a stock slipping, to which Larry asks "How's your American Can?" Moe responds "That's slipping too". He's referring to his "can" or ass which is falling out of a hole in the bottom of the hammock. Problem is, because of the mattes we can't see the bottom of the hammock to know what he's talking about!

I discussed both sides of the matting controversy in my review of Volume 7, where they first appeared.

The title cards on the Joe Besser shorts appear to be compressed slightly from 3X4 to squeeze everything into 16X9. It might just be my perspective, though. These live action intros were the most "loaded" visually of any of the Stooge title cards to this point.

Besides that, the audio is clean as is the picture. Another quality release by Sony. Let's hope the movie collection follows. I believe those films (with the exception of "The Outlaws Is Coming") were actually SHOT in widescreen. So the mattes contained there will be genuine.
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Have Gun Will Travel: Season 4, Vol. 1
Have Gun Will Travel: Season 4, Vol. 1
DVD ~ Richard Boone
Price: $19.89
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HGWT 3.5 is another FAIL by Paramount!, December 28, 2009
HGWT was a great series. I own the first 3 seasons. I'm passing on this & giving a 1 star rating because of Paramount's continuing practice of releasing partial season sets at full season prices. That's twice the cost, twice the space the show takes up on my shelf and twice as often I have to change out the DVD's in my player. Massive FAIL. I'll wait until vol.1&2(if it ever arrives) are bundled into a $30.00 set. If that never happens, so be it. Or I'll get a bootleg or used copy somewhere. F-Paramount & their corporate greed! Enough is enough!

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