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Finally! The Fifth Season!,
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This review is from: Gunsmoke: Season 5, Vol. 1 (DVD)
The first six years were half-hour episodes. Originally adaptations of the radio scripts from 1952-1955, the producers by season five discovered that original teleplays were also beneficial. For anyone keeping track, Columbia House put "Gunsmoke" out on DVD years ago and stopped in the middle of the fourth season. So even if you think you have all the half hour episodes, guess again. CBS has finally cracked past the Columbia House releases. The hour-long episodes have aired on the Starz Encore Westerns Channel. So Season Six is all we Gunsmoke fans need to enjoy the best years of the program. Yeah, the hour-long colors were not as intriguing and were eventually padded. But the black and white years were the best and Season Five and Six are the cream of the crop.
Picture quality is superb and my only gripe is that the studio put bonus features on the DVDs. Seriously, there are historians out there who know their stuff and wrote books about Gunsmoke. CBS couldn't contact them about rare footage such as blooper reels? When CBS came out with "The Wild, Wild West," they had a slew of bonus features. Same for "Hogan's Heroes." Why not "Gunsmoke"?