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Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vol. Two

4.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

One of the longest running and most popular of all television programs, BONANZA has become a part of American mythology. For fourteen seasons, audiences enthusiastically tuned in to see the High-Sierra adventures of the Cartwright clan. Nestled amongst the pines above the shores of Lake Tahoe is the Ponderosa, the thousand-square mile home of Ben Cartwright and his sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. Guest players were a veritable Who's Who of classic Hollywood and upcoming superstars, and timeless stories continue to appeal to contemporary audiences of all ages.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dan Blocker, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, 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: 7
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 793 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DPH91S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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We've been watching the DVD's as a family. Nice, clean picture, good sound, decent packaging, a few extra features and the original titles make this a nice DVD set. Here's hoping that they bring (at least) several seasons of this show to DVD. This show was a classic and they really don't make them like this any more. The set consists of single sided disks in a plastic sleeve holding several DVD's. The episode titles and descriptions are printed on the inside of the front sleeve which can be read through the clear plastic cover (very similar to Gomer Pyle packaging - IF you have that set).
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This is the second half of the 1959/60 Bonanza season, and continues with the gradual increase in quality that the later episodes of volume one (for which see my review) began. Many of the iconic features of the series have begun to arise, including the lovely watercolors that introduce the credits at the beginning and end of the episodes, the costumes of the central characters, their individual personalities and interpersonal relationships, etc.

The bad guys continue to have very little by way of "grey" areas to them. However, though they have very few redeeming features, the writers are now beginning to realize the benefits of exploring grey areas in order to vary their plot lines and add depth to the series. While they provide a script like that for "Blood on the Land" where "bad" is way bad--for which think virtually psychotic--they also provide that for "The Stranger," where a "bad" guy comes to realize that his hatred of Ben has been an excuse for his own personal failures.

Plot lines are generally good, though they moralize rather heavily which was characteristic of the time. The viewer might well believe that virtually every day harbored unique and often unpleasant major events during life in the Old West, where in fact, as in every age, 99.99% of life was probably more deadly-boring than deadly-deadly. The riskiest events in one's life at the time probably involved working oneself to death with scant benefit in return.

The scripts seem more even in quality, though from time to time one is left wondering "where that came from," as with the episode "Dark Star." Here both the plot and the acting seemed a little over the top. I couldn't help feeling that it was a script for a modern dance production!
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I love westerns and if you like westerns then buy these series. It's very good! They have the showdowns, cattle drives, working on the ranches, gunfights, and a lot more! 14 seasons of 50 minute episodes. Very good show! If I could give this a better rating then I would.
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I received it in the mail about a month and a half ago. it was in great condition, and the episodes are really good. This was when television was really great, when they produced 34 episodes a season, instead of taking breaks for months at a time. I am 21 years old and I love bonanza and all the other classic television westerns.
Don't get me wrong. They can still make great television shows now. House M.D. for example, is a really good show, with one of the best television characters ever.
I just wish people don't forget about great classics like bonanza. The rest of the seasons should be released (fully restored) as soon as possible.
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Every Volume of Bonanza gets better and better.The Second season first half has such wonderful dramatic stories that leave you with, that was a good episode man even with tear in your eye.The episode Day of the Reckoning with Ricardo Montalban and Madelyn Rue was soo Sad.The Actors and guest stars really did great acting in those days plus the early days of color television looks awesome on these dvd transfers.Its great they started color filming the show way back in 1959. Not many shows got that treatment.We all want to see the series full I think 14 season come out. I am sure the sales are great so why are they torturing us with half volumes every year. I love season five with the Guy Williams character appearing a few times that season but its gonna be a while till we get there.I'll keep buy as long as they keep providing hope my sale helps this fact.
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got it very speedy and in great shape. I only wish I had ordered the right ones. I want the episodes about the boys mother and misunderstood whick episodes I was getting. My fault.....very reasonable though and we will enjoy them.....^l^
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They just don't make good, wholes shows like this anymore. Okay, maybe some don't seem them that way since people get killed, but this was a time when black was black and white was white (with a few grey areas), and by the end you knew that the right choice was made or at least attempted...

Little Joe is my favorite, but I like Ben and Hoss too. The one I can't stand is Adam (but I probably mentioned that in my review for volume 1).

Some of my favorite episodes:
The Outcast
Dessert Justice
The Avenger
San Francisco
Bitter Water
Feet of Clay
Death at Dawn
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I got these for my dad, and he loves them. They are the original version with the theme music he so desperately HAD to have! I will be collecting all seasons for him.
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