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The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 1

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Product Description

Join Luke and Bo Duke--a couple of good old boys--and their cousin Daisy Duke as they stay just ahead of the sheriff in their souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger, The General Lee, and have fun thwarting the plots of the corrupt county boss.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by John Schneider and Catherine Bach {episode: One Armed Bandits}
Documentary:The 20th Anniversary Hazzard County Barbeque {reunion documentary RT 30:00}
Featurette:Dukes Driving 101: A High Octane Salute {featurette including interviews w/ professional race car drivers RT 8:00}
Other:The Dukes of Hazzard : The Return of the General Lee video game trailer

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The Dukes of Hazzard was part of America's redneck fetish in the mid-to-late 1970s, otherwise evident in popular songs, movies, and television shows highlighting fast cars, truckers, citizens' band radio, moonshine, irreverent hicks, and clueless lawmen. Created by writer-producer Gy Waldron and inspired by his own 1975 bootlegging comedy, Moonrunners, Dukes milked seven seasons of material from the tale of a Deep South family of reformed whiskey-makers and their running feud with a greedy impresario and his chief lackey, a buffoonish, venal sheriff.

This three-disc set includes all 13 initial episodes of Dukes from 1979, a period fans fondly recall because some of the programs were shot on location in Covington, Georgia, rather than a Burbank backlot. Also noteworthy is that a couple of key characters, particularly Hazzard County's corrupt lawman, Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best), hadn't gelled yet into permanent hayseed stereotypes and were arguably more interesting at the beginning. At the center of the action is Sheriff Coltrane's nemeses, cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), a couple of wild boys buzzing through the backwoods in the "General Lee," a souped-up Dodge Charger. Bo and Luke are good at heart but have to behave themselves while on indefinite probation, complicating but not halting their efforts to vex Roscoe and his patron, diminutive bigwig Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke). The enmity runs both ways: Roscoe and Boss Hogg, with the aid of witless Deputy Enos Strate (Sonny Shroyer), dream up ways of eliminating the Dukes--including their wise old Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle)--but their efforts always backfire.

While every episode is a variation on the previous one, predictability is a virtue in Dukes. The series pilot, "One Armed Bandits," finds Luke and Bo, with help from their sexy cousin, Daisy (Catherine Bach), diverting slot machines (smuggled into Hazzard County by Roscoe and Boss Hogg) to sundry watering holes where they can raise money for Bo's girlfriend's charity. In "Money to Burn," Boss Hogg tries to frame Bo and Luke for robbing an armored truck, while in "Deputy Dukes," the unarmed guys are forced by Roscoe to escort a deadly prisoner from one town to another. The Dukes hit back in "Daisy's Song," investigating a scam that took Daisy for $50 and implicates, of course, Boss Hogg and Roscoe.

Yes, it's a show about rubes, car stunts, and a legacy of moonshine, but there's something comforting about it, in a tongue-in-cheek way. --Tom Keogh


Special Features

  • 13 episodes from the 1979 season on three double-sided discs
  • The 20th Anniversary Hazzard County Barbecue documentary
  • Dukes Driving 101: A High Octane Salute
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee videogame preview

Product Details

  • Actors: John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Thomas Wopat, Denver Pyle, James Best
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 637 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 1" on IMDb

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By A Customer on June 17, 2004
Format: DVD
I haven't purchased the dvd set yet. Out of stock in my area. I want to comment on the talk of racism of the show. As a 30 year old Black man, that watched the show religiously growing up, I find no racism in the show at all. Sure they weren't as many Blacks regularly on the show, that doesn't come from the tone of the show, that's comes from the politics of Hollywood at the time.

I was born and raised in DC, spent my summers in NC. In fact, I now live in NC, so the good nature of the south has always been in me. I can relate to the Dukes and their struggle. Here is a show about two guys, no mention of their fathers, growing up poor, always helping their fellow man or woman, stood up for what was right, even against the law. Now if this isn't an example of an honest Black male growing up in the inner city, I don't know what is.

Forget color!!! This show was about family, struggle, triumph, heroism. If we as people lived as thoughtful and caring as the Dukes, the entire world would be a better place. I can't wait for season 2. Also check out the A-Team dvd set. I love the 80's shows!!!
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Finally, the first season of Dukes on DVD. The characters took some time to flesh out before they became the stereotypical heroes and villians that most viewers remember the show for. In the beginning, Rosco was more of a corrupt cop and less of a lovable dope, which in many ways I prefer. Boss Hogg was also a bit more intelligent of a character in the beginning. And rather than just basing shows on car chases and "how to frame the Dukes this week" as in later seasons, the first episodes were intelligently written schemes that the viewer can easily get lost (in a good way) as to what's going on. The first five episodes were filmed in Covington, GA (before they moved to familiar backlot in Burbank, CA), and you really get the sense that these are southern people in the South, rather than the stereotypical backwoods feeling you get from the Burbank episodes. That these early episodes focused more on plot is most evident in "Mary Kay's Baby," the only episode in all seven seasons to not feature the General Lee. And personally, I'll buy this set just to get "Daisy's Song": since there were only 13 episodes in the first season, when Columbia House distributed these episodes on VHS cassette at two shows per tape, this is the show that got left out of their catalogue.
Also worth noting is that when TNN was showing the Dukes a few years back, heavy edits had to be made to each show to fit modern commercial breaks. When I got Columbia House's versions, I found that significant chunks, usually integral to understanding the plot of a given episode, were now present and accounted for. Having all 13 episodes available without edit is another reason worth picking this up as opposed to watching it on television.
By the end of the season, the characters were already becoming what we remember them to be, in my opinion, for the atmosphere and for the writing, season one is the best of the series.
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Warner Bros is now removing the Confederate Flag from the General Lee. They claim the flag is a symbol of hate and represents racism. The irony is Warner has now admitted they have profited from racism for decades and never cared. They let the flag fly on the Charger because of greed instead of ethics.... BUT, I say the flag was there because nobody ever considered it a symbol of hate or racism. When the Dukes began in 1980, we had political correctness back then. TV producers were going out of their way to put Black actors in their shows. To attack preceived White Actors, with shows like Archie Bunker and the Jeffersons. You can bet if the flag represented what they claim it does today, CBS would have NEVER used it at all. They did because it didn't. It is only recently that we allowed bigots to change the definition of the flag so they can continue their crusade against any sort of Americana. It won't be long before you can't even fly the Stars and Stripes or say the word America.
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I challenge anyone to find a single instance of racism in the whole series. You won't because there aren't any. As for Robert E Lee - he did not found the KKK and was never a member. The KKK was founded by Nathan Bedford Forrest. (Didn't you ever watch Forrest Gump? His name contributes to one of the first scenes in the movie.) General Lee did fight for the Confederacy, but it was only because of his belief in states' rights, not for slavery. In fact, he inherited 130 slaves and promptly freed them due to his hatred of the institution of slavery.
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I bought this season just to show my support. We already got this series on dvds think half of em are missing cuz my kids wore them out.
This show isnt racist. Probably a little cornball. People these days get offended over anything everything is either racist or you are prejudiced.
Whatever... bite me and grow a pair. This show was entertaining and had moral character more then I can say about most folks I know. in the time of 1979 to 1985 I left my apartment open and my car door unlocked and half the time I was forgetting my stuff at other peoples houses or at Jims coffee shop in Boise Needless to say I always got my stuff back and felt safe. Today if you left your doors unlocked you would get robbed blind and people would tell you u got what you deserved for putting trust in people and leaving your vehicles unlocked. Progress and the new morality isn't always a good thing. If you wanna remember or a glimpse of the past this show humorously portrays it with strength of character.
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