Gunsmoke: Season 2, Vol. 1
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These half-hour black and white episodes (the show expanded to an hour format in its seventh season) deliver traditional Western action, but at the heart of Gunsmoke are its character-based human dramas. An excellent example is "Gone Straight," featuring Carl Betz (The Donna Reed Show) as a man who answers the description of a wanted outlaw, but who is now an upstanding citizen trying to help another man (Tige Andrews of The Mod Squad) reform. Some episodes play out in unexpected ways that defy convention. We can pretty much guess the fate of an old friend who insists on helping Matt in "The Round-Up," but we can't predict at whose hand.
Gunsmoke was directed by sure Western hands, including Andrew McLaglan, Ted Post, and Christian Nyby. Several episodes were written by Sam Peckinpah, including "The Round-Up" and "Legal Revenge," featuring a young Cloris Leachman as a woman who appears to have it in for her wounded husband. Several episodes address social issues such as racism ("Sins of the Fathers" featuring Angie Dickinson as the daughter of a marauding Indian chief) and gun culture (the powerful "don't take your guns to town" episode, "Young Man with a Gun"). Along with Matt Dillon, the rest of Gunsmoke's characters became archetypes: "Mr. Dillon's" drawling, bum-legged deputy, Chester (Dennis Weaver), ornery Doc (Milburn Stone), and saloon gal, Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake), who, by the way, looks quite fetching in a riding outfit. An interesting bonus are the show's sponsor shots for LM cigarettes. "See you next week," Arness puffs. "In the meantime, light up." --Donald Liebenson
- 20 episodes from the 1956-57 season on 3 discs
- Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions
- Sponsor spots
Top Customer Reviews
And it did.
Why, oh why, would they release a 20-SEASON TELEVISION SHOW IN MULTIPLE SEASON VOLUMES? Didn't they realize that buyers would rebel, and not buy these sets? Or is that part of the plan? Maybe they want us to not buy Gunsmoke so they won't have to risk the money to manufacture and release 20-single sets, so they figure to alienate everyone by doing what they've done, and then when this won't sell, they'll cancel releasing the rest claiming an indifferent public.
No, if it happens, it will be because a tired and cash-conscious public cries "ENOUGH!" This show is wonderful, but it's hard to recommend buying it under these circumstances.
Second, after soaking us for those minimalist sets, and waiting until several complete seasons of virtually all other 50s-60s TV Westerns have been released (like "Have Gun, Will Travel"), they FINALLY release the first season of "Gunsmoke," the very best TV Western and the only TV drama to run 20 consecutive years!
Third, they decide to release the second season in multiple installments! What are these characters thinking? No one's going to go for this greedy attempt to squeeze money from "Gunsmoke" fans.
Most of the first 4 seasons were released on DVD through the CBS Video Club years ago. Those of us who bought those DVDs are now being asked to buy the same thing again, in excruciatingly slow increments, and at jacked up prices.
Matt Dillon and his Dodge City friends deserve the most respectful and classy treatment possible. Instead, "Gunsmoke" is among the worst conceived DVD releases to date.
I'll stick with my bootleg DVDs - they may not be perfect, but I can afford them and all 20 years are there.
Yes, these people at Paramount are, well, they're...they're HOODWINKERS! That's what they are! They're HOODWINKERS! HOODWINKERS! HOOOOODWINKERS! And I mean it! To quote a classic: "I'm mad! Good 'n' mad, and who wouldn't be!" They're just a bunch of foul balls!
I kidded around a bit there to ease the tension forming from these messages, but a move like this isn't a light matter. A decent individual wouldn't dangle a corrot under a horses nose and then take it away; or hold a piece of candy out to a child, invite him to take it, then clasp his hand shut just as the child reaches for it. Only a real creep would do something like that. And yet, here's Paramount offering the complete first season of Gunsmoke at a fair price, knowing they have every intention of releasing all future seasons in two volume sets, and at higher prices. Well, you know what? I'm not particularly fond of carrots, and I don't need the candy!
The entire bootlegged series can be bought for $250. I do not condone bootlegging nor have I purchased bootlegged copies of anything in the past but it appears, if I want the entire Gunsmoke series while I am still alive to enjoy it and at an affordable price, I am left with no other choice.
I will not buy season 2 volume 1. I will wait and see what happens, then I will make my decision whether to purchase or buy bootlegged.
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Great series! Seems ageless. Western genre at its best, esp the first 10 seasons.Published 2 months ago by Chris McShane
SERIOUS GOOF BY CBS, MISSING EPISODE. This set is missing an episode on Disc 1. Instead of the 1956 episode 2.7 How to Cure a Friend they have mistakenly inserted 4. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Insightcat
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