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Gunsmoke: Season 8, Vol. 1

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Matt Dillon (James Arness) is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the Wild West where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgment and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 962 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BAXTY9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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We still watch the reruns of the original especially those in the earliest days. Matt Dill\on is a character based on Wyatt Earp but James Arness hits the nail on the head. Arness should know a little about this as he was wounded in the invasion of Salerno in Italy. We especially enjoy the early films with Dennis Weaver and his limp. Most fans wanted Matt and Miss Kitty to marry but that was not to be. Ken Curtis was alright as Festus but the show was not the same.
When Arness passed away there was almost a national wake by those who grew up with those characters.
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This is a revised review. I am generally happy with all of the "Gunsmoke" and "Have Gun, Will Travel" DVDs. This is due to the high quality of the audio and video and to the fact that both were among a handful of the very best TV westerns ever produced. However, I have been having chronic problems playing these discs on my Panasonic DVD Recorder, which functions both as a DVD player and recorder. Almost every set has at least one disc that will not even start and is rejected by the machine as "incompatible." Sometimes I am able to get them to play by repeatedly opening and closing the disc drawer. I do not have this problem with any other discs that I've purchased or burned myself. Oddly, the discs play perfectly on my older, standard DVD player.

I wondered if anyone else has experienced this problem with the CBS programs DVDs.
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Season eight and the second year of one hour episodes. Nineteen marvellous episodes and it should be noted that while most westerns very much depicted the man's vision of the west, "Gunsmoke" was one the few which presented strong female roles with actresses scoring top billing in half of the shows in this collection.
Old reliables John Meston and Kathleen Hite wrote fourteen of the episodes and Harry Harris Jr. and Andrew V. McLaglen directed seventeen between them giving the series a continuing high standard which was to remain throughout its entire longevity.
The role of Quint Asper, played by Burt Reynolds, joined the cast in episode three to bolster the already strong ensemble of James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone. Another interesting character also appeared: it was the first entrance of Festus Haggen played by Ken Curtis. The latter, one of the Sons of the Pioneers and a regular in John Ford movies, had appeared in quite a number of previous episodes but never as Festus. As we all know Festus would be a permanent staple in years to come and fill the gap of quirkiness when Weaver's Chester departed the series.
A great bunch of guests appeared in this selection of shows including Kathy Nolan, Virginia Gregg, John Dehner, Joanne Linville, Robert Middleton, Ruta Lee, Strother Martin, Chill Wills, Claude Akins, William Windom, Audrey Dalton, Joyce Bulifant, J. Pat O'Malley, Denver Pyle, Sherry Jackson and Mariette Hartley.
One highlight episode: "Root Down" where Chester is kidnapped, bound and gagged and destined to be a reluctant bridegroom!
A great series that has never grown tiresome.
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My husband and I really like the 30 minute episodes, in black and white with Chester on them. We have 12 DVD sets so far and will likely order more. I would definately recommend them to friends, because they were filmed at a time when humor was not filth and when morals and integrity meant something.
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There are no better western series than this, but I'm done buying if the price continues. Wanted to contiue collecting the entire series, but will hold off. Is the production company taking lessons from those responsible for juggling the price of gas? However, I still enjoy watching and rewatching the episodes. I believe this is the last season for Chester, which might suggest the price bump, since sales might decrease if this is the case.
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For Western buffs like myself, Gunsmoke has to be the best. The greatest characters. Marshal Matt Dillon, who stands alone as the undefeated gun law in the whole of Kansas, let alone Dodge City. The attractive red head Miss Kitty, who would relinquish the sparklers from her earrings for Matt to whisper sweet nothings. Lovable Doc Adams, the patcher-up of bullet wounds. Comedic Festus Hagen (I love this guy) whose jangling spurs can be heard for miles. Each story is a magical trip into the world of old silver mines, loose limbed gunslingers, and feisty women who help to work their land equally as well as their menfolk. Masked outlaws holding up stage coaches, who turn out to be the sons of respected citizens.Sad stories. Funny stories. But all wellwritten, impeccably acted stories. There's nothing to compare with the magic of the Old West. And nothing compares to the great collection of stories that is 'Gunsmoke.'
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I have several issues with the latter GUNSMOKE SEASON dvd collections, two issues in particular.
Number one is the increase in price for these seasons. STUDIO GREED is the reason here, pure and simple.
My second gripe concerns the number of repeat episodes included. 'Quint Asper Comes Home' is listed, yet again,
on the eighth season, volume one.
Yes, GUNSMOKE, has become the gold standard among mega-successful TV westerns, no question about it.
However, this fact does NOT warrant repeat episodes or exorbitant prices.
Consumers are NOT paying for either of these.
I haven't purchased The Eighth Season, and not planning to until these negative issues are addressed and remedied.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013: Got it CBS/Paramount?
Stop Being So Greedy!
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