The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams: Season 1
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After being accused of a crime he did not commit, Adams Haggerty takes sanctuary in a remote mountain area in the American west, where he discovers and befriends an orphaned grizzly cub. The cub eventually grows into a full-sized Grizzly bear that Adams affectionately calls Ben. Together, Adams and Ben learn to survive in the wilderness, assisted by an old trader named Mad Jack played by Denver Pyle - The Dukes of Hazzard and a Native American named Nakoma played by Don Shanks. Impressed with the way Adams has adapted to his environment and for his uncanny rapport with animals, Nakoma and Jack come to appreciate Adams' harmonious existence with nature. Unfortunately, Adams needs to be watchful for bounty hunters, even as he protects the wildlife he grows to cherish.
Compelling, entertaining and hugely popular, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams offered its audience a unique viewing experience, vastly different from the sitcoms and dramas that flooded the airwaves at the time.
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The shows are a joy for anyone who likes older TV. Each episode is introduced by Denver Pyle (Uncle Jessie on The Dukes of Hazzard) and each one is set on the essential same pattern of Grizzly avoiding capture and befriending nature. Don Shanks and Denver Pyle make an excellent supporting crew for this slow paced, family oriented show.
I did however cringe when I saw that CBS was distributing the show. CBS is notorious for not finishing what they started but I saw last night that Season Two is already slated for release in February. Sadly, CBS Home Entertainment is notorious for their sub-standard treatment of classic TV and this falls short of the mark on quality.
The disclaimer at the start of each DVD says these have been sourced from the best possible sources and have been digitally remastered. Umm, whatever. The films are scratchy and grainy and show no hint of having been restored. The 2nd episode on the DVD shows hints of videotape archives. These look like public domain episodes that you buy in the dollar bin at some discount store they are so bad. Topping it off, the shows end with the late 80's/early 90's Viacom logo at the end making me believe not only were they not remastered but that they are the syndicated, edited versions. These only run about 46 minutes from start to finish and most programs of that era ran for a full 50 minutes.
Perhaps someone will come along and redo these properly and include both movies with it.
the art work is chubby size too so in order to make it fit a standard quad which I buy from Amazon I would have to cut the cover. I'm probably going to buy a chubby 8 disc and put both seasons in it. I am giving it a 5-star because of the show because I love show so much. Because there was only 13 episodes I wish they had included the movie that started it all "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", but they didn't. I hope they, at some point, bring out both movies "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" and "The Capture of Grizzly Adams"
A real feeling of love and hope comes across as each episode unfolds.
The episodes have a way of drawing you into them and the bear is just outstanding. I reckon Dan Haggerty had a close
bond with him.
Quality wise... being shot on 16mm and with an optical soundtrack it looks and sounds like a series from the late 70's early 80's
That is exactly the feel I want. No its not HD but when played through a Sony Dvd player and upscaled to 1080p it looks very impressive on a 40 inch screen. The soundtrack is also fine and the lovely soundtrack music creates a perfect retro feel. I am more than happy with the quality.
I am from the Uk and can strongly reccomend the set to you if you have a region 1 or multi region dvd player.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent family show that lifts the spirit. Get this and watch it with the kids. A few episodes seem to be out of order, a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent set of DVDs.Published 3 months ago by Birdman George
I remember growing up with the TV show, Grizzly Adams. I bought this to enjoy when I want to see some good family fun and lessons on Bears with Dan Haggerty. I will miss you. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane E Wood