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Riverboat

4.1 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds head a superb cast in this thrilling adventure series set aboard a stern-wheeler plying the Mississippi River in the 1840's. McGavin plays captain Grey Holden, who won the "Enterprise" in a poker game and Reynolds, in his first television series role, plays the boat pilot Ben Frazer. Drawing on stories from real-life travelers on the river, each episode of Riverboat relives events on the "Enterprise," as she travels up and down the Mississippi, America's premier waterway. Actors in recurring roles include Noah Beery, John Mitchum. Episode guest stars include Dan Duryea, Suzanne Pleshette, Eddie Albert, Claude Akins and Debra Paget.

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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 734 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TLTCOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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By P. Williams on November 30, 2007
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This series which we have all longed for to be put on to DVD has a major fault with Discs 2 & 3. The episode BLOWUP is faulty and will not play. Not enough care and attention has been paid to copying these episodes to DVD. Its not only my copy that is faulty, but people I know in the USA and in Australia are finding this DVD susbstandard with faults on this episode. They all need to be recalled and we should be supplied with episodes that play properly in our DVD players. So I advise everyone to steer clear of these DVDs until this fault has been corrected.

Peter
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I bought my discs in March 2008 and had the same problem everybody else did. Lots of pixelation and the second episode on the second disc ("Blow Up") stops half-way through. Timeless Media should be ashamed of themselves.

The quality of the show itself is fine. The source film prints are quite clear, the plots are adequate, and the acting is 1st rate. The show holds up quite well after all these years.
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If you are purchasing Riverboat despite having never seen the program you will not be disappointed.

This was a very well produced, gripping Western series with excellent production values and terrific writing to match a top-notch cast. Some of the guest stars not mentioned above that you will see are a young and alluring Elizabeth Montgomery, the dashing Ricardo Montalban (look for a quick glimpse of Mary Tyler Moore as an extra), a guy from another ship called "Enterprise" - DeForest Kelley, Charles Bronson, Suzanne Pleshette and a familiarly scruffy-looking Buddy Ebsen (playing the role that might well have landed him the spot of the Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett) in "The Waters of Gorgeous Springs".

You will enjoy Burt Reynolds in his first TV role too - he manages to hang around for 21 episodes (before he goes overboard) and its too bad that he leaves the show. At this writing before the DVD release date I have not seen all the episodes, just a few I collected on original distribution reels but most were in the first 20 episodes and all thoroughly satisfying. There is a line of continuity - at least in the episodes with Reynolds and you will want to watch them in the correct order. There are a couple of episodes where Darren McGavin is missing from the cast - and that unfortunately leaves a void that Noah Berry Jr. cant really fill but the omission is brief and McGavin's brilliant performances carry Riverboat all the way to its final stop.

A fine show of the period, this truly deserved to be released in its entirety and I will be purchasing Riverboat: The Complete Series to finally see all the episodes!!
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It's great to see all these titles being released by Timeless Media Group, but - if they are all as badly mastered as this set - they needn't have bothered.

I agree the previous comments - skips, pixilations - particularly on Disc Two. Timeless need to get their act together quickly - I would have thought a recall of all dodgy discs a necessary first step.
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There was indeed major problems with the discs in this set,however they have since been all withdrawn by Timeless & the set has new pressings which play fine.

You can now order this box with confidence.
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I recently ordered the Riverboat anthology with great trepidation having read some of the above reviews. It arrived yesterday, and I am delighted. I have none of the technical problems listed above, and I am playing it on a small portable DVD player that I bought for less than $100. The picture resolution is excellent and so is the sound. I am not sure if the company remastered, but I must rate it as excellent quality. I only wish the full series would be available in the same quality as these 15 episodes.
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Bought this series sight unseen.Purely on the fact that westerns are one of my favourite genres and because of the two leading actors.This was Burt Reynolds first TV show.
This is a refreshing take on the western set on a riverboat.The series is action-packed and has a lot of guest stars past and future.There were 44 episodes made but only 15 are on this dvd.But each one is a gem.
A big thank you goes to Timeless Media Group who are releasing quite a few old TV shows of this kind and from this era.
If not for TMG these old shows might have remained in the vaults never to see the light of day again which would have been a tragedy.
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By Colin Duff on November 30, 2007
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I agree with Peter Williams. It was great to finally see some episodes of this long-forgotten series come out on DVD. BUT...the quality is apalling!! Discs 2 and 3 are full of pixelation problems...and the episode THE BLOWUP (on disc 2) jams...then jumps 6 minutes ahead. The result...a 48 minute episode plays for about 42 minutes...missing a few vital scenes in the middle of the episode. More care in mastering (or manufacturing) is required from Timeless Media before I'll be buying any more of their DVDs.
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