Bonanza [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (21 out of 23)

Special Features


  • Biographies
  • Photo Gallery

Synopsis


Not many media pundits gave Bonanza much of a chance when the hour-long Western series inaugurated its first season in the fall of 1959. Sure, it was filmed in beautiful color; and yes, the acting was superb, the writing terrific, the production values first-rate. But how could NBC hope to compete against Bonanza's principal Saturday night competition, CBS' indomitable Perry Mason? The first episode, "A Rose for Lotta" offers a special treat for Bonanza enthusiasts: a full-blooded, a cappella performance of the series' theme song (yes, there were lyrics!) by stars Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright), and Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright). "A Rose for Lotta" also guest-stars Yvonne de Carlo as fabled entertainer Lotta Crabtree, one of several real historical characters who would cross paths with the Cartwrights over the next 14 seasons: other season one examples include humorist Sam "Mark Twain" Clemens (Howard Duff), financier Henry Comstock (Jack Carson), and actress Adah Isaacs Menken (Ruth Roman). One of the season's final episodes, "The Avenger," is essentially a showcase for guest star Vic Morrow as a man named Lassiter, whose heightened sense of justice was forged years earlier when his parents were lynched. "The Avenger" was clearly intended as the pilot for a spin-off series, but nothing came of it; Morrow would have to wait two years before landing his own weekly program, Combat. The predictions of industry Cassandras seemed to come true when Bonanza failed to make a dent in Perry Mason's ratings; indeed, Bonanza wasn't even able to crack the Top 30 shows. However, its sponsor, RCA Victor, could not help but notice the upsurge in the sale of color TV sets during Bonanza's freshman season, thus the show was renewed for a second year on the air. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew


  • Lorne Greene - Ben Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker - Hoss Cartwright
  • Pernell Roberts - Adam Cartwright
  • Michael Landon - Little Joe Cartwright
  • Victor Sen Yung - Hop Sing




Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

92%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible quality DVD, great old series.

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    Curly
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    Video is bad and audio is worse. I watch the re-runs on TV and the quality is usually fine. On this DVD set, however, the sound is out of sync, the quality is the worst I've gotten on a DVD, and the video isn't much better. It was a total waste of money. Even the intro music was not the right music. A real butcher job of a DVD. It deserves negative stars, but that wasn't an option. I'm so disappointed, I probably won't buy DVDs at Best Buy for fear it is some off beat source they use on a regular basis.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for an old show

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    Moviebuff
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    It is good to watch something wholesome that we viewed as kids. Bonanza is that type of program. For anyone who enjoys the genre, it is a good fit for a classic series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    If you like old cowboy shows

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    KingofEagan
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    Great if you like old western series. I purchased for some senior citizens in an assisted living facility and they enjoyed them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gift for grandpa

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    Tyger
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    Got this for my grandpa for Christmas. He loves this series, and it gives him quite a few hours of one of his favorite shows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy! Very entertaining!

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    skeeter13
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    I thought I was only getting 1 DVD but to my surprise there were 5 DVD's inside. What a bargain and so much fun to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the great westerns

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    Topcat2000
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    Bonanza is truly one my favorite westerns, along with gunsmoke and a few of my other favorites. And this set is in full color!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Old episodes

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    Sher
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    Fun watching old episodes of Bonanza and the Cartwright family. Enjoyed seeing these old television shows

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Christmas Present

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    psykotikdragon
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    bought it for my mother in law for christmas, she loves the show so bought her the collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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