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Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vol. 2 [4 Discs] [DVD]


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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Archival interviews with creator-producer David Dortort
    • Extensive episodic and rare behind-the-scenes photographs
    • Original episodic promos on selected episodes
    • Original NBC network peacock logo, bumpers, and RCA spots on "The Avenger"
    • Closed Captioned


    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

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bonanza: The Official First Season, Vols. 1 @ 2


      I would like to see the rest of the Bonanza seasons come out on dvd. I like watching the old tv show to the new ones that are on tv now. Because when I watch tv I mainly have a dvd in or a vhs tape. Plus there are other older show I would like to see come out on dvd. They were good show to watch. Like one of the older shows was Chips and I would really like to see the rest of that show come out on dvd and the movie too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding Color, picture, sound, and story


      I am greatly blessed that the great Bonanza of all time is being restored to full quality. The color, costumes, storyline, acting, beautiful scenery, humor, and wisdom of Ben Cartwright and his love for his family and land is unsurpassed. I only hope they make Season 2 before we finish watching the first season. My mother and I watch it several times a week, and we both love it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brings me back

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      Excellent picture quality. I have not seen most of these episodes for a very long time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Long awaited classic


      CBS / Paramount is doing a great job bringing us the popular classic TV shows. The official DVD release is really flawless.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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