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Bonanza: The Official Seventh Season - Volumes 1 + 2 (1965 - 1966/CBS DVD Sets)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Episodes: B

Stampeding onto DVD in two separate volumes is Bonanza! This Seventh Season of the beloved show has thirty three episodes and continue the Golden Years with Ben, Hoss, and Joe. Each episode on these sets are digitally restored from the original 35mm film elements with the original music and loaded with cool extras that any fan would adore! This season aired between 1965 and 1966. Total episodes are 31 spanning both volumes.

For those unfamiliar with the show it is set around the Ponderosa Ranch near Virginia City, Nevada and chronicles the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, consisting of Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his three sons (each by a different wife), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Eric "Hoss" (Dan Blocker), and Joseph (Michael Landon).

Here are the fifteen episodes contained in the first volume of DVDs:

1 - The Debt

2 - The Dilemma

3 - The Brass Box

4 - The Other Son

5 - The Lonely Runner

6 - Devil on Her Shoulder

7 - Found Child

8 - The Meredith Smith

9 - Mighty Is the Word

10 - The Strange One

11 - The Reluctant Rebel

12 - Five Sundowns to Sunup

13 - A Natural Wizard

14 - All Ye His Saints

15 - The Dublin Lad

Volume Two features:

16 - Bank Run

17 - The Fugitive

18 - Vengeance

19 - The Tax Collector

20 - The Rescue

21 - The Dark Gate

22 - The Duke

23 - Cutthroat Junction

24 - The Gift

25 - The Rival

26 - The Infernal Machine

27 - The Thunderhead Swindle

28 - The Secret

29 - The Dream Riders

30 - Elizabeth, My Love

31- Sam Hill

Sound and picture on the discs are top notch for the DVD format and are presented in standard definition with a 4:3 aspect ratio in Full Frame (1.33:1). Audio on the disc is in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 English Mono to match the original recordings and have been improved for this released thanks to CBS having those preserved elements. There are also subtitles on the discs in English SDH.

Extras include:

Ride The Wind (1966) - rare feature film version and trailer

Impact '66 featurette with Lorne Greene - PSA with Dan Blocker

Audio Commentary: actor Clint Howard and his father Rance (who also appeared in the episode as one of the search party) comment on All Ye His Saints, each remembering a warm, friendly set and exciting times filming both on location at Lake Tahoe and at the Paramount lot. On Volume Two, there's a commentary with Andrew J. Klyde on Ride The Wind: Part Two.

Photo Galleries: twelve of the fifteen episodes offer photo galleries (usually just a couple of black and white pictures featuring the guest star though The Other Son has 31 stills in black and white and color) and another gallery which was used to publicize the series with its three remaining regulars.

Original Network Logo, Bumpers, and Sponsor Promo: eight of the fifteen episodes offer the option to view the show with the half and 3/4 hour bumpers and a Chevrolet promo featuring one of the cast at the conclusion. All of the episodes feature the legendary NBC Peacock In Living Color logo.

Michael Dante Interview: in a 2011 interview the actor recalls guest starring on The Brass Box and reveals he was among those originally considered to play Adam since he and all the other stars were all with the William Morris Agency. He recalls working with and being friends with the stars, working with guest star Ramon Navarro, and some other memories of his subsequent career.

Dan Blocker Interview: Interviewed in 1965 by fellow Texan Richard Pryor, Blocker briefly mentions the loss of Pernell Roberts from the series and offers some views on his character and also on his emerging interest in speaking out for liberal causes.


This is a must for any Western fan! Recommended.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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