Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bordertown 4 pc Boxed Set|
Actors: Richard Comar, Sophie Barjac, John H. Brennan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Television
Featuring 28 Episodes. In 1880, Pemmican lay at the western edge of the Great Plains. Nearly a decade later, surveyors of the 49th parallel reached the community of 180 to find it straddling the new Canada-U.S. border. Pem... more »
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Original TV series made by Canadian Broadcasting. Set in a border town between the US and Canada. Great cast with focus on a Marshal and a Mountie who share peace-keeping duties. They are both interested in the town doctor, Marie, a beautiful lady of French origin (the forerunner to 'Dr. Quinn- Medicine Woman'). Suitable for all audiences, but not dull..plenty of action.
A Family-Friendly Western
Artist & Author | Near Mt. Baker, WA | 09/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I guess I should first disclose that I was in this show every season as much as I could be without becoming a cast member. You can see me in the opening, cheering on the boxers. I'm the 'farmer' who gets into a fight with the Chinese laundryman in the opening of one episode. So, maybe I am a bit biased here. As I recall, these programs were made for the Family Channel (Pat Robertson's channel) and some network in France. The show was nominated for eight awards; I'm not sure if or how many they won.
All these programs will have some sort of little moral to the story. To a great extent, they were patterned after the Bonanza shows [TV-Series 1959-1973], with each one focusing on some character who was just passing through Bordertown. So, each episode has a very real human element, with each visitor having some kind of problem that needed solving. There is no offensive language or any questionable activity. It is a Western, so there are bad guys and they do get killed. A lot of them, however, are given an extra chance to turn good before the lawmen have to resort to violence. In short, it is a great Western, with episodes short enough that even younger kids can stay interested. And, many of the shows provide ethical issues that would be beneficial for families to discuss.
A bit on 'inside' info: Richard Comer was a really great guy and always very respectful and good to me; Barjac, and Brennan were a bit 'standoffish' to me. The fight scene, which was in one episode (that you also see in the opening), was done when it was really, really cold. We were freezing and we worked very late into the night to get that done. In another episode there is a fight in the saloon where a character breaks the stair rail and falls down. The room looks like it is full of 'smoke,' but it was really made from beeswax so is didn't hurt one's eyes or even smell bad! In my fight with the Chinese guy, who had spooked my horse, which overturned my wagon load of chickens, after they called 'cut' everybody had to scramble about the town to catch all the chickens that were loose! Another time, I remember we had a meeting in the 'church' which was at that point just the framing!
As for the town itself, it is made up of real buildings. Therefore, the interior shots were done in real buildings, not stage rooms. On rainy days, the streets were pure mud! Since the show ended production, Bordertown has been used in many movies. It is still there, so if anyone gets near Maple Ridge, British Columbia you might ask if it is open so you can see it. I had a great time whenever I was in an episode, and I know you'll have a wonderful family time as you watch these wholesome shows!!"
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William D. Evans | Cape Girardeau, Missouri | 12/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Took a chance that this would be a new offering - could not find any information anywhere about this set. Turns out to be a re-release of Volumes 1-4 already available individually. I loved this series when it was on in the early 90s, just wish additional episodes would be released."
Bordertown DVD set
Borderfan | Oklahoma, USA | 03/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with others who have commented on this. The series was great and I love seeing it finally being released on DVD, but I sure wish they had released it in season sets instead of random episodes. Still, I'll take whatever I can get! This was a very enjoyable series. They don't make 'em like this any more."