Great to have them available...but poor execution by VCI
Yarby | Medina, OH United States | 09/15/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second VCI release I have purchased that looks like it was put together by a bunch of incompetents....the "Popeye" release being the first.
Would someone please tell the technicians at VCI that there is something known as a brightness level? Throughout this DVD, the brightness is so high, that one cannot distinguish the dust trail from a snow storm. Lines on faces are frequently washed out by the white, and mountains appear to be constantly snow covered.
Speaking of "dust", some of the episodes are filled with film damage....the last episode being particularly riddled with specks, and even a constant scratch on the film one third over from the left side. Obviously, nothing was done to restore these films before tranferring.
Another problem with the set...when selecting individual episodes, the DVD continues to the next episode instead of returning to the menu, at the completion of the selected episode.
While I commend VCI for having the foresight to put out these long lost shows, they really need to learn how to properly use their equipment!
"The King of Serials & B-Westerns...VCI Entertainment ~ "Ann
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VCI Entertainment presents "The Annie Oakley TV Collection" (1954-1957) (Dolby digitally remastered) ..."Bulleyes, Annie Oakley hits the entertainment bullseye every week with her hard ridin', quick shootin' and suspense...filming locations Melody Ranch, Walker Ranch, Corriganville and Lone Pine, California...a total of 81 episodes set in the quiet western town of Diablo, legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Gail Davis) along with her brother Tagg Oakley (Jimmy Hawkins) and Deputy Sheriff Lofty Craig (Brad Johnson) keep gunfighters, bank robbers, dishonest gamblers and outlaws at bay...in every show Annie would demonstrate her shooting abilities...relive those thrilling days from the early B-Westerns of the '50s when fast thinking action took us down the dusty trails and over plains to exciting adventures.
Flying 'A' Pictures Inc (Gene Autry)
1. Gail Davis (aka Betty Jeanne Grayson)
Birth Date: 10/05/1925 - Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: 3/15/1997 - Burbank, California.
2. Jimmy Hawkins
Birth Date: 11/13/1941 - Los Angeles, California
Died: Still Living
3. Brad Johnson
Birth Date: 7/23/1924 - Yuba County, CA
Died: 4/04/1981 - Burbank, California
1. George Archainbaud (32 episodes)
2. Frank McDonald (18 episodes)
3. Ray Nazarro (15 episodes)
4. Robert G, Walker (4 episodes)
5. John English (2 episodes)
1. Gene Autry
2. Colbert Clark
3. Louis Gray
4. Armand Schaefer
1. Donna Hall - stunt double for Gail Davis
2. Fred Krone
3. Alice Van Springsteen
4. Bob Woodward
Chapter Titles (Disc One)
1. Annie Finds Strange Treasure
2. The Hardcore Trail
3. Annie Calls Her Shots
4. The Dude Stagecoach
5. Annie and the Lily Maid
Chapter Titles (Disc Two)
1. Sharpshooting Annie
2. Justice Guns
3. Ambush Canyon
4. Annie Trusts a Convict
5. Annie and the Leprechauns
6. Shadow at Sonoma.
Coming soon January 2006 from VCI Home Video on DVD..."FLAMING FRONTIERS" (1938), Universal Serial with 15 chapters, featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Eleanor Hansen, John Archer, James Blaine and Ralph Bowman..."OREGON TRAIL" (1939), another Universal Serial with 15 exciting chapters featuring Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight, Roy Barcoft and Charles King..."THE TALL TEXAN" (1953), full length feature starring Lloyd Bridges, Lee J Cobb, Luther Adler and Marie Windsor...watch for more details on VCI Entertainment and Amazon your two favorite sites for serials and B-Westerns.
Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "Annie Oakley Collection" (1954-1957), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more of the same from the '40s vintage...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again with a top notch serial from VCI...so saddle up and get ready for some hard riding and adventure that only The Cisco Kid and Pancho can deliver...just the way we like 'em!
Total Time: 300 mins on 2 DVD's ~ VCI Entertainment 8261 ~ (9/30/2003)"