Take your boots off, put the feedbags on the horses, sit back, and enjoy a passel of mighty-fine episodes from television's most-beloved Western series: BONANZA! Here is the vast Ponderosa Ranch and the entire Cartwright... more » family: Ben, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe (otherwise known as Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon). Using the Western TV show format, BONANZA wove morality tales around the Cartwrights, touching on such social issues as injustice and race prejudice, just one of the reasons this classic series still holds up strong today. Among the guest stars included among the classic episodes in this compilation: Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek ; Lee Van Cleef, gunslinger in spaghetti Westerns; Ricardo Montalban of Fantasy Island ; Sebastian Cabot of Family Affair ; Vic Morrow of Combat ; Franchot Tone of Mutiny on the Bounty , Julie Adams of Creature from the Black Lagoon ; British ?Scream Queen' Hazel Court, future game show host Bob Barker, and Everett Sloane of Citizen Kane ; as well as Hollywood reliables Dan Duryea, Patricia Medina, Lyle Talbot, Claude Akins and Philip Ahn. With fifteen complete episodes of BONANZA on five discs, this DVD collection is perfect for fans of Westerns, classic TV shows, or just good old-fashioned entertainment. 735 minutes DISC 1 "The Courtship" Guest stars Julie Adams, Paul Dubov and Lyle Talbot Going to the aid of a beautiful young widow, Hoss falls in love and becomes engaged to her, not knowing she has a serious gambling problem. Julie Adams, the damsel in distress in The Creature from the Black Lagoon, guest stars. "Denver McKee" Guest stars Franchot Tone, Natalie Trundy, Ken Mayer and Bob Barker The Cartwrights ask former lawman hero Denver McKee (Franchot Tone) to lead a posse in search of an outlaw gang, unaware that he is the gang's leader. Complicating things is Little Joe having eyes for his daughter, just returned from the East and equally ignorant of her father's crimes. "The Gunmen" Guest stars George Mitchell, Ellen Corby & Jonathan Gilmore In Texas to buy breeding stock for the Ponderosa, Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for two gunslingers hired by one side in a feud between two families. Will they be able prove the mistaken identity before they are shot or hanged, and what will happen when their lookalikes show up? DISC 2 "Avenger" Guest stars Vic Morrow, Jean Allison Convicted of murder, Ben and Adam Cartwright await hanging, with Hoss and Little Joe trying to exonerate them. Meanwhile, a stranger with a dark past (Vic Morrow) comes to town looking for someone and asking questions. Will he side with the Cartwrights? "Last Trophy" Guest stars Hazel Court , Edward Ashley Adam guides a visiting British lord and lady on a mountain lion hunt, only to encounter more dangerous varmints in the form of lawless renegades who take the party hostage. "Desert Justice" Guest stars Claude Akins, Tom Greenway and Bud Osbourne Claude Akins guest stars as a none-too-gentle U.S. marshall extraditing a friend of the Cartwrights back to California to stand trial for murder. Adam and Hoss go along to make sure their friend gets to court alive. DISC 3 "The Ape" Guest stars Leonard Nimoy, Karen Sharpe, Cal Bolder Hoss attempts to help out a brawny but dimwitted and unstable drifter (Cal Bolder) who is infatuated with a callous saloon floozy (Karen Sharpe). Leonard Nimoy plays her bartender friend. "The Blood Line" Guest stars Jan Sterling, David Macklin, Lee Van Cleef, Allan "Rocky" Lane After Ben shoots a man in self-defense, he and Hoss try to help out his vengeful teenage son (David Macklin). Movie bad girl Jan Sterling plays?what else? ? a bad girl, and future spaghetti western star Lee Van Cleef plays- what else??a gunslinger. "Showdown" Guest stars Ben Cooper, Jack Lambert, Ray Teal A young bank robber hires on as a hand at the Ponderosa as lookout for his gang. Little Joe is suspicious of the stranger, who has his own misgivings as the Cartwrights treat him with kindness. Will he remain loyal to the gang of robbers? DISC 4 "Blood on the Land" A hardbitten sheep herder (Everett Sloane) aims to drive his herd over the Ponderosa, and Ben Cartwright is just as determined to stop him. Can Adam resolve the matter without bloodshed, or will there be a range war? "Badge Without Honor" Guest stars Dan Duryea, Fred Beir, Christine White, Wendell Holmes, Richard Warren Dan Duryea plays a smooth talking lawman who likes killing a little too much, raising Adam's suspicions about his mission to take an unwilling witness back to California to testify. "Death at Dawn" Guest stars: Robert Middleton, Gregory Walcott, Morgan Woodward, Wendell Holmes When Virginia City is overrun by a gang of bullies, the sheriff deputizes the Cartwrights to help restore order. Will the gang allow one of their own to be hanged? Character actor Robert Middleton guest stars as the leader of the gang. DISC 5 "The Spanish Grant" Guest stars Patricia Medina, Sebastian Cabot, Paul Picerni, Celia Lovsky Holders of an original land grant ruthlessly evict homesteaders on their property. Are the Cartwrights next? Patricia Medina guest stars as the land heiress of dubious origin, with Sebastian Cabot as her conniving manipulator. Will Adam let his feelings for the senorita interfere with finding out the truth? "Day of Reckoning" Guest stars Ricardo Montalban, Madlyn Rhue, Anthony Caruso Ricardo Montalban guest stars as an Indian caught between the traditional ways of his tribe and the new ways of the settlers. Even though he saves Ben Cartwright's life, will hostility of other whites and contempt from his fellow braves drive him on the warpath? "The Fear Merchants" Gene Evans, Helen Westcott, Frank Ferguson, Guy Lee, Philip Ahn A candidate (Gene Evans) for the mayor of Virginia City stirs up hatred against Chinese immigrants, including Hop Sing. When one Chinese is accused of murder, mob violence brews. No need to state whom the Cartwrights support.« less
Same PREVIOUSLY released episodes--just different packaging.
pen_name | 11/17/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm giving this set 1 star, because the item description doesn't give detail on show titles. I really would love to get my hands on more Bonanza episodes, however, this set is just a repeat of previously released Bonanza shows on dvd sets/collection :o(
Good thing I did my homework before purchasing (and of course I WILL NOT be purchasing this one, as I have the 20 Best Episodes and Best of vol. 1), may I recommend that you please do the same (check the titles BEFORE buying this set)...to save you some time and money and FRUSTRATION, I've posted ALL of the show titles for FOUR popular and separate Bonanza sets/collections on dvd.
The Bonanza Collection features: Disc One: The Courtship Denver McKee The Gunmen
Disc Two: Avenger Last Trophy Desert Justice
Disc Three: The Ape The Blood Line Showdown
Disc Four: Blood on the Land Badge Without Honor Death At Dawn
Disc Five: The Spanish Grant Day of Reckoning The Fear Merchants Running Time: 12 hours 15 minutes ******************
Bonanza 20 Episode Set (it's cheaper too) features
Disc 1 - The Avenger, Last Trophy, the Hopefuls, Denver McKee
Disc 2 - Dark Star, Spit Fire, The Fear Merchants, Gunman
Disc 3 - Abduction, Courtship, Bitter Water, The Mill
Disc 4 - Escape to the Ponderosa, The Ape, The Blood Line, Death at Dawn
Disc 5 - Blood on the Land, Badge without honor, Day of Reckoning, Desert Justice *********************************
The Best of Bonanza, Vol. 1 (Cheaper still)
This DVD contains the following episodes: Mr. Henry Comstock, Death on Sun Mountain, The Saga of Annie O'Toole, Paiute War, Enter Mark Twain, The Crucible, Any Friend of Walter's Bullet for a Bride.
I hope this help you choose a Bonanza set wisely not get ripped off by buying a set that contains the EXACT episodes you've already purchased, just put in different packaging.
UPDATE: (12/02/05) There is a new Bonanza DVD set (called: Bonanza-31 Episodes on 10 Discs) Here's the each show listing by name, and as you will see, UNFORTUNATELY...many are repeats of preciously released shoes as well:
Bonanza-31 Episodes on 10 Discs
EPISODE #1 THE GUNMEN
EPISODE #2 THE FEAR MERCHANT
EPISODE #3 THE SPANISH GRANT
EPISODE #4 BLOOD ON THE LAND
EPISODE # 5 DESERT JUSTICE
EPISODE # 6 THE STRANGER
EPISODE # 7 ESCAPE TO THE PONDEROSA
EPISODE # 8 THE AVENGER
EPISODE # 9 THE LAST TROPHY
EPISODE #10 SAN FRANCISCO HOLIDAY
EPISODE #11 BITTER WATER
EPISODE #12 FEET OF CLAY
EPISODE #13 DARK STAR
EPISODE #14 DEATH AT DAWN
EPISODE #15 SHOWDOWN
EPISODE #16 THE MISSION
EPISODE #17 BADGE WITHOUT HONOR
EPISODE #18 THE MILL
EPISODE #19 DENVER MCKEE
EPISODE #20 DAY OF RECKONING
EPISODE #21 THE ABDUCTION
EPISODE #22 THE LAST VIKING
EPISODE #23 THE SAVAGE
EPISODE #24 THE APE
EPISODE #25 THE BLOOD LINE
EPISODE #26 THE COURTSHIP
EPISODE #27 THE SPITFIRE
EPISODE #28 BREED OF VIOLENCE
EPISODE #29 SILENT THUNDER
EPISODE #30 THE TRAIL GANG
EPISODE #31 THE HOPEFULS
As soon as a Bonanza DVD set comes out that contain NEW episodes, I'll be one of the first to buy it--and with JOY! Until then...I can only hope and pray that a (TRULY) new Bonanza DVD set will be released soon, INSTEAD of more rehashed (previously released) episodes with new covers or packaging."
My recommendation to get the real Bonanza
Stefani Beer | 01/28/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you, who have an all region dvd-player go to AMAZON.de (Germany) there you will find the complete !!! first season with 32 episode digitally picture and sound remastered and w i t h the original theme song !!!! Wonderful. It is in German and English, so no problem."
Wrong Theme Song
Conrad Sigona | Newport, NY USA | 12/26/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If having the correct Bonanza theme music is important to your enjoyment of the episodes, don't buy this. The theme is replaced by different music. I've read elsewhere that the rights to the music and the episodes are separate, so cheap versions have replacement music. This is one such cheap version."
I agree: get the German Season One version...
John Robinson | Yokohama, Kanagawa Japan | 02/18/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"...I have it and it's great! The original music, etc. Of course, there is an English option so it is just like watching an American version (except there is no American Season One!).
The menu, though in German, is easy to navigate. Of course, all the sound, etc, is in the original English if you choose the English option.
Just saw episode one: classic! Just wonderful."
Didn't buy this
goldstar | 12/14/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you for providing the info. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what episodes were included....you are correct, just a rehash of previously released. Would also love to get more episodes. Maybe someday."