Top Quality Western
Careful Reviewer | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Rifleman is among the top two or three superior classic TV Westerns from the early days of TV when Westerns were competing with each other at a frantic pace. The stories and acting on The Rifleman are outstanding.
A question to trivia experts: am I remembering correctly that the introductory scenes varied from season to season? MPI seems to have edited in the first season introduction to all season episodes.
Four stars for the product, five stars for the show - "A Fou
Mark Welsh | Mayberry, NC USA | 08/07/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Putting it shortly and simply, there is no need to review the show, one of the best western TV shows ever. If you are over 45 or so and you don't know the show, you must have been living in a cave or in some third-world country, and even in those countries, everyone has a TV and you can probably still get the show in syndication.
The production company was Four-Star Productions, but I would give the product here only three stars, simply because I want the original show in its entirety - the original opening credits and the original closing credits, and everything in between, for each and every episode, season-by-season in episode order. There has yet to be a season-by-season DVD release of the original episodes of "The Rifleman", just repackaged stuff like this. This is true for another great western series, "Bonanza." I also hope those are released one day in their original form instead of in the bastardized collections currently available."
The Rifleman is all man!
a reviewer | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series varies a bit, some episodes are slow and the music gets really hokey sometimes but there are other episodes that are extremely good. There are plenty of scenes with Lucas just acting like an all out man! such as chopping wood in the field shirtless, waking up early because it bothers him that his aim isn't quite right, or decling he'll drink with who he wants- when he wants . There's no way they'd show such out and out masculinity nowadays. Us guys need to go back to the 1950s and 1960s when it was okay to show men acting like real men (in comparison to the nonsense they're showing nowadays). Even in scenes with Lucas relaxing at the end of the day, teaching Mark another life lesson, his jaw set tight-this Rifleman's features seem to be chiseled from solid stone! Grasshopper from this collection is classic and truly excellent. Please release the remainder of the series!"