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"There's something very zen-like about this show. I've loved it since I was a kid. The dialogue is brilliant in its simplicity at times. Very aware people were writing this, I think. Directors include Sam Peckinpaw, other luminaries. The extent of the affection tough Lucas shows Mark is quite incredible for the 50's. This is like no other 1950's show, that's for sure. Chuck Connors managed to perfectly balance drama with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Some episodes are light, others most profound. Lucas McCain is the toughest hombre ever, and yet he is as wise as a sage and plants marigolds all around the ranch-house and actually holds and kisses his son (remember Jim Anderson? I loved Father Knows Best too but Jim reserved his hugs and kisses for Princess and Kitten, poor Bud had to be content with shaking hands). At other times Lucas is funny and mischievous- Chuck Connors did a really fantastic job of making this guy seem staightforward and yet complex. But best of all are the outtakes with the cast cussing, playing practical jokes, etc. I love this set and intend to get more volumes as they come out."
An old fashioned sense of morality, courage, and justice
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 05/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Rifleman was the popular television western series starring Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain, a widower who raised his son (Johnny Crawford) on a ranch in New Mexico in the late 1880s. Every episode portrayed an old fashioned sense of morality, courage, and justice as Lucas McCain was called upon to defend the local town, his ranch, his son, and a number of ordinary men and women who were threatened by the villains and outlaws of the Old West. Lucas signature weapon was a specially modified rifle that could should bullets faster, with more accuracy and at a greater distance than any of the bad guys. Now in a four-volume boxed set containing more than nine hours of these memorable black & white western adventure series from television's early days, The Rifleman Box Set #1 is an enthusiastically recommended addition to community library Video and DVD collections, as well as a popular choice for nostalgia buffs with found memories for one of the more wholesome and "family values" oriented shows of television's "Golden Age"."
Midwest Book Review | 02/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These are extremely well written shows from a time when television portrayed the good guy as the winner and the bad guy the loser (and usually dead in this series). There are 2 reasons why I cannot give this DVD set 5 stars:1) MPI Home Video is not releasing the episodes in order. Obviously the earlier shows are better so they have decided to pack representative shows from all 5 seasons in Boxed Set 1.2) There are quality control problems with disk 1. At 21 minutes into the episode the picture pixilates then skips to the end of the episode. Amazon sent me out another Set of DVDs and I found a similar problem at the exact same time (though only pixilating not skipping). I was able to repeat this on several DVD players.Negatives aside I still recommend These DVDs."
Family fare with a bang
Buddy Bombadino | Maryland USA | 10/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford and the Chuck's rapid-fire long gun are the featured performers of these episodes. I watched this show five days a week when I was a grade-schooler and I'm delighted to find it holds up pretty well. Naturally some episodes are more worthwhile than others (in those days they knocked out thirty episodes or more per year), but overall quality is high for half-hour weekly fare. It's family entertainment that won't bore the not-so-young'uns.Sam Peckinpah created this before moving on to feature films, and he utilized his youth on a California ranch to add realism to the show's atmosphere. Recommended viewing, especially the first couple seasons."
It brings back memories
BeeJay | 11/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the show itself I give 5 stars. For picking episodes (based on guest stars who later became big ?) from the first 5 seasons and putting them out as set one I give 0 stars. So it can only get 4 overall.
It seems all the sets follow the same process, and that will make for some interesting continuity jumps from set to set. Young Mark is going to grow up, AND down!
A pity, but never mind, I am glad to be able to see rifleman again. I remembered it for two things; the relationship between father and son and of course THAT really nifty rifle!
Set one at least, is well worth its purchase price. "