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Adventures of Champion [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Champion , Barry Curtis    DVD
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  • Actors: Champion, Barry Curtis, Jim Bannon, Blaze, Ewing Mitchell
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OOOK1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE THEME SONG? 6 Mar 2010
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'Like a streak of lightnin' flashin' cross the sky,
Like the swiftest arrow whizzin' from a bow,
Like a mighty cannonball he seems to fly,
You'll hear about him ever'where you go,
The time'll come when everyone will know
The name of Champion the Wonder Horse!'
These are the words of the well-remembered theme song sung by Frankie Laine, and they are actually quoted on the cover of this 2-dvd set of 10 episodes released by Timeless Media Group. But when you play the episodes -- surprise, surprise! -- the theme song has been replaced by some unbelievably mundane music. Even the horse's whinny sounds different. If you are a real fan of this series like I am, you will not want these episodes. Where TMG obtained them from I do not know. The quality is reasonable and I think the music score is original, but having the theme song missing is sacrilege! Why or when the music was substituted is anyone's guess. And what's the point of releasing only 10 episodes anyway? Nice cover, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars champion the wonder horse 6 Feb 2011
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watched this as a kid in the 50s and 60s nice to see it sgain you get 2 dvds showing 10 eps picture a bit grainey but does not spoil it nice to see champ and rebel sorting the bad guys out only thing missing is the theme song pity enjoyed dvds good price
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4.0 out of 5 stars memories 18 Feb 2014
By B. Rigg
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this review is for the film chest set the picture quality is good considering theage of the tv series.The theme song is on all the episodes i have watched at this time on the first disc a good package for the price
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The adventures of a boy and his preternaturally intelligent horse and dog on the American frontier 26 July 2009
By David Bassler - Published on Amazon.com
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The Adventures of Champion (1955)

Ricky North, an orphan living with his Uncle Sandy, had a knack for finding trouble and adventure in the desert Southwest of the 1880s. His best friends were Blaze, his German Shepherd, and, of course, Champion, a stallion who leads a remuda of wild horses, but always responds to Ricky's whistle in time of need. Ricky was the only human whom Champion would allow to ride him. The 12-year-old Ricky was played by Barry Curtis, a talented child actor who had, undeservedly, relatively few credits. Uncle Sandy was played by Jim Bannon, a handsome actor who earlier played Red Ryder in a series of B-westerns and looked every inch a lanky, broad-shouldered cowpoke who could lend a hand when Ricky and his preternaturally intelligent animal friends couldn't handle the bad guys by themselves.

Ten of the 26 episodes are included in this Timeless Media issuance. Unlike most of Timeless' other DVDs for 1950s television series, the prints are somewhat battered, though certainly viewable. As in other juvenile western programs created by Gene Autry's Flying A Productions, the episodes include plenty of hard-riding action with solid direction and good acting from both the principals and the rogue's gallery of character actors that fill out the cast. The episodes include in the set are:

1.01 The Saddle Tramp (co-starring Francis McDonald and Chris Alcaide)
1.02 Crossroad Trail (Stanley Andrews, Tom Irish and Lee Van Cleef)
1.03 Salted Ground (Hal K. Dawson and Tristram Coffin)
1.04 The Medicine Man Mystery (Myron Healey and Harry Harris Sr.)
1.10 Hangman's Noose (Hank Patterson and Frank Fenton)
1.13 The Stone Heart (James Best, Bill Henry and Barbara Bestar)
1.14 The Deer Hunters (Leonard Penn, Howard Negley and Glenn Strange)
1.21 Andrew and the Deadly Double (Bill Henry, Don C. Harvey and Mary Jane Saunders)
1.22 Bad Men of the Valley (Morgan Jones, Sally Fraser and Ray Bennett)
1.24 Brand of the Lawless (Ann Doran, Walter Reed and Hank Patterson)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FILM CHEST RESTORED VERSION 13 Feb 2014
By Phelings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Amazon mix reviews for different versions of titles and even on different formats and its something they need to stop.
Previous releases of Champion have all been appalling . The UK set appears to have been filmed off a monitor as you can actually see the sides of the screen at times.
It would appear that Champion has not been preserved very well over the years . Every release including the new one has 3 episodes missing so maybe there are no surviving copies of these anywhere.
Quality wise this is the best so far although it still ranks as disappointing in comparison with better known shows of the same era. Champion was shot on 16mm so that's a minus point and dvd doesn't handle grain very well and whoever authored these discs didn't seem to do much to improve these shortcomings so there are many imperfections . However the Film Chest Version is better than all the others and its definitely worth a purchase but don't let the " restored in HD" byline get you too excited . The state of many of these prints are rough to say the least. Mine came from Amazon Canada and Disc 1 showed the layer separation issues suffered by early dvd releases of The Terminator and other titles . My other 2 discs were fine but I do wonder if long term these discs may fail to play
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Theme Song Missing 12 Jan 2014
By Tommy A. Land - Published on Amazon.com
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Quality is only fair and sadly the Theme Song by Frankie Laine has been replaced by Generic music, guess they did not want to pay the Frankie Laine estate for the song.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like good old fashioned stuff 20 Aug 2013
By Jimmer - Published on Amazon.com
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After viewing more episodes, I have modified my review. The quality of the picture is fair to almost good for an older TV show, and the stories are worth the trip if you like old fashion good guys over bad guys TV series material. An episode called the deer hunters starts off with bad guys trapping a fawn in a snare trap, which the boy discovers, which should give you a clue to the types of shows. By the way, this is noted in the description as being in color but it is in actually B/W so be aware, if you dislike black and white features. At this low price, all things considered, it isn't a bad investment. I would have rated it higher if the picture quality was better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Classic! 17 Dec 2010
By M. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another wonderful oldie. The little boy is so cute and so grown up (as children were back then). It is an innocent show about a boy and his animals that help him along in his adventures. The uncle comes second and helps Sandy when he gets into trouble. Like Sandy said in one episode..."You're always getting into some sort of trouble!" I love the way things were back then - so innocent and carefree. These episodes had some wonderful character actors, such as Lee Van Cleef and James Best. What a wonderful Show!

On the quality of the DVDs, they were viewable but obviously not at the quality most professional DVDs are done, but I won't complain about that because i'm just glad we have these to watch. I do hope Timeless Media will someday release the rest of these episodes on a DVD, or even better yet...that a complete episode DVD set will be done with remastered film...
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