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Branded: Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002XY5EAC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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While I am pleased to possess "Branded", there are no extras and even a technique for getting back to the list of episodes is lacking,
I found the need to stop the DVD then restart it, also the writing lacked the strength of Rifleman.
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119 of 119 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f660abc) out of 5 stars Not Remastered, Repackaged! 21 Nov. 2009
By E. Hornaday - Published on Amazon.com
The complete Classic TV Western, Branded, is being released - but by the same company that put out poorly produced single-season sets several years ago.

The Chuck Connors series, which aired from 1965-1966, is well deserving of a quality DVD release. In 2004-2005, Timeless Media Group released individual boxed sets of Season 1 and Season 2 of the series. The problem was, the episodes were edited (chopped for commercial syndication) and the video quality was also very poor, more like copied from cut-rate VHS.

An industry insider has told me that this new releasing is simply a repacking project. This means that Timeless Media Group has NOT remastered the episodes from 35mm film, nor has the video quality has been improved at all, and the episodes have NOT been restored but remain poorly edited and incomplete. As a result, I highly recommend that anyone who already has these sets to refrain from purchasing this boxed set. For anyone who does not have the earlier versions, it's a VERY worthwhile series to own, but be warned, and do expect high-quality DVDs. (FYI: That is the only reason I'm giving this release two stars, because it allows fans to buy the series in one DVD set.)

Connors (best known for his riveting portrayal of Lucas McCain in "The Rifleman,") gives an equally compelling performance here as Captain Jason McCord, in a series created by Larry Cohen.

McCord, a West Point graduate, is the sole survivor of an Indian battle at Bitter Creek in the 1800s. Court-martialed as a coward who ran, he was forever "branded" with that stigma and thrown out of the Army, his rank insignia ripped off and his Cavalry sabre broken in two in a military ceremony casting him out of the fort. The humiliating scene was replayed as the opening clip of each episode as a moving western ballad "Branded" was sung over the images.

McCord, who is actually a man of deep conviction and principle, pleaded innocent but refused to testify in his own defense. As the series progresses, we learn that he did so to protect the memory of the honorable General Reid whose eventual senility resulted in what actually occured at Bitter Creek, and also to protect a peace treaty with the Indians. McCord believes that if those politicians who did not want peace learned that General Reid, who had negotiated the treaty, was unfit, they would nullify the document and resume the Indian war.

Thus, McCord accepts his cruel label and fate, forced to live a nomadic life moving from survey job to job (a skill he learned in the military) because of the hatred people have for him. As far as the general public is concerned, McCord ran off to save his life, abandoning those under his command to all die at Bitter Creek.

Remarkably, the series is able to explore in a sophisticated manner the true meaning of bravery and right and wrong as McCord seeks to help those in trouble whom he encounters. Everyone who deals with McCord ends up understanding that the coward's label pinned on him is far from correct, and that he is a man of grit, bravery and honor.

In some ways, the themes of this series are similar to those explored in Kung Fu almost a decade later: lessons of morality, spirituality, honesty, bravery and the fundamental meaning of right and wrong and personal responsibility presented through the accessible medium of a western.

This show's unforgettable ballad, music by Dominic Frontiere, lyrics by Alan Alch, entones in part: "All but one man died there at Bitter Creek, and they say he ran away... Not a single charge was true... Branded, marked with a coward's shame, what do you do when you're branded, will you fight to clear your name?"

Forty-eight half-hour episodes were produced, and are all included here in a six-disc boxed set.
52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7eaf60) out of 5 stars Branded Incomplete 7 July 2010
By B. M. HICKS - Published on Amazon.com
This was an excellent series, but what is provided here are incomplete episodes, as mentioned in the other reviews. About two or three minutes are chopped out of each episode,so these are taken from syndicated airings of this series. Sometimes the episodes don't make sense because of these cuts. The picture quality isn't great, but it's on a par with many of the series from the same time period. Perhaps these episodes were reproduced from VHS copies. I rate the series four stars, but the product here I give only one star. If you want an uncut series, this doesn't seem to be for you. Each episode, minus the theme and the credits, lasts about 18 minutes, even shorter than most modern half-hour series. I was disappointed.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f950210) out of 5 stars Branded - starring Chuck Connors 14 Jun. 2010
By Graeme F. Rowlands - Published on Amazon.com
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Worth every cent. Critics need to realise that this is a series that is 44 years old. No ads - so episodes were 22 minutes long. The bonus features at the end were good too. I really liked the one with David Niven. A lot of well-known actors make appearances. A few are still around today.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f657cc0) out of 5 stars Enjoyable series! 6 July 2010
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this set for my husband and me. We have been watching reruns of The Rifleman with Chuck Connors on TV. When I saw this set available on Amazon I knew I had to get it. Another reviewer pointed out that there are places in the shows that seem "chopped" more than likely due to taking out commercials. But this in no way diminishes the continuity of the shows. Some shows are in color and some in black & white. They do not appear to be "remastered" but the quality is still good. It's fun pointing out former movie stars or up and coming stars (for the time) as we watch the shows. The dvd menus are nice so you can just pick which shows you want to watch. Quite a few extras were added to the dvds as well. Take a chance and try this!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f66018c) out of 5 stars Excellent Quality of the Discs 13 Mar. 2012
By Maxine Flam - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this set twice. Once by another vendor to Amazon and once by Amazon. The first set were dubbed off the TV, very poor quality. I notified Amazon about the problem. They had me send the discs back and they credited me. I repurchased the set through Amazon themselves and the quality was excellent. I was very pleased with the product and the service provided by Amazon.

I love Branded. Always have. To own the set and watch the episodes with up and coming stars is a real treat. Anyone who liked the series should consider buying it but buy it where Amazon is the provider, not a third party.
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