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Gunsmoke: Directors Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H4JHEE

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This 3 disc set of classic episodes from Gunsmoke is a mixed bag.

Disc one represents the early years - 7 x 25 minute B/W episodes. These are excellent and show a variety of styles from humourous (Chester's Mail Order Bride) to dark (How To Kill A Woman). There are audio commentaries on some episodes and the original radio versions of 4 of them, starring William (Cannon) Conrad as Matt Dillon.

Disc two features 4 x 50 minute episodes, still in black and white. These too are excellent and include Us Haggens, which introduced Festus, who would soon replace Dennis Weaver's Chester as Matt's deputy. Directors' commentaries can be found here, too.

The problem is with disc three, which represents the colour episodes. Only one of these - Mannon - is truly classic Gunsmoke. A tense story with sterling work from guest Steve Forrest as the title character, a gunman out to kill Matt. The tone is very adult as Kitty gets badly beaten up. The Legend is OK, but there's not much of the regular characters in it. And the other two are awful. Will Captain Sligo win the widow's affections? Will the Brides And Grooms make it to the altar? Who cares? More importantly where are Matt, Kitty and Festus? They're absent for much of the former and almost totally missing from the latter. As a fellow reviewer on Amazon US points out, it's the Gunsmoke characters we want to see.

Still, the set is still well worth having for the B/W episodes, the Mannon colour installment, the informative commentaries and those wonderful radio episodes. It's just a shame they couldn't have picked better episodes for most of disc three.

Discs one and two: 5 stars. Disc three 2 stars. Average 4 stars, hence the overall rating.
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Picture quality is great, stories are good ones, extras are okay but nothing special - shame it is only available in region 1
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This item is not sold in Germany. So I am very happy to have got it via amazon from Canada.
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HASH(0x9c963fc0) out of 5 stars Episodes List 19 Nov. 2006
By Dave O. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
According to the great site tvshowsondvd.com the following episodes are in this set.

Disc 1

Magnus - 12/24/55

Chester's Mail Order Bride - 7/14/56

How To Kill A Woman - 11/30/57

Buffalo Man - 1/11/58

The Constable - 5/30/59

Old Flame - 5/28/60

Love Thy Neighbor - 1/28/61

Disc 2

Cotter's Girl - 1/19/63

US Haggens - 12/8/62

Ten Little Indians - 10/9/65

Which Dr. - 3/19/66

Disc 3

Mannon - 1/20/69

Captain Sligo - 1/4/71

The Legend - 10/18/71

Brides And Grooms - 2/10/75

Special features will include:

CBS Radio broadcasts of "Magnus," "How To Kill A Woman," "Buffalo Man," and "The Constable"

Have Gun Will Travel clip from "The Naked Gun" with Ken Curtis

Mike Douglas Show with Amanda Blake

Soundtrack scoring session at CBS Studio Center
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c96a030) out of 5 stars GUNSMOKE THE DIRECTORS COLLECTION 13 Jan. 2007
By C. WEST - Published on Amazon.com
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It was very difficult to not start viewing this set as soon as it arrived but alas as a Christmas present I held off until 25 DEC. As a hardcore Gunsmoke fanatic ,having seen the first Gunsmoke episode as a 8 year old boy in 1955, it is always great to see my favorite western uncut and restored. As with the original 50th Anniversary set there is an excellent balance of episodes.

There are not as many extras on this set. The theme of the Directors collection allowed me to hear for the first time Peter Graves (Jim Arness's brother) talk about their experiences. Other than Jim's book there is almost no info regarding them together. I was disappointed in the radio episodes, the quality was terrible. I am a collector and I know that many of the radio episodes exist in pristine condition. I'm afraid that some viewers will possibly think that all of the radio episodes only exist in the condition of those on the DVD.

I would really like to see the black and white hour long episodes featured more on the next set because they are the ones that get very little to no cable airtime.

This set is a must have for the serious Gunsmoke collector, the opening gives a goodbye to Dennis Weaver and it is sad that nearly everyone associated with the series is gone.

CJ WEST

Morrow, GA
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf9663c) out of 5 stars Gunsmoke - Directors Collection 21 Jun. 2010
By Karen Tycer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great collection of 15 of some of the best Gunsmoke episodes spanning from season one to twenty. It was the perfect gift for my husband, an avid Gunsmoke fan. The quality of the recording is excellent, and you can't beat the well-written stories and excellent acting of each episode. The extras - interviews and back stories - are the icing on the cake. So far, I have the first two seasons of the Gunsmoke collection, and while it's interesting to watch how the characters developed over the years, some of the episodes are a bit rough. If you're wanting a true taste of the "Gunsmoke" experience, I think this collection is the best example of what the show was all about - heartfelt, touching stories that are both dramatic and a bit comical, and will leave you wanting more.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce27408) out of 5 stars Gunsmoke the directors edition 12 Dec. 2007
By Clifford J. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a must see DVD if you are a big fan of Gunsmoke! I enjoy the black and white editions the most, however all of them are great!With this DVD set you get to see Matt, Kitty, Doc, Chester, and Festus evolve!! I highly recommend this to everyone, young or not so young who enjoy truly great westerns
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c96a468) out of 5 stars Having fun and laughter with Gunsmoke 6 Mar. 2010
By DavidJohnStock - Published on Amazon.com
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Having seen only two episodes so far makes me so happy that I purchased the {Directors Collection}
with episodes such as " Cotters Girl " from 1963.
Hearing the diector and the actress who played Cotters daughter speaking about their obvious
enjoyment with that episode is wonderful for the viewer , the lunch scene that took so long to
film because of the laughter - the scene was not completed until the following day.
And the quality is so well done , this will be a real stand out in my collection.
I have now ordered the 50th anniversery collection.
" Cotters Girl" had a female writer, the director of this episode spoke with admiration for this
writer and as he had directed 90 episodes of Gunsmoke over the years , he was aware when the
gold shone through. Other directors prefer a " shoot em up script" and would stay away from
one such as this, however it is good to see the actors having fun on the job.
My one wish is that some bloopers were saved from "Cotters Girl".
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