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4.0 out of 5 stars Great B/W episodes - poor colour ones, 19 Dec 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful set, 27 Feb 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 19 Aug 2011
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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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