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on 22 October 2000
Yes,I'm biased, but I am a great western fan, and this collection of vintage television history is right up my street; they certainly don't make them like this any more. No special effects, unless you want to count some ropey back projection, and quite obvious studio settings, and very little violent action to speak of; i.e. no car chases, spectacular explosions. What you have here folks are some solid stories about the human kind, revenge, passion, heartbreak, told with feeling, and humour, and also here, in a television series, something very rare, stories about characters you care for, and want to watch more ofton. This collection comprises nine hours plus of three western series; the best of the lot is "The Virginian" where the episodes are allowed the extra running time of seventy minutes each, instead of the usual forty five nowadays, to tell stories where even the guest characters are fleshed out enough so you actually get to know their motivations, backstories; everybody has a story to tell, and this collection of television shows tell these stories with panache, and a great deal of style. They certainly don't make them like this anymore, and that my friends is a crying shame. More please.
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on 25 July 2010
Three video-cassette boxed set of classic 60s & 70s TV westerns. I believe this is the only way to get The Virginian (James Drury version) for home viewing. As this was a childhood favourite from the early 70s, I have no complaints! Smith & Jones was another fave from the era, starring the handsome, yet tragic Pete Duel (he shot himself whilst suffering from depression). Shiloh is probably the weak link in the chain, being a later Virginian derivative series with Lee Majors. 2 out of 3 ain't bad, though! Update: The Virginian, first series is now available as a box set on Region 2 DVD.
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