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#1 of 93 OFFLINE   MattPeriolat

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Posted June 01 2009 - 08:10 AM

Color me delighted to see this! Bonanza DVD news: Announcement for Bonanza - The Official 1st Season, Volume 1 and Bonanza - The Official 1st Season, Volume 2 | TVShowsOnDVD.com

Barring music remaining intact, this should be a hot seller as it's a long awaited release of a classic TV Western. Speaking for myself, I saw it when I was a kid in syndication along with Ironside and haven't really watched in years, so to start with a first season release is excellent.
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#2 of 93 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted June 01 2009 - 08:17 AM

This is great news! I've purposely held-off purchasing any of the many PD releases in the hope of an eventual official studio release, so I'm more than ready for these sets!!

As far as the music, there really shouldn't be any problem. As far as I can recall all of the music that was used for the underscores was composed originally for this series.
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#3 of 93 OFFLINE   borisfw

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Posted June 01 2009 - 09:05 AM

It's about time. I have been waiting for this for some time.

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Posted June 01 2009 - 09:17 AM

If you want it, I would suggest that you go ahead and lock in for it ASAP, as, from what I've heard, pre-orders not only lock you in for something that you want, but also help sales, therein increasing the chances of future releases. That proved true for me at least once-- I pre-ordered my copy of the #5 "Five-O" release, and not only did it come, #6 was also released. Apparently, my pre-order of #5 from Best Buy proved somewhat instrumental in the release of #6.
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#5 of 93 OFFLINE   Brent Avery

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Posted June 01 2009 - 09:29 AM

Depending on the time frame for the other Seasons (and whether Paramount splits them months apart) I may still purchase some complete Season box sets from Germany where they have also been released officially. 70 - 80.00 each though, occasionally cheaper. Good news just the same.

#6 of 93 OFFLINE   Guy Foulard

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Posted June 01 2009 - 09:41 AM

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Depending on the time frame for the other Seasons (and whether Paramount splits them months apart) I may still purchase some complete Season box sets from Germany where they have also been released officially. 70 - 80.00 each though, occasionally cheaper. Good news just the same.

I have three of the German sets, which are fine, but with middling picture quality. From Paramount's recent (visual) track record, I have a feeling the transfers will be excellent, which could tempt me to double-dip. They've transferred season 1 to HD, so I would bet we're going to get something more like Hawaii 5-0, as opposed to the murky Cannon DVDs.

#7 of 93 OFFLINE   cajunhillbilly

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Posted June 01 2009 - 11:22 AM

i will definitely buy this set.

#8 of 93 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted June 01 2009 - 11:33 AM

I do like how they're offering a bundle of both halves; if they MUST release half-seasons, then this is the way to do it. I wish they'd do the same for Love Boat, Dynasty and Melrose Place--the wait for those titles has become impossible.

Btw--was Bonanza always in color from day one?
 

 


#9 of 93 OFFLINE   danielmartin

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Posted June 01 2009 - 12:27 PM

Count me in. I'll jump on the horse and shout Yahoo! if they get either Adam or some Bonanza guest/expert to toss in some commentaries...

#10 of 93 OFFLINE   Bob Gu

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Posted June 01 2009 - 12:28 PM

Bonanza was in color from it's start. I believe it holds the record for being the first hour-long TV drama series produced in color.

Does anyone know, where the music comes from that replaces the original theme on some of the PD releases of Bonanza? Are these replaced theme episodes actually licenced from Paramount? Or why it's O.K. for the original theme to still be used within the show as part of the episode's underscore?

#11 of 93 OFFLINE   Elena S

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Posted June 01 2009 - 03:05 PM

As long as David Rose's title theme and score are intact, I'm thrilled about this release! One of my favorite background songs ever was "Hoss's theme," always played whenever there was a humorous scene surrounding Hoss. I really hope the original music is kept.

#12 of 93 OFFLINE   WadeM

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Posted June 01 2009 - 11:51 PM

Excellent news!! Thought this day would never come.

#13 of 93 OFFLINE   HenryDuBrow

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Posted June 02 2009 - 12:35 AM

Very welcome news! Now fingers crossed for all seasons. ;-)

#14 of 93 OFFLINE   jdee28

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Posted June 02 2009 - 01:30 AM

Would it have killed CBS/Paramount to release this as a complete season set? Instead they do it as a split season, available the same day, bundled together if you want, but still costing you double.

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Posted June 02 2009 - 02:32 AM

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Does anyone know, where the music comes from that replaces the original theme on some of the PD releases of Bonanza? Are these replaced theme episodes actually licenced from Paramount? Or why it's O.K. for the original theme to still be used within the show as part of the episode's underscore?

Some episodes of Bonanza are now in public domain because the rights holder did not renew the copyright when it expired after 28 years. The music however is still protected. In order to release the PD episodes, the companies releasing them had to change the music. I am sure the new music did not come from CBS/Paramount as the PD releases were not authorized by them. As they are PD, they don't need CBS/Paramount permission. I am surprised the music is still used in the underscore of PD episodes. I would think the PD company could be sued by the David Rose estate or CBS/Paramount if this was a work for hire, if that is true and if the copyright owner decided to spend the money to file a lawsuit. There is something called fair use, where small amounts of music that is under copyright protection can be used without paying a royalty. Perhaps that is how the underscoring is used without permission.
CBS/Paramount could start going after the PD releases if indeed they use music that is still copyrighted. That is what happened to all the PD versions of "Its a Wonderful Life" CBS/Paramount or Republic or Lionsgate or whoever had the rights at the time successfully made the claim that while the film had gone PD, the music in the film was still protected by copyright. All the PD tapes disappeared as well as all the showings of the film on TV except for the licensed version shown on NBC.

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Posted June 02 2009 - 04:52 AM

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Very welcome news! Now fingers crossed for all seasons. ;-)
Yes, but if that happens....20 years is a long time to collect a dvd series.

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#17 of 93 OFFLINE   Dave Scarpa

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Posted June 02 2009 - 07:55 AM

I agree if they have to Split the Seasons then release them both the same day, if the prices stay the same as Mod Squad and Gunsmoke then they should be had for around $22 a set, and $44 for a season of vintage tv I don't consider to be all that bad...

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#18 of 93 OFFLINE   Joseph Bolus

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Posted June 02 2009 - 09:56 AM

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Yes, but if that happens....20 years is a long time to collect a dvd series.

Some of us may just want the "Little Joe", Hoss, and Adam years. That would be the first four seasons and Volume 1 of the fifth season.
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#19 of 93 OFFLINE   Gary OS

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Posted June 02 2009 - 10:12 AM

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Some of us may just want the "Little Joe", Hoss, and Adam years. That would be the first four seasons and Volume 1 of the fifth season.

At best I'll go that far. Actually I'll give Season 1 a try and see how it sits with me now (versus years ago). I know the show went a lot more to sets rather than location shooting starting in Season 3 and that's a big deal to me. I love RAWHIDE so much in part because of the beautiful location shots, so at whatever point I feel BONANZA is getting claustrophobic is when I'll bow out.

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#20 of 93 OFFLINE   MattPeriolat

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Posted June 02 2009 - 03:31 PM

I dunno, the idea of the effort to do the entire run of Gunsmoke and Bonanza intrigues me. If the sales support the effort, go with it. Heck, they did the whole run of Dark Shadows on DVD, so why not?

Regretfully, the list of shows I'm interested in and want to try continues to grow.
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