I’ve recently picked up the official release of season 1 from
I would pass on my views in case anyone here is interested in getting it.
It is, of course, region 2, so you would need suitably compatible equipment to view it.You should also take into account Pal speed-up if it bothers you.
There are 28 episodes spread over 7 discs. The packaging leaves much to be desired.It is fold out style in a slipcase. Unfortunately there are only 6 hubs with cheap plastic clips so one hub has to take an extra disc. This is not very secure & there is a strong chance the disc will become loose, particularly in transit. Why some of these companies cannot supply adequate packaging defeats me. Zero points for packaging then.
Menus are in German, there is a language option for the original soundtrack or dubbed German. No subtitles. Play All or ‘select an episode’ option. Individual titles are in both languages on the menu. All titles & credits on the discs are as original English.
I was concerned these episodes might be the cut versions? This series was highly popular here in the
I dug out my whiskery old tapes & compared. (I should mention I only checked the first 3 episodes + a few random others which I knew had cuts.) Happy to say we seem to have the full uncut versions on the discs. Unusually on the first episode there is a prologue which I had not seen before, this is of lesser quality & in German. There is a note on the menu (in German) explaining that they wanted to present the full version but a print of this segment in English could not be found. It lasts about a minute before reverting to English. I don’t know if there are other examples of this anywhere but not on the parts I checked.
Picture quality is the restored version & looks very nice indeed. If you have any of the German ‘Bonanza’ sets it is comparable.
The set can be ordered from Amazon De (Amazon
Apart from the packaging I would recommend. As far as I know there are no plans for a
By all accounts S2 will be coming out later this year.