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The High Chaparral Season 1 - Coming 8/28/18

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by mattfire64, May 3, 2018.

  1. Doug Wallen

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    The High Chapparal - Season 1
    A Hanging Offense (1.11) Denver Pyle, Alan Bergman, Ken Drake, Paul Fix (as Cochise??? no less). Blue being honorable defends an Indian woman who is being attacked by a Cavalry officer. During the encounter, the officer is killed and Blue is given a military trial since the officer who was killed is the General's son. John defends Blue.

    The Price of Revenge (1.12) Ralph Meeker, Geraldine Brooks. Blue almost has his horse stolen from a very tired/sick man. Turns out this man is an old friend of Buck's. After being nursed back to health, Tracy accepts a job from a wealthy woman who lost her husband and homestead due to actions by Senor Montoya. She is out to destroy the Cannons any way she can and tracy's prowess with a gun is her weapon of choice.
     
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    Just picked it up at amazon for $15 good looking transfers even if they crammed five shows a disk. Never really watched the show since it aired and I was 5, I’m enjoying it
     
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    For those who picked up the second season set, were there any extras?

    James
     
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    There's an interview with Henry Darrow. Also an audio commentary by Don Collier on "Follow Your Heart", an episode that featured him prominently. And all 26 episodes in very good-looking condition!
     
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    Blue would have been a more tolerable character if he was a kid.
     
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    What would be the timeline on that third-season release (that one being 1969-70)?
     
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    Just saw it on the Shout website, scheduled for April 23. Sweet.
     
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    If we're that close to it, then I think that bodes well for the final one (1970-71) to come out very soon after that, and possibly an all-in-one!
     
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    Great news! Just received S1 and watched the first episode, "Destination Tucson," tonight. Very strong opener. It must have been quite a shock to audiences at the time to see a (seemingly) main character killed off in the pilot. That whole scene was pretty eerie, with the sounds of the crying baby on the wind.

    Henry Darrow has just one brief scene, but makes a strong impression as Manolito. Leif Ericson as Big John Cannon is very gruff and not entirely sympathetic, but he's nicely balanced by Cameron Mitchell as the affable, devil-may-care Buck. Fun to see veteran western faces like Don Collier, Roberto Contreras and Rodolfo Acosta in supporting roles (although it seems a bit rich to call Acosta's character simply "Vaquero," i.e. "Cowboy." Doesn't he deserve a name of his own? And for fans of beautiful actresses from the days of classic television, there's the presence of Jacklyn O'Donnell, as a VERY pretty saloon girl named Jo.

    The episode ends a bit abruptly, but I like the mildly serialized nature of these opening episodes. Looking forward to digging further into the set.
     
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    Jeff, glad you received your set. You do realize the first episode is part 1? ;)

    I just finished the last disc of season 1 this afternoon. I enjoyed the interview with Don Collier and "How The West Was Shown". Not specific to The High Chaparral, moreso to a variety of vintage westerns (James Drury, Robert Fuller, Andrew Prine, Earl Holliman, Denny Miller, Gary Chalke, Peter Brown). Interesting stuff.

    1.26 - The Hair Hunter
    James Gregory, Richard Evans.
    A father son hunting team is killing Indians (Apache) for scalps -$100 apiece. The son is injured on the Chaparral and is treated and recovers under Victoria's care. John orders the father off and the son wants to work on the ranch and not kill Indians. The ending surprised me.

    1.27 - A Joyful Noise
    Ramon Novarro, Laurie Mock, Penny Santon, Angela Clarke.
    Mano is snake bitten and finds his way to a deserted church. he is cared for by traveling Sisters. A Romeo @ Juliet tale play out over a novitiate's desire to go with a violent man (to save others) or follow her heart to serve God.

    Season Finale
    1.28 - Threshold Of Courage
    Pat Hingle, Ron Hayes, Rex Holman.
    An embittered Civil War vet holds a grudge against John Cannon. He has an elaborate plan involving kidnapping, mental and physical torture and imprisonment to exact his revenge against John. After dividing John from his men, the plan is put into place. Carr's brother is not fully invested in this plan. Another great guset appearance from Pat Hingle. I always enjoy his episodes as he is an extremely interesting actor. This role of the wounded Civil War vet is just another great character part. The episode needs a strong antogonist and he gives it in spades. Nice way to finish out seaon 1. Season 2 moves into rotation soon.
     
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    Hi Doug! I do know the story picks right up again in episode 2 (and sort of concludes in ep 3) from my watching this show many years ago...but I don't think it's technically a part 1 or part 2 situation, exactly. Most multi-part stories at the time seem to have the same title broken into 2 (or in some cases, 3, parts, as in Mission: Impossible season 4, "The Falcon"). This seems more a case, like in the early seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies or Petticoat Junction, where each episode is essentially standalone but often the next one continues a mini story arc. "Destination Tucson" seems structured as a standalone episode to me.

    Of course, I'm just being pedantic and splitting hairs, as to all intents and purposes these first three episodes act as a three parter. I guess my comment above was more directed to where, and how, the first episode ends...it seems somewhat anticlimactic, when the previous scene (the aftermath of Annalee's funeral, with Blue moving towards Big John for some kind of comfort, and John walking away) is a more powerful, emotional note to end the episode on.

    Thanks for the season 1 wrap-up comments...looking forward to your thoughts on season 2!
     
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