The 13th Season of Gunsmoke due out on DVD on May 22, 2018…details following.

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Just spotted on the TV show site that Gunsmoke, the complete 13th season of the program, in two volumes will be coming out on DVD on May 22, 2018 and here is the link and official cover art to BOTH volumes of the season and show:

http://amzn.to/2ppmBcY and http://amzn.to/2HNLp5c

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  1. Wow, great news! This is the season for which a simple move to Monday nights brought Gunsmoke another 3 million viewers and a return to top ten status at number 4 in the Nielsens…a lot of fine episodes in this season's run…the much loved Christmas episode "Baker's Dozen"…the two parter "Vengeance" with John Ireland, James Stacy, Morgan Woodward, Paul Fix, Royal Dano and Kim Darby…"Stranger in Town" with Pernell Roberts, Jacqueline Scott, R. G. Armstrong and Henry Jones…"Death Train" with Dana Wynter and Morgan Woodward…"The Victim" with Beverly Garland and James Gregory…"Deadman's Law" with John Dehner…"Mr. Sam'l" with Ed Begley and Mark Richman…"A Noose for Dobie Price" with Chill Wills and Shug Fisher…Victor French, Gene Evans, Chill Wills and Jack Elam make multiple appearances this season… Mark Lenard, Nehemiah Persoff, Carrol O' Connor, Ralph Bellamy, Anthony Zerbe, Denver Pyle, Harry Carey Jr., Richard Mulligan, Jon Voight, Lou Antonio, John Saxon, John Astin, Lew Ayers, Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis, Michael Constantine and Warren Oates also appear in this season's 25 episodes…Steve Raines from Rawhide, Dick Peabody from Combat!, and Larry Pennell from Ripcord too…and Buck Taylor joins the cast as Newly…We're now up to 463 Gunsmoke episodes on DVD, not including the "50th Anniversary" and "Director's Collection" compilations…whew! But more, please…

  2. rmw650

    Just spotted on the TV show site that Gunsmoke, the complete 13th season of the program, in two volumes will be coming out on DVD on May 22, 2018 and here is the link and official cover art to BOTH volumes of the season and show:

    As has been said many times in the past by many, I have to take some credit for this announcement having just ordered the German season 13 release late last night, along with seasons 14 and 16 to complete my Gunsmoke collection (will now have 13 through 20 from Germany). I put in a cancellation for just season 13, but will see if it takes since it is already in pre-shipment status. I'm fine either way since they were only $13 US each shipped. I also already have Bonanza season 9 through 13 from Germany (not interested in season 14 with no Hoss). If CBS US continues I can always wait and pick them up later on sale. Otherwise, I'm good moving forward. I was a bit concerned before of the PAL speedup issue with a show and characters I know quite well, but I recently rectified that with my Hitchcock Hour PAL release, which lead me to go ahead and pickup these remaining seasons now.

  3. Finally, the long wait is over! After this, only 7 more seasons (a.k.a. 14+ years) to go. But at least now there's a bit more hope for further releases. I'd started to think Season 12 would be the last we'd see in Region 1.

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  4. My apologies for not being able to find or spot V2 of this 13th season as the link had the same picture uploaded twice but when i come across it or it gets corrected by them (already advised them of the error), I'll be sure to post it on here for you guys and gals.

  5. When and if Gunsmoke reaches the end in the individual seasonal volumes, and subsequently sometime later puts out that condensed all-in-one that has been done for many CBS-owned series lately, how do you think it will be done? Will it be 4 cases of 5 seasons each, or 5 of 4 each?

  6. Great! I am really looking forward to Season 13 since it's Newly's first year in Dodge City. The cast would be stable (as would the ratings!) until the departure of Amanda Blake in the spring of 1974. Personally I'd like to forget Season 20!

  7. bmasters9

    When and if Gunsmoke reaches the end in the individual seasonal volumes, and subsequently sometime later puts out that condensed all-in-one that has been done for many CBS-owned series lately, how do you think it will be done? Will it be 4 cases of 5 seasons each, or 5 of 4 each?

    I think if that ever happens it will be in 3 sets: The Half hour Black and White, The 1 hour Black and White and the Color episodes

  8. bmasters9

    When and if Gunsmoke reaches the end in the individual seasonal volumes, and subsequently sometime later puts out that condensed all-in-one that has been done for many CBS-owned series lately, how do you think it will be done? Will it be 4 cases of 5 seasons each, or 5 of 4 each?

    They have already started doing this. I just bought re bought seasons 1-4 and seasons 5-7 in 2 slimmed down cases. Saw them at Walmart, saved me some space and for the price I was able to sell my individual volumes to cover the cost.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Gunsmoke-Seasons-1-4/50052040

  9. Bob_S.

    They have already started doing this. I just bought re bought seasons 1-4 and seasons 5-7 in 2 slimmed down cases. Saw them at Walmart, saved me some space and for the price I was able to sell my individual volumes to cover the cost.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Gunsmoke-Seasons-1-4/50052040

    It's cool that they're doing this, but the cover artwork is just horrendous. I'd rather have the individual sets.

    Thanks for sharing though.

  10. rmw650

    Just spotted on the TV show site that Gunsmoke, the complete 13th season of the program, in two volumes will be coming out on DVD on May 22, 2018 and here is the link and official cover art to BOTH volumes of the season and show:

    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Gunsmoke-Season-12/24046

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    THE LINK ABOVE HAS THE WRONG COVER ART FOR THE SECOND VOLUME OF THE SHOW'S 13TH SEASON.

    AN UPDATE: I see that the TV DVD site corrected their mistake and NOW here is the Season 13 Volume 2 cover art for Gunsmoke and it is as follows:

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  11. rmw650

    Just spotted on the TV show site that Gunsmoke, the complete 13th season of the program, in two volumes will be coming out on DVD on May 22, 2018 and here is the link and official cover art to BOTH volumes of the season and show:

    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Gunsmoke-Season-12/24046

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    THE LINK ABOVE HAS THE WRONG COVER ART FOR THE SECOND VOLUME OF THE SHOW'S 13TH SEASON.

    I'm glad these are finally coming out i'll star saving my Pennies, but when i see the price for the multiple season sets at walmart it makes me sad for how much i've spent on the individual releases, of course if I and others hadn't seen the money we wouldn't be getting new seasons, thats so frustrating

  12. Dave Scarpa

    I'm glad these are finally coming out i'll star saving my Pennies, but when i see the price for the multiple season sets at walmart it makes me sad for how much i've spent on the individual releases, of course if I and others hadn't seen the money we wouldn't be getting new seasons, thats so frustrating

    Yeah I never considered Gunsmoke at 20 seasons a realistic one to expect a complete series set. Just too many seasons. They would most likely break it up into 3-4 sets but no guarantee on that and its not likely to happen until all the seasons are released. And that may not happen so if you like the show it never made sense to wait on this one.

  13. I almost gagged yesterday when I saw how much Amazon was charging per volume of season 13. They have since removed any pricing, but I found it way cheaper elsewhere. Even though it's still a bit over-priced, I expect 2018 is gonna be a really quiet year for me as far as purchases of classic tv. So I am willing to pay too much in the hopes of encouraging CBS to keep cranking out some more Gunsmoke. It will be years before I get around to watching the first 12 seasons, so I am in no particular rush, but I would like to own all 20 seasons eventually. Since I won't be spending very much money this year on dvds. I'll consider it a worthwhile investment if season 14 follows later this year. If anyone at CBS is listening in, I'm thinking about every 3-4 months until all 20 seasons are completed sometime in 2020. <_<

  14. GMBurns

    I almost gagged yesterday when I saw how much Amazon was charging per volume of season 13. They have since removed any pricing, but I found it way cheaper elsewhere.

    Since I'm not a fan of CBS's 2-volume season releases on this, when season 12 came out I waited for one retailer's periodic BOGO sales.

  15. GMBurns

    I almost gagged yesterday when I saw how much Amazon was charging per volume of season 13. They have since removed any pricing, but I found it way cheaper elsewhere. Even though it's still a bit over-priced, I expect 2018 is gonna be a really quiet year for me as far as purchases of classic tv. So I am willing to pay too much in the hopes of encouraging CBS to keep cranking out some more Gunsmoke. It will be years before I get around to watching the first 12 seasons, so I am in no particular rush, but I would like to own all 20 seasons eventually. Since I won't be spending very much money this year on dvds. I'll consider it a worthwhile investment if season 14 follows later this year. If anyone at CBS is listening in, I'm thinking about every 3-4 months until all 20 seasons are completed sometime in 2020. <_<

    That's consistent with past releases. Amazon typically goes down to <$30 per volume on release day. Walmart has typically had it in store for $20 per volume on release day. Wait six months and it should be even cheaper.

  16. Or wait even longer, for an even cheaper price, with the inevitable Seasons 10-13 collection (all discs in one thick case) at Walmart. I re-bought the Seasons 1-4 and 5-7 collections primarily for the decreased shelf space.

  17. Dave B Ferris

    Or wait even longer, for an even cheaper price, with the inevitable Seasons 10-13 collection (all discs in one thick case) at Walmart. I re-bought the Seasons 1-4 and 5-7 collections primarily for the decreased shelf space.

    In general, I am very committed to conserving shelf space. But there have been a very few favorites where I am willing to pay the crazy prices when they are first released. Other than Gunsmoke, that was true for Mannix and Perry Mason. And despite Perry Mason being sold in those cash-cow half season sets, I proudly have all those cases lined up on my shelf, and don't give any thought to how much I spent or how many inches I could conserve if I combined sets. There's something fun about seeing an all-time favorite lined up on the shelf, just waiting to be watched. Gunsmoke falls into that same category, and I hope someday soonish I will be able to look over and see all 39 cases lined up, and know that Dodge is readily available for a visit whenever I feel like it.

  18. Randy Korstick

    Yeah I never considered Gunsmoke at 20 seasons a realistic one to expect a complete series set. Just too many seasons. They would most likely break it up into 3-4 sets but no guarantee on that and its not likely to happen until all the seasons are released. And that may not happen so if you like the show it never made sense to wait on this one.

    Randy, I just wished they would have done complete season sets instead of these idiotic volumes they have been doing with these kind of shows as it just prolongs the agony and it's wasting an extra box, but hey, CBS wants to make their bucks on this release so they figure why the hell not, right?!

  19. rmw650

    Randy, I just wished they would have done complete season sets instead of these idiotic volumes they have been doing with these kind of shows as it just prolongs the agony and it's wasting an extra box, but hey, CBS wants to make their bucks on this release so they figure why the hell not, right?!

    Since they release both volumes at the same time I can't image how it prolongs anything. It's the time and cost to transfer and cleanup from the original elements that extends the time. As far as the cases go, a singular case wouldn't necessarily save that much on space since it would still need to be extra wide for the number of disks.

  20. And as much as the waiting kills me (it does seem this 2 or more year hiatus is a bit ridiculous), I'd rather wait and get these uncut, cleaned up, and in sparkling color as opposed to unrestored or chopped up.

  21. Ron1973

    And as much as the waiting kills me (it does seem this 2 or more year hiatus is a bit ridiculous), I'd rather wait and get these uncut, cleaned up, and in sparkling color as opposed to unrestored or chopped up.

    I honestly have no idea how long this type of work requires, but I tend to share your perspective that close to two years seems like a long time. However, if CBS has a specific internal shop that does all their restoration work and you consider all the shows in line for this type of effort, it may not be that it takes two years to do the work, but two years to get back into the queue to do another season. These are probably the same folks that do Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, and a slew of other shows we have been waiting on.

  22. Flashgear

    I pre ordered Gunsmoke Season 13, V1 and 2, on Amazon Canada at $30.89 Canadian each…that's $23.60 each in American Dollars at the current exchange rate…Amazon Canada currently has double postings for both volumes, V1 and 2 with the cover image attached at $42.09 CAN ($32.16 U.S.) and another set of postings WITHOUT THE COVER IMAGE at the aforementioned $30.89 CAN ($23.60 U. S.)…don't ask me to explain any of this, of course, as it is the usual price algorithms of automation at work, and our Canadian dollar has been falling against the U.S. greenback all this week…what I do know is they always honor these pricing mistakes. American customers can always cancel their pre order if a better deal arises before May 22… but for the time being, this is the best pricing I've found…and a nice deal, even if you include shipping…your dollar will likely appreciate against ours in the interim too!

    Ported over my post from "What was the last TV on DVD you bought thread" for those who might be interested.

  23. Does anyone know how this works? It seems (but don't quote me, I don't know anyone at CBS) that CBS is committed to Gunsmoke, and if it takes a year or so in between releases, I am okay with that, as long as the episodes look as good as they have so far. But if CBS has already released the remaining seasons in Germany, couldn't they recycle those so they could release them in this country at a faster pace? Or are the German releases from some prints that are edited and/or not remastered?

  24. Along those lines, MeTV is in Season 15 now, I guess they are edited, but were the Seasons 13, 14, and now 15 showing on MeTV remastered? I think for Season 12 MeTV showed the new prints.

  25. GMBurns

    Does anyone know how this works? It seems (but don't quote me, I don't know anyone at CBS) that CBS is committed to Gunsmoke, and if it takes a year or so in between releases, I am okay with that, as long as the episodes look as good as they have so far. But if CBS has already released the remaining seasons in Germany, couldn't they recycle those so they could release them in this country at a faster pace? Or are the German releases from some prints that are edited and/or not remastered?

    The later seasons released in Germany were not remastered from the original elements like what we are receiving in the US. Most appear to be based on earlier uncut masters that were then dubbed in German and used for syndication in Germany. While not bad, they can be a bit washed out at times. In other words, they are more in line with other non-studio type releases we get, a bit below the standard set by CBS and WB for most of their releases.

  26. Bob Gu

    Along those lines, MeTV is in Season 15 now, I guess they are edited, but were the Seasons 13, 14, and now 15 showing on MeTV remastered? I think for Season 12 MeTV showed the new prints.

    CBS had given no indication that they are beyond season 12 when it comes to remastering, with season 13 being available in the near future. Therefore, I doubt seasons 13 and beyond on MeTV are anything else but older prints.

  27. GMBurns

    Gunsmoke falls into that same category, and I hope someday soonish I will be able to look over and see all 39 cases lined up, and know that Dodge is readily available for a visit whenever I feel like it.

    39 because the first go was a standalone, I take it?

  28. GMBurns

    Gunsmoke falls into that same category, and I hope someday soonish I will be able to look over and see all 39 cases lined up, and know that Dodge is readily available for a visit whenever I feel like it.

    39 because the first go was a standalone, I take it?

  29. smithbrad

    The later seasons released in Germany were not remastered from the original elements like what we are receiving in the US. Most appear to be based on earlier uncut masters that were then dubbed in German and used for syndication in Germany. While not bad, they can be a bit washed out at times. In other words, they are more in line with other non-studio type releases we get, a bit below the standard set by CBS and WB for most of their releases.

    Thanks a lot Brad – that is really helpful to know.

  30. smithbrad

    The later seasons released in Germany were not remastered from the original elements like what we are receiving in the US. Most appear to be based on earlier uncut masters that were then dubbed in German and used for syndication in Germany. While not bad, they can be a bit washed out at times. In other words, they are more in line with other non-studio type releases we get, a bit below the standard set by CBS and WB for most of their releases.

    Thanks a lot Brad – that is really helpful to know.

  31. bmasters9

    39 because the first go was a standalone, I take it?

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

  32. bmasters9

    39 because the first go was a standalone, I take it?

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

  33. bmasters9

    39 because the first go was a standalone, I take it?

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

  34. GMBurns

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

    That's what I did with my early seasons. I used the volume 1 covers within six disk cases. I'm also taking my German PAL sets of seasons 14 through 20 and converting them to NTSC and slowing them down by 4% and storing them on 25G blu-ray blanks (10 episodes a disk). I should be able to store the last seven season in two 10 disk blu-ray cases. Then I'm done with Gunsmoke. I'm doing the same with the remaining seasons of Bonanza.

  35. GMBurns

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

    That's what I did with my early seasons. I used the volume 1 covers within six disk cases. I'm also taking my German PAL sets of seasons 14 through 20 and converting them to NTSC and slowing them down by 4% and storing them on 25G blu-ray blanks (10 episodes a disk). I should be able to store the last seven season in two 10 disk blu-ray cases. Then I'm done with Gunsmoke. I'm doing the same with the remaining seasons of Bonanza.

  36. GMBurns

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

    That's what I did with my early seasons. I used the volume 1 covers within six disk cases. I'm also taking my German PAL sets of seasons 14 through 20 and converting them to NTSC and slowing them down by 4% and storing them on 25G blu-ray blanks (10 episodes a disk). I should be able to store the last seven season in two 10 disk blu-ray cases. Then I'm done with Gunsmoke. I'm doing the same with the remaining seasons of Bonanza.

  37. Good news . Does this mean that CBS may be moving forward on some of their stalled titles? I’d love to see Beverley Hillbillies
    season 5 (and beyond) released .

  38. smithbrad

    As has been said many times in the past by many, I have to take some credit for this announcement having just ordered the German season 13 release late last night, along with seasons 14 and 16 to complete my Gunsmoke collection (will now have 13 through 20 from Germany). I put in a cancellation for just season 13, but will see if it takes since it is already in pre-shipment status. I'm fine either way since they were only $13 US each shipped. I also already have Bonanza season 9 through 13 from Germany (not interested in season 14 with no Hoss). If CBS US continues I can always wait and pick them up later on sale. Otherwise, I'm good moving forward. I was a bit concerned before of the PAL speedup issue with a show and characters I know quite well, but I recently rectified that with my Hitchcock Hour PAL release, which lead me to go ahead and pickup these remaining seasons now.

  39. Jeff Flugel

    Heavy hints have been dropped elsewhere on this forum that season 5 of The Beverly Hillbillies is in the works.

    I missed that.

    Any hints about Petticoat Junction? I'd love at least one more season.

  40. GMBurns

    Yes, that is what I was thinking. Although now that I see it in print, that is a boatload of cases. If CBS really does see it through to the end of the series, I think I am talking myself into at least combining seasons 2-5 into 6-disc cases, and seasons 16-20 likewise, since at 24 episodes a season, each half-season should be three discs each. Either way, it would be awesome to have the entire series some day.

    Where will you get the cases to condense those volumes?

  41. Sorry guys…no news re: Petticoat Junction. But both Gary O and Neil Brock have hinted that Beverly Hillbillies fans are likely to be happy campers. Whether that means a MOD release or normal pressed DVD release is anybody's guess at this early stage.

  42. bmasters9

    Where will you get the cases to condense those volumes?

    After looking high and low in this country for clear 6-disc 14mm cases with no overlap, I finally found a company in Australia that sells them. The shipping cost about as much as the discs, but three days later they arrived in the U.S., and it ended up being a little under $3 per case. Well worth it to get rid of all the crappy cases I've collected over the years.

  43. GMBurns

    After looking high and low in this country for clear 6-disc 14mm cases with no overlap, I finally found a company in Australia that sells them. The shipping cost was about as much as the cases, but three days later they arrived in the U.S., and it ended up being a little under $3 per case. Well worth it to get rid of all the crappy cases I've collected over the years.

    You bet! Anything to condense the footprint of all those volumes.

  44. GMBurns

    After looking high and low in this country for clear 6-disc 14mm cases with no overlap, I finally found a company in Australia that sells them. The shipping cost was about as much as the cases, but three days later they arrived in the U.S., and it ended up being a little under $3 per case. Well worth it to get rid of all the crappy cases I've collected over the years.

    What was the name of the company you bought those cases from?

  45. GMBurns

    After looking high and low in this country for clear 6-disc 14mm cases with no overlap, I finally found a company in Australia that sells them. The shipping cost was about as much as the cases, but three days later they arrived in the U.S., and it ended up being a little under $3 per case. Well worth it to get rid of all the crappy cases I've collected over the years.

    For some reason unable to place an order . Keeps asking me for shipping method with no way of entering the info. I was trying to order
    10 -5 Clear DVD cases and 10 -6 Clear DVD cases . Amazing that no on in the US offers non overlapping clear multi DVD cases >

  46. LouA

    For some reason unable to place an order . Keeps asking me for shipping method with no way of entering the info. I was trying to order
    10 -5 Clear DVD cases and 10 -6 Clear DVD cases . Amazing that no on in the US offers non overlapping clear multi DVD cases >

    What I remember is that they don't generally ship to the U.S. because the costs are prohibitive. I emailed and asked if they'd do me a deal, and since I bought 200 of the 6 disc cases, I guess it was worth their trouble. But as I mentioned it cost me as much to ship them as the cases themselves cost. I'd suggest email them and find out what they are willing to do. And don't forget the time difference. I might not hear back from them until 24 hours or more later since I emailed while they were sleeping and vice versa. But they were great to deal with, just don't quote me on their willingness to do the same for a small order. Since I could never find those cases anywhere else I was willing to stock up for life!

  47. bmasters9

    Are you saying that you can't type in your address, among other things?

    I can type in the address. But there's no way to get a get the shipping total , so I can't finalize my order .

  48. Flashgear

    Behind the scenes photos from the set of Gunsmoke, late '50s or early '60s…I'm looking forward to getting season 13 soon…the street date is tomorrow!
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    I had to share those on Facebook! My ex-pastor (went to his church almost all of my life until about 3 years ago-still love him and his wife dearly) is a western fanatic. I know he'll enjoy seeing those!

  49. Gunsmoke on location, July 1957…
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    Color photo of the cast taking a break from filming…
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    Elizabeth MacRae waiting for a camera set up with James Arness and Ken Curtis while filming the season 8 episode, "Us Haggens", June 14, 1962…
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    Publicity photo for season twelve's "Bounty Hunter" (Oct. 30, 1965)…James Arness with guest star Robert Lansing…
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  50. GMBurns

    Season 13 arrived today and it looks beautiful, pristine even.

    Keep 'em coming CBS, just a tad faster maybe. 😉

    With that arrival, what do you think will be the timeframe for the whole series to be out?

  51. bmasters9

    With that arrival, what do you think will be the timeframe for the whole series to be out?

    I wish CBS would establish a pace of say 2, maybe even 3 releases per year, and see it through to completion. It's been 20 months since the previous release. At that pace it will take more than 10 years to complete Gunsmoke. Assuming CBS even intends to complete the remaining seasons, I can't feature that pace is practical, or that it would be profitable enough. Realistically I have no clue what CBS is up to, but I am grateful to have gotten this far.

    What I really wish is that the whole reason tvshowsondvd.com is down for repairs is that CBS already sent Gord Lacey the release dates for season 14 (August 2018), season 15 (November 2018) and season 16 (February 2019). CBS also informed him that each of these seasons would be 6 discs each in a single case. When Gord went to enter that info into the website it sounded so implausible that the server assumed it was being taken over by aliens and went into self-protective shutdown mode. The server is awaiting retina scans from Quint (Burt Reynolds) and Newly (Buck Taylor) before it will come back on-line.

  52. GMBurns

    Assuming CBS even intends to complete the remaining seasons, I can't feature that pace is practical, or that it would be profitable enough.

    I'm hoping they don't stall it out with no probability of resumption– they seem to have done that w/Bonanza (neither hide nor hair of anything further)!

  53. I just watched the first season 13 episode, "The Wreckers." It looked outstanding and ran a little over 50 minutes. Despite the great Warren Oates being the top-billed guest star, the liner notes had one Edmund Hashim as the guest star of note. Hashim received kind of a last-billing "and Edmund Hashim as" credit. Just a little nitpick on my part, as an Oates fan. As long as the episodes look great and are uncut, I'm happy.

  54. Something a little unconventional with the release of Gunsmoke season 13…volume one is presented as 15 episodes on 4 discs…and volume two is the latter 10 episodes on 3 discs…they've never split things up like this with previous half season volumes. And of course, the volumes are priced the same.

  55. More photos of Gunsmoke on location, 1957.
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    James Arness, Dennis Weaver and guest star Henry Brandon ("Scar" in The Searchers) taking a break in the shade of a props truck. Brandon is having his long hair wig detailed. Director Andrew V. Mclaglen seated on the right. Filming of the season six episode "Stolen Horses" (Apr. 8, 1961).
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  56. Flashgear

    Something a little unconventional with the release of Gunsmoke season 13…volume one is presented as 15 episodes on 4 discs…and volume two is the latter 10 episodes on 3 discs…they've never split things up like this with previous half season volumes. And of course, the volumes are priced the same.

    They did similar with the 3rd and 4th seasons' worth of Perry Mason— the third go had 12 episodes on the first volume, and 14 on the second, and the fourth go had 16 on the first volume, and 12 on the second.

  57. Thanks for posting Vincent McEveety's obit, Lawrence. In addition to directing Buck Taylor's introductory episode as regular cast in season 13's "The Pillagers" (John Saxon), he also directed another two season 13 episodes, "The Victim" (Beverly Garland, James Gregory), and "Nowhere to Run" (Mark Lenard). Vincent McEveety directed 45 episodes of Gunsmoke (according to IMDB). He also directed six episodes of Star Trek, including "Miri", "Dagger of the Mind", "Balance of Terror", "Patterns of Force". "Omega Glory" and "Hour of the Gun". And Five episodes of Roddenberry's precursor show The Lieutenant. He also directed 40 episodes of Simon & Simon and 28 episodes of Murder She Wrote among his numerous credits going back to 1956. He was an associate producer on the original Untouchables and directed Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda in the movie Firecreek. Another Television Veteran gone.

    Vincent McEveety was part of a remarkable Hollywood family. His brother Bernard McEveety directed 52 episodes of Gunsmoke himself! And some of the best episodes of Combat! too. And another brother, Joseph McEveety, was a long time assistant director for Walt Disney. Among his credits are Mary Poppins, Son of Flubber, Zorro and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

  58. One oddity occurs in episode 3 of season 13: Roger Ewing, a season 11 and 12 regular, shows up uncredited as Thad and has a line or two. He mostly stands around in the background of some street scenes. It's his final appearance on the show.

  59. Flashgear

    Something a little unconventional with the release of Gunsmoke season 13…volume one is presented as 15 episodes on 4 discs…and volume two is the latter 10 episodes on 3 discs…they've never split things up like this with previous half season volumes. And of course, the volumes are priced the same.

    bmasters9

    They did similar with the 3rd and 4th seasons' worth of Perry Mason— the third go had 12 episodes on the first volume, and 14 on the second, and the fourth go had 16 on the first volume, and 12 on the second.

    I think it’s most likely because the people authoring the discs are doing the complete season and not taking into account the split. So when the discs are divvied up they don’t always come out very even.
    Actually it’s more likely that they are just trying to use the minimum amount of discs and still keep the count between 2-4 episodes per disc and that sometimes results in an uneven, lopsided split.

  60. Flashgear

    Thanks for posting Vincent McEveety's obit, Lawrence. In addition to directing Buck Taylor's introductory episode as regular cast in season 13's "The Pillagers" (John Saxon), he also directed another two season 13 episodes, "The Victim" (Beverly Garland, James Gregory), and "Nowhere to Run" (Mark Lenard). Vincent McEveety directed 45 episodes of Gunsmoke (according to IMDB). He also directed six episodes of Star Trek, including "Miri", "Dagger of the Mind", "Balance of Terror", "Patterns of Force". "Omega Glory" and "Hour of the Gun". And Five episodes of Roddenberry's precursor show The Lieutenant. He also directed 40 episodes of Simon & Simon and 28 episodes of Murder She Wrote among his numerous credits going back to 1956. He was an associate producer on the original Untouchables and directed Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda in the movie Firecreek. Another Television Veteran gone.

    Vincent McEveety was part of a remarkable Hollywood family. His brother Bernard McEveety directed 52 episodes of Gunsmoke himself! And some of the best episodes of Combat! too. And another brother, Joseph McEveety, was a long time assistant director for Walt Disney. Among his credits are Mary Poppins, Son of Flubber, Zorro and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

    Yep great director

  61. Dan McW

    One oddity occurs in episode 3 of season 13: Roger Ewing, a season 11 and 12 regular, shows up uncredited as Thad and has a line or two. He mostly stands around in the background of some street scenes. It's his final appearance on the show.

    was it possibly a held back season 12 show

  62. Dan McW

    One oddity occurs in episode 3 of season 13: Roger Ewing, a season 11 and 12 regular, shows up uncredited as Thad and has a line or two. He mostly stands around in the background of some street scenes. It's his final appearance on the show.

    I always liked Thad, I really wish they had used him more so than just a prop.

  63. James Aurness in WW2. He landed at Anzio Italy with the 3rd ("Texas") division on January 22, 1944. Because of his height (6'6"), he was ordered to be the first man off the landing craft to determine the water depth. Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy was also in the 3rd division. The Anzio beach head quickly became a bloody stalemate going nowhere when the Germans swiftly counter attacked. The entire beach head under artillery and air attack with heavy casualties. On the night of February 1, James Aurness was badly wounded by German machine gun fire in his right leg, badly fracturing his tibia. This wound would bother him for the rest of his life. In the later years of Gunsmoke, his leg and back injuries necessitated more stand-in and stunt man substitutions for Arness in action scenes.

    Like so many of those guys (my father and uncles included), he never made a point of mentioning his war service and suffering. You would hardly know what these guys went through. It wasn't until 2000 that the dept. of the Army awarded James Arness the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

    Happy Memorial Day and Honor the Veterans!
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  64. I'm through three discs of Volume 1, and every episode has looked pretty nice with run times of 50:02 or so (one clocked in at about 49:55).

    Whoever did the subtitles did a fairly good job. They seem accurate for every speaker except Festus, who presents a challenge for any transcriber. When Festus says something like "That's the pure ol' D truth," it usually comes out as "purely truth" in the subtitling. The subtitler did get Ma Smalley's name correct in one early season 13 episode. In one of the black-and-white seasons, the subtitling had Ma Smalley as "Moss Molly."

  65. Normally I would complain seeing HD content downrezzed to SD DVD, but I'm just happy to have it. It is wonderful, and looks so much better than the TV Land episodes airing from the same season.

  66. Did anyone purchase either volume at Walmart? In the past, the single Gunsmoke seasons were sold there, and their price always beat Amazon. I wanted to know if it was worth even trying to look there for a purchase.

  67. phenri

    Did anyone purchase either volume at Walmart? In the past, the single Gunsmoke seasons were sold there, and their price always beat Amazon. I wanted to know if it was worth even trying to look there for a purchase.

    I checked at my local Walmart first with no luck, but they've downsized the DVD section that I feared they'd no longer stock a release like this. I ended up getting it from Walmart online. While the in store price is typically $20 per volume, the online price was only about $2.50 more per volume. I realize Amazon has it for that price as well, but they are just matching Walmart, so I figured I'd give the business Walmart's direction.

  68. bmasters9

    Why would that Walmart not have the thirteenth-season Gunsmoke releases?

    I've seen most of the prior releases of Gunsmoke here. They do have the multi-season sets. Just no season 13 in store. The Walmart website still says it's a pre-order arriving….May 21st?

  69. I checked my two local Walmarts, and no copies of the latest Gunsmoke releases were there. I had bought season 12 there, but now, it looks like Walmart is not stocking Gunsmoke or Death Valley Days.

  70. Sorry to hear some folks are having difficulty in finding this at their Walmarts. I'm in Canada, and my local Walmart had multiple copies of both volumes on street day. Same thing with the recent reissue of Alfred Hitchcock Presents season one. But I got both volumes of Gunsmoke season 13 from Amazon at about $44 U.S., total. I suppose I'm one of those people not helping to encourage Walmart in stocking these for the near future…but if I'd bought them at Walmart, these would have cost me about $16 U.S. more than I paid in my Amazon pre-order. But only because of a pricing flub by Amazon.ca on their initial pre-order tab listing, which was quickly corrected. But not before my arthritic flying finger of fate had hit it fair and square, ha, ha…

  71. Some screen captures from one of my favorite Gunsmoke season 13 episodes, "Dead Man's Law" (Jan. 8, 1968)…the great John Dehner guest starring with Gunnar Hellstrom. A Buck Taylor Newly episode. Steve Raines from Rawhide and Eddie Little Sky are also in this one…the familiar and well used location of Vasquez Rocks State Park has never been used better…
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    John Dehner, one of our favorite guest stars in vintage tv…

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    John Dehner with Gunnar Hellstrom…Hellstrom was also directing 3 Gunsmoke episodes in season 13, "Cattle Barons" (Forest Tucker), "Death Train" (Dana Wynter), and "Mr. Sam'l" (Ed Begley).

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    Buck Taylor as "Newly" was in 11 episodes in season 13…

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