DVD Tuesday: Bonanza, Laramie, Dark Shadows

There have been a lot of public domain DVD releases of Bonanza over the past decade. Dozens of episodes have been released time and time again by numerous companies but until now there hasn’t been an “official” release in the United States. CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment have changed all that, however, by officially releasing the first season in two volumes. So you can pick up The Official First Season, Vol. One and The Official First Season, Vol. Two separately or bundled together.

All 32 color episodes from the 1959-1960 season are included as well as a bunch of interesting bonus features. Both volumes include archival interviews with creator/producer David Dortort as well as behind-the-scenes photographs and episodic promos. Plus, they each have NBC logos, bumpers and RCA promos for a select episode. Volume One also has an episode of Fireside Theater and concept art by Joseph Messerli for the credit sequences. Head over to TVShowsOnDVD.com for a complete list of bonus features.

Another show that has seen a slew of public domain releases is One Step Beyond and it is also getting an official release today from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. You can pick up The Official First Season, with 22 remastered episodes from the 1959-1960 season. Also out today is Laramie: The Final Season, with 32 color episodes from the 1962-1963 season, and two Dark Shadows compilations: Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse and Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood. These apparently are made up of scenes from various episodes.

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  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    RCA was the primary sponsor of “BONANZA” during its first two seasons (1959-’61); and they initially used the show primarily as a “marketing tool” to sell RCA Victor color sets. It was no accident the series was scheduled on Saturday nights at 7:30pm(et) in the fall of 1959; RCA dealers were “ordered” to tune the floor models in their showrooms to the local NBC affiliate carrying “BONANZA”, so that their customers could see for themselves just HOW good the show looked on RCA Victor color sets while it was on.

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