I'll be doing another post or two this week too, but to start things off, let's have another giveaway! Cuz you know I can't resist giving things away :-)
Thanks to some crazy, random happenstances, I currently have spare DVDs of five legendary western TV shows. And soon, they will belong to five of you. Here's a whole lot of info about each item:
1. Bonanza Collector's Edition Discs 1 and 2. Bonanza is about prosperous Nevada rancher Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his three sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon).
This is a collection of episodes that are in the public domain, so they're pretty easy to find. This set is used. Both discs play fine in my DVD player, but their picture quality is not the greatest, as they appear to be recorded from fairly old film copies. Some episodes are clearer than others. I already have all these episodes in a different collection, which is why I'm willing to part with these.
Disc 1 -- "The Ape" with Leonard Nimoy, "The Avenger" with Vic Morrow (one of my absolute favorite Bonanza eps), "The Blood Line" with Lee Van Cleef and Jan Sterling, and "The Fear Merchant" with Gene Evans.
Disc 2 -- "Escape to Ponderosa" with Gloria Talbott, "Blood on the Land" with Everett Sloan, "The Spanish Grant" with Sebastian Cabot, and "The Spitfire" with Jack Elam.
2. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman the complete first season. I love this show! I love it so much, I own the entire series. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman follows the adventures of a woman doctor (Jane Seymour) who comes to rough-and-tumble Colorado Springs and tries to prove she can handle doctoring on the frontier. Throw three adopted children and a mysterious, handsome guy named Sully (Joe Lando) into the mix, and, well, what more could you ask for?
This is the complete first season on 5 discs in two cases that fit inside a slipcover, as shown above. This set is also used, as it was my mom's until she got the whole series as a gift. All five discs play for me.
5. The Lone Ranger compilations. The Lone Ranger is the first western TV show I have memories of watching. Anyway, in it, the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels) battle bad guys in a grand quest to bring law and order to the west. This show is the most kid-friendly of those I'm offering here -- my kids enjoy this one.
As you can see, this is actually two different sets put out by two different companies. Like Bonanza, there are some episodes of The Lone Ranger in the public domain, which is what these are from. The picture quality on these is okay, but not great. The disc on the left contains "A Message from Abe," "Tenderfoot," "High Heels," "Old Joe's Sister," "Cannonball McKay," and "War Horse." The disc on the right contains "Enter the Lone Ranger," "The Lone Ranger Fights On," "The Lone Ranger's Triumph" (the very first three episodes of the show, which tell the story of how John Reid became the Lone Ranger), "War Horse," "Rustler's Hideout," "Pete and Pedro," "High Heels," and "Legion of Old Timers" (my kids' favorite). As you can see, there are two episodes that are in both collections, so total you'll get 13 different episodes. These are used and play for me (they used to be mine until I replaced them with a different collection).
4. Maverick Television Favorites. Maverick is a comic western that follows the mis-adventures of gamblers Bret and Bart Maverick (James Garner and Jack Kelly). It's light-hearted and fun, and often spoofs more serious westerns.
Presented here are three episodes on one disc: "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" with John Dehner (absolutely my favorite Maverick episode ever), "Pappy" with Adam West and Virginia Gregg, and "Gun-Shy," which is a spoof of legendary western show Gunsmoke. This is also a used copy that my parents passed along to me -- but I have this exact same set already myself (thanks to Millie). This disc works fine in my player, and the picture and sound are good, though the picture does have what my brother used to call "sprinkles" here and there.
5. Wanted: Dead or Alive the complete first season. This is the show that made Steve McQueen famous. He plays Josh Randall, a bounty hunter with a conscience. Unlike the other shows here, which were all an hour long, W:DOA episodes are only half an hour long. But they can pack more -- and better -- storytelling into half an hour than most shows could manage with twice the running time.
This is the complete first season on 4 discs. Guest stars include James Coburn, James Best, Michael Landon, Warren Oates, and DeForest Kelley. It is brand-new and unopened -- I already own this entire series, but I won this as part of the awesome can't miss life-changing oh man seriously giveaway (TM) from Millie at Classic Forever and have been holding onto it until just the right time to pass it along to someone else. And that time is NOW!
This giveaway runs through Monday, August 8. I will draw five winners (one for each show) on Tuesday, August 9, and post the names of the winners that day, as well a notify them by email.
I can only send these to US addresses because of shipping being so expensive these days. Of course, if you have a friend who lives in the US that is willing to have it shipped to them for you, that's fine, but I won't send them internationally.
PLEASE make sure your information for the giveaway widget includes your current email address so that if you win a prize, you'll get the email informing you that you won! If you don't reply to my email within one week, I will choose another winner and award your prize to them instead.
The first way to enter, as you see, asks you to leave a comment telling me your top two prize choices. I do my best to match winners with their choice of prizes, but that doesn't always work out. I will do my best. If you already own one or more of these DVD sets, please say so -- that way they can go to someone who doesn't own them yet!
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