Item description for Zane Grey Theatre Complete Season One by Dick Powell, Ida Lupino, David Niven, Eddie Albert & Mary Astor...
Genre: Television: Series Rating: NR Release Date: 9-JUN-2009 Media Type: DVD
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Actors: Dick Powell, Ida Lupino, David Niven, Eddie Albert, Mary Astor
Format: Box set, Black & White, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: VCI Entertainment
Running Time: 870.00 minutes
Record Label VCI Entertainment
Format Box set / Black & White / DVD / NTSC
Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.390625 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Publisher VCI Entertainment
ISBN13 0089859852527 UPC 089859852527
Availability 0 units.
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TRACKDOWN...Starring ROBERT CULP ... Put it on DVD !! Apr 25, 2010
This is not so much a review as it is a request . DICK POWELL'S ZANE GREY THEATRE was not just a great series...it also produced several pilot episodes for subsequent T.V. series produced by his production company,FOUR STAR PRODUCTIONS.One such pilot was included in this first season, "BADGE OF HONOR". This episode served as the pilot for the powerful CBS western series, TRACKDOWN...which starred the late great ROBERT CULP. This series lasted 70 episodes in the late 50's, and actually served as the pilot for the successful STEVE McQUEEN series, "WANTED:DEAD OR ALIVE". But, unlike that,and many other FOUR STAR series,that have been released on DVD,including THE RIFLEMAN, BURKES LAW, HONEY WEST, and others, Robert Culp's TRACKDOWN has not,although several episodes were shown on TV LAND in the early 2000's
In the light of Mr Culp's recent passing , please consider this a request to put TRACKDOWN on DVD, as well as another successful FOUR STAR T.V. series, THE DETECTIVES Starring ROBERT TAYLOR. BOTH series are long overdue for DVD release.
Great Western Series Sep 12, 2009
Best tv western anthology series ever. Great stories, great stars, great fun. I recommend this series very highly and am eagerly awaiting the release of Season Two.
Great Work, VCI! Sep 4, 2009
Dick Powell made quite a career for himself in television after a long and remarkable career in motion pictures. His business mind and friendly personality made him an excellent producer-director, and he worked with some of the best talents of the era. This is the first complete season of his Zane Grey theatre, a series he felt strongly about. It incorporates his love for anthologies and his appreciation for author Zane Grey.
There are many stories presented, too many to get into, but the series does an excellent job of capturing the old west and the values of an era gone by. Guests included Powell himself, Cloris Leachman, Ida Lupino, Jack Lemmon, Wendell Corey, Carolyn Jones, David Niven, Ernest Borgnine, Beulah Bondi, and many others.
Thankfully, VCI has gone through pains not only to restore the image quality of the series, but also to find the most complete openers to each episode. Powell introduced each episode with short stories or lessons about the old west, and many were cut during re-runs to omit mention of previous sponsors. In some cases, the originals were unable to be found, but in many, the complete introduction is presented. On top of that, we get to feast on vintage commercials and an excellent interview with Dick's son Norman Powell. The interviewer cuts Norman off a few times and occasionally abruptly changes the subject, but Norman seems a willing and knowledgable interviewee.
If you are a fan of Zane Grey, classic television, or Dick Powell, you will love this set.
Great, but uneven series Aug 26, 2009
I just finished the first season. The major assets are the great actors that Powell was able to get. The shows were generally quite well produced, too. Some of the stories were great, like Badge of honor and Courage is a gun (with Powell himself). The last two were quiet poor, however. The last one was done totally from the point of South and concerned about a Southern spy during the civil war. Here in Europe the Southerners are the bad guys supporting slaverty, so this dedication to this cause was difficult to take. Also, the indians were treated badly in the series. Even Powell made some bad jokes about indians in his introduction. I always hope that the white men will lose in the fights, but not in this show.
But perhaps I am too harsh. It is impossiple to have high level stories every week. It was really nice to see Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Ida Lupino, Rory Calhoun, Lloyd Bridges and many others. I am sure I will buy the next season, too.
POWERFUL DRAMA IN 30 MINUTES - BETTER THAN MOST TV SHOWS TODAY Aug 9, 2009
Watch Video Here: http://www.this site/review/R30TVCBAEJA193 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater actually uses some of Zane Grey's great western short novels as a basis for some of it's teleplays. But most of the episodes are freshly written and directed by great creative hollywood minds of the 1950's. My video is meant to give you a taste for how the series looks and feels and show the titles of the various episodes. The suave humorous Dick Powell introduces each episode in person with a backdrop that allows him to demonstrate a key point about the upcoming drama. For example, in the opener called "You Only Run Once" ( I love that title..) Powell holds an old wooden ballot box and talks about some of the methods by which votes were taken in the pioneering days of the west. The story itself is about a man accused of being an accomplice to murder and his life literally "hangs" in the balance based on a vote from a gathered lynch mob. It is remarkable how the stories in this series hold up excellently by today's standards. For example, in "Fearful Courage" a woman's husband is murdered by his boss over a dispute about payment for work, and a hired killer is sent out to make sure his wife is dead too. Nasty stuff. The shows is not timid at all about the adult nature of the subject matter it presents. The woman gets advance notice from a neighbor that the killer is coming and she makes a desperate run for it. The killer spots her trying to flee and chases her down, but she manages to take cover in a small cabin in the woods where she intrudes upon a young James Whitmore ( won an emmy for his appearnce in "The Practice" ), who ultimately decides to try to help her as the killer holds them pinned down. The episodes are serious, tense, drama that does an excellent job of telling a complete story in under 30 minutes. Each story is different, each one unique. The only thread that links all the stories in the series is Dick Powell's opening introduction to each one. The episodes could each stand alone as great pieces of entertainment. Some of Hollywood's most famous stars of the past show up in the series. People you are probably familiar with. Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, DeForest Kelly ( yes..., the actor who played Dr. McCoy from Star Trek...), James Garner, Jack Lemmon, Ernest Borgnine, Lloyd Bridges, and a lot of others. It's amazing how many rising stars performed in this series. The disks themselves worked perfectly and came in a compact, easy to store case with four DVD's. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves great acting and great drama and would like to see the early work of some of the hollywood's legendary actors.