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  • Gunsmoke – The Ninth Season Volumes 1 & 2

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on August 2nd, 2013

    Overall
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    Video
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    Extras
    (out of 5)

    I’ll say this about a program that has remained  consistent in quality for twenty seasons…it makes for challenging reviews. Talking about each season of Gunsmoke is difficult in that you either write briefly to try to avoid redundancies, but might seem too hasty, or you have to labour over each episode, in which case, you’re only going to have hardcore fans paying attention. Since this website has touched on previous seasons: ( http://upcomingdiscs.com/?s=gunsmoke ) I shall opt for the former option, and hope y’all out there catch that I’m not being hasty…but respect a show that warrants no fresh complaints after 9 years a-runnin’ thus far.

    The format has been full hours stories since season 7 and it hasn’t lost any steam in season 9. The cast saw a little shifting as Ken Curtis’ character Festus is introduced just before longtime sidekick Chester (played by Dennis Weaver) departs at the end of this season.

    The lion’s share of the exposition travels with people coming through Dodge City instead of coming from Marshall Dillon. If fact, the most gripping episode is the season opener where Dillon has been shot and lies asleep in a bed for most all of the episode. The stories are just as compelling as they have been for all the previous seasons I’ve viewed. This show rides a horse named “consistancy.”

    Video

    (from previous review since it has remained consistent)

    B&W Fullcreen. A pretty nice transfer, although it somewhat seems like not exactly as much care has gone into this one than previous efforts. I may be wrong, but I had admired the previous releases for their crispness while this one is the first to show a bit more of it’s age.

    Audio

    (from previous review since it has remained consistent)

    English Mono, which is par for the course when it comes to revived shows like this. Despite the simple track, the sound quality is very strong. Such as when I wrote about the video quality, this really is as good as one could hope. Whatever aging has shown is perfectly forgivable, but none of it is disrupting in the least.

    Subtitles available in English.

    Special Features

    None.

    Final Thoughts

    This show is very satisfying as it rounds the ninth season marker. This set is not perfect in it’s presentation, and the lack of special features is a disappointment, but still very much worthwhile for collectors.

    Posted In: 1.33:1 Fullscreen, Box Set, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital Mono (English), DVD, Paramount, Television, Western

    One Response to “Gunsmoke – The Ninth Season Volumes 1 & 2”

    1. Michael Easterwood Says:

      Gunsmoke is as always,excellent.The only problem I have with season 9(as well as season 8)was the Quint character.ALWAYS nobody likes him cause he’s a half breed,although how anyone would know is beyond me.It got tiring after the first time .Other than that,EXCELLENT!Oh,and to what everyone says that adults back when this series first ran that they didn’t know that MIss Kitty ran a cat house upstairs,pure bunk.I remember my mom and grandparents aluding to that,I just didn’t know what they meant(I was a young ‘en)

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