Here’s a look at the official press release...
BONANZA: The Official Complete Series
Arrives on DVD May 23 featuring an Exclusive Bonus Disc
with Nearly 2 ½ Hours of Content
LOS ANGELES – March 21, 2023 – The legendary First Family of the West, Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe — the indominable Cartwrights of the Ponderosa — triumphantly ride again when BONANZA: The Official Complete Series arrives on DVD, May 23. This series collection includes all 14 seasons — 431 full-length episodes — together for the very first time, along with an exclusive bonus disc containing nearly 2 ½ hours of rare content not seen in more than 60 years. Every episode has been restored and remastered from the original 35mm film camera negatives for a superior viewing experience. The results are astonishing, with location scenery and scenic vistas filmed at Lake Tahoe, Nevada and majestic locations in California and Arizona preserving the vanishing American West at its most spectacular.
Generations of viewers world-wide have welcomed the Cartwright family into their homes as BONANZA has taken its rightful place among the classics of popular culture storytelling. The iconic series stands alone in creating a world that has stood the test of time in the hearts of fans.
BONANZA: The Official Complete Series DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $244.99.
BONANZA: The Official Complete Series Synopsis:
One of the most beloved and iconic series of all time is presented for the first time in this special edition box set. Every episode in this collection is full-length, with original music, and has been completely remastered and restored from the original 35 mm film elements for superior picture and sound. The spectacular Ponderosa Ranch and scenic vistas filmed at Lake Tahoe, Nevada and majestic locations in California and Arizona have never looked better. This multiple award-winning series was created and produced by David Dortort and stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon, with recurring appearances by Victor Sen Yung, Ray Teal, Bing Russell, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. Re-live and cherish all your favorite episodes with BONANZA: The Official Complete Series.
BONANZA: The Official Complete Series Bonus Content:
Includes an exclusive Bonus Disc containing nearly 2 ½ hours of content, with rare performances, photos, personal appearances and interviews with cast members, and footage from the shows The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Sesame Street, plus a never-before-seen blooper reel!
- Michael Landon Visits Sweden – Interview (1962)
- Lorne Greene’s Bonanza – episode of the CBC series, Telescope, chronicling “a day in the life” of the beloved actor, including rare behind-the-scenes BONANZA set footage (1963)
- Lorne Greene Interview – episode of the CBC series, Take 30 (1966)
- All-American Soap Box Derby Featurettes
- The Long, Happy Race – Narrated by Lorne Greene (1962)
- Sideline…? Or Starting Line? – Narrated by Dan Blocker (1964)
- The Cartwrights Visit Sesame Street (1970)
- The Last Party (“wake” gathering of the BONANZA company days after the series’ abrupt cancellation in November 1972; audio with slide show)
- Bonanza Blooper/Gag Reel
- Michael Landon: Question & Answer session with Vikki Carr and The Tonight Show audience (audio with slide show; 1973)
- Lorne Greene: Comedy Routine (1981)
- New Featurette: Mariette Hartley’s Memories
- Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.): Endangered Wildlife – with Lorne Greene (1975)
- U.S. Savings Bonds P.S.A.s with Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker (1968)
- Salute to BONANZA (Narrated by Orson Welles; 1976)
- Michael Landon: The Last Interview (slide show with audio; March 1991)
- BONANZA Episode Trailers with rare on-camera introductions
- Mighty Is the Word (Introduced by Lorne Greene; 1965)
- The Prince (Introduced by Dan Blocker; 1967)
- Dark Enough to See the Stars (Introduced by Michael Landon; 1967)
- 1959 NBC Fall Preview promo – announcing BONANZA’s premiere
- 1961 NBC on-air promo narrated by Lorne Greene
- 1967 NBC Fall Preview promo – BONANZA (designed by Bill Feigenbaum)
- 1972 Chevrolet Billboard Intro
- The Ed Sullivan Show – Pernell Roberts Sings (1965)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – Lorne Greene Interview (1972)
- Gallery of rare publicity, episodic, “behind-the-scenes” and portrait photos
BONANZA: The Official Complete Series Cast:
BONANZA stars Lorne Greene (Battlestar Galactica), Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie), Dan Blocker (Cimarron City), and Pernell Roberts (Trapper John, M.D.), with recurring performances by Victor Sen Yung, Ray Teal, Bing Russell, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. Notable guest appearances include Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Academy Award Winner Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden), Academy Award Winner Dean Jagger (Twelve O’clock High), Academy Award Winner Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show) and so many more!
Also available on DVD:
BONANZA: The Official Second Season and for the first time, BONANZA: The Official Twelfth Season, BONANZA: The Official Thirteenth Season, and BONANZA: The Official Fourteenth Season. Each season has been beautifully restored and remastered from original 35mm film material for the best viewing experience and will be available on DVD May 23 for the suggested retail price of $50.99.
All right, here’s the cover artwork for the box set (click here or on the image to pre-order the set on Amazon.com)...
And here’s the artwork for the four new individual DVD seasons...
All of the titles pictured above are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com by clicking on the cover art.
And for those of you wondering, here’s a list of the special features on each of these individual season sets (which are also included on the Complete Series box):
BONANZA: The Official Twelfth Season:
- Vintage 1971 Camaro Commercial With Series Star Lorne Greene
- New Audio Commentaries by Guest Star Beth Brickell on A Single Pilgrim and DVD Executive Producer Andrew J. Klyde on The Stillness Within and Kingdom of Fear
Extensive and Rare Episodic, Behind-the-Scenes and On-Location Photos
- Additional Photo Galleries: Meet Mitch Vogel and Cast Publicity Photos by Photographers Herb Ball and Gene Trindl
BONANZA: The Official Thirteenth Season:
- Vintage Chevrolet Commercial With Series Star Lorne Greene
- New Audio Commentaries by historian Stan Taffel on The Younger Brothers’ Younger Brother and DVD Executive Producer Andrew J. Klyde on Fallen Woman and Bushwhacked!
- New Featurette: Mitch Vogel’s Memories
- Extensive and Rare Episodic, Behind-the-Scenes and On-Location Photos
- Photo Galleries: BONANZA Star Portraits, Celebrating Dan Blocker’s Boat and Mother’s Day
BONANZA: The Official Fourteenth Season
- New Audio Commentaries on select episodes and Introduction by Series Star Tim Matheson
- New Featurettes Featuring Series Star Mitch Vogel
- Vintage Episode Trailers and Rare NBC Network Promo for Forever
- Extensive and Rare Episodic, Behind-the-Scenes, and On-Location Photos
- Rare Photo Galleries: Last Day and The Last Party
BONANZA: The Official Second Season (re-do)
- Archival Interviews with Creator-Producer David Dortort, Series Star Dan Blocker and Guest Stars Martin Landau and Ricardo Montalban
- Audio Commentaries by Stella Stevens, Ben Cooper, David Macklin, Julie Adams, Naura Hayden, Anthony Lawrence and Andrew J. Klyde
- Extensive and Rare Episodic, Behind-the-Scenes and On-Location Photos
So there you go. Fans of this series can finally look forward to having it complete and completely remastered on DVD in May.
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