Bonanza: Season Nine is a fine enough season but as someone who isn’t the biggest fan of westerns in general and haven’t really cared enough about the show to keep up over the course of nine seasons, but the restoration work from CBS was well done.
Bonanza: The Official Ninth Season
— Volumes 1 & 2 —
Paramount | NR – 810 min. / 911 min. – $45.98/ea. | May 7, 2019
Date Published: 05/03/2019 | Author: The Movieman
|BONANZA: SEASON NINE – VOLUME ONE
The drought has ended. The charismatic Cartwrights (LORNE GREEN, DAN BLOCKER and MICHAEL LANDON) return with hard-hitting Western action and adventure as well as heartwarming stories. David Canary joins the men of the Ponderosa as rowdy and rambunctious “Candy,” a drifting cowboy whose “Sense of Duty” saves the day. Spectacular location scenery showcasing the majestic beauty of Nevada’s greatest lake and solid, provocative stories are essential components of “Desperate Passage” and “Showdown at Tahoe.” Killers, crooks, con artists and animal cruelty practitioners are spared no mercy in “Justice Deerred,” “A Girl Named George” and “The Gentle Ones.”
BONANZA: SEASON NINE – VOLUME TWO
Ride with the Cartwrights and new hand Candy with 18 action-packed adventures. This collection showcases stellar guest stars and solid stories, including actor-writer Michael Landon’s directorial debut, “To Die in Darkness.” Other outstanding entries include hard-tugging dramas (“A Dream to Dream,” “Star Crossed”), fights against injustice and bigotry (“The Stronghold,” “The Burning Sky”) and edge-of-your-seat suspense (“The Late Ben Cartwright”), giving audiences of all generations inspirational heroes and valuable lessons.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
|Both volume sets have four discs and include Vintage NBC Promos, Production Notes, Photo Galleries, an excerpt from “Danny Thomas Goes Country & Western” and even a new Episode Commentary with Andrew J. Klyde on ‘To Die in Darkness’.|
VIDEO – 4.5/5, AUDIO – 4.25/5
|Both volume sets received new restorations from the original film elements and they truly looked great with vivid yet still time period appropriate colors and outside of some minor specs and film damage, but nothing egregious. The included Dolby Digital Mono track is impressive outputting clear dialogue levels with no major instances of pops or hissing.|
OVERALL – 3.5/5
|Overall, Bonanza: Season Nine is a fine enough season but as someone who isn’t the biggest fan of westerns in general and haven’t really cared enough about the show to keep up over the course of nine seasons, don’t have any sort of emotional attachment to the cast. That said, any fan of the show should appreciate the restoration work CBS/Paramount did and even included some bonus features.|