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Gunsmoke continues its lengthy run with this sixteenth season and although westerns still aren’t really my thing, the episode plots were relatively interesting to go along with a respectable ensemble cast.

 

 

Gunsmoke: The Seventeenth Season
(1971-72
)

Genre(s): Western, Adventure       
Paramount | NR – 1211 min. – $49.98 | December 10, 2019

Date Published: 12/11/2019 | Author: The Movieman


SEASON INFO:
Writer(s): Norman MacDonnell & John Meston (radio program), Charles Marquis Warren (developed by)
Cast: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor,PatHingle


DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette, Gallery
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 6


Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: English SDH
Region(s): 1


 

SEASON SYNOPSIS


Marshal Matt Dillon’s (JAMES ARNESS) life hangs in the balance in a thrilling 3-part adventure. A feral child is Kitty’s (AMANDA BLAKE) only hope for survival after a horrific stagecoach crash; Newly (BEN TAYLOR) must convince a veteran scout not to ruin his life with vengeance; there’s a “New Doctor in Town” (PAT HINGLE); and Matt fights off outlaws in the harsh wilderness while trying to reunite a young boy with his saloon girl mother.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5


The 6-disc set is housed in a standard clear DVD case. Features include Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 17  interview/history lesson, a Photo Gallery and Episodic Previews for all episodes.

 

VIDEO – 4.75/5, AUDIO – 3.5/5


Paramount releases Gunsmoke: The Seventeenth Season onto DVD presented in its originally televised 1.33 full frame aspect ratio which has been restored and remastered, and frankly each episode does look fantastic. Colors are rather bright especially set against the more naturalistic locales (same for the costumes), detail was relatively sharp for standard def and outside of some really minor specs, is a rather clean looking transfer.

Each episode comes with a standard Dolby Digital Mono track which I did find a little strong and had to adjust the volume down. This might be a show better suited to watch using the television’s internal speakers.

(Both copied from my Gunsmoke: Season 15`review)

OVERALL – 2.5/5


Gunsmoke: Season 17 is another solid year for the long-running western adventure series and while, even after seeing a few of these later years, still not entirely a big fan, but can appreciate the performances and quality production design. The DVD itself does offer up great video and above average audio, both being restored and likely never looked or sounded better.
 12/11/2019  DVD Reviews, Quick Hit Reviews Tagged with: ,

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