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The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series

The world’s favorite western/sci-fi/comedy/action cult hit rides again! Here on 8 discs is the complete series about Brisco (Bruce Campbell), a tough-as-rawhide cowpoke, debonair ladies’ man and Harvard-educated smarty-britches who roams from Frisco

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  1. E. Hornaday says:

    Review by E. Hornaday for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
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    Few DVD releases will generate the excitement among fans that this boxed set will, and for good reason: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., is arguably one of the best TV shows of ANY genre to have been produced in the past 20 years. (As its tag line promised, “Smile. You’re about to meet your new hero.”)

    Not only does this box set include pristine transfers of the entire series (comprised of 27 episodes which aired on Fox from Aug. 27, 1993-May 20, 1994), it also boasts an in-depth feature interview with star and cultural icon Bruce (Army of Darkness) Campbell, who supported this DVD release in every way.

    In addition, the studio has announced these great “extras” include Brisco’s Book of Coming Things; A Brisco County Writer’s Room, a write-em cowboy reunion; History of Brisco County Documentary; A Reading from the Book of Bruce; and Tools of the Trade, an interactive gadets gallery.

    Kudos to Fox Studios for getting it right! (Note: while the individual episodes have been available for sometime on VHS, this is the first time the series has been released on DVD, and the first time the show has been released in a single boxed set in any format.)

    While the series is clearly a western, it truly defies classification because it incorporates many different and unexpected elements including science fiction, time travel, ghosts, the supernatural, comedy, amazing gadgetry and core morality issues that make it a truly unique and unforgettable viewing experience.

    In the pilot, the saga begins simply enough when, “one of the greatest lawmen the West has ever known,” U.S. Marshal Brisco County, Sr., (played by R. Lee Ermey) is on a train with other lawmen transporting outlaw John Bly and his evil Gang of 12, whom he had captured, to face justice. But, the tables are abruptly turned when the prisoners are freed and the Marshal is killed by Bly.

    The Marshal’s son, Brisco County, Jr., a Harvard graduate who earned a law degree, is hired as an unlikely bounty hunter by the members of San Francisco’s Westerfield Club to track the outlaws down. Brisco straps on his father’s gunbelt with its famed ivory-handled six-shooter, which he handles better than a western trick star, and never looks back.

    Brisco, ably assisted by Comet the Wonder Horse (who has more intelligence than most people), meets a variety of friends and foes as he pursues his goal and also stumbles onto an incredible legend: the tale of a supernatural golden glowing orb that bestows unimaginable powers on the person who possesses it. Brisco soon realizes that Bly will stop at nothing to obtain the orb and wield it for his own diabolical purpose.

    Campbell, who is perfectly cast, brought a warm, human depth to the character along with an inside wink to the audience underscoring life’s absurdities. He also gave deadpan deliveries of puns laced with sexual and non-sexual overtones.

    The primary cast includes Julius J. Carry III as James “Lord Bowler” Lonefeather, a rival bounty hunter packing a sawed-off shotgun strapped to his back who eventually became Brisco’s best friend and “side-kick”; Christian Clemnson as Socrates Poole, the straight-laced Westerfield Club attorney befriended by Brisco and Bowler; Kelly Rutherford as Dixie Cousins, dance hall singer and Brisco’s love interest; John Pyper-Ferguson as bungling outlaw Pete Hutter, in love with his six-shooter; John (Addams Family) Astin as brilliant, eccentric inventor Professor Albert Wickwire; and Billy Drago as the infamous Bly. There are also great and unexpected guest stars throughout including Terry Bradshaw, Sheena Easton, and Timothy Leary.

    In addition to the two-hour pilot, episodes are: The Orb Scholar; No Man’s Land; Brisco in Jalisco; Socrates’ Sister; Riverboat; Pirates; Senior Spirit; Brisco for the Defense; Showdown; Deep in the Heart of Dixie; Crystal Hawkes; Steel Horses; Mail Order Brides; A.K.A. Kansas; Bounty Hunter’s Convention; Fountain of Youth; Hard Rock; Brooklyn Dodgers; ‘Bye Bly; Ned Zed; Stagecoach; Wild Card; And Baby Makes Three; Bad Luck Betty; High Treason Part I; and High Treason Part II.

    Ironically, while the series was short lived its memorable theme song, composed by Randy Edelman, has been heard on NBC broadcasts of the World Series and the Olympic Games

  2. A. Gammill says:

    Review by A. Gammill for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
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    Yes, it is time that this cult fave got a DVD release. Criminally underrated during its one-season run on Fox (as a Friday night lead-in for the X-Files), Brisco County was a GREAT show. If you missed it, it’s one of those shows that “had it all.” Action, comedy, a few sci-fi twists…and a great sense of wonder that one finds in most of the early films by Lucas or Speilberg (or both, as Brisco was clearly inspired by the Indiana Jones films). Bruce Campbell, fresh off of Army of Darkness, brought his amazing physicality and comic timing to the title character.

    I know there are plenty of other Campbell fans out there…let’s hear from you! Viva la Brisco!

  3. Kevin J. Loria says:

    Review by Kevin J. Loria for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
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    The Adventures of Brisco County was one of the most creative productions on television. Each week, Brisco and his friends, the Mae West-like old flame Dixie Cousins (Kelly Rutherford), lawyer/ administrator Socrates Pool, the loyal and mad Prof. Wickwire (the brillant John “Gomez” Astin) and others take on the villains the “Old West” while keeping an eye on the future. The Harvard-educated bounty hunter teams up with his rival Lord Bowler (Julius Carry, Sho `Nuff for THE LAST DRAGON) to capture the Bly gang responsible for his father’s death and much more. It is this clever combination of classic action, a touch of sci-fi, and a good dose of humor that make the series unique (example: bad guys who paint tunnels on rocks like a train-robbing coyote). So, take a minute or two and slip back into the wild & weird days of the old west – where riding, shooting, and fighting was the measure of a man – that and a square jaw, a talking wonder horse and outlaws from the future. The series was also loaded the Bruce Campbell’s quirky humor and full of great anachronistic goofs on “coming things” loads of modern ideas and concepts quickly dismissed by the cast as impossibly unrealistic for the future (like Drive Thru-dining or hamburgers a.k.a “Cowpies”) The series was groundbreaking in a relatively unique TV genre, the “Western-Indiana Jones-style-action-sci-fi-spoof” (there was “Best of the West” an 80′s sit-com western and “The Wild, Wild West”).

    Here’s the complete series episode breakdown, with some highlights:

    1.)The PILOT

    When U.S. Marshal Brisco County, Sr. is murdered by John Bly and his gang, the robber barons of San Francisco’s Westerfield Club hire Brisco County, Jr. as a bounty hunter to round them up. Brisco meets a line-up unusual people along the way, including rival bounty hunter Lord Bowler, and the Westerfield Club’s stuffy lawyer, Socrates Poole also Prof. Wickwire. He also learns of a mysterious ORB which John Bly (Billy Drago, reoccurring on Charmed) would do anything to possess, for the supernatural power it can give him.

    2.) The ORB SCHOLAR

    On X-Files, whic happen to run after Brisco, they had Mythos episodes that continue the continuity of the alien-cover-up storyline. In Brisco, episodes would spring up exploring the mystery of the ORB so desired by the murderer of Brisco County Sr. Here we learn more about the ORB, and of Brisco’s destiny with it. Very good for such an early episode.

    3.) NO MAN’S LAND

    This one has little ORB continuity, but it does have a town propulated only by women, the Schwenke Sisters, and Professor Wickwire.

    4.) BRISCO in Jalisco

    Brisco and Socrates head to Mexico to recover some stolen guns. Brisco is in for a shock when Pete Hutter turns up as the thief, trying to sell them to a crooked General.

    5.) SOCRATES’ SISTER

    `Nuff said. Prof. Wickwire invents his Amazing Innerspace Suit (a diver’s suit) too.

    6.) RIVERBOAT

    Yep, you guessed it a gambling sting on riverboat. The invention of jeans, too.

    7.) PIRATES!

    Brisco & Bowler try to capture crazy land-pirate Blackbeard LaCutte, a wanted member of the Bly gang, who has stolen all of a town’s supplies, including the medicine needed to save a sick boy (awe-say it ain’t so).

    8.) SENIOR SPIRIT

    More Prof. Wickwire and the ghost of Brisco County Sr.

    9.) BRISCO FOR THE DEFENSE

    Brisco uses those lawyering skills we’ve heard so little about, to defend an old collage buddy.

    10.)Showdown

    Brisco & Bowler head to Brisco’s hometown, to help an old girlfriend and her sheriff father stop a town takeover.

    11.) DEEP in the HEART of DIXIE

    Dixie and Brisco are on the run from a hitman and his gang. The superb David Warner makes a guest appearance.

    12.) CRYSTAL HAWKS

    Every bounty hunter in the West is out for Brisco for a crime he didn’t commit, lead by lady bounty hunter Crystal Hawks played by Sheena Easton. Bly is in this one too.

    13.) STEEL HORSES

    Brisco & Bowler try to capture Bly gang member Juno Dawkins, and recover the prototype motorcycles he’s stolen to use to intercept a government wagon transporting the mysterious ORB.

    14.) MAIL ORDER BRIDES

    The disturbing Swill Bros. have stolen the dowry of 3 mail order brides.

    15.) A.K.A. Kansas

    Brisco uses the alias of Kansas Wily Stafford, to infiltrate the ranks of an ex-Bly gang member and ex-husband of Dixie, with Dixie’s help, ofcourse.

    16.) BOUNTY HUNTER’s CONVENTION

    This is a take off of Agatha Christie’s THE TEN LITTLE INDIANS. Its a mystery who-done-it in the classic sense, complete with an old hotel, thunderstorms, and secret passages.

    17.) FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

    Brisco vs. the Best-looking gang he’s ever seen, while we learn Bly’s true origin and purpose.

    18.) HARD ROCK

    A great episode! We get to meet Sheriff Aaron Viva (one of the best characters in the series), an Elvis knock off (get it Aaron Viva) that can eat as well as he can “use his stuff” in hand to hand action, this is one of hundreds of pop culture and rock references. Whip Morgan also shows up for the first time.

    19.) The Brooklyn DODGERS

    Brisco and Bowler help kids get to San Francisco and fight off the Johnnies.

    20.) BYE BLY

    A woman from the future helps Brisco in his final confrontation with Bly and the origin of the ORBs. Sets of the future of the series giving Brisco and Bowler a mission from the President himself.

    21.) NED ZED

    A run of the mill story is taking to another level by presenting the episode as a father and son reading a dime novel about Brisco and Bowler! Super! It’s also got the old lumberyard gag and the machine gun.

    22.) STAGECOACH

    Brisco transports a lady spy to Mexico by stagecoach for a prisoner exchange, unaware that an assassin is already among them.

    23.) WILD CARD

    Brisco , Bowler and Whip Morgan try to help Dixie and her sister Dolly get back a casino which was swindled away from Dolly by a hood’s son.

    24.) AND BABY MAKES 3

    Brisco, Bowler, Whip and Dixie protect the infant future Emperor of China, while foiling Peter Hutter’s “diabolical” plans along with the idea for “Air Screw” from Da Vinci.

    25.) BAD LUCK BETTY The introduction of another fun character Betty O’ Donnell, while Brisco, Bowler and Whip investigate spooky goings-on. Meanwhile, the “rain bath” is invented just in time to spoof Psycho in a very familiar boarding house

    Final 2 parter HIGH TREASON

    After Brisco and Bowler are asked by the army to put together a team (including the Professor, Whip, Pete and Aaron Viva) to rescue a kidnapped young woman, they find that the situation is not as they were told, and soon find themselves accused of high treason. A crooked Colonel and General do their best to see that Brisco and Bowler are found guilty and executed and that’s just the middle!! The second part features Terry Bradshaw leading an army of bounty hunters after Brisco and Bowler. These bounty hunters are played by real Cowboys, the NFL kind. Prof. Wickwire invents a Zeppelin airship, leading to lots more rock references.

  4. Gary Bowden says:

    Review by Gary Bowden for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
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    I’m a big Bruce Campbell fan and was hooked the very first time I saw this on TNT(I think it was that channel)..I’m hoping when this finally comes out on dvd,it’ll have interviews with the cast and director and behind the scenes doc..Plus,have clips of appearances B.C.made as the title character,too…..Great show with action and witty dialogue….PUT THIS OUT ALREADY!!!!

  5. RBSProds says:

    Review by RBSProds for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series
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    Forget 5 Stars!! SIX Stars !!!! This is the DVD release of the year and it gets SIX Stars!!! 27 episodes on 10 DVDs with tons of extras, this is the MOTHERLODE DVD set for this cult classic TV show. Not really a western, although it was cleverly disguised as one, it finally became in the end an incredible “SciFi Western” (really!) with some of the funniest and most adventurous writing and acting of the 90s. A relentless sheriff, a different kind of bounty hunter, a government emissary with a pipeline to the upper reaches of the government, and one really smart horse.

    Just when you thought they had run out of ideas, they’d come up with a wild character like the sexy Miss Dixie Cousins (the incredibly beautiful Kelly Rutherford), the amazing Whip Morgan, the Professor (John Astin), Crystal Hawks (Sheena Easton), or a naked female time-traveler (really, no kidding!!) to send the series spinning off in a new direction. And hanging over the entire series was a supremely nasty bad guy named Bly played wonderfully by Billy Drago and a funny metallic object (sorry, this is a spoiler), a wonderfully funny but smart wonder horse named Comet, and always… “The Coming Thing”. The adventurous theme music of this show went on to become one of the themes of an Olympic Games telecast. SIX HUGE Stars for this amazing TV series.

    (Notes:

    * Trivia: Executive producer Carlton Cuse played Owen in the pilot.

    *When the greedy Fox TV Network decided they wanted better ratings than Brisco was delivering (which were very decent), they unwittingly created the “Black Hole of Friday Night TV”, show after show (and millions of dollars) disappeared into the ‘Brisco County Jr Black Hole’: remember M.A.N.T.I.S? VR.5? Brimstone? Millennium (moved it to save it)? Strange Luck? John Doe (moved it to save it)? Sliders (3 Fox Seasons, jumping the shark twice)? Yes, that’s a good example of shows that crashed and burned usually within a year or two. Over a decade later, they finally replaced Brisco with another SciFi winner called “FireFly”, which promptly got the same disgusting treatment from Fox TV and disappeared in less than a complete year, only to re-appear as a successful multi-million dollar theatrical movie called “Serenity” and a 500,000 unit selling “Firefly” DVD set and, thankfully, Fox got not a dime since they stupidly gave the complete rights to Joss Whedon. As of this review, a rerun of “24″ occupies the old Brisco time slot.

    *Is there any chance Bruce and Co could make a movie of “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr”? Who’s up for it? This is so Do-able. I AM!!)

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