I must tell you I thought I was getting only one episode on “The Wagon Train” and another one on the “Death Valley Days”. To my delightful surprise, that is a double sided DVD and brings you not only two of the best tv classic westerns ever made, but four tv classic westerns: “Death Valley Days” (“Dear Teacher” & “Sego Lillies”); “Wagon Train” (“The Dr. Denker Story”); “Bat Masterson” (“The Fighter” & “Stampede at Tent City”) and “The Rifleman” (“Outlaw’s Inheritance” & “Mail Order Groom”). Without a doubt, that is one of the best DVDs in my modest, but selected collection. It comes in a very nice case with short, but great information on the shows. It has an interactive menu, scene selector, dolby digital, trivia quiz and biography of the famous stars of the classic western shows in it. It was digitally mastered and was made in Canada. The 7 (seven) episodes on the DVD were nicely and competently chosen among the various good episodes on the shows. If you are a tv western classic fanatic like me or even if you want to have a really good DVD just added to your collection, that is a must!
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I don’t know why the other reviews rated this disc so highly. The package may say it is digitally MASTERED but it is NOT digitally REmastered! There was no restoration work done on this disc whatsoever, and it shows. The quality is barely passable, and probably was dubbed off older vhs tapes. I think the other reviewers were just so ecstatic that these episodes were even available on DVD that their judgement got the best of them. In summary, if you can find this disc for a couple of bucks go for it, otherwise, you’d be better off getting the Rifleman and Wagon Train on other DVD editions.
During the 1950′s these three shows became a family must see. For a whole generation of us born in the 40′s and 50′s this is a nostalgic trip back to a more innocent time. The quality of these recordings is excellent, keeping them in black and white is true to their time. Anyone wishing to revisit Rowdy Yates, Chuck Conner or Ward Bond will find these invaluable. It is amazing too see how simple the plots and the parts were, relying instead on our connection to the actors character. You won’t want to miss it.