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How The West Was Won
The Complete First Season
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 398 Minutes
Starring: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb, William Kirby Cullen, Vicki Schreck
Studio: Warner Bros.
Retail Price: $19.98
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, Dolby Digital Mono, English Subtitles, Episode Selection, Chapters, Two-Disc Set
Released: July 9th,
gang, but the first episodes of "How The West Was Won" represent some
of the worst transfers for an older show I have seen come to DVD in a
long time. Not that I was expecting a clean-up, but what's here is
comparable to tape-dub VHS quality. The whole show looks washed out,
and the image is far from stabalized. The prints used are messy and
grainy, and everything related to color appears off. Mosquito noise is
always apparent, too. When it comes to the series, there is nothing
picturesque here. Pretty much unwatchable, but if you like the show,
you'll have to bear with it.
better are the English mono tracks on the episode. I would not
necessarily call them crisp, but on the other hand, they don't have
distracting issues. Dialogue comes in clear enough, sound effects are
audible and the music cues are fine. These are straightforward and
listenable — as expected — but nothing more.
Subtitles are available in English.
but I am not counting the television film "The Machans" — which
inspired the series — as an extra. It's nice for it to be included
though, and you can find it on the second disc. What's here is
straightforward, and nothing more.
there is not too much to recommend about the first season of "How The
West Was Won" on DVD. (The term season should be used loosely, as this
set includes the original telefilm that inspired the show, and the
first mini-series.) Not that any restoration was expected, but the show
looks downright awful and the mono mixes are passable. Warner Bros.
must think there is an audience for this on DVD, so if you don't mind
the presentation, then enjoy this first season.