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‘Bonanza’s’ 7th season on DVD this week

Posted: September 7, 2014 12:05 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2014 11:59 a.m.
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Season 7 of the vintage TV Western “Bonanza” is on DVD this week, along with the most recent seasons of “Person of Interest,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and the short-lived “Crossbones.”

“Bonanza: Season Seven, Volumes One and Two” (CBS/Paramount/DVD, 1965-66, nine discs, 33 episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bumpers/ad spots, photo galleries). This is another gorgeous, digitally remastered set with better-looking prints than have been seen in decades (the location scenes especially benefit).

But fans of Pernell Roberts, who played Adam, may be disappointed since this is the first season without his character. (Roberts had skipped about a third of Season 6 and was anxious to leave the show.) But Lorne Greene, as Ben Cartwright, owner of the massive Ponderosa Ranch and patriarch of the Cartwright clan, and Michael Landon and Dan Blocker as his sons, Little Joe and Hoss, step it up. The loss didn’t hurt the show, of course, as “Bonanza” ended the season in the No. 1 ratings spot, never flagging in popularity.

Guests include a variety of well-remembered character actors, Marie Windsor and Parley Baer, Sally Kellerman, George Montgomery, Gilbert Roland, Clint Howard, Tommy Sands, Tim Considine, Ed Begley, Strother Martin, Victor Jory, DeForest Kelley and Ted Knight.

“Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season” (Warner/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2013-14, six discs, 23 episodes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers, digital comics). Popular CBS fantasy police procedural about a super computer that predicts criminal activity that was created by an eccentric billionaire (Michael Emerson) who enlists a former CIA operative (Jim Caviezel) to prevent crimes before they happen, along with two reluctant NYPD detectives (Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman). One thing that helps this show click is a liberal sense of humor. (Season 4 begins Sept. 23.)

“Chicago Fire: Season Two” (Universal/DVD, 2013-14, five discs, 22 episodes, crossover episode with “Chicago P.D.,” featurettes, digital series, pilot episode of “Chicago P.D.”). NBC drama about the personal lives and heroic on-the-job efforts of the firefighters, rescue-squad members and paramedics of Chicago Fire Department’s Firehouse 51, which, this season, faces a possible closure. (Season 3 begins Sept. 23.)

“Chicago P.D.: Season One” (Universal/DVD, 2013-14, four discs, 15 episodes, crossover episode with “Chicago Fire,” episode of “Chicago Fire” from Season 1). NBC police procedural focuses on a squad that goes undercover to investigate organized crime. This show is a spinoff of “Chicago Fire,” as a formerly corrupt cop that went to prison on that series is released for this assignment by mysterious higher-ups. (Season 2 begins Sept. 24.)

“Crossbones: Season One” (Universal/NBC/DVD, 2014, two discs, nine episodes, deleted scenes). John Malkovich as Blackbeard the pirate is inspired casting, and location shooting helps. The scripts for this dark series, however, are very hit and miss. Set in 1729, Blackbeard, aka Edward Teach, is in hiding under the assumed title “Commodore,” commanding cutthroats on a remote island. (Ten episodes were ordered but the show was canceled after nine were produced.)

“Duck Dynasty: Quack or Treat” (A&E/Lionsgate/DVD, 2013, three episodes, featurette; pumpkin-carving stencil). These episodes from the popular reality show are sort of Halloween themed: “Quack O’Lanterns,” “Hallu-Si-Nations” and “Battle of the Brothers.”

“Lovejoy: Series 2” (Acorn/DVD, 1991, three discs, 12 episodes). After the first season ended in 1986, this witty, cleverly plotted British show didn’t return until 1991, then went on for six more seasons. Ian McShane stars as wily antiques dealer Lovejoy, who separates treasures from fakes. This season he goes up against a band of French thieves. Guests include Neil Dudgeon, currently playing John Barnaby on “Midsomer Murders,” and Phyllis Logan, who is Mrs. Hughes in “Downton Abbey.”

“Line of Duty: Series 2” (Acorn/DVD, 2014, two discs, six episodes, deleted/extended scenes, featurettes). This tough British police procedural is about members of an anti-corruption team, which would be akin to U.S. police departments’ internal affairs units. This season the crew follows a trail that leads to police hierarchy. Martin Compston, Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar star.

“R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?” (Universal/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2014, PG). A sequel to “Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out,” this live-action Disney Channel cable movie is also based on the “Mostly Ghostly” family-friendly book series by R.L. Stine. Only Madison Pettis as Tara returns from the original cast, with Ryan Ochoa taking over the role of Max, who must stop evil ghost Phears (Charlie Hewson) from taking over the world.

“Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon” (Warner/DVD/Digital, 2014, four episodes of the 1990 “Tom and Jerry” cartoon series). New hourlong animated film has the cat and mouse finding a dragon egg, which is pursued by the baby dragon’s mother and an evil witch.

(Chris Hicks is the author of “Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings.” He also writes at www.hicksflicks.com and can be contacted at hicks@deseretnews.com.)

 

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