Complete Series Set of Classic TV Show ‘Bonanza’ Due on DVD May 23

Bonanza: The Official Complete Series arrives on DVD May 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS.

The series collection includes all 14 seasons — 431 full-length episodes — together for the very first time, along with an exclusive bonus disc containing nearly two and a half hours of rare content not seen in more than 60 years. Every episode has been restored and remastered from the original 35mm film camera negatives. 
Bonanza: The Official Complete Series will be available for the suggested retail price of $244.99.

The multiple award-winning series “Bonanza” (1959-1973), which follows the Cartwright family of Ponderosa in the West, was created and produced by David Dortort and stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon, plus appearances by Victor Sen Yung, Ray Teal, Bing Russell, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson.

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Special features include:

  • Michael Landon Visits Sweden — Interview (1962)
  • “Lorne Greene’s Bonanza” — episode of the CBC series “Telescope,” chronicling “a day in the life” of the beloved actor, including rare behind-the-scenes “Bonanza” set footage (1963)
  • Lorne Greene Interview — episode of the CBC series “Take 30” (1966)
  • All-American Soap Box Derby featurettes “The Long, Happy Race,” narrated by Lorne Greene (1962), and “Sideline …? Or Starting Line?,” narrated by Dan Blocker (1964)
  • The Cartwrights Visit “Sesame Street” (1970)
  • The Last Party (“wake” gathering of the “Bonanza” company days after the series’ abrupt cancellation in November 1972; audio with slide show)
  • Blooper/Gag Reel
  • Michael Landon: Q&A session with Vikki Carr and “The Tonight Show” audience (audio with slide show; 1973)
  • Lorne Greene: Comedy Routine (1981)
  • New Featurette: Mariette Hartley’s Memories
  • Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.): “Endangered Wildlife — with Lorne Greene” (1975)
  • U.S. Savings Bonds P.S.A.s with Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker (1968)
  • Salute to “Bonanza” (Narrated by Orson Welles; 1976)
  • Michael Landon: The Last Interview (slide show with audio; March 1991)
  • Episode Trailers with rare on-camera introductions, “Mighty Is the Word” (introduced by Lorne Greene; 1965), “The Prince” (introduced by Dan Blocker; 1967) and “Dark Enough to See the Stars” (introduced by Michael Landon; 1967)
  • 1959 NBC Fall Preview promo — announcing the show’s premiere
  • 1961 NBC on-air promo narrated by Lorne Greene
  • 1967 NBC Fall Preview promo (designed by Bill Feigenbaum)
  • 1972 Chevrolet Billboard intro
  • “The Ed Sullivan Show” — Pernell Roberts Sings (1965)
  • “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” — Lorne Greene Interview (1972)
  • Gallery of rare publicity, episodic, behind-the-scenes and portrait photos 

Western Thriller ‘Bordello’ Due On Demand Feb. 21 From Level 33

The Western thriller Bordello will be available via on demand Feb. 21 from Level 33 Entertainment.

Set in 1889 New Mexico, the film follows five women working in a bordello in the Old West who struggle to protect Angel, the 7-year-old girl left in their care. Meanwhile, Madame Gabi, the wealthy but evil brothel owner arrives and offers the inept pimp Enoch a small fortune for Angel. The women feel they have no choice but to plot to murder Enoch in order to save Angel from a life of child prostitution.

Bordello stars Kris Holden-Ried, Nisa Gunduz, Heidi von Palleske, Camille Stopps, Jessica Danecker, Jamie Elman and Taylor Thorne.

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Western ‘The Old Way’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Feb. 21

The Nicolas Cage Western The Old Way arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD, digital and on demand Feb. 21 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award winner Cage (1995, Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in his first-ever Western,  directed by Brett Donowho (Acts of Violence, Salvation U.S.A.) and written by Carl W. Lucas (The Wave, My Name Is Myeisha).
Cage stars as Colton Briggs, a cold-blooded gunslinger turned respectable family man. When an outlaw and his gang put Colton and his family in peril, Colton is forced to take up arms with an unlikely partner — his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong).

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Special features on Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary by director Brett Donowho; audio commentary by composer Andrew Morgan Smith; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and scoring sessions.

Paramount+ to Debut Latest ‘Yellowstone’ Origin Story ‘1923’ Dec. 18

Paramount+ has announced a Dec. 18 U.S. and Canada premiere date for the new original drama series “1923,” the latest installment in the “Yellowstone” origin story.

The series will premiere the following day on Dec. 19 on Paramount+ in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Premiere dates for other Paramount+ international markets will be announced at a later date.

From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, “1923” introduces a new generation of Duttons. Led by Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, the series will explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the Mountain West and the Duttons who call it home. 

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In addition to Ford and Mirren, the series also stars Brandon Sklenar (“The Offer”), Darren Mann (“Animal Kingdom”), Michelle Randolph (“A Snow White Christmas”), James Badge Dale (“Hightown”), Marley Shelton (“Scream”), Brian Geraghty (“Big Sky”), Aminah Nieves (“Blueberry”), Julia Schlaepfer (“The Politician”) and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). 

“1923” is the latest addition to Sheridan’s growing slate on Paramount+, which, in addition to “1883” and “Mayor of Kingstown,” includes the upcoming series “Tulsa King,” “Lioness,” “Bass Reeves” and “Land Man.”

‘Get Mean,’ ‘Love Camp 7’ Headed to Disc Aug. 23 From MVD and Blue Underground

The Western Get Mean and the erotic film Love Camp 7 are being released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.

In Get Mean (1975), when an American cowboy stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns, dynamite and a special surprise. Special features include audio commentary with producer/star Tony Anthony, co-writer/star Lloyd Battista, and executive producer Ronald J. Schneider; “The Story of the Stranger,” an interview with Anthony; “Looking for Richard,” an interview with Battista; “Beating a Dead Horse,” an interview with Schneider; “Tony & I,” an interview with director Ferdinando Baldi; deleted scenes; the theatrical trailer; the French trailer; radio spots; and a poster and still gallery.

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In Love Camp 7 (1969), during the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a depraved Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to unspeakable indignities and horrifying humiliations at the hands of their sadistic captors. Launching the notorious “Nazisploitation” craze of the 1970s, the film comes from writer/producer/star Bob Cresse (The Scavengers), producer Dave Friedman (Blood Feast), and director/cinematographer Lee Frost (The Black Gestapo). One of the 72 U.K. video nasties — banned in Britain to this day — the film is presented in the original uncensored version in a 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative. Special features include “Nazithon: Decadence and Destruction”; the theatrical trailer; and a poster and still gallery.

Western Remake ‘3:10 to Yuma’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Sept. 6

Director James Mangold’s 2007 remake of classic Western 3:10 to Yuma will arrive Sept. 6 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook from Lionsgate.

Produced by Cathy Konrad, 3:10 to Yuma stars Russell Crowe (Les Misérables, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, American Psycho).

In the film, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma,” a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail — and dangers at every turn — the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.

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Special features include audio commentary with Mangold; the “3:10 to Score” featurette; the “Sea to Shining Sea” documentary; the “A Conversation With Elmore Leonard” featurette; the “The Guns of Yuma” featurette; a historical timeline of the West (Blu-ray only); “Inside Yuma: An Exclusive Blu-ray Disc Interactive Experience”; the “Destination Yuma” making-of documentary; the “An Epic Explored” featurette; the “Outlaws, Gangs, and Posses” documentary; and deleted scenes.

Western ‘Hostile Territory’ Galloping to Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 14 From Well Go

The Western adventure Hostile Territory is headed to digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Written by, directed by and starring Brian Presley (The Great Alaskan Race), the action- adventure follows former P.O.W. Jack Calgrove (Presley) who, upon returning home after the Civil War, finds out his wife has died and his children — now presumed orphans — were loaded on a train bound for hostile territory deep in the American West. With the help of a fellow Union soldier, a troop of elite Native American sharpshooters and a former slave searching desperately for her own daughter, Calgrove races to intercept the orphan train before all hope is lost. 

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The film also stars Craig Tate (12 Years a Slave), Natalie Whittle (“Orbital Redux”), Matt McCoy (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Lew Temple (Waitress) and Brad Leland (“Friday Night Lights”).

Bonus material includes behind-the-scenes content.

Vestron Nick Nolte Actioner ‘Extreme Prejudice’ Due on Blu-ray May 17

Vestron Video’s 1987 action Western Extreme Prejudice, starring Nick Nolte, is being released on Blu-ray Disc May 17 from Lionsgate.

In addition to Nolte, the film, directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) with a story co-written by Academy Award nominee John Milius (1979, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Apocalypse Now), also stars Powers Boothe, Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man, Predator 2, Spread), Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, Total Recall, Top Gun) and Rip Torn. 

The gritty, modern Western follows Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) who locks horns with a former friend, Cash Bailey (Boothe), now a ruthless drug kingpin. Though they’re on opposite sides of the law, they share a love interest in the sensual Sarita (Alonso). When a crew of rogue soldiers descends upon the border town for an off-the-books mission, all roads lead to a bloody, to-the-death showdown, as loyalties shift and the lines between good and evil are blurred. 

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Special features include audio commentary with film historians C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke; isolated score selections with an audio interview from music historian John Takis; interviews with Hill, Ironside, actor Clancy Brown, and director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti; trailers; TV spots; and a still gallery.

Western ‘Hell or High Water’ Arriving on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook May 17

The 2016 Western crime-adventure Hell or High Water 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and digital) will be re-released as a Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook May 17 from Lionsgate.

The film stars Oscar winner Jeff Bridges (2009, Best Actor, Crazy Heart), Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman” franchise, “Star Trek” franchise) and Ben Foster (Galveston, 3:10 to Yuma).
From the writer of Sicario, the story follows a desperate father who learns the bank is going to take his family’s land. He and his ex-con brother decide to rob the bank, putting themselves in the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger. 

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Special features include “Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water“; “Visualizing the Heart of America”; “Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water”; the red carpet premiere; and a filmmaker Q&A.

The film was originally released on 4K disc in 2018.

Western ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD May 17

The Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance will arrive May 17 for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD with high dynamic range (HDR) as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Four-time Academy Award-winning director John Ford brought together an all-star cast for what is considered by many critics to be a quintessential — and yet pioneering — Western late in his storied career. Starring James Stewart and John Wayne (together for the first time), alongside Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, John Carradine and Lee Van Cleef, the film tells the story of a senator (Stewart), his old friend (Wayne), and a despicable outlaw called Liberty Valance (Marvin). 

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was selected in 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Adapted from a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, the screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck gave us the often-quoted line “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

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Remastered in 4K Ultra HD for its 60th anniversary this year, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s original theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The release also includes access to a digital copy of the film and a Blu-ray Disc with a new Filmmaker Focus featuring film historian Leonard Maltin discussing John Ford, the film and its legacy.  The Blu-ray also includes legacy bonus content including feature commentary by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, along with his archival recordings with John Ford and James Stewart; selected scene commentary with introduction by Dan Ford, along with his archival recordings with John Ford, James Stewart and Lee Marvin; “The Size Of Legends, The Soul Of Myth”; and the original theatrical trailer.