Friday, July 17, 2015

Bonanza Needs Your Help

Vintage Bonanza Advertisement
It was brought to my attention today that the "Cartwrights" are in trouble and need your help. Word is sales for the official DVD releases of BONANZA, the television series, have been "soft," and CBS Paramount decision-makers are waiting to see if sales will pick up before going ahead with a Season Nine release and beyond. In other words, they placed a "sales expectation." So if you've been on the fence about buying any of the official DVD sets (especially Season Eight, the latest release), NOW is the time to do so. The sales of Season Eight will be the decision maker whether CBS releases future seasons.

The Eighth Season featured some highlights such as "The Pursued," a legendary two-part episode about the Cartwrights coming to the aid of a Mormon rancher being persecuted for his beliefs. It was directed by the legendary William Whitney, who Quentin Tarantino was once referred to as one of the best directors in history. Good friend Francis M. Nevins, a fan of Whitney, supplied a bonus extra (an interview he conducted with Whitney). Among my favorites is "Credit for the Kill," a story that puts Little Joe into a position of responsibility. Unclear which of their two bullets, fired simultaneously, brought down a wanted horse thief, Little Joe takes the humble approach and allows his friend, rancher Morgan Tanner, to take the credit and claim the much needed reward money. But when the outlaw's brothers come to town for his body and revenge, Joe has to make a difficult decision that will save his friend, but also destroy their friendship.

The Cartwrights defend a Mexican against bigotry, an immigrant family that needs the hand of friendship from Ben Cartwright, and Little Joe plays detective in an episode that recycled props later seen in episodes of The Time Tunnel. Celebrity guests include Leslie Nielsen, Don "Red" Barry, Audrey Totter, Ed Begley, Dina Merrill, John Archer, Roger Davis, Vera Miles, Beau Bridges, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Harry Carey, Jr., Jeff Corey, Joanne Linville, Jeanette Nolan, Wayne Newton (in the Christmas episode), Jack Elam, Henry Darrow, Royal Dano, and Charlie Ruggles, among others.

Unlike TV reruns, the DVDs feature new print transfers which include the original network logos and sponsor promos.

Adam, Little Joe, Pa and Hoss.
The official DVD sets were executive produced by Andy Klyde -- a popular culture historian and long-time attorney for BONANZA's creator-producer David Dortort -- and a guest speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention three years ago. But future seasons (9 through 14) may never happen unless you send the message. The studios look at the bottom line... exceeding the sales expectations. So visit Amazon.com and buy Season Eight today!!! And spread the word so more people know about this! This is one of those moments where you can brag later that future seasons keep coming out because you helped make a difference. Even if you don't have all of the prior seasons, sales of Season Eight will be tallied shortly so grab this one now and send that message to the studios! (And yes, Amazon mis-spelled the word "Eight" in the product description, which can prevent a number of people from finding it on Amazon and buying a copy. This is why the link is provided below.) 

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44 comments:

Jake said...

I don't give a crap about Bonanza and could care less whether or not they release any more. Call me when Paramount decides to release more Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. Sometimes it seems like the only "vintage" show Paramount is consistently aware of is I Love Lucy

Rob said...

There is still a problem with the Bonanza Official Seventh Season where the manufacturer put Volume 2 discs in Volume 1 and people are now apprehensive in buying future volumes because they don't want the problem in returning them.

Anonymous said...

Have seasons one through eight! It has become a family tradition to watch it! Really hoping to get the complete collection!

brent said...

You know what makes me mad, is when bloggers blog how they could give a shit
(Ya I'm talking to you, Jake the jerk) about the
Subject being discussed. If they don't like it why are they here? Always makes me laugh. Go blog about petticoat junction Jake!!!!
Bonanza rocks!!!!!!
I guess I'll buy season eight. It's a little more than the others but would like all of them. That's what brought me here I was inquiring about season nine. Thanks for the info.

PETER WEILER said...

I HAVE SEASONS 1 THRU 8 OF BONANZA. I LIKE TO SEE SEASON 9 TO BE RELEASED SOON.
PETE WEILER

Unknown said...

My teenage daughter has just recently become infatuated with Bonanza. (We now own seasons 1-8) There ARE young audiences out there....Please release 9 -14!

aarondodson22 said...

Yes, there are young audiences, including me! I currently own seasons 1-5 and I intend to buy all the others! #CBS PLEASE continue to release this great show on DVD!

Unknown said...

I bought seasons 1-8 just recently, and would love to see seasons 9-14 released! I'm 56, and my two daughters, ages 27 and 17, both love Bonanza!

Anonymous said...

I too have all eight seasons. The biggest problem with these releases is time between the releases is way too long. Release the last seasons on a more active timeline and sales will pick up. Waiting 6 or 7 months between releases is simpley too long for consumers. They move on to different material.

Anonymous said...

I have all of the seasons that have been released. Impatiently waiting for the rest of them to be released. I would buy seasons 9-14 all at once if they would release them. Debra

Anonymous said...

I remember watching Bonanza as a kid when they first came on TV in the late 1950s-1960s, I love all those classic TV series from that time and it's great to watch and share these great DVD series with my family . It brings back a happy time with wonderful memories. I have bought volumes 1-8 of Bonanza and would love to get the rest. Please keep them coming. I also have bought most of the classic TV shows like Petticoat Junction, Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Gunsmoke and I wish they would release the rest of those series. Thank You, Andy

Andrew said...

I find it extremely annoying and disappointing when a TV series is released on DVD, season by season, and never completed. Why bother to bring a series out on DVD at all if we do not have the opportunity to collect the complete the set?
Come on, get the rest of the Bonanza seasons out for all the numerous Cartwright fans to buy and enjoy!

Unknown said...

I hope they put out season 9-14 ,I grew up watching the show and still love watching it now.I have season 1-8 so please put the rest out

Chris said...

I totally agree with Andrew, please get the rest of the Bonanza seasons out on DVD so we can finish our collection. This is one great western TV series that the whole family can watch and enjoy without being confronted with unnecessary violence, foul language or nudity. PLEASE FINISH THE DVD COLLECTION!

Anonymous said...

Ok, so what's going on in the minds of CBS execs regarding the release of further seasons of Bonanza? It's spring, 2016, and time for answers.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys, where's Season 9????

SaNdRa73 said...

I have all the seasons 1-8, and have been waiting patiently for 9 and the rest (I want the complete series!!!). I am a big fan and really wish they would go ahead and release all of them, esp 9. My suggestion, and mine alone, I find the dvds a bit expensive ($50 or more for a season is a bit too much for my pocketbook, even though I do give in eventually (when the price starts to drop, but it's still costly when I finally give in). My suggestion, lower the price on the seasons and see how many more you can sell. True fans will continue to buy them at the high price, but other people won't want to dig that deep in their pockets. I know its a classic, but you could probably sell twice as much, if not more, at cheaper prices. Just do it, and see PLEASE RELEASE THE REST OF THE SEASONS, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!

SaNdRa73 said...

I have all the seasons 1-8, and have been waiting patiently for 9 and the rest (I want the complete series!!!). I am a big fan and really wish they would go ahead and release all of them, esp 9. My suggestion, and mine alone, I find the dvds a bit expensive ($50 or more for a season is a bit too much for my pocketbook, even though I do give in eventually (when the price starts to drop, but it's still costly when I finally give in). My suggestion, lower the price on the seasons and see how many more you can sell. True fans will continue to buy them at the high price, but other people won't want to dig that deep in their pockets. I know its a classic, but you could probably sell twice as much, if not more, at cheaper prices. Just do it, and see PLEASE RELEASE THE REST OF THE SEASONS, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have purchased seasons 1-8 for my husband. he absolutely loves Bonanza. I keep checking to see if they have been released yet and I'm so disappointed to find out that it might not be released. Please release the other seasons. My husband has been watching these with his dad and they enjoy them together so much.

Anonymous said...

i have all eight season waiting to long for season9 lets go and release 9,that person who said he don;t give a crap sound like he has a personal problem

Anonymous said...

The series releases so far have been excellent - the quality and sound have been very good - needless to say how nice to see the show in its entirety and not edited down - please release the rest of the series, whether a season at a time or the rest in one package - I have invested in 8 and hope to have the entire collection - THANK YOU!

David S. said...

I am an avid collector of the Bonanza series. So far all eight releases have been excellent quality both in picture and sound.I also enjoyed the bonus tracks that accompanied many of the discs.Please release the rest of the series.THANK YOU!

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Anonymous said...

I'm 15 and love bonanza. I own season 1-8 and would like to own 9-14. Please keep releasing them.

Clint A said...

I have seasons 1-7 and I want the complete series. I have bought seasons of the big valley and renegade and was disappointed with the final season's not being subtitled or captioned. I hope the remaining seasons of Bonanza are subtitled for this will be much appreciated by me as I am deaf. SPEAK UP ALL DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING!

Carolyn said...

I currently own seasons 1-7 and I'm purchasing season 8 sometime this week. And while I don't watch the show past season 13 (being the diehard Hoss fan that I am), and I would only be purchasing up to season 13, it would still be nice for all 14 seasons to be available.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone contact CBS Home Entertainment to see if they will produce the 9th season of Bonanza?

Anonymous said...

They did the same thing with My Three Sons (was on for 12 season), they released the first two seasons and no more after that. They will only produce more if enough are sold. I have tried to contact CBS Home Entertainment and encountered roadblock after roadblock. Hope this helps.

Lane Paxton said...

Like a few of the others here, I would absolutely buy all the remaining seasons if only they'd make them available! I don't even need the fancy extras - I just want to watch the show.

Unknown said...

I have seasons 1-8 and would buy 9-14 as soon as they are released. It was my favorite growing up. My kids love the series now, as well.

Michael Leonardi said...

I have seasons 1-8 and would buy 9-14 as soon as they are released. It was my favorite growing up. My kids love the series now, as well.

David S. said...

Due to soft sales,Paramount should make the remaining seasons 9-14 M.O.D.(made on demand).After all, the Maverick series are M.O.D.(seasons 3-5) due to soft sales. Sugarfoot,Bronco and Cheyenne are also M.O.D..So why not the remaining seasons of Bonanza?Then everyone would be happy!

Anonymous said...

Please, re-lease Seasons 9-14. I know they are plenty of people (including me that will buy them).

The Hypnotic .Eye said...

Hoping for the remaining seasons to come out on dvd soon, Paramount has done an awesome job on seasons 1-8.
Eye love Bonanza.

Anonymous said...

The remaining seasons M.O.D. seems a perfectly good solution for all concerned. CBS, you need to do the right thing by the fans who have supported your previous sales of seasons 1-8.

Unknown said...

Hoping seasons 9 thru 14 seasons of Bonanza come out soon. I have always loved the show.

Marla Brandkamp said...

Hoping seasons 9 thru 14 seasons of Bonanza come out soon. I have always loved the show.

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Bryan E. Young said...

It's really shitty that Paramount would release seasons 1-8 then cancel the release of 9-14. Buying all these season sets is quite the investment and now having only half the series REALLY SUCKS!!! You can't tell me that they are going to lose soo much money by just going ahead and releasing the rest of the seasons so fans can complete the set. If I knew that they were going to bail on the sets half way through the series I probably would have not started buying all the seasons so I would have the complete series with matching box sets. It's just bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Release Bonanza Seasons 9-14 because anyone interested in good TV will buy the DVDs. I can't wait!

R.K. said...

Paramount PLEASE get moving! Finish what you started. That means, get going with Seasons 9-14 of Bonanza, seasons 13-20 of Gunsmoke, and yes, for fans of them, Seasons 5-9 of Beverly Hillbillies and 4-7 of Petticoat Junction. (I'm not into the comedies much myself, but I know many are and they deserve to see those shows as well).

Anonymous said...

You can call me part of the younger generation too and I adore Bonanza!! I hate when they stop half way through. Please release s.9-14!!!

Anonymous said...

I have seasons 1-8 and will buy 9-14 when they release!!

EKrabappel said...

Really? Come on people. Paramount is a business, not a charity. Yes, it is annoying that you have half the set but hey, you might have had nothing. Paramount could always go the Made on Demand (MOD) route but would you pay ~$150 per series? For those complaining about the high price of existing sets realize that this reflects the limited customer base. I too would like the rest of Bonanza released but business is business.

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