Dallas Opening and Closing Theme 1978 - 1991 (HD Surround)
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The landmark television series depicting the ongoing saga of the oil-rich Ewing clan instantly grabbed viewers and stayed at or near the top of the ratings during its entire 14-year run. Enter a world of big bucks, big hats and big schemes in this collection of all three reunion movies: Dallas: The Early Years, Dallas: JR Returns, Dallas: The War of the Ewings, Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork, plus all 357 series episodes on 55 DVDs.
I purchased this set on an DVDSHELF deal in the fall of 2012. Coincidentally, I bought it shortly before Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing) passed away. I grew up with this TV series. In fact, it was the first such series that I actually watched religiously with the entire family. We were glued to our TV sets every Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. local time, tuned to CBS for the latest installment of this epic television drama. My review need not focus on the series or the many plots or the iconic characters like J.R. et. al.
Anyone considering purchasing this set need only be concerned about how this set is put together, and on that I can say it’s a good job, especially considering that the series began in the 1970s, meaning that many of the episodes were at a time when video quality wasn’t anywhere near what it is today. To that I say, “Big deal.” While it would be great if all of these were remastered Blue-Ray DVDs (here’s hoping they one day will be, but I doubt it), they’re still great anyway. Sure, there might be some of the earlier episodes that aren’t quite as high grade as the latter years’ episodes (particularly in sound quality–listen to the iconic opening theme of the show in later years; there’s a remarkable difference), but that’s to be expected.
For those who are watching the “reboot” of the series on TNT, this set is a great way to familiarize or “re-familiarize” you with the history of the main characters and even the minor and other characters to whom will never be alluded in this TNT reboot (who can forget Jeremy Wendell of Westar Oil, for example). One suggestion–keep an eye on this set to see if it goes on sale, which it occasionally does. Even a hundred bucks off would be a good deal. Regardless, you can’t go wrong purchasing this set.
It has been a long time since Dallas first hit the television airwaves way back in 1978. When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the show, but not having seen the episodes since they first aired, I was wondering if they would still hold up – or if they’d seem kind of silly and melodramatic.
The good news is that the shows do hold up. In fact, they are good enough to be successful in Prime Time today. Despite being filmed 25 years ago, the stories and characters are every bit as interesting today as they were back then. The acting is solid, the episodes are well-directed and the storylines are still intriguing.
For those of you whose only memory of Dallas is the late-1980’s, when they tried for too much “glitz and glamour” and gave us that dreadful “dream season,” you should know that the show wasn’t always like that. Yes, the Ewing family was always rich – but the wealth was never the centerpiece of the show. The show concentrated on family problems that the viewing audience could relate to, and that was one of the main reasons it was such a hit.
Watching the first few episodes again (Season One is basically a mini-series and not a full season…with only 5 shows), I was impressed by how the actors had their characters nailed right from the get-go. Larry Hagman’s “J.R.” is basically the same character in the pilot that he would be throughout the series – and Patrick Duffy also deserves credit for establishing what Bobby Ewing would be like from the very first episode. Although her character would become somewhat of a secondary one as the years went on, Victoria Principal’s Pam Ewing is almost the lead character in the first two seasons. Coming from a less wealthy background than the Ewing clan, the character of Pam was used primarily as the audience’s “everyman” (or woman in this case) – an ordinary person thrust into the wealth of the Ewing empire.
Those not familiar with the show’s early beginnings will note a few interesting things in these first two seasons. The first bit of trivia is the fact that the ranch used in Season One isn’t the classic Southfork Ranch that would be used in the rest of the seasons. The look of the first five shows is quite different as well – since these were filmed in Dallas during a harsh February winter and everyone is so bundled up they look like they are in Minnesota instead of Texas!
Keep your eyes open for some great guest stars as well – including Brian Dennehy as a raging jealous husband out for revenge in Season One’s “Winds of Vengeance”; Greg Evigan as a kidnapper in Season Two’s “Runaway”; and Kate Mulgrew as a country singer in Season Two’s “Triangle”. And just for the record – those waiting for the famous episode where J.R. gets shot will have to cross their fingers that Warner Bros. will continue to release the seasons, since this event doesn’t occur until the final episode of Season Three!
The DVDs in this set are “flippers,” with three episodes on each side of the DVD (except for the final disc, which contains two shows and a Soap Talk special on the “B” side).
Each episode is presented in its original full-frame format, and the picture is very good for episodes that are 25 years old – although there is a bit of grain and dirt on the prints. However, there are few problems with compression or pixilation, and I was overall highly impressed with how good the shows looked.
The audio is 1.0 Dolby, and while I would have enjoyed a 2.0 or higher remastering of the audio, it doesn’t sound too bad. Some episodes however, have obvious drop-outs, where you can notice the audio dropping off for entire scenes and then picking up again later in the show. While these occurrences are a bit distracting, they aren’t bad enough to hinder your enjoyment of watching the episodes.
Although not extensive for a multi-disc release, I really liked the extras that were provided on this set.
There’s Episode-Length Commentary Tracks by Larry Hagman, Charlene Tilton (“Lucy”) and show creator David Jacobs for “Digger’s Daughter” (the pilot episode) and both parts of “Reunion”. While Jacobs provides lots of interesting tidbits about the show, and Charlene seems to be the resident expert on the storylines and characters, the real treat here is listening to Hagman – who has some great on-the-set stories and will even tell you why he thinks Bruce Willis should play him in the upcoming Dallas feature film!
On the “B” side of Disc Five is Soap Talk’s Dallas Reuinion a great 42-minute show that features interviews with Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray (“Sue Ellen”) and Charlene Tilton.
THE BOTTOM LINE
These episodes are both fun an addictive to watch. They look and sound great considering their age, the commentary tracks (although I would have enjoyed a few more) are interesting and entertaining, and the reunion special is a hoot. Forget The OC or North Shore – for real nighttime soap fun, your only destination should be Dallas!
Actors: Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Donna Reed
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, PAL
Language: English (Mono)
Region: Region 4
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 57
Rated: Not Rated
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