Laredo: Season 1 Part 2

Laredo: Season 1 Part 2


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Laredo was a moderately successful early/middle-1960's western series, which ran for two seasons. It was part of a wave of color western series produced by Universal, which had jumped into that arena with The Viriginian and, briefly, Wagon Train (which went back to black-and-white after one color season), never as successful as either of those other and, except for a brief period in the second half of the 1960's, never widely rerun in syndication. This second volume of Timesless Media's re-release comes with the same caveat as most of their other vintage television reissues -- that the best efforts at restoration have been made, but that there are defects and flaws still evident. In actual fact, the episodes look good in terms of color and clarity, and for a change the audio is good and loud as well. There are cuts, edits, and fades, especially at the commercial breaks and ahead of the end credits that simply could not have been present in the original network telecasts. But more annoying is the fact that the producers have edited out the opening credits of the series, so that each show begins with the pre-credit teaser, and then cuts to the individual episode opening credits. The end credits, carrying Russell Garcia's rollicking theme music. Additionally, as with most of Timeless's other vintage television releases, the chaptering is minimal -- each episode gets a single chapter marker, and that is it. And as this was a one-hour-format series, that makes scanning the episodes a little difficult and frustrating. And there are some minor but annoying transfer anomalies in one episode, Above The Law, in one corner of the screen in the copy that this reviewer watched. Those flaws aside, the makers have tried to offer as much value as possible, and the series is enjoyable in its own, quirky low-keyed way, a mix of comedy and drama in a western setting that's not quite enough of either to define it easily. Neville Brand dominates the scenes that he is in with his personality, while Philip Carey brings dignity to the proceedings, and Peter Brown and William Smith provide the alpha-male hijinks, competing with each other for women and plumb assignments. The main appeal today would rest with the guest stars, which include Lee Van Cleef, Barbara Rush, Jack Lord, Jack Weston et al. Those who remember the series fondly will probbly be grateful for whatever they can get on it, but for others Laredo is a more acquired taste than, say, The Virginian would be. And one only wishes the Timeless would start releasing the latter, as well as the bulk of the run of Wagon Train.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2010
UPC: 0011301673442
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Timeless Media
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 12:18:00

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