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Wanted: Dead or Alive - Let's Go: Steve McQueen's Wanted: Dead or Alive Hits DVD

Posted by David Lambert
In 1958 producer Jack H. Harris was producing a film called The Blob, and had hired a young actor named Steve McQueen to star in the pic. McQueen was paid $3000 for the role, and it was to be the first of a three picture deal. However, the story has it that the production team thought McQueen was difficult to work with, and released him from the commitment to the other two films. Perhaps that's why Harris gave McQueen a "glowing recommendation" to Dick Powell. Powell, you see, was in charge of Four Star Productions, and was putting together a new Western TV series at the time. After the recommendation, Powell asked Harris if he could see a rough cut of The Blob, and was allowed to do so. Powell liked what he saw of McQueen, and hired the future Hollywood legend to play Josh Randall, the lead character of Wanted: Dead or Alive.

Three seasons playing the famed bounty hunter led McQueen to that legendary status. Before the show's run had ended, he had already played "Vin" in The Magnificent Seven, and went on to be the symbol of toughness and coolness in other hit films like The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, Le Mans, Papillon, The Towering Inferno, and his final role in The Hunter. Just three months after the 1980 debut of that last film, Terence Steven McQueen succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 50.

Now, 25 years after his death (during a year that, coincidentally, Jack H. Harris is once again producing The Blob for the big screen), New Line joins distributor Warner Brothers in celebrating the King of Cool's life and career. While WB is working toward a box set release of six of McQueen's films, New Line is planning a June 7th launch of Wanted: Dead or Alive - Season 1:

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Own the hit television series that launched the career of big-screen legend Steve McQueen. Josh Randall (McQueen) was not a typical rough-hewn bounty hunter of the Old West; he was a consummate gentleman who always gave half - or even all - of his reward money to charity. He was a man of few words, and he carried a Winchester sawed-off shotgun, which he wore on his belt and fondly called his "Mare's leg." The 4-DVD set has a cost of $39.92 SRP, running 1008 minutes with lots of extras. Here's a disc-by-disc breakdown of the set:
  • Disc 1 - Side A
      • 1.The Martin Poser
      • 2. Fatal Memory
      • 3. The Bounty
      • 4. Dead End
    • EXTRAS
      • Genesis of "Wanted Dead or Alive" (menu text)
      • Steve McQueen Bio Part 1 (menu text)
      • Color episode of "The Martin Poser"
  • Disc 1 - Side B
      • 5. Shawnee Bill
      • 6.The Giveaway Gun
      • 7. Ransom for a Nun
      • 8.Miracle at Pot Hole
    • EXTRAS
      • "The Bounty Hunter" featurette
      • Photo gallery
  • Disc 2 - Side A
      • 9. The Fourth Headstone
      • 10. Till Death Do Us Part
      • 11. The Favor
      • 12. Ricochet
    • EXTRAS
      • "Life in The Fast Lane" documentary Parts 1 & 2
  • Disc 2 - Side B
      • 13. Sheriff of Red Rock
      • 14. Die by the Gun
      • 15. Rawhide Breed
      • 16. Eight Cent Reward?
    • EXTRAS
      • Steve McQueen Filmography (menu text)
      • Steve McQueen Bio Part 2 (menu text)
      • Color episode of "The Favor"
  • Disc 3 - Side A
      • 17. Drop To Drink
      • 18. Rope Law
      • 19. Six-Up to Bannach
      • 20. The Spur
    • EXTRAS
      • "Angel or Devil" featurette
      • Photo gallery
  • Disc 3 - Side B
      • 21. Reunion for Revenge
      • 22. Competition
      • 23. Call Your Shot
      • 24.Secret Ballot
    • EXTRAS
      • "Life in The Fast Lane" documentary Parts 3 & 4
  • Disc 4 - Side A
      • 25. The Corner
      • 26. Eager Man
      • 27. The Legend
      • 28. Railroaded
      • 29. Double Fee
      • 30. The Kovack Affair
    • EXTRAS
      • Steve McQueen Bio Part 3 (menu text)
      • Color episode of "Six-Up to Bannach"
  • Disc 4 - Side B
      • 31. Bounty for a Bride
      • 32. Crossroads
      • 33. Angels of Vengeance
      • 34. Littlest Client
      • 35. The Conquerers
      • 36. Amos Carter
    • EXTRAS
      • "Dead End" featurette
      • "Life in The Fast Lane" documentary Parts 5 & 6
      • Photo gallery

The DVD comes with video in 4x3 full screen, with black-and-white presentation of all episodes, plus 3 episodes presented in color as extras (the orginal b&w versions are there, too). Sound is the original English Mono, and there are subtitles in English and Spanish.

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