Brisco County Jr
Another of the most sought after TV shows on DVD, I remember struggling to keep up with Bruce Campbell’s western show. Airing on Friday Nights, even as unpopular as I was, I would forget to tape it on those occasions when I could go out. Perhaps it’s my fault the ratings couldn’t hold up, but I sure am glad to see Brisco again.
Brisco County Jr. DVD Review
The extra features give a bittersweet look at the show. The main “History of Brisco County Jr.” documentary traces the development, casting and production of the show. Bruce Campbell seems happy and Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson and Kelly Rutherford are there. No Billy Drago or John Astin though.
The thing is, they get to the part about ending the show and it’s still so sad. There’s still no closure, even with the actors and producers talking about it.
Some short bits called “Tools of the Trade” make you happy again because Bruce tells his horse anecdotes and gives an on-set demo of his gun tricks. Then, finally, Carlton Cuse talks about the plans for the future of the series. So even if it never happened, at least you get a sense of where it was going. And the writers force him to explain the orb.
Campbell reads his biography’s chapter on Brisco aloud in another feature, and finally a writers’ panel covers four topics in 40 minutes but really reveals a lot more tangentially.
If you listen to the pilot episode commentary after all this, you’ll find a lot of repetitive stories. But with Campbell and Cuse together it keeps moving. The only gaps you’ll notice seem to be strategic omissions of possible legal issues.
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