James A. Michener's Centennial: The Complete Series


Movie: 3 1/2 stars out of 4

Disc: 3 stars out of 4

More than 20 hours long with 100-plus speaking parts and a then-unheard-of $25 million budget, this landmark 1978 TV mini-series based on Michener's sprawling novel is among the best of its kind. Robert Conrad ("The Wild, Wild West") leads an all-star cast in this Western set in the fictional town of Centennial, Colo., from its founding through the infancy stages of the early 20th-century industrial age. Although cleaned up and retuned, the visuals and audio are less than state-of-the-art and the sole bonus feature is essentially glorified fluff, but the series itself is top-notch.

Technical specifications: aspect ratio: Full screen (1.33:1), audio: English (Mono), subtitles: English SDH.

Special features include:

Memories of Centennial: Cast and crew reflect back on the making of the series and its place in television history.

(Universal, $59.98)