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Little House on the Prairie - The Pilot (1974)

Melissa Sue Anderson , Victor French , Victor French , Michael Landon  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melissa Sue Anderson, Victor French, Jonathan Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle
  • Directors: Victor French, Michael Landon, Lewis Allen, Maury Dexter, Alf Kjellin
  • Format: Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QG5T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little House on the Prairie - The Pilot" on IMDb

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Based on the best-selling books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this classic, produced and directed by Michael Landon, takes us from the woods of Wisconsin to the plains of Kansas where the Ingalls struggle to build a new life. With indomitable courage that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the Ingalls face endless challenges and experience countless adventures as they pursue their dream of a new home. This premiere movie is a "must-have" for all Little House fans! This DVD has been restored using state-of-the-art color correction, picture enhancement and noise reduction technologies.

Special Features:
* Interactive Full Motion Menu
* Actor Biographies
* Scene Index
Run Time: Approx. 95 min.
Components: 1 DVD

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294 of 298 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT included on the Complete Season sets December 31, 2003
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This is the ONLY single disc release that is not being included on the Complete Season box sets being released by the same company. All of the 2-hour specials, etc. being released individually are also included on the box sets, but this pilot episode is not. So, if you are a Little House completist, buy this disc to add to your box set collection.
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222 of 227 people found the following review helpful
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I grew up watching the repeats of "Little House On The Prairie" on TBS however I have never seen the pilot movie. I don't think it was put into syndication? "Little House On The Prairie" premiered years before I was born, suffice it to say it has been one of my favorite television shows because it is a rare combination of both entertainment and family values. In fact, I cannot think of any television show that is as beloved as this wonderful series.

The pilot movie introduces the Ingalls family for the first time. The characters aren't as polished or well-rounded as they are in the TV series. The pilot also introduces their longtime family friend Mr. Edwards.

It starts out by telling the story of why they left their original home (and relatives). Charles finds a nice piece of land and sets up his residence for his family. It is at this time that they meet Edwards who helped in the construction of their new home.

Also included in this movie is a very touching Christmas scene (that was repeated in subsequent "flashback" "Little House" episodes) where the Ingallses celebrate their first Christmas in their new home. Mr. Edwards even plays Santa by surprising the entire family with his cheer and gifts.

Keep in mind that this is not set in the town of Walnut Grove (where the TV series took place). In the pilot movie they lived in a different location which was even more remote with no town and no neighbors to speak of (except the Native Americans who befriend the Ingallses).

Tragedy strikes when their log house catches on fire. I thought it would all be burned down, however they were blessed with a beautiful rainstorm which saved their home and barn.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show November 1, 2004
The Pilot episode is great but I wish it had been included on the Season 1 boxed set. All of the other 2 hour special episodes are being included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AFTER ALL THESE YEARS! November 19, 2004
It must have been late 1974 when series one of 'Little House on the Prairie' first aired around 7 in the evening on BBC1 here in the UK. At first I never gave this series a look in and it would be another two years before I sat and watched an episode ("Remember Me") all the way through, this time on the opposite channel, ITV for the London region (otherwise known as Thames Television). From then on I would watch it regularly in its Thursday at 4.20 slot immediately after getting home from school. Mother would also rush in to watch with me and it became a firm favorite of ours.

In the early 1990's Channel 4 Television bought 'Little House' and promised a complete screening promptly starting with "Harvest of Friends". No one I knew who was a fan of the show seemed to realize there was a pilot movie which made me wonder if it had ever been broadcast in the UK. However a book I had - and still have - listing movies on TV has an entry for it so I knew that it existed.

As you can imagine I was delighted when I spotted that The Pilot had been released on DVD and that complete episode seasons were also coming out as boxsets. I couldn't wait and quickly purchased this together with the first season knowing that I would be in for some really satisfying entertainment.

The Pilot is a stand alone TV movie that sells the concept of a harsh life on the Kansas plains very well. It isn't difficult to see why NBC invested in future episodes as the writing, directing, and performances of the cast are first rate. The music by David Rose (Bonanza), is also unforgettable.

Presented in a bright case with a photo of Michael Landon dominating the cover, the film itself is exceptionally sharp and colorful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It ain't Walnut Grove, but still good! January 6, 2006
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This is the movie that started it all. It tells the story of how the Ingallses moved from thier "Little House in the Big Woods" to the Kansas frontier. It's a good family story. The only other chaacter to join them in Walnut Grove is Mr. Edwards. The family faces wolves and friendly Indians, but are forced to move in the end. The story is full of tolerance and love. The characters have rough edges that wear off as the series develops. A great movie and a good series. They don't make TV like this anymore.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to go with the series. November 7, 2004
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An excellent family movie and a must to own if you also have the series.

This movie tells the Ingalls story before they reach Walnut Grove. They settle and build a new home and their new life. Only they are forced to move after it is discovered that they have built their house on Indian territory.

The quality of the movie is excellent and you just can't go past looking at the extras.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Little House Fans February 26, 2006
This Pilot-episode DVD is a must for any Little House on the Prairie Fan. It is not included in any of the DVD season sets. It tells the story of the Ingalls' trip from the "Big Woods" in Wisconsin, to the land they first settled on in Kansas- before settling in Walnut Grove, MN. The story introduces you to the entire Ingalls family, and also Isiah (Mr.) Edwards. Though not as good as the eventual episodes and seasons that followed, it is sure to complete your Little House collection.
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is the pilot 95 mins.or is it 120 mins. i have a vhs thats 120 mins and...
It's 95 minutes. I have a VHS that also boasted 120 minutes that I am giving away, but it too is 95 minutes. These off brand manufacturers will do anything to get your attention (including exaggerate the running time based on commercials). It aired for 2 hours with commercials on NBC in 1974,... Read More
Jan 18, 2012 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
Closed Captioned
Hello, I just bought the Pilot Little House on the Prairie DVD movie... I am little disappointed that my DVD did have the marked (CC) on this DVD movie for closed captioned. When I was ready to watch this movie with CC .. they did not came out with closed captioned at all on this pilot movie. ... Read More
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