The Awakening Land (Tv Mini-Series)
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Unschooled homesteader Sayward Luckett couldn't read her name if you showed it to her, yet she fell in love with and married agnostic, book-learned frontier lawyer Portius Wheeler. Now it's time to make a life with him in wild, wooded 1790s Ohio Territory.
There will be children, seven in all; joy and hardships aplenty; inconstancies of heart; and the enduring legacy of settling a new land. Based on Conrad Richter's trilogy of novels (he received a Pulitzer Prize for the third), this miniseries nominated for 6 Emmy Awards(r) celebrates the pioneering spirit as it chronicles Sayward's heroic, unadorned life. Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook (earning two of those six Emmy nominations) lead a strong cast that includes Jane Seymour and W.H. Macy (his first screen credit).
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The DVD set offered by Warner Archive Collection is of excellent quality. The five and a half hour mini series is segmented into 3 parts, with one part on each of the 3 discs. Each disc opens with a short descriptive advertisement about the Warner Archive Collection, and then advances to the most simplistic "menu" screen you will ever see on a DVD, with basically one option offered, to "play" the DVD content (no chapter menu, setup, etc). The simplicity of the DVD's happens to be more than made up for with an excellent 16:9 (1.77 to 1) picture quality, smooth playback, and crisp/clear audio with adequate volume. Segments (discs) number 1 and 2 each have a runtime of approximately one hour and forty minutes, with the 3rd segment (disc) running longer at approximately 2 hours and fifteen minutes. The total runtime for the mini series is just over five and a half hours.
When played using a nice upscaling player, and viewed on a decent quality HDTV, the overall picture quality is probably an "8" out of 10. While there happen to be a few very brief scenes showing dust or light artifacts in the print, it is extremely minimal (hardly noticed). The contrast is excellent, the colors are strong, and the clarity is very nice. The audio soundtrack is fairly simple, but does offer crisp and clear sound without any noticed concerns. Overall, the viewing experience is very enjoyable, even beyond the subject matter.
A well crafted story, the well known and very effective primary cast, quality acting by the supporting cast, scenic filming locations, and cinematography techniques, all greatly enhance the entertainment value of this 3 disc, 3 part, 5.5 hour, late 1970's mini series.
Watching this series happens to be a great way to spend a "rainy" Saturday or Sunday.
"The Awakening Land" is definitely worthy of your time.
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I was worried that like some other movies and series I had enjoyed so much in earlier times, that after years of anticipation when I finally would have an opportunity to see them again I would be greatly disappointed -- but this was even better than I had remembered. I had planned on watching one episode at a time over several days, but couldn't stop watching.
Anyone who has any interest at all in history, how and why or ancestors came to settle the "wild west" of Ohio, in romance, nature, family drama will truly enjoy this. The acting is superb -- the best of the books is presented. The characters well written and portrayed. Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook truly mastered their parts. I had forgotten Jane Seymour was in this, it was before she came into her own and she also is excellent. It ends where the books should have.
I can't recommend this highly enough, it truly is an "experience" to watch as much now as over 30 years ago.
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