Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 1
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Best known for its life-affirming lessons and heartwarming adventures, "Little House on the Prairie" made its TV debut in 1974 and significantly altered the landscape of television. Loyal fans will relive these exciting and touching adventures, while new viewers will discover the Ingalls' unconquerable courage to build a new life. The series, nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes, has become a TV milestone.
The Complete First Season (1974-1975) includes:
- Dirt-poor and alone, the Ingalls family moves from Minnesota and fights to build their new home
- Caroline gives birth to a son who dies soon afterwards
- The entire family nearly perishes in a blizzard but is saved by the kindness of an Indian friend
- The town is put under quarantine due to a serious illness
- All 23 episodes on six discs
- Character profiles
- The Ingalls Photo Album
- The "Little House" Episode Quiz (Season 1)
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Michael Landon was the writer, star and executive producer of this drama series. Landon set the bar for excellence so high that no one in the past 30 years has come close to the accomplishments of "Little House On The Prairie."
It is rather unfortunate that TV has gone way downhill compared to the days of "Little House On The Prairie." But we still have all the beautiful episodes preserved on DVD.
I have seen every single episode of this series (thanks to TBS, because the first-run series was years before I was born) and I noticed that some of the episodes included clips that were not on the syndicated version. These are very short, but noticeable if you are a longtime watcher and fan like myself.
Some of the very best episodes from this season include: A Harvest of Friends, Country Girls, If I Should Wake Before I Die, and Christmas at Plum Creek.
Here is a full episode listing and description of every episode that is included in the Season One box set:
* A Harvest of Friends (original air date: September 11, 1974)
There's money for farm land, but nothing left over for a plow and seed until Charles discovers his "harvest of friends."
* Country Girls (original air date: September 18, 1974)
A lesson about snobbery awaits Mary and Laura on their first day at school, when they meet Nelli Oleson. Laura becomes a great storyteller but still needs to work on her spelling, according to Miss Beadle.Read more ›
1. Harvest of Friends
2. Country Girls
3. The 100 mile walk
4. Mr. Edwards Homecomming
5. The love of Johnny Johnson
6. If i should wake before i die
7. Town Party - Country Party
8. The Lord is my Shepard (2 part episode)
9. Ma's Holiday
10. School Mom
11. The voice of Tinker Jones
12. The Raccoon
13. The Award
14. Christmas at Plum Creek
15. Doctors Lady
16. Family Quarrel
17. Circus Man
19. Child of Pai
20. Money Crop
22. To see the world
23. Founders Day
I can't wait for the next DVD's (3-9)
Enter Goldhil Home Media, a smaller company who I wish held more distribution properties than it does. Because, simply put, it makes the best of what it does have. Case in point, releasing two beautiful 6-disc season sets of "Little House On the Prairie" on the same day in July. Further assuring us that we're not wasting our money on a series we know will never be completed, they've included a message in the episode guides/booklets stating that seasons 3 and 4 are coming soon. Now that's awesome.
Did I mention these sets are beautiful? Each disc features a member of the Ingalls family against a beautiful blue sky and golden prairie. The handy booklet gives a rundown of every episode. The menus are great and play the classic theme song until you select an episode (4 eps per disc). The opening theme only appears over the first episode on each disc but the end titles are included for every episode. Unless you obsess over the opening theme for some reason, this is not a big deal.
The content of the show itself is great. They've restored and remastered the original material and it looks and sounds better than you've ever seen it on television.Read more ›
Unfortunately, I discovered that quite a number of pertinent scenes had been deleted from some of the episodes. For example, on Disc 2 "Town Party, Country Party" where Laura and Olga are at Nellie's party, Laura walks out of Nellie's house limping, and Olga, following behind her and seeing her stop and rub her ankle, asks "Oh Laura, did you hurt your ankle running?". The scene where Laura hurts her foot is missing, so one is left wondering when Laura was injured, since the previous scene takes place in the Olsen's parlour.
Then, in a later scene, Laura discusses with Pa how she and Olga were walking on a wood plank on the way home from school, and how she noticed that when Olga walked with her shorter leg on the plank and her normal leg off, she had no limp. This bit of conversation is what inspires Charles to craft a special wooden sole for Olga's shoe, which allows her to walk normally.
I clearly remember the "plank walking" scene from the series. I thought perhaps I had missed it on the DVD and so I backtracked the disc but it was not there.
I noticed a few other examples of deleted scenes on this DVD. I wish Goldhil Home Media 1 Studio, which put out this series and, I assume, the other series DVDs', could explain the logic of cutting important scenes on a DVD set, which the customer is paying FULL price for! I was planning on buying this DVD for my niece, but in light of the missing scenes I have reconsidered.
The Little House lead and supporting actors fine performances warrant my giving this DVD 5 stars, but due to the deleted scenes, I can only give it 3. What a shame.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
TV networks need to have more programs like this on prime time that have family values and morals.Published 7 days ago by Baba
Finally a show that you can watch with your family. Hours of family times and also good lessons to learn.Published 1 month ago by ladislao
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