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Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 1
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Dirt-poor and alone, the Ingalls family moves to Minnesota and fights to build their new home - Mr. Edwards is reunited with the Ingalls when Charles convinces him to settle in Walnut Grove - Caroline gives birth to a baby boy who dies soon afterwards - The town is put under quarantine due to a serious illness - The entire family nearly perishes in a blizzard but is saved thanks to the kindness of an Indian friend - These and many other exciting adventures are featured in this Collector's Edition!
* Interactive Full Motion Menu
* Character profiles
* The Ingalls Photo Album
* The "Little House" Episode Quiz (Season 1)
A hugely popular 1974 weekly TV series that's been completely restored for this collector's edition, Little House on the Prairie is based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's bestselling books and follows the Ingalls family through the trials and tribulations of pioneer life in the 1870s. The series opens with the extremely poor family settling in Plum Creek, near the town of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and follows them as they struggle to build a house, plow and plant their land, and become part of their small town's community. Ma (Karen Grassle) and Pa (Michael Landon) are good, honest folk with a healthy compassion for others. But it seems like every day brings a new trial for them and their children, Mary, Laura, and Carrie (Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, and Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush). A freak hailstorm ruins an entire crop of wheat, their newly born son dies, a bout of the plague threatens the entire town of Walnut Grove, the family's barn catches fire, a devastating blizzard looms, but the family perseveres and they never lose their faith in God or their belief in the goodness of each other and the people around them. Despite the hardships of everyday pioneer life, Pa and his family find plenty of time to help others. They come to the aid of a local girl suffering the effects of one leg being shorter than the other, Ma fills in for an ailing schoolteacher and inspires a previously unreachable pupil, and Ma and Pa band together to protect a young boy from harm at the hands of his drunken father. This series paints a striking picture of the difficulties of American pioneer life and the courage and resilience of pioneer men, women, and children. It's also a powerful portrait of a close-knit, giving family and the life-affirming lessons they learn and share each day. Michael Landon deserves much of the credit for the show's success as he filled the triple role of star, producer, and writer. Favorite episodes in season one include "Country Girls," in which Mary and Laura attend their first-ever day of school; "The Award," when Mary's studiousness leads to a fire in the family barn; the two-hour "The Lord Is My Shepherd" episode about the birth and death of young Charles Jr. and its profound effect on Laura; and "Survival," in which a Native American friend saves the Ingalls family in a blizzard. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
- All 23 episodes on six discs
- Character profiles
- The Ingalls Photo Album
- The "Little House" Episode Quiz (Season 1)
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It's great to be able to pause, and discuss parts. My daughter especially was having me pause more than I was. Michael Landon (God rest his soul) was a genius of a kind. No matter how often these are watched, either old lessons and values are reinforced or new ones are noticed and learned.
This great country was founded and grew up on the strong Christian values depicted so eloquently in this Little House series.
This collector's edition set includes all twenty-three episodes of season one but mentioned by numerous reviewers, certain scenes have been edited which may cause a major frustration to hardcore fans. But to newcomers, or the many that watched the re-runs, this probably won't be too big a problem. Another problem mentioned by reviewers is the restoration of the film; there are still some scenes with a mass amount of grainy and dirty film that takes away from the program. Now in the pamphlet these problems are explained, "This special collector's edition was compiled using the best masters available and restored using state-of-the art color correction, picture enhancement and noise reduction technologies. Every effort has been made to include all available scenes of each episode while producing the highest quality DVD's possible. Due to the vintage nature of the material used, you may on occasion, notice slight audio or video glitches." (Just saying, edited scenes and grainy footage will still be a problem on almost all of these releases from NBC Home Entertainment, so don't expect much better in the next releases.) But I'm not entirely convinced that they tried there hardest, take the Andy Griffith Show for example, that show was filmed outdoors and the image looks fantastic on DVD and that show began a decade before Little House, but put these issues aside and this set can be a pleasant purchase.
It may not seem like it, but I am impressed with certain aspects of this release. The packaging is excellent mind you; there are some nice photographs of Michael, Karen and Melissa on the inside and the discs have nice photos as well. Another nice item is the included pamphlet which includes episode synopsis (there are major spoilers in them if it's your first time watching) and additional information. I was still a little disappointed about the lack of bonus material, no interviews, no outtakes, zip, wilch, nothing. Oh...uh there are character profiles and a quiz...these honestly are extremely uninteresting, I just think this section of the release could have been so much better. But am I forgetting something??? Ah yes! The shows itself, there are so many fantastic episodes, and you feel so many emotions from one episode to the next, a good feeling of "there's still hope for humanity" comes in the first episode "A Harvest of Friends" and you may get a good cry in the extremely emotional tearjerker "the Plague" or get a laugh in "Mr. Edwards' Homecoming" and feel moments of anger in "Country Girls." There's something for everybody and season one has a great variety of episodes, and they are all unique thanks to the brilliant directing, writing and of course, acting.
These releases do have their faults, but they're still highly recommended to anyone who wants to relax, lay back and remember these times when everything was just a little bit...simpler.
I bought this series because I grew up watching it. Every episode left a good feeling in my heart - something lacking in today's TV. And I knew that my 8-year old daughter would love the series just as much as I did. She does. She asks to see more than one episode and I feel good watching it with her - knowing that she is actually learning something each time about manners and just true human goodness.
If you want an alternative to the absolute filth on TV today, buy the Little House series. Have a family night and discuss the films in depth. Definitely won't disappoint.
got me thinking. - grand da is 10- im so out of touch w her tv programming.
my kids were raisied watching this series. This is the first series of any shows grand da has gotten into. Funny story- I was cleaning my house and found this same box series in my tv cabinet- I had bought FOR ME- several years ago- before Roku. I ALWAYS LOVED THIS SHOW