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Waltons, The: The Movie Collection (DVD)
Honesty. Integrity. Family. Stories of a family's - and a nation's - yesteryear continue in six Reunion Movies. Set in the 1940s are A Wedding on Walton's Mountain (will Erin have a change of heart?), Mothers' Day on Walton's Mountain (honoring the person everyone turns to when crises arise) and A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (with Robert Wightman as John-Boy). Taking place in the 1960s and featuring Richard Thomas as John-Boy are A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (as a nation mourns the death of JFK), A Walton Wedding (no big-city Manhattan nuptials for John-Boy) and A Walton Easter (Happy 40th, John and Olivia!). Six warm Walton memories are yours to share. For fans of the family-friendly classic TV series, this 3-disc set features six made for television holiday-themed movies.]]>
Who says you can't go home again? Throughout six post-series reunion movies, the Walton home still stands, "generous in its love, filled with memories, and always ready to welcome us." From the first gathering of the far-flung mountain clan in A Wedding on Walton's Mountain (1982) to the final goodnights in A Walton Easter (1997), these uplifting and heartwarming films are quality time spent with one of America's favorite TV families. Each film amounts to a Very Special Episode of the top-rated, Emmy-winning TV series, rich with family milestones (weddings and births), and crises that will test and reaffirm the family credos of hard work, common sense, and faith. Most of the original cast is back. The late Will Geer, as Grandpa Walton, is sadly absent, and Ellen Corby, who suffered a stroke in 1977, plays a diminished role as Grandma Walton. The character of John-Boy, the aspiring writer whose reminiscences of life on Walton's Mountain were the heart of the series, is absent in the first two films and is portrayed by Richard Wrightman in A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain. With all due respect, we know John-Boy, we consider John-Boy to be a friend, and you, Mr. Wrightman, are no John-Boy. No, that would be Richard Thomas, who won an Emmy for his iconic role, and makes a welcome return in A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993), which jumps ahead nearly two decades to 1963, the same time frame as the third season of Mad Men. Suffice to say, different worlds, as witness the charming scene in A Walton Wedding (1995) in which the wedding party sings "Bicycle Built for Two" while seeing off John-Boy and his bride. There is a circle-of-life satisfaction to the final film in the set, A Walton Easter, in which John (Ralph Waite) and Olivia (the ageless Michael Learned) celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, and John-Boy contemplates returning to Walton's Mountain for good. "There's so much more out there beyond Walton's Mountain," a no-good former boyfriend cajoles the now-betrothed Erin in A Wedding on Walton's Mountain. But as these six films, celebrations of home and hearth brimming with life and unconditional love, remind us, why would you ever want to leave? --Donald Liebenson
Disc 2: A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (Dolby 1.0), A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (Dolby 2.0)
Disc 3: A Walton Wedding, A Walton Easter (Dolby 2.0)
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As already mentioned, continuity problems in the later movies...the 1990 reunions: 1) What became of John Curtis? 2) Why are Erin and Paul Northridge divorced when at the end of the first reunion film of 1982, A Wedding on Walton's Moutain, Erin's wedding to Paul, Hamner's narration states, "Its a Union that is still as strong today as it was back then....", 3) Where in the world is Cindy (Ben's wife) in the last two films. If they couldn't get Leslie WInston (the actress who portrayed her to come back), they should at least have explained her absence like they explained that Jonesy was in vietnam. 4) In the second reunion movie, "Mother's Day on Walton's Moutain", Mary Ellen sustains an injury to her uterus that will endanger her becoming pregnant again yet in the later Reunion movies she has two kids by Jonesy. They should have mentioned that she either 1) had surgery to correct the perforated Uterus, or 2) gotten a miracle healing. And 5) if in 1969 Olivia and John were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, that would have them getting married in 1929, negating the depression era setting that was the hallmark of the series at the beginning, because when "The Homecoming" first aired in 1971 it was set in 1933 and John-Boy was fifteen which means that he was born in 1918 and Olivia and John would have been married in 1916 or 1917.
The other gripe that I have is that in the latter two films (A Walton Wedding and A Walton Easter) too much emphasis is put on characters we don't know or care for ..... Janet's Aunt Flo and that annoying Aurora (a useless character in the last movie)relegating most of the other kids to cameo roles (especially Jason......)
Speaking of Jason, why, oh why, in the name of Walton's mountain did he grow that God-Awful mustache in the first three films? And why, oh why, the cheesy country music stars names for his kids.....I mean....Roy Acuff Walton, Patsy CLine Walton, Loretta Lynn Walton, Merle Haggard Walton.....puhleese....cheesy, cheesy, cheesy........
And I absolutely cannot stand Janet (John-Boy's wife). Actress Kate McNeil (a former "As the WOrld TUrns" alumni has unattractive teeth and a hard face making the chemistry between her and John-Boy unbelievable....poor casting...
I love Tony Becker (as Drew) and the girls (Mary Ellen, Erin and Elizabeth) look breathtakingly beautiful...especially at John-Boys wedding...much better than the bride herself.....and Mary McDonough's ethereal beauty in the first movie is not to be denied despite the 80s hairdos for the 40s time period. But at least they got the hair styles right in the later movies set in the 1960s.