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Little House on the Prairie: 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
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Now with that out of the way, I cannot in good conscience give this set a *****/***** like I'd like to. At first glance all looks great with this set...beautiful packaging (I wish they had included a set of cards with the pictures on the packaging). But after watching each episode I've discovered the problems mentioned from other buyers. The image and sound quality varies from episode to episode. Even ones with a sharp picture can have problems with jagged edges. Every time the outside of the schoolhouse/church is shown I cringe a little bit. It looks like it needs its horizonal hold adjusted. But this isn't fatal. Many look fine reguardless. And most others are acceptable while a few just look bad at first...but close up shots of the characters are always sharp. Many have what looks like a sheet of grain across them (I saw a similar effect in some of my Monty Python episodes so I figure its just the age of the program).Read more ›
So, buy the DVD expecting to enjoy the show but be prepared to groan at some horrible quality at times. During those times just remember it is this or nothing.
I agree that chapter selections should be included in the discs. That way people can select the scene they want, especially if they have to stop watching in the middle for some reason or another.
I don't mind the 'series opening' not included in the beginning of every episode but I do mind not knowing who the guest stars are!! I have had to go to episode guides on the Little HOuse websites to find out that information, but, again, I can live with that.
The series is heartwarming and only the truly cynical will scoff at this. They just don't make quality programs like this anymore. Little House, along with The Waltons and Touched By an Angel is television at its best.
Most of the episodes are top rate and I give five stars to the series premiere "A Harvest of Friends", "Country Girls', "If I Should Wake Before I Die", "Town Party, Country Party", "School Mom", "The Raccoon", "The Voice of Tinker Jones", "The Award", "Family Quarrel", "Money Crop", "Survival" and "Founders Day".
The only mediocre episodes I find are the ones that feature Mr. Edwards (Victor French). This is just a matter of personal taste, but I find the episodes that he appears in prominently, the weakest of the episodes. "To See the World" is the prime example. I give it only two stars.Read more ›
The bitrate on these DVD's is horrible, the sound quality is horrible; the video is seriously on par with an average VHS tape. I don't know WHAT they did to the audio - but Charles sounds like Mickey Mouse half the time it's mixed so badly.
The only way some of these reviewers could be remotely happy about these is if they are so emotionally attached to the show that they are blinded to the reality of how shoddily and quickly these were thrown together.
The only thing that saves this is that the shows are so great. What a shame they were "re-mastered" by people who obviously don't give one ounce of care into what they're doing other than churning these out as quickly as possible.
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Love it!! We are on our second round of watching the series now. My kids love it as much as I do!!Published 8 days ago by Selina C.
Great quality, sound and picture! This series on blu ray is well worth the money! Not to mention a great show the whole family can enjoy. Highly recommended!Published 15 days ago by Mike Moore (Kahtuack)
We have bought season 1 to 6 on Blu-ray so far, and I tell you folks, this was a dream come true for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. H
The show was good. Just the first cd kept freezing. made watching the show hard.Published 4 months ago by Teri
The season one Blu-Ray of Little House brings back many fond memories of my own childhood (of watching it on tv). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristine B
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