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The Waltons: The Complete First Season


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  • Actors: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer
  • Directors: Alf Kjellin, Fielder Cook, Harry Harris, Jack Shea, Lee Philips
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
  • Run Time: 1249 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DMXEC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,291 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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They built their home on the timeless mountain that bears their name. They built their lives on even stronger stuff: the bedrock of family. This 5-disc set features all 24 Year-One episodes of the beloved series that ran 9 years and won 5 Emmy Awards its inaugural year, including Outstanding Drama Series. Richard Thomas plays the key role of John-Boy Walton, a youth on the verge of manhood during the Great Depression and a fledgling writer whose observations are filled with the growing-up lessons and love he receives from father John, mother Olivia, Grandma, Grandpa and all the rest of The Waltons.

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The Waltons' nearly 10-year run on network television grew out of the popular, 1971 made-for-TV movie The Homecoming, which was derived from a Depression-era, rustic setting ("Walton's Mountain"), and characters based on Earl Hamner Jr.'s autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain--itself the source for a very nice 1963 feature film starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara. That's a lot of entertainment sprouting from Hamner's prose. But something about his seminal story of family values, rugged independence, and big dreams amidst a hardscrabble existence captured the hearts of American audiences, many of whom personally recalled severe economic adversity in the 1930s.

The Waltons: The Complete First Season collects those initial episodes from the series building on the strengths of the Homecoming pilot, which introduced the extended Walton clan led by a strong-willed mill owner, John (Andrew Duggan), and his equally resolute wife, Olivia (Patricia Neal). The Waltons recast those key roles (as well as a few others) with Ralph Waite and Michael Learned (yup, a female), but Richard Thomas carried over as oldest child John-Boy Walton, an aspiring writer whose cusp-of-manhood view informs the series. Will Geer (Seconds) replaced Edgar Bergen as Grandpa Walton, Ellen Corby remained as Grandma, and John and Olivia's large brood (seven kids in all) were filled out by largely unknown, young actors. The episodes, still delightful and touching, strong on production values and unusually tight and polished for primetime drama, tended to focus on creator Hamner's pet themes of self-sacrifice and heroic effort when the going got tough.

Year 1 highlights include "The Carnival," in which the impoverished Waltons, who can't pay for tickets to see a circus performance, end up sheltering stranded carney folk. "The Typewriter" is a classic about John-Boy "borrowing" a museum's antique typewriter, only to have his sister Mary Ellen (Judy Norton) sell it as junk. "The Sinner" concerns the arrival of a fundamentalist minister on Walton's Mountain, finding comfort in the words of religious iconoclast John Walton after the clergyman makes a fool of himself with moonshine. That's Hamner himself providing touches of narration. During the long run of the multiple-award-winning The Waltons, there were many changes in casting and storylines. But this boxed set reveals a fine series in its pristine state. --Tom Keogh

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
I feel in alot of ways that I grew up with the Walton children as the classic depression era series "The Waltons", was a regular part of our family viewing for years on a Sunday night here in Melbourne. It was always with great anticipation that we tuned in to see what would unfold that week for our favourite TV family. Whether the storyline dealt with John Boy struggling to get his first book published, Olivia battling a severe attack of polio, Grandpa feeling lonely while Grandma was in hospital or Erin deciding to raise a baby faun we were guaranteed a well crafted, beautifully written and acted story that while on the sentimental side always had elements of hard reality in them. None of the Walton family were perfect and that was one of the great strengths of the series where we got to enjoy people who were decent and inherently good individuals but who from time to time succumbed to their personal weaknesses and temptations like we all do on occasion.
It is wonderful that season one of the multi Emmy award winning "The Waltons",has now received the proper DVD release that it so richly deserves. Being the brain child of creator Earl Hamner Jnr who based the series on his own childhood in Virginia. "The Waltons", premiered on the 14th September 1972 against tough competition from such favourites as the then popular Flip Wilson Show. After a shaky start the series took off in the ratings and stayed in prime time for an amazing 9 seasons which saw the setting move right through the depression years and then into World War 2 and beyond. Obviously over that period of time many changes occured in the series and unfortunately the second half of "The Waltons", run was plagued by cast changes that ultimately damaged the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maat on June 14 2004
Format: DVD
At last , the best family show has been released on DVD. The Waltons was, and still is today, my favorite family show on TV. Followed by "Little House On The Prairie". This is a very nice DVD set. The stories are great. About a family sticking together during the depression. The parents are strong and teach their kids right from wrong. The father, a family man, that does right by his family. A mother full of so much love. The first season she is strick but loosens up as the seaons continue. Kids that show respect for their elders is so good to see....even if it's just on TV. But, that was the times of the 30's. Grampa is so cool. Granma is a little preachy but I still like her. I'd give a B+ on the quality of this DVD set. There are times that I do see white specs appear on the episodes. A little more time could of been done on cleaning up these shows for a true DVD quality. This season set only has the episodes and no extra's. I hope the next seasons will have extra's like interviews from the cast or bloopers would be a great item to add to the next season. Overall, this is a show that you will love. Worth the price!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy E. Jones on June 4 2004
Format: DVD
I virtually grew up on shows like The Waltons & House on the Prairie, so when I found the Waltons on the DVD shelf in Wal-Mart, I just had to pick it up. Sure, I had just about all of the episodes on video...which as I look at them on the shelf, consists of 4 very high stacks of tapes, with some episodeic cavidies, low grade copies and some edit mistakes by the television stations when they re-aired them recently. I was reluctant when I picked up the copy, not sure if they would be of a poor grade or not...but when I got them home...not only were they the full length versions (50 minutes in comparison to the 40 - 45 minutes...depending on the stations) but they came up crystal clear in both picture and sound.
And I agree that the kids of today can still learn a few things from these episodes, while the adults can be equally as entertained and educated.
Of course these weren't meant to have an educational value to them, but they have dealt with a lot of issues like dealing with those who are different, substance abuse and even relationships of one form or another, while still sticking to the eras that the show was to take place (going from the depression, to WWII to the progression years 1950's in the follow-up movies).
While it is a long series to follow, it is well worth the investment. But I do agree with one person, if you shop around, you can find it cheaper than the price here...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Petriccione on May 27 2004
Format: DVD
I confess that I once told a friend I could not go out to play because I didn't want to miss the Waltons! Today, just as yesterday, its message of faith, tolerance, courage and "Do unto others..." (in the midst of life's tests and trials)is sorely needed. In fact, the message is potentially more impacting today than it has ever been.
It is heartening to know that parents are sharing this series with their children who, otherwise, might never have the chance to be acquainted with classic television drama. Schools should consider using this series as a means of inculcating ethics...why not start early with elementary school children, who are desperately in need of moral guidance, and who also need to be shown state-of-the-art actors (real masters of their craft, whose acting elevates the art of living), instead of the unseasoned "professionals" whose cheap, trite displays leave youngsters confused and questioning whether modern life is at all civilized and worth the effort. Why should poor role models dominate the media sphere which these children daily inhabit, when we all recognize there are far better alternatives? If children live what they learn, then The Waltons should be learning for life. A period drama, too, with scores of historic and literary allusions...wonderfully authentic;stunningly photographed;acted with such refinement.
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