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The Waltons: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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...
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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A wonderful show, full of humour and intelligent writing. Can be enjoyed by all family members.Published 9 months ago by Michele Offer
Received as expected!
Lovable series from a few years ago is well worth re-watching! I bought it so that my grandchildren may see the lifestyle and the values treasured... Read more
CD's arrived quickly and in great shape. Well put together and we have enjoyed our trip down memory lane. Great keepsake.Published 22 months ago by Sera Bennett
i always like to
watch this tv program because it's all about what a family means and there is no violence. good t.v show that's entertaining to all.
I enjoyed watching the episodes. It brought back memories of watching it with my family when I was a child.Published 23 months ago by Fotolady23
Gift for bedridden friend. They love it and want more seasons. I find it too tame, but each to their own.Published on Oct. 28 2013 by Purpledixie
The Walton's are stories of people, places and values of days gone by that my Grandmother would share with us...Published on Jan. 8 2013 by LBMWS
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