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Little House on the Prairie: Season 1

4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Bonnie Bartlett, Robert Swan, Melissa Sue Anderson
  • Directors: Michael Landon, Victor French, Alf Kjellin, Leo Penn, Lewis Allen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Imavision
  • Release Date: Aug. 7 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009QG5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,186 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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!

Special Features:
* Interactive Full Motion Menu
* Character profiles
* The Ingalls Photo Album
* The "Little House" Episode Quiz (Season 1)

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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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First, like many here, this is one of my top favorite shows. I feel like I've grown up with the Ingalls family and really care about them as characters in these stories. Many of these episodes give me a special feeling that can often bring tears to my eyes (Just hearing the music can do that). You'll have to buy the pilot episode separately but it's worth the money. The first 2 episodes (Harvest of Friends and Country Girls) are a magnificent start! The Ingalls settle in and we get to meet some of the most enduring characters to ever appear on TV. I was about to list my other favorites of the first season but the list is too long. :) Highlights are The Racoon, a 2-parter called The Lord Is My Shepard, Christmas At Plum Creek, Plague, Child In Pain, Money Crop, Survival and Founder's Day. I'm glad to have these in DVD form so that they will last forever.
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).
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In a nutshell, the video and sound do leave much to be desired. Sometimes episodes contain inexcusably bad scene transitions and sound. The only things that save the DVD series are: 1. The show itself is so good. 2. If you don't get these DVDs, you don't get the series.
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.
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I was nine years old when Little House on the Prairie premeired on television and it was one of my favorite television shows and I grew up watching it as the seasons went on and well I just have great memories of watching this show. I love that that the first season is on DVD and the episodes are all very good and not a dud episode can be found which is rare to not have at least one episode that is a major dud. Melissa Gilbert is absolutely wonderful as Laura Ingalls and Melissa Sue Anderson is also very good as her sister Mary and so are Michael Landon as their Pa, Charles Ingalls and Karen Grassle as their Ma, Caroline Ingalls and the rest of the cast members are good too, including Victor French as their friend the eccentric but loveable Mr. Edwards and Alison Arngrim as Laura's nemesis, Nellie Oleson. I Love Little House on the Prairie and I personally would love to own the entire series on DVD! Also if you love this series check out The Waltons which was another wonderful family show in the 70s and both shows can be viewed by the entire family.
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I've read reviews here, some positive, some negative, and after buying my own set of DVDs and viewing them I find they are Excellent Quality....sight and sound. The color is beautiful, the audio is great....so maybe its the quality of each individual's DVD player or the television set, etc.
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.
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By A Customer on May 17 2004
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I think that the Little House episodes are wonderful! They're so much fun to watch and a million times better than all of that garbage on tv now. Everyone enjoys these! We watch the episodes all of the time and have yet to be tired of these. LHOTP has to be my favorite series of all times... and that goes for the other people in my family and my friends who have seven children. The 2 year old loves them, the 15 year old loves them, and so does EVERYONE in between.
For those of you complaining about no extras, they've put them in, and there now is chapter selection. So buy the set! Because once you're done with the first season... you'll want to keep going!
This DVD may not be the best, but i found NO problem with it... the SHOW is what's keeping me watching it. I love it!
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