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'The Waltons - The Complete Seventh Season'
(Ellen Corby, Ronnie Claire Edwards, Nora Marlowe, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1972) 2008 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: As the 7th season unfolds the United States entry into World War II brings big changes to Waltons Mountain. The family mourns the loss of Grandpa. Mary Ellen and Erin get an apartment in Charlottesville. Jim-Bob falls in love with a young girl who is preparing to be a nun. Elizabeth creates a poltergeist when she refuses to grow up. Olivia is diagnosed with Tuberculosis and must visit a sanitarium. Ben takes a new bride named Cindy with whom he sets up housekeeping in the shed. Godsey Hall is turned into a canteen for soldiers. Mary Ellen prepares to see Curt in Hawaii until news of Pearl Harbor hits and the family learns of his death.

DVD Verdict: 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.

As you all know by now, 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 3-disc set features all 7th season episodes of the beloved series that ran just over 9 years and won 5 Emmy Awards in its inaugural year alson, including Outstanding Drama Series.

And while this season may not be the best season of 'The Waltons,' it certainly is a season to be remembered. Right from the start, the beloved grandfather has died, and everyone is grieved in "The Empty Nest - Parts 1 and 2." Will Geer had apparently died between season six and seven, leaving Grandma (Ellen Corby) quite alone. Ben, now working the mill with his father, marries Cindy. More importantly, WWII begins with the bombing of Pearl Harbor - where Curt is stationed, and he dies as a result. Olivia (Michael Leanerd) finds out she has turberculosis and leaves the Walton family for a while. Elizabeth has her 13th birthday, Jim-Bob gets a tattoo, and Jim-Bob joins the Army.

Truly one of the most interesting seasons 'The Waltons' had, however the disappearance of Richard Thomas and Will Geer is keenly felt. One could say that this was also one of the more weaker seasons of the show, but still one worth watching. This is a Standard Version Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.