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Little House on the Prairie: Season 6 Collection
(Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Alison Arngrim, Dean Butler, et al / 5-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / LGF)

Overview: This release contains every episode from the sixth season of the successful television series Little House on the Prairie, based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When Almanzo Wilder and his sister Eliza Jane move to Walnut Grove in the sixth season of this cherished series, life will never be the same for Laura Ingalls. Fully restored and remastered, all 24 uncut episodes shine with quality picture and sound, bringing new excitement to many memorable moments contained within this wonderful sixth season.

Blu ray Verdict: As we all know by now, this delightful television series is based on the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), who wrote the story of her family's life on the prairie. I read these books growing up and then loved the TV series as well. Michael Landon, that I had seen on "Bonanza", was the icing on the cake: one of my favorite actors helping to tell one of my favorite stories.

As a young kid, I was aware that some of the issues on the program were very serious, but I still considered it, like many of you, to be a 'family' program; sweet, sappy, and moralistic. As the years have worn on, I've watched the program in reruns. Lately, for the past 2-3 months, I've been watching back-to-back reruns nearly everyday, and have been extremely surprised at the darker layers to 'Little House' that I guess most people never picked up.

Indeed, here's some of the darker subjects tackled on 'Little House' - murder, corruption, child rape/abuse/endangerment, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, accusations of adultery, etc. From this list you'd think you I was talking about a show you couldn't watch with your family. 'Little House' also dealt with death, destruction of one's home, the evils of gossip, alcoholism, divorce, kidnapping, racism/xenophobia/religious persecution, personal crisis, loss of faith, etc.

Sure, some episodes tried to have a resolution at the end of 60 minutes, but most did not. The characters were not perfect by a long shot; not even the main character Laura or even the Reverend Alden. I highly recommend 'Little House' to adults wanting to try something different out, but these days I might well be preaching to the choir of the already-converted, of course.

Some memorable moments here in this Blu ray Deluxe Remastered Edition 5-Disc collection are such thing as Mary's stagecoach accident, Albert's challenging adoption, Nels' reunion with his circus sideshow sister, Laura and Mary's captivity by escaped convicts, the fatal fire at the school for the blind, the newly-arrived Almanzo's unrequited marriage proposal to Laura, and countless more must-see moments!

Like the first five season sets, the season six set looks incredible and is a vast improvement over the original DVD set. The show is presented over 5 discs in its original 1:33 full frame format and all of the episodes are uncut and are not time compressed. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

The 'Little House" Phenomenon Part Six - A Lasting legacy
www.LGF.com

Check out this BRAND NEW INTERVIEW with Almanzo Wilder himself, Dean Butler, as he talks about his arrival on set for season six, about the ending of the show five years later, and about the recent 'Little House' reunion!





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