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'Foxfire Light: Limited Edition Collection'
(Barry Van Dyke, Burton Gilliam, Faye Grant, Lara Parker, Leslie Nielsen, et al / DVD / PG / (1982) 2016 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Joanna, a recent college graduate, decides to leave her manipulating mother and stay within the Ozarks in order to find herself. What she finds is a small town filled with romance and the promise of love.

DVD Verdict: This extremely lightweight romance film depicts the American south as a bucolic paradise filled with polite and handsome (white) gen'lmen, ladylike (white) women, and amusing old (white) farmers who still drive mule-powered carts down the back roads. Tippi Hedren stars as a fancy pants Yankee outsider who comes to visit her uncle (Leslie Nielsen, in non-comedy mode) and ends up falling for handsome Linc (Barry Van Dyke).

Along the way she learns important lessons about how women shouldn't be too uppity and how the native intelligence of hillbillies matches or exceeds that of most corporate bigwigs. Janet Dailey's screenplay is bland and uninspiring, with one-dimensional characters who trot through the story in completely predictable fashion.

And wait till you see the dreadful special effects used to represent the titular phenomenon! 'Foxfire Light' was shot on location in Branson, Missouri, which is now, of course, a tourist destination and decidedly short on hillbillies and mules! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.