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Little House On The Prairie: Season Seven (1980 - 1981/NBC/Lionsgate DVD Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: B

I grew up watching the beloved NBC series Little House On The Prairie and now am pleased with these new deluxe remastered edition sets that have been coming out. The picture and sound have been restored and all of the episodes are uncut and the complete original broadcast length, which previously hasn't been available. (This review, however, pertains to the DVD release which while the presentation is great for the format, doesn't reach the heights of the Blu-rays and this final season has not been issued that was for now.)

An adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder's series of Little House books, the story follows a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s and 1880s. Throughout the 22 episodes in this collection we go through a lot of drama, conflicts, and love as the family grows with the times with valuable life lessons snuck in for the audience.

The show stars the late Michael Landon (who was also a director on many of the episodes), and Karen Grassie as Charles and Caroline Ingalls along with their three young daughters played by Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Gilbert, and Lindsey Greenbush. Over the nine seasons, we really get to see the family mature which is pretty incredible in retrospect. A filmmaking technique that we also got with films like Boyhood and Harry Potter, which is seeing the cast mature over years to effectively show a passage of time.

Presented in standard definition with a full screen, 1.33:1 aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital English 2.0 Mono track, the show has been restored to its proper ratio with a great new sound mix and improved picture. French and Spanish tracks as well as closed captioning are optional. Also included are the ultraviolet copies for your smart phone or tablet.

Sadly, no extras, which is odd because they have existed on past releases. Aside from that, the series concludes here and that should keep fans happy, though a Compete Series DVD set has also been issued for those skipping the Blu-ray version.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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