As a child of the ‘80s, I always experience a bit of nostalgia whenever I see childhood favs being brought back to life. You can imagine my excitement when I was made aware of a new Little House on the Prairie DVD.
I can still remember watching this iconic show with my sister and brother. Since the show started the year I was born and ended in 1983, some of the actual details about Little House on the Prairie are bit foggy. What does stand out the most in my memory are the opening credits featuring the girls running down the hill to meet their parent’s wagon.
I loved watching the adventures of the Ingalls family as they managed life in the small American West town of Walnut Grove. I couldn’t wait to see what the Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection, available Sept 13th, had in store for me.
The Legacy Movie Collection is a 2-disc set featuring three digitally remastered movies, Look Back to Yesterday, Bless All the Dear Children, and The Last Farewell. The set also comes with a unique code that allows you to instantly download and stream the collection on your TV, computer, tablet, and phone.
I guess I should have known these weren’t going to be happy movies since the enclosed program description stated this was the conclusion of the Ingalls family story. But I had no idea how depressing each would be. I started with Disc 2’s Bless All the Dear Children, which takes place at Christmas time. On a trip to buy presents, Laura and Almanzo’s baby daughter is kidnapped by a woman who recently lost her baby. This movie felt so off from the usual Little House on the Prairie tone. The acting was bad, the story dragged on, and the cheese factor was super high.
Next, I watched disc 1, which featured Look Back to Yesterday and The Last Farewell. In the super depressing Look Back to Yesterday, Albert is faced with a serious illness, yet shows remarked courage. This movie was sad from the get go and not something I would watch again.
In The Last Farewell, the residents of Walnut Grove come together to defend their town against a developer. While this movie was also depressing, it did a good job of finishing up the series and showcasing how progress and greed affected western settlers.
Though these movies are not rated, I wouldn’t recommend watching them with little children, unless they are able to tough subjects like death, being stolen from your parents, and losing your home. I would only recommend this new Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection to diehard fans who are looking to complete or start their collection.
What’s your favorite Little House on the Prairie moment or character?
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