Tim T. (FireflyDaddy) from IRON CITY, TN Reviewed on 8/2/2012...
As was said before some of the disk are not remastered and two shows are not there but one is a flashback show that has little loss to me. The big loss is the Pilot. Why oh why did they call it complete if it is incomplete? But as I picked up the Pilot for under two bucks at a local store my grief was short lived. The case looks nice but don't, I repeat don't, keep your disk in it. The case itself will scratch your disk.
Those things aside it was and is my pride and joy. I got a good price for it too. Only payed $85 including shipping. Right after that they went up, way up.
They just don't make shows like this anymore. Quality stories with feelings and hardship, where the will of the human spirit, and God prevails. For those of you, God bless you, who don't know, or have never seen Little House on the Prairie, It is a TV series about a little girl and her family living out west after the civil war and before WWI. It lasted ten years with the key actors never changing. I don't know exactly but think the girl was six when it started. By the end she is a wife and mother herself. Most of the shows are told from the girls point of view with few exceptions. I think if you google it you might find a show to watch for free. Regardless this provides hour and hours of entertainment that is truly worth watching. As my mom put it an old show that never really gets old.
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What are you looking to get out of this set?
Shane D. Worden | Oshkosh, WI United States | 01/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"That's the question you must ask yourself before buying this complete series set.
For a number of years I have seen the individual season sets available and while I've been tempted on several occasions to pick them up, something had always stopped me. Maybe I didn't consider myself a big enough Little House fan, or maybe I was a bit put off by some of the negative reviews I had read here about them, or maybe it was a little of both. But when I saw the complete series out together in one place, I couldn't resist temptation any longer.
I'll begin by saying that those people who have complaints because of audio/video quality and editing have legitimate gripes. If I were a Little House purist seeking complete, uncut, pristine episodes, I'd be more than a little disappointed, too. However, I'm not necessarily one of those people. Yes, some of the episodes obviously have been edited a bit, and some of the episodes show their age, but not all of the episodes show these traits! A great many of the programs appear to be in absolute pristine condition for this release. As far as I am concerned, even the worst episodes from an a/v standpoint were not enough to hinder my enjoyment of the stories, nor were any of the edits that were made. For the casual LHOTP fan who enjoyed the series growing up as I did, and wants to relive the stories, characters and places again, there is nothing here that is going to put you off.
Additionally, once you get into Season 5, the bonus interviews and special features included in the box set are quite interesting. Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) in particular provided some great insights into the show, and her audio commentaries on a number of the shows are often quite funny. There are no less than three discs of bonus material that provide a wealth of behind the scenes stories and interviews, not to mention all of the bonus goodies that was included on all of the individual season sets as well.
The biggest reason why I am giving the complete series set 4 stars, aside from the previously mentioned a/v and editing "issues", is that the pilot episode was not included. As far as I'm concerned, the pilot was as much a part of the series as the individual seasons were, and it's kind of a bummer that it has to be purchased separately in order to complete your collection. I'm also a little bit disappointed that the 3 hour "Little House Years" special from Season 6 has been omitted from this release, but seeing as though it is primarily a "flashback episode", and those "flashbacks" are already available in their complete episodes elsewhere in the box, I can understand that decision to a certain degree. My hope is that this show will see it's own release somewhere down the line, too.
Beyond that, I have never really been a fan of cardboard packaging for DVDs. As already noted elsewhere, the discs are very easy to scratch if you are not very careful. But with 60 DVDs to package together in this set, this is another decision I can understand in order to try and keep costs down as much as possible.
Bottom line: If you are a purist who needs a pristine, uncut LHOTP experience, by all means avoid this. You will not get your money's worth. But for my money, I have been enjoying revisiting these old stories and characters again. I haven't regretted making this purchase. If nothing else, it has given me something to occupy my time on these long Wisconsin winter nights when there hasn't been a whole lot to do."
How is this "Complete"?
William Smith | Fontana, CA United States | 09/26/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"These are the edited for commercial reruns. They are chopped up. I have no idea how the title can say with any conscience - "complete" unless it means "complete..ly mangled" or "complete waste of money". No thanks I will wait for the UNEDITED versions to come out if they ever do. These are NOT remastered, and these are NOT uncut."
B. Frischke | 09/30/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't buy it ... you'll regret it!
Until last week I've been so exited to hear that a new "Complete Edition" will be released in November ... until last week ... it looks as if someone cheered too soon!
According to ImaVision the upcoming DVD release will use the same cut, edited and "mutilated" episodes that are currently available!!! I think $ 250 are far toooooooo much for censorship! I'm really deeply disappointed. Shame on you ImaVision. "
Love the show, this set is a JOKE. Why? Read on.
Micah Glynn | MN, USA | 02/03/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not about to go over the seasons here. I will let it be known though that Little House On The Prairie is one of the greatest TV shows ever. It was a time where TV shows were innocent fun and anyone could watch it and not have to worry about foul language or some toilet humor. A time where shows like Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, Leave It To Beaver, were all seen on regular network TV on a daily run. Kids and family alike could enjoy!! Gosh I miss those days of TV shows.
So let's get to the point of why this BOX set is so bad and a one star. Well it's simple, it's chopped up and cut to bits. At least give fans the UNCUT version of the show. It's not like there are commercials to worry about and if you expect us to pay a couple hundred dollars to own the whole show, then put a bit of effort into it and at least give the true fans what we want. UNCUT!!!!
I'm not here to complain about the price. I'll GLADLY shell out plenty of cash for any show that I love, IF the company puts a bit of effort into taking the time to give me the real deal and not this edited down junk. I'll put my cash towards another TV box set that is UNCUT and wait for the real deal here. I refuse to pay for this set though, just so down the road the company can put out a UNCUT version and expect fans to pay again for this.
STOP BEING SO LAZY!!! Give the fans what we want and we will gladly buy the set. Think about it. A fan of any show that is going to go out and buy the complete TV series of a show, is a REAL fan. Do companies actually think that we want some cut down, chopped up nonsense as this?
WE WANT LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE IN A BEAUTIFUL BOX SET, UNCUT!!!!
Thank you for reading, just needed to vent. I'm angry because I love the show and REALLY DID want this.
Nice to have all the episodes. Quality not so good. Some d
Readywolf | Belton, MO USA | 11/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm pretty happy to have all the episodes, the three final movies and all the special features. I deducted a star because the sound and picture look about how they did thirty years ago, or maybe worse, and another star because the three special features disks at the back of the binder got caught under the binding during shipping and got very scratched. Although they look really badly damaged they do play fine. The wagon packaging looks fun but it's hard to pull the disks out without scratching them on the binder posts. I guess giving scenes a purple tint is what's called color enhancement."