“The Waltons: The Movie Collection” DVD Review

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
February 9, 2010

I had heard of the show “The Waltons” before but had never seen it.  Thanks to Warner Home Video, I had the opportunity to review The Waltons Movie Collection (A Wedding on Walton’s Mountain / Mother’s Day / A Day for Thanks / A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion / Wedding / Easter) on DVD.  It’s a family friendly, feel good show and I enjoyed watching it.  I love that it’s a big family and the episodes are wholesome, each one being enjoyable to watch and leaving you with a good feeling.  I loved “Mother’s Day on Walton’s Mountain.”  It was my favorite!  I’m happy to own the Waltons Movie Collection.

On January 26, 2010, Warner Home Video released “The Waltons: The Movie Collection” for the first time on DVD.  The DVD includes six heartwarming, made-for-television films from The Waltons franchise, one of the top award-winning series of all time.  Featured are six holiday and family celebration-themed Waltons movies on three discs.  The set retails for $39.98.

Why have The Waltons been enjoyed by so many for such a long time?  Central to the show are themes about honesty, integrity, and family.  The show ran for nine seasons and depicted the lives of an American family as they coped with some of the events that shaped our nation’s history. 

Films Include:

A Wedding on Walton’s Mountain – Set in the 1940’s after the Second World War, beautiful Erin Walton is set to marry, or will she have a change of heart when her ex-beau Ashley comes calling?
Mother’s Day on Walton’s Mountain– The Waltons are bursting with appreciation for the one who nurtured, instructed and loved them without measure: Mother.
A Day for Thanks on Walton’s Mountain – Life circumstances threaten to bring the Walton’s time honored Thanksgiving celebration to an end, but on the last Thursday of November, the heartfelt tradition lives on thanks to young Elizabeth.
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion– In Fall 1963, a decade after the prior movie, the Waltons come together to rejoice in their accomplishments and mourn a national tragedy, the assassination of JFK.
A Walton Wedding – John Boy and Janet reject the high-society schemes of her meddling aunt-turned-wedding planner and opt for the homespun Blue Ridge Mountain warmth of A Walton Wedding.
A Walton Easter – A 1969 visit home has John-Boy wondering if it’s time to come home for keeps.  The seven Walton siblings and their ever-growing broods reunite for Easter and their parents’ 40th anniversary.

The films included on this DVD originally aired between 1982 and 1997 on CBS and starred most of the original cast of the show.  Cast members included Ralph Waite (John Walton Sr.), Michael Learned (Olivia Walton), Ellen Corby (Grandma Esther Walton), Jon Walmsley (Jason Walton), Judy Norton Taylor (Mary Ellen Walton), Mary Beth McDonough (Erin Walton), Erin Scott (Ben Walton), David W. Harper (Jim-Bob Walton), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth Walton), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Walton), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Richard Thomas (John-Boy Walton), and many others. 

“Wholesome and at the same time highly entertaining, The Waltons has been a tremendous success with viewers of all ages, offering wonderful, believable characters and compelling storylines to which we can all relate,” said  Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing.  She added, “After nine successful seasons of The Waltonson DVD, Waltons fans can now complete their collection with these six delightful films, all on DVD for the first time.  This is a must-have set for anyone who loves The Waltons and for everyone who appreciates timeless, classic family entertainment.”
The Waltons, which made its network television premiere on September 14, 1972 on CBS, follows one family’s journey as they run a lumber mill during the Great Depression in rural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  Created and narrated by author Earl Hamner, Jr., the program is a reflection of Hamner’s own upbringing during the same era, with his experiences re-told to the viewer through the eyes of aspiring writer John Boy Walton (originally portrayed by Richard Thomas).  The Waltons enjoyed a total of nine years on CBS and earned a total of 13 Emmy® Awards during its run. 
All nine season of The Waltons are currently available on DVD from WHV.
I received a copy of “Waltons: The Movie Collection” from Warner Home Video to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

3 Responses to ““The Waltons: The Movie Collection” DVD Review”

  1. patti Hess says:

    Oh I really LOVe the Waltons thanks for this review!!

  2. Lauralee Hensley says:

    We need to get this DVD to complete our collection. When there’s nothing we really want to watch on TV, it’s always nice to have these on hand to watch. We still enjoy them, and probably always will.
    Being a Baptist doesn’t hurt either. Actually my husband makes fun of me and calls me Grandma Walton sometimes. I think he’s letting me know I’m being pretty straight-laced about some issues at times by saying this.

  3. I can remember watching this show with my grandmother on Thursday nights. She loved it and so did I – we were the only ones in the family who did, and she had moved in with us after my grandfather had passed away. Just reading your review brought back great memories of me sitting with her on her huge overstuffed rocking chair crying every week during the show.
    Then I watched every movie by myself because she had passed when they came out and no one else in the family would watch. Thanks for a great review and for making me smile.

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