THE PLOT THUS FAR
The adventure and drama continues for the beloved Ingalls family in Season Four of this treasured American-classic TV series. Life on the frontier brings trials and triumphs in this 22-episode season that includes a disappointing trip to Chicago, a devastating drowning followed by Laura’s kidnapping, crime and outlaws in Walnut Grove, love and marriage for Nellie, a surprise family inheritance, Caroline’s pregnancy, Mary’s tragic blindness and more. Newly restored and remastered for optimal picture and sound, enjoy each episode in its original brilliance, and relive every touching moment of this unforgettable season.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Little House on the Prairie” entered into its fourth year by focusing far more heavy on the Ingalls girls. Mary travels with her father to Chicago to impress a boy, while Laura gets blamed for her friend’s drowning. That’s some emotionally taxing material for the mid to late 1970s. I know that “Parenthood” throws some curveballs at you, but NBC rarely has had a drama live up to that emotional boatload of feelings. It’s a shame that younger people don’t dig on it.
It’s just sad that the rest of the season never lived up to those opening episodes. But, the season finale ended on Mary going blind. While the real Mary Ingalls knew of her fate earlier and it took far long for her to go blind, Landon and company milk the moment for all of its 1970s melodrama. What’s funny is that I can’t think of these episode anymore without picturing the gag that Family Guy got out of the moment. Remember when Family Guy was funny? It’s been 15 years.
The Blu-Ray comes with a documentary about the show’s legacy as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is beautifully restored for a show of its age. The 1080p transfer shines, while the DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track keeps the dialogue alive. I never knew a show from the late 70s/early 80s could look this sharp in HD. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 01/20/2015