The $39.99 deal has ended, but you can still buy all 9 seasons of Little House on the Prairie in HD for $69.99 from internet streaming provider Vudu. If you purchase this, make sure you buy the HDX copy which will also give you access to the regular HD and SD versions. Roku Players and many Blu-ray players and other streaming devices will allow you to watch Vudu content on an HDTV.
Lionsgate Press Release
Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of The Cherished Series When All Nine Seasons Arrive For The First Time Ever In High Definition Digital HD September 9th From Lionsgate Home Entertainment
SANTA MONICA, CA (August 26, 2014) – In September 1974, the first season of Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC, bringing Americans together to share in the lives of Charles, Laura and the entire Ingalls family. Now for the first time, 40 years later, every episode of Little House on the Prairie will be available on Digital HD September 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Meticulously restored to original broadcast length and remastered for optimal picture and sound quality, all nine seasons will be available in high definition for fans both new and old to experience the timeless themes of love, adventure and rich family values like never before.
“I am overjoyed that 40 years later, the series that I grew up performing on, is available for new generations to enjoy. Little House on the Prairie is a show full of love, community and heart,” said Melissa Gilbert (“Laura Ingalls Wilder”). “The stories are still relevant and have resonated for decades with audiences around the world. With the digital release of all nine seasons, the show now looks better than ever and the scenes that were cut for syndication are fully restored. So every episode can be seen as it was originally aired and intended.”
Here are a couple of screenshots showing what Little House looked like before and after the restoration for the season one Blu-ray release.
Here are additional Blu-ray scenes that I found for Town Party, Country Party that weren’t on the original DVDs:
7:51 – 9:07
After Carrie is shown eating the corn, the next scene has Laura outside taking a bath. Caroline gets her out of the tub and brings her inside and then Charles finds a fully clothed Carry in the bathtub with Jack. The DVD cuts from Carrie eating the corn to Olga’s dad getting water out of the well. I found this scene on Youtube in English with Dutch subtitles.
I played “If I Should Wake Before I Die” side by side on Blu-ray and the old Imavision DVDs and found the following scenes that were missing from the old DVDs:
10:46 – 12:58
After the funeral, Charles gives Miss Amy a ride home and offers to let her stay with them for a few days, but she declines. She then goes in the house and looks at a picture frame with what I assume are pictures of her three children. The DVD cuts from Miss Amy talking to Laura and Mary at the funeral to Mary saying grace and the Ingalls family eating dinner.
Here are the runtimes of the new season one Blu-ray vs the old Imavison DVDs. The opening on the old Imavision DVDs is a separate 53 second file on each disc, so I had to add 53 seconds to each of the DVD runtimes to make the comparisons more accurate.
I don’t have the pilot on DVD, so I got the runtime off of Amazon. If someone who owns the DVD can double check the runtime for me, I would appreciate it.
The screens of old TVs are in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio, also known as 4:3 which old shows were shown in. HDTVs are in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, also known as 16:9 which is why old shows have black bars on the sides on HD televisions. You can adjust the picture to make it fill the screen, but it stretches things unnaturally and makes people look wider, so I watch with the black bars so that the video is shown in the correct size. By the way, many movies are 2.40:1, so that is why there are sometimes black bars on the top and bottom of the screen when you watch a movie on an HDTV. Older movies like The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind are in a 1.37:1 aspect ratio and have slightly smaller bars on the sides when viewed on an HDTV. So anything smaller than 1.78:1 has black bars on the sides, and anything larger than 1.78:1 has black bars on the top and bottom. I learned all of this after buying an HDTV a couple of years ago.
Lionsgate Press Release
Just in time for Mother’s Day, the beloved family series Little House On The Prairie – Season Two Deluxe Remastered Edition,arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD May 6 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The all-new set includes over 20 hours of fully remastered content including all 22 episodes from Season Two complete and uncut in their original broadcast length. Featuring part two of the new 40th Anniversary celebration documentary, “The Little House Phenomenon: Part Two – In The Beginning…,” The Little House On The Prairie – Season Two Deluxe Remastered Edition Blu-ray and DVD collections will be available for the suggested retail price of $38.99 and $29.98, respectively.
Little House on the Prairie has been restored and season one was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 25, 2014. It looks great and and has scenes that I’ve never seen before.