HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN
Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Michael Landon, Victor French
Video: 1.33:1 Standard Full-Screen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Features: See Review
Length: 1200 Minutes
Release Date: April 26, 2005
The Highway To Heaven is paved with a Bonanza of
talent and knowledge. Michael
Landon and Victor French are two men who have braved the frontier together many
times before. However, this time
around they are not confined to a Little House On The Prairie...they have
the whole world at their fingertips.
Jonathan Smith is a handyman. Well, heís Gods handyman, on a mission to help fix things
gone wrong in the world. During his
travels Jonathan ends up with a traveling companion named Mark Gordon.
Mark is an ex-cop who was wasting his life away in a bottle until
Jonathan showed him there was a better way.
When someone veers off the straight and narrow, Jonathan is
there to make sure they find their way safely back...sidestepping the pot holes,
and washed out bridges as they go. Whether
they are working to help a group of senior citizens keep their communal home, or
teaching an illiterate basketball player to read, Jonathan and Mark always
finish the job, and make the boss proud. Good
thing too, because this boss wields more power in the boardroom than Donald
Trump ever dreamed of!
This seven disc box set of DVDs contains 24 uplifting
episodes. There is approximately 20
hours worth of family friendly entertainment on these DVDs that is guaranteed to
enlighten as well as educate you.
When I was growing up on the farm in Kentucky, one of my
favorite TV shows was Little House On The Prairie.
I was too young to remember Bonanza and it wasnít being aired in
syndication where I lived, so beyond Little House I had no idea who
Michael Landon was.
Now that Iím all grown up, Iíve had an opportunity to
take a look back at Michael Landon and his career.
Let me tell you, few actors have the opportunity to star in not one, not
two, but three successful television shows during their lifetime.
Not to mention the made for TV movies and big screen work Landon did.
I will leave it to the featurette in this box set to give
you a look into the life of Michael Landon, but I will say that when it came to
television acting, there are very few who come close to this man's talent.
Victor French is also another Little House On The
Prairie alumni that I adored growing up.
I still credit his character on Little House with teaching me the
words to ďOld Dan Tucker!Ē Victor really did an excellent job as the
brooding ex-cop Mark on Highway To Heaven.
He was able to clearly and cleverly capture the guarded spirit of one who
has traveled a very bumpy road in life, and is seeking redemption.
When Highway To Heaven hit the airwaves, it brought
with it a level of intelligence and morality that had been sorely lacking in
other television shows at that time. This little show with its two heroes rode
on faith alone, and drove itself right into the must see TV lineup.
Whether you are looking for some good family entertainment,
or you simply want to revisit 80s style TV, this box set should definitely be on
your must have list.
This DVD box set is presented in a 1.33:1 Standard
The episodes on these DVDs were pretty dirty.
The dirt was very visible in the opening sequence, and continued to be a
problem throughout almost all of the discs.
The colors were bland, and flat. I
know this show is old, but these colors make it look as though it had one foot
in the grave.
I always try to give older shows the benefit of the doubt. I have stated many times before that, prior to the digital revolution older movies and TV shows were not filmed or stored in a way that transfers cleanly onto DVD. There are so many of these older shows and movies out there, that it makes giving them all a good cleaning near to impossible.
So we either take what we can get, or do without.
Personally Iíll take all the old TV shows on DVD that I can get my
The Dolby Digital Stereo on these DVDs didnít blow me
away, but there werenít any real problems with it, so Iím in the middle of
the road on this one.
The quality was okay, with only a little white noise
audible. There were no dips or drop
outs in the audio level, but I did have to boost the over all audio levels quite
a bit in order to hear it well.
This Heavenly box set scores nicely with its extra
The biggest and best this box set has to offer is a
feature-length documentary, Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love.
This documentary takes you into the home of Michael Landonís family,
where they spend a day reminiscing about the man that was husband, father, and
grandfather. Melissa Gilbert paints
a very vivid picture of the man she called Pa.
I learned more about this amazing man from one featurette than I thought
Outtakes and bloopers from the show are included to tickle your funny bone, along with text biographies of Michael Landon and Victor French.