ByEric Shirey, writer at Creators.co
Eric Shirey writes for online outlets like Revengeofthe5th.net, Examiner.com, and Moviepilot.com. All his articles are found at ERSInk.com.
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If you’re looking for good old-fashioned family fun for the holidays, you need not look any further. Lions Gate places two gifts under the tree that will utterly thrill fans of “Little House on the Prairie.” One will give enthusiasts something to enjoy together for Christmas Eve. The other can bring joy the whole year round.

“Little House on the Prairie: Season Three” heads to Blu-ray for the first time ever. All 21 episodes found in the collection are filled with drama, excitement, and humor. Hard life-defining decisions are made and emotions run high as trials and tribulations surface which test the strength of each member of the Ingalls family. Johnny and June Carter Cash are among the many guest stars who visit Walnut Grove.

“Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas” is made up of the television specials “Christmas at Plum Creek” from Season One and “A Christmas They Never Forgot” from Season Eight. The first episode has Charles (Michael Landon) and Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson) finding jobs in order to get gifts for the family. Laura (Melissa Gilbert) struggles with how she'll come up with money for her presents until she realizes the answer to her problems is right in front of her. Nels Oleson (Richard Bull) wants to buy Laura's horse, Bunny, for Nellie (Alison Arngrim).

The second segment sees the Ingalls family come together for the holidays during a severe blizzard. They're snowed in and end up spending the night together. Memories from Christmas’s past are reflected upon.

“Little House on the Prairie: Season Three” is presented in 1080p High-Definition with DTS-HD Master 2.0 audio. The picture is superb and presents a clean visual experience thanks to its restoration. While not in 5.1 surround, the sound still keeps the viewer engrossed in the exciting frontier of the primitive plains of yesteryear.

“Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas” is delivered as a standard DVD. The two specials are restored to their original broadcast length after years of being show in edited syndicated versions. The audio and video for each episode have been remastered as well.

Only one featurette is included as bonus material for “Little House on the Prairie: Season Three.” “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon Part Three: Casting Walnut Grove” is around 18 minutes long and features interviews with some of the child actors from the show. There are also screen tests which give even more insight into the process of bringing the series to life.

“Little House on the Prairie: Season Three” and “Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas” is the perfect family-oriented gift for that special someone this season. Either one will warm their hearts with wholesome drama and adventure for all ages. Each one reflects the spirit of the holidays and good values of a more innocent time.

“Little House on the Prairie: Season Three” is available now on Blu-ray.

“Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas” is available now on DVD.

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