Friday, December 6, 2013

When Calls the Heart DVD Review

When Calls the Heart is the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Drayton), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom post in a prairie town in the Western Frontier lead by headstrong coalminer widows Abigail (Loughlin) and Frances (Smart). She is determined to prove to her family that she is brave enough to live on her own, but struggles with her own fears and doubts. When she discovers her late Aunt Elizabeth's (Grace) secret diary, Elizabeth learns she was a pioneer woman herself, a teacher in the frontier who struggled with prairie life and fell in love with a Royal Canadian Mountie (Amell). Inspired by her aunt's hopeful words and unfaltering determination, Elizabeth decides to embark on her own adventure, using the diary as her guide and family friend Edward, another Mountie (Sharman), as her support. Based on the Canadian West Book Series by Janette Oke, well renown author of over 75 books, most notably Loves Comes Softly

Actors: Maggie Grace, Stephen Amell, Lori Laughlin, Jean Smart
Directors: Michael Landon Jr.
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Millennium
DVD Release Date: December 31, 2013
Run Time: 89 minutes

Michael Landon Jr. – Director:  Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years.  With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family.  He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.

About Word Entertainment:  A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

I’ve read all of Janette Oke’s Canadian West series which starts with the book When Calls the Heart. I really loved this series and while this DVD When Calls the Heart is a lot alike the book it is different also. I wish the DVD was more like the book. In the book it just tells the story of Elizabeth and Wynn but the DVD tells of two separate stories. The Elizabeth of the book is the Aunt in this DVD while another Elizabeth is the niece. They both are from privileged families and both want to be school teachers, both ends up teaching in the Wild West. Another thing both start to like Canadian Mounties.  It’s like a story told twice in this movie.
  I do love the characters and the acting is tremendously good. The settings and scenery are excellent. This could be a 5-star DVD if it only had one story line.
  Even though I don’t like the two story lines I still think this is an excellent DVD to buy and watch. Great love story.

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