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  • Awakening Land [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Awakening Land [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00362GK6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,396 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Calder on 22 Aug. 2011
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This series was shown on television over 30 years ago and never repeated, so I was keen to see the last episode which I missed. This was my first introduction to this trilogy of classic American books. Although, as with most dramatisations, some of the book is missed the story is still good and well acted. The production is a rather dated now but Hal Holbrook's performance is still excellent and Elizabeth Montgomery portarays an intelligent, ambitious woman whose own learning has been limited vey well. Look out for a very young William H Macy.
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Again like so many, so this TV series many years ago there's dear Liz and a very young Jane Seymour. Being Australian and noting the hardships of the first settler's this is a fairly gritty series! Full of character TV actors of the time it's good to reminisce and remember a time when TV was good! Before so called reality TV! Love this series and look foreword to watching it again after so long! Sadly for various reasons TV station fail to show these types of programmes any more!
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By J. Bonner on 2 Jan. 2014
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Another excellent tv movie by Elizabeth Montgomery, she well deserved her Emmy nomination. With supporting cast like Jane Seymour who went on to star in Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman and the first film for William H. Macy, this film shows the struggles of the early settlers in america's mid-west.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on 1 Dec. 2012
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This superb mini series was fantastic. How the west really was settled, and great acting from the amazing Elisabeth Montgomery
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190 of 196 people found the following review helpful
Almost As Good As I'd Remembered. 26 April 2010
By Michelle R - Published on
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I first saw this about 30 years ago, when it was originally broadcast. I saw once again the first part about 15 years ago, when it was shown again, but missed the rest due to a family crisis. I can honestly say the story stayed with me most of my life -- I was a kid the first time around. I very much wanted to own this, and kept watching for it to be available. In the meanwhile, I read the books it was based on: The Trees: First Book In Awakening Land Trilogy, Fields: Second Book In Awakening Land Trilogy, and The Town: Third Book In Awakening Land Trilogy. The books are really quite good, particularly if the subject matter interests you, and I found myself reading one at work and crying. However, the books only made me want to see the series again.

When it did become available -- through the Warner Brothers site and vendors here -- I jumped at the chance to purchase it and did a little happy dance. I told my husband about it, and cautioned him that it might be slightly cheesy. I said this because that happens sometimes with older shows -- you remember them one way and then cringe when you see them now. I really didn't want to be embarrassed and so I gave a preemptive, "I could be imagining how good it was, but it's really special to me and so humor me. 'K? Thanks."

The story follows Sayward Luckett for several decades, beginning in the late 1700s as her family comes to and settles land in the Ohio Valley. We see her fight to keep her family together and we see her marry a man because she's attracted to him, but also because he can provide an education for her future children. We see her go from a poor woman with little influence to the accidental founder of a town.

Here's the thing: there ARE cheesy moments. The third part is noticeably weaker than the two proceeding parts too, but I'd still very much recommend this. This is worth a willing suspension of disbelief in pretending the very much middle-aged Elizabeth Montgomery is a young girl at the beginning. She does a terrific job playing Sayward, a very admirable and strong character, and I can't imagine a more age-appropriate actress doing better. You care about this woman and you ache for her when tragedy strikes.

Hal Holbrook also does a terrific job at the educated Portius Wheeler. Of course, the actor has made a career out of playing smart people, but this role allows him to also play a man who does some unlikable things, but remains likable. He has terrific chemistry with Elizabeth Montgomery.

Also, look for a young and gorgeous Jane Seymour. The accent is a little iffy though. :) Oh, and a baby-faced William H. Macy.

While all three parts are worth watching, much of the third episode is vaguely like the TV series of Little House on The Prairie (as opposed to the Little House books.) Hey, I love LHOTP as much as the next person, more, but in this case it didn't meet the quality of the previous parts or focus on the characters we'd invested in; instead, much of the time over to the young son of Sayward and Portius. When I was a kid, I actually loved this part. Still, the ending brings it back to the solid writing and acting of the first two parts.

I'm very glad I got the opportunity to see this once again and I hope that -- now that it's available on DVD -- it will find a new, appreciative audience. Even with somewhat dated production values, this makes me long for the days of the miniseries and having several hours to follow a really good story. (Don't forget that the books are terrific, too!)

This is 5 stars from me, because it was powerful enough to stay with me for decades, because it showcases the talents of Elizabeth Montgomery -- who left us too soon -- and because it tells a terrific story, and because they really don't make 'em like that anymore.
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The Awakening Land 10 May 2010
By Gene M. Benner - Published on
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The story is about pioneers in the Ohio country in the early 1800s. It deals with life as it really was in those days. The story mainly revolves around Elilabeth Montgomery and how she deals with all the hardships that she and her broken family go through. There are many side stories dealing with other members of the family and neighbors. The acting was good and the locales were acurate. It was very entertaining. I would highly recomend this mini-series.
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The Books Are Better 5 Jun. 2010
By Mariane Matera - Published on
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The first two discs, the The Trees and The Land, were not very thick books and the retelling of the stories in movie version keep to the highlights and is very satisfying. The last book, The Town, was twice as big as the others, and so many things have been left out of the story, and one critical storyline about Rosa, the illegitimate child, radically changed. And the story goes on for many many chapters after the part in the movie ends. In the movie, it just quits at a convenient place. And it seems to me scenes were cut out of this DVD version that I could have sworn I saw when it originally aired on television in 1978. If you read the books, you'll want to see this movie because in my mind, Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Halbrook look exactly like I pictured Sayward and Portius would look. And if you haven't read the books, you will need to if you enjoyed this mini-series, because there is so much more and you'll get a proper ending. It is my favorite books of all time and have been for the past 30 years. I wish someone would make a mini-series now that really told the whole story.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Movie 18 April 2011
By Sayward Sue - Published on
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When my mom saw this movie on TV 30 years ago, she was so inspired by Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal of a strong, empowered woman that when she had me a year later she named me Sayward. Since I was a little girl my parents have raved about this movie, so when I saw that it was finally for sale I bought it for my mom's birthday a few weeks ago and we've been meeting up to watch the installments together. We've only watched the first two disks, but haven't had any problems with sound or picture quality like others have mentioned.

Since this movie has so much personal significance to us, I didn't mind paying the $30+ price, but considering some poor editing and the low budget nature of the movie, I don't know if that price would be worth it to everyone else. It's important to keep in mind that this is a 1970s TV mini-series, so production expectations should not be high. By today's standards, the low budget scenery and costumes, choppy story line, and poor editing have only added to our fun and have made the movie more enjoyable. Although the lack of transitions in the plot is a bit frustrating, the characters and acting are great. The movie has a great mix of history, romance, action, tragedy, and suspense. I love the main character and can see why I was named after her.

If you're interested in pioneer stories and frontier life, or want to watch Elizabeth Montgomery fend off a rapist by biting off his ear, you'll love this movie.
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