Television For All Ages: Hope Valley Continues To Make Viewers Feel Like Family
Starring: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Jack Wagner, and Lori Loughlin
Inspired by the novel by Janette Oke
Janette Oke at Wikipedia (includes full bibliography)
CD Review: Winter in Hope Valley
When Calls the Heart Television Series, Complete Season 2, plus Bonus Features:
Disc 1: WCTH: Trials of the Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 2: WCTH: Heart and Soul (Movie Version)
Disc 3: WCTH: Heart of the Family (Movie Version)
Disc 4: WCTH: Heart and Home (Movie Version)
Disc 5: WCTH: Follow your Heart (Movie Version)
Disc 6: Episodes 1-5 (as aired on the Hallmark Channel)
Disc 7: Episodes 6-10 (as aired on the Hallmark Channel)
Disc 8: Special Features: Exclusive Featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.
Disc 9: Journey to Jamaa: A Short Film by WCTH Executive Producers Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird
Disc 10: Winter in Hope Valley (Instrumental CD)
Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is a strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home (and a bit of unexpected romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack) in the small frontier town of Hope Valley. But life on the frontier can hand you many tough turns, and so it is for Jack and Elizabeth as they face their very different upbringings, the pressures put upon them by family, rival suitors and even various criminal counterfeiters and kidnappers in their quest to find their place in this remote and rugged land.
Season 3 of the Hallmark Channel TV series When Calls The Heart is just around the corner (Sunday, February 21st at 9pm), so it feels like the right time to talk to you about the show and the beautifully packaged collector’s edition DVD box set for Season 2.
The box boasts a hefty 10 discs in all — the first 5 being the double episode movie versions like the discs released in Season 1 that I’ve previously reviewed. If you’d like to see the individual episodes just as they aired on television, those are on discs 6 and 7.
To fans who already know and love the series, disc 8 will probably be the most interesting. This special features disc has behind the scenes footage on the set where you see a bit of hair and makeup, hear at length from Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing (the banter involving their big first kiss scene is hilarious!) as well as Martin Cummins. Also included are lengthy segments with executive producer Michael Landon, Jr., and the author whose book series inspired the television show, Janette Oke. Both candidly share much of their individual life stories and personal testimonies, and both make it abundantly clear that their faith in Christ plays a central role in their life and work.
Discs 9 and 10 are complete bonuses. The former is an awarding-winning short film (42 minutes) called Journey to Jamaa. The film, directed by Landon and Bird, and produced by the relief organization World Vision, in based on the story of two orphaned children, Margaret and Derick. To fulfill their mother’s dying wish, the brother and sister set off on a journey to locate their relative. Like WCTH, the underlying message is one of hope and faith.
Disc 10 is an instrumental CD, Winter in Hope Valley that sounds like a beautiful film score. (Read Jen’s full review of the CD here.) If you enjoy the music played in the show’s opening, you’re guaranteed to be inspired by the gorgeous music on this disc! Soothing and hopeful, it makes a lovely backdrop while you’re having a cup of tea, doing housework, journal writing, or even taking a bubble bath!
— Dawn Teresa
5 of 5 Hearts. Television For All Ages: Hope Valley Continues To Make Viewers Feel Like Family.
There is nothing on modern television like When Calls the Heart. It’s high quality storytelling, with a host of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. That’s why as the show moves forward, fan engagement continues to grow — so much so that Forbes magazine recently published a piece about the formidable influence of the combined voice of the enthusiastic viewers (#Hearties)!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above DVD for free from Edify Media in the hope that I would give it an impartial review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Tagged: Complete Season 2, Daniel Lissing, DVD Reviews, Elizabeth Thatcher, Erin Krakow, Follow Your Heart, Heart and Home, Heart and Soul, Heart of the Family, Hearties, Jack Thornton, Jack Wagner, Janette Oke, Lori Loughlin, Michael Landon Jr, Trials of the Heart, WCTH, When Calls The Heart