Monday, March 3, 2014

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart "Lost & Found"

When Calls the Heart: Lost & Found is a feature length film from the first two episodes of the When Calls the Heart TV series. Inspired by the novel "When Calls the Heart" by Janette Oke and produced & directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this DVD is about Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a pampered, high-class teacher receiving her first job in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town in the Great Northwest. The year was 1910. Elizabeth struggles to adjust to her new environment. She finds a friend and encouragement in Abigail Stanton (played by Lori Loughlin). Abigail's husband and son die in a mine's explosion, along with several other miners. This tragedy leaves many widows and their children in a very difficult spot. They had to work in the mines in order to keep their homes. But mining is a dangerous job! Will their effort pay off? Elizabeth and Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) do not get their relationship off on a good note. Jack blames Elizabeth’s wealthy father for ruining his career opportunity by using his influence to assign Jack to Coal Valley to protect his daughter. Will they learn to get along?

I think this is a wonderful series for the whole family to watch together. I'm looking forward to seeing next episodes. Faith. Courage. Kindness. Sacrifice. Long-suffering. It's quite rare to find Biblical values portrayed in TV shows nowadays.
The DVD's bonus feature includes a talk/discussion among Michael Landon Jr, Brian Bird, and Janette Oke. Check out this DVD which was released on Feb. 25th!

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.

Brian Bird- Writer/Producer : Brian Bird is co-founder with partner Michael Landon, Jr., of Believe Pictures, a film and television production company.  He was co-executive producer and writer on the successful television series, Touched by an Angel.  Adding to Brian’s success, he had also written and produced episodes of Evening Shade, Step by Step and The Family Man.  Most recently, Bird wrote and produced Gametime, a two-hour television pilot for NBC, The Shunning, inspired by the novel by best-selling author Beverly Lewis, for the Hallmark Channel, and Not Easily Broken, adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes and released theatrically by Sony/TriStar.

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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