Highway to Heaven is one of my favorite dramatic series so I looked forward to its release into the DVD realm. Unfortunately, we now have two DVD seasons of this Michael Landon classic that features the edited episodes shown in syndication. Approximately 2-3 minutes are cut from each of these episodes.
I am fortunate to have eight of these installments recorded on VHS from the show’s original network run on NBC. I know these episodes very well and it bothers me that they are not complete! The episode “Birds of a Feather” (my favorite) features a dramatic scene in which Jonathan makes the ultimate sacrifice to call attention to toxic waste dumping. Don’t look for that scene here though. It’s not on the DVD version of this episode.
This collection also features digital break-up on part two of “The Monster”. Also, the video and audio are not in-sync! The actors speak and the voice comes in a second or two later! It is very distracting to watch.
I did enjoy the audio commentary on “The Torch” by Mrs. Landon and Highway to Heaven producer Mr. Kent McCray. I had hoped for other “extras” but unfortunately they followed in the path of all the scenes cut for syndicated purposes.
Highway to Heaven is one of the best family dramas ever produced. It should be seen and preserved on DVD in its original NBC format.
Let’s hope that on the third try this series is featured in a COMPLETE set! Only then will the angels rejoice…
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There are many great episodes of this great series, but the two best episodes are on this season of episodes. The first deals with the angels going to a camp for kids, but not just any kids, these kids all have cancer. It’s an emotional two part episode that is one of the best episodes of any show. The other episode is my personal favorite because so many people now adays can relate to it. It’s the finale episode on this collection. It’s about a loner overweight girl who binges on doughnuts, saying there for a party or friends when she orders the dozen doughnuts. When she tutors the failing jock of the school, whom she has a crush on, his girlfriend decides to get even and tells her that she will let her join the exclusive club in school known as the “Ditchers”. So excited the overweight girl can’t wait and tells her mom she’s done it, she’s finally made friends, but when she arrives at the girls home, it’s innitiation night and the unthinkable happens. It’s the best episode in my opinion because it shows kids that being different is alright and that if you don’t like things about yourself you can change them. I love this show. Do whatever you have to but this season is a MUST OWN set!!!!!!
Great series, great 2nd season (A song for Jason is a tearjecker), great actors.
Unfortunately, many episodes are edited. What a pity!