A&E Home Video is delivering television legend Michael Landon’s award-winning series, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN: SEASON ONE, to the CBA marketplace on April 26. Available for the first time on DVD, the long-awaited seven-disc set features all 24 episodes, including the two-part pilot, in addition to seldom-seen outtakes and the documentary tribute, Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love. Classic television fans and devotees can bring the top rated family drama championing good values, strength of character and kindness home for $79.95 SRP.
Giving viewers a little slice of “heaven” in his first original series, Michael Landon, who also wrote and directed many episodes, portrayed novice guardian angel “Jonathan Smith” who was charged with assisting wayward souls. The premise of HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN was simple, but the episodes were often profoundly moving. In the pilot, Smith is sent to Earth to help mankind where he quickly meets embittered ex-cop Mark Gordon (Victor French), and helps to turn his life around. Grateful, Gordon becomes Jonathan’s right-hand-man, and together they travel the country, receiving assignments from God to deliver love, understanding, and humility to the people they encounter. Episodes often dealt with common human failings such as egotism, bitterness and greed, and they also portrayed a diverse range of human issues and frailties, including racism, illness and death. Jonathan always found a way to bring a little grace and love into the lives of those he touched.
Adding to Landon’s star power, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN: SEASON ONE features guest appearances by an array of high-profile actors, including the legendary Helen Hayes (A Farewell to Arms), sitcom and big-screen star Helen Hunt (Mad About You, Cast Away) and acclaimed actor Ned Beatty (Homicide: Life on the Street). After enjoying a five-season run on NBC, totaling 111 hour-long episodes from 1984-1989, the program garnered a second generation of fans throughout its runs in syndication. Today, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN can be seen on the TV Land network, airing weeknights at 8:00 pm ET.
A&E Home Video, part of the Consumer Products Division of A&E Television Networks (AETN) is a video distributor of non-theatrical programming, featuring collectible VHS and DVD editions of the high quality programming from A&E Network and The History Channel, as well as acquired classic programming. A&E Home Video brings the best of critically acclaimed entertainment presented in award-winning packaging to the special interest category. For more information about ordering these and other titles from the A&E Home Video Collection, call (212) 206-8600 (TRADE ONLY).
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In related news, Paramount has now offiicially announced that the Complete Second Season of The Andy Griffith Show will be released on DVD May 24, 2005. The list price will probably be about the same as for the Complete First Season (around $40). There are expected to be some special features with the new release, possibly including some of the original sponsor commercials featuring the cast members. Paramount has also announced that it plans to release the Complete Third Season this fall and the Complete Fourth Season before the end of the year. Tentative dates for the those releases likely will be announced before Memorial Day. More articles about Mayberry!
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