Highway to Heaven Season 1 DVD Review
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 7 DVD
“Highway to Heaven” is one of my all-time favorite television programs so I was pleased to learn about the DVD release of Season One. Michael Landon and Victor French shared a great friendship as Jonathan and Mark and their scenes together are priceless. It’s too bad that many of them have been cut from this collection as these are the syndicated episodes of “Highway to Heaven”.
When they aired on NBC-TV, the episode “Going Home, Going Home” was approximately two minutes longer than its DVD counterpart; “Another Song for Christmas” was approximately three minutes longer. Think about this: If each show is missing between two to three minutes and you multiply this by the season total of 24 episodes, you get the equivalent of one missing hour of programming! And for the most part, the scenes dropped are those memorable buddy moments between Jonathan and Mark.
The syndicated episodes of “Highway to Heaven” closed with a tag for Genesis Entertainment. On the back cover of the DVD box is a logo for Genesis International. It would seem, presumably, that these are the same entity.
Michael Landon’s work was the best thing that ever happened to television and it should also be the best thing that ever happened to TV on DVD. Perhaps the powers that be will release a COMPLETE season two with a bonus feature containing all the missing scenes from season one. Now that’s a collection that would earn FIVE stars! I’ll be waiting for it!
Movie Quality: 9/10
- 100-minute documentary entitled Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love
- Collection of outtakes
Special Features: 6/10
I remember enjoying watching this TV show as a teenager. It’s a breath of fresh air, as it doesn’t focus on murder, rape, and other darkness that a lot of TV shows focus on today. It’s an inspirational TV show about learning in life and gives people hope.
Overall Rating: 8/10