(January 10, 2007 - Burbank, CA) — John Boy and the rest of the Waltons clan return for another captivating season of the Emmy award-winning family classic "The Waltons," when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases "The Waltons: The Complete Fifth Season" on DVD May 8, 2007. The five-disc set features all 24 episodes from season five and will retail for $39.98 SRP. Order due date is set for April 3, 2007. The fifth season of this heartwarming series continues the Walton family’s saga as they endure the hardships of the Great Depression and see the outbreak of World War II begin in Europe. The oldest Walton children learn difficult lessons about becoming adults but ultimately rely on their strong familial bonds to get them through the hard times. Season five aired on CBS from September 23, 1976 to March 17, 1977 and featured 24 episodes. “Consumer response to 'The Waltons' DVDs has been tremendous,” commented Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “The series is well acted and wonderfully scripted and it’s presented to viewers in a very down-to-earth and touching way. It is rare to see family-friendly programs of this caliber produced today. Consumers really enjoy having a series that all members of the family can watch together comfortably. Aside from offering captivating stories that take viewers to another place and time, 'The Waltons' also promotes wholesome values and strong family ethics. We are really proud to offer 'The Waltons' to consumers.” "The Waltons," which made its network television premiere on September 14, 1972 on CBS, follows one family’s life as they run a lumber mill during the Great Depression in rural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Created and narrated by author Earl Hamner, Jr., the program is a reflection of Hamner’s own upbringing during the same era, with his experiences re-told to the viewer through the eyes of aspiring writer John Boy Walton (portrayed by Richard Thomas). The close-knit family includes father John Walton (Ralph Waite) and his wife Olivia (Michael Learned), and their children John Boy, Mary Ellen, Jim-Bob, Elizabeth, Jason, Erin and Ben. Grandparents Zeb (Will Geer) and Esther (Ellen Corby) serve as the family elders of this large and loving family, who together face the challenges of 1930s United States while living on Waltons Mountain. With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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