Tuesday, October 13, 2015

When Calls The Heart - FishFlix.com ( A Schoolhouse Crew Review )

We love movie night in our house.  We often have two different types of movie nights however - one for animated kid movies for Ash and Garrett to enjoy and then we also have a movie night with Alyssa that involves a movie that doesn't have animated animals.  When choosing movies to watch with Alyssa (who is 16) we always try to be mindful to how much adult themes the movie may have as she is easily embarrassed by any sexual overtones the movie selection might have.  Because of this, when we were recently given the opportunity to review When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family on DVD from FishFlix.com, we were pretty excited since we were very familiar with the show and knew it was something Alyssa would enjoy watching.

About FishFlix

FishFlix.com is an online retailer who specializes in Christian and Inspirational movies. Their goal is
to provide quality Christian entertainment that can be watched by families without the worries of questionable content or ideas/beliefs that disagree with those who follow Christ.  The company was started over a decade ago by Turkish Christian Dr. Enis Sakirgil who original wanted Christians in the West to know about the Biblical histories of Turkey. Since those origins, FishFlix.com has evolved into selling more mainstream Christian movies.

About When Calls the Heart

When Calls the Heart is a tv series that airs on the Hallmark channel.  Based upon the book of the same name from Janette Oke, this successful series focuses on Elizabeth Thatcher, a young woman from a very affluent family who travels to a very small town known as Hope Valley (previously known as Coal Valley) to become a teacher.  Now in it's third season (which will begin this winter), the show follows Elizabeth as she adapts from being a city girl to small town living, her friendship with widowed Abigail Stanton, and her budding relationship with Canadian Mountie Constable Jack Thornton. It is considered a faith based drama with strong female role models and while it does have romance and more mature themes, they are presented in such a way as to not be glaring the watcher in the face.  The show has a huge viewing audience with many loyal fans who are known as "Hearties" who connect via facebook and twitter to talk about their favorite show.

Abigail (Lor Loughlin), Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Jack (Daniel Lissing)


Last year, Alyssa and I both became familiar with the series and fell in love with the characters. This particular DVD that we reviewed was When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family.  This particular DVD is the 2 hour special that aired on Hallmark during Season 2, which I had already watched previously on Hallmark but that Alyssa had not seen yet.  The story for this episode that Elizabeth has returned to Hope Valley after an extended visit with her family and volunteers to watch a neighbor's two children and his homestead while he goes to help his brother.  Elizabeth, being a city girl who is somewhat domestically challenged, doesn't have the first clue as to what is involved in running a homestead and some hilarious moments ensue. Luckily, Mountie hero Jack shows up to help.  This episode also focuses on the strained relationship between Abigail and Bill Avery, another Mountie who is in town investigating a counterfeit operation.

Jack and Elizabeth
Since we were already familiar with the show and the current storylines, it was very easy for us to pop the DVD into the player and watch it together. Alyssa absolutely loves Jack (who oddly, looks a lot like my ex husband.. lol)  and I enjoy knowing that there's nothing I need to tell her to "cover her eyes" for.  The budding romance between the two is very sweet and also makes for a great example of how men should treat women in a relationship.  I also would say that while there's nothing that lil eyes shouldn't see, the story lines are probably over their heads making this a show better for pre-teens and up.

While I wouldn't recommend this particular DVD for anyone unfamiliar with the show, FishFlix.com does sell both the full 12 episode Series 1 and Series 2 DVD sets on their webpage. With a current pricetag of only 10 dollars for the 3 DVD Volume 1 6 episode set, I would highly recommend anyone who's interested in the show to pick up this steal.

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