It’s a light week for family-friendly releases.

LittleHouse5The familiest and friendliest is Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, which comes to Blu-ray this Tuesday. Even with eldest daughter Mary blind and a new family member added in the person of Albert, this series remains a terrific look at pioneer life and relationships. The 1974-83 TV series starred beloved actor Michael Landon as Pa, Karen Grassle as Ma, Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary, Melissa Gilbert as Laura, and Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush as Carrie—the Ingalls family, who head west to homestead. The first four seasons looked terrific on Blu-ray, so this one ought to (Amazon link).

AntarcticaStill plenty family-friendly is Antarctica: A Year on Ice, a 2013 documentary-adventure from director Anthony Powell, whose crew filmed what it was like to live in Antarctica for a full year—including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth. The project was filmed over the course of 15 years, and you’ll see things you never thought you would. It’s available on both Blu-ray and DVD, but if you have a Blu-ray player go with HD. The cinematography is breathtaking (trailer/Amazon link).

BigEyesIf contemporary drama is more your thing, this week you can check out the indie bio-dramedy Big Eyes (2014), which earned Amy Adams a Golden Globe for her portrayal of painter Margaret Keane, who painted children with big eyes in the 1950s, but whose husband peddled her works and took credit for them. The legendary Tim Burton directed this PG-13 film, which also stars Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Jason Schwartzman. Look for it on both Blu-ray and DVD (trailer/Amazon link).

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