By Jeff Sneider
What would you do if "The Wonder Years" was properly released on DVD? Well commence freaking out, because StarVista will release "The Wonder Years: The Complete Series" in the second half of 2014, the company announced Tuesday.
Routinely praised for high-quality TV DVD collections such as "Get Smart" and "The Carol Burnett Show," StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is planning a deluxe release of "The Wonder Years," which starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo, Josh Saviano and Daniel Stern.
"'The Wonder Years' has long been the most requested TV show yet to be released on DVD, and we're thrilled to have the incredible opportunity to bring this iconic show to its many fans," said Jeffrey Peisch, senior VP of entertainment programming and marketing for StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. "As we've done with many other classic TV shows, the series will be treated with the care and attention it fully deserves after all these years, with deluxe packaging, robust extras and a lot more. We're really big fans of the series, too."
As it did for "China Beach," StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is painstakingly securing the rights for virtually every song in "The Wonder Years," including Joe Cocker's iconic theme song and hundreds of other memorable tracks, including classics from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and many others.
The company recognizes the necessity to release the series as it was initially broadcast, un-edited and untouched from original broadcast masters. Fans can visit WonderYearsDVDs.com for updates, exclusive content and pre-orders.
Airing on ABC from 1988-1993, "The Wonder Years" garnered multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody, and was named by TV Guide as one of the "Top 20 Shows of the '80s." The show was created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black in association with New World Television.