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THE WONDER YEARS: On DVD (Unedited) at Long, Long Last

Moises Chiullan

I've just received a press release that not only acknowledges that The Wonder Years is coming to DVD in the second half of 2014, and it's going to retain the essential original soundtrack, the licensing of which has long-prevented the DVDs from happening. There's a conditional word in there, though:

As it did for China Beach, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life ispainstakingly securing the rights for virtually every song in The Wonder Years. From Cocker's theme song, to hundreds of other memorable and classic soul, rock and pop songs, including classics from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and many others, StarVista /Time Life recognizes the necessity to release the series as it was initially broadcast, un-edited and untouched from original broadcast masters.

We'll see if that means anything. The indication is that the lion's share of the music rights have already been secured, such that we may not notice one or two songs here or there.

StarVista/TimeLife has done some pretty solid work on China Beach, The Carol Burnett Show, especially Get Smart, and various others. You can sign up to be notified the moment there's a release date, price, and pre-order option.

It's going to be a hell of a year for TV on DVD & Blu-ray.