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#1 of 89 Darth Bowie

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Posted June 22 2007 - 05:08 AM

Hello to all!

I've been hearing rumors about season sets of "The Wonder Years" being released on dvd in time for its 20th anniversary (January 31, 2008). With the ION television station playing the entire series with its original music intact (!!!), I'm beginning to take these rumors seriously. Has anyone else heard about a near-future release?

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Posted June 22 2007 - 05:25 AM

Well, before it gets out of hand, let me sum it up:

—The licensing was for broadcast only. No one thought ahead to home video licensing for TV shows in 1988.
—Fox owns it, and while we all know what happened with WKRP in Cincinnati, they have said they don't want to release it without the music intact.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 07:35 AM

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Fox owns it, and while we all know what happened with WKRP in Cincinnati

Not to mention that apparently they couldn't even manage to secure the DVD rights for a lot of music on "My Name is Earl" a show that is only two seasons old.
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Posted June 22 2007 - 08:19 AM

I'm sure they could, they just didn't. The only way they "couldn't" is if one or more of the owners of a song says "not for any price." If they asked and that happened, that's one thing, but when they don't even bother to ask (they could be pleasantly surprised), that's when it really bothers me.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 11:09 AM

Dan Lauria recently did an interview on some Internet talk show where he said that the DVDs are still held up in music rights limbo. I don't think we'll be seeing it for quite a while.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 01:25 PM

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Posted June 22 2007 - 04:10 PM

It would be a very poor man's box set as ION airs edited syndication versions and squeezes the credits into a tiny unreadable box.

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Posted June 22 2007 - 05:52 PM

Oh dear, yet another Wonder Years discussion. Seeing this show again really makes me want it done properly on DVD. But I don't expect it to happen soon or at all.

I'm just thankful to have it back on TV in some form.
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#9 of 89 Darth Bowie

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Posted June 23 2007 - 09:13 AM

In 2005-6, a Fox rep said that the DVDs would be available within 2 years.

Who would like to contact Steve Feldstein (senior vice president of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) and Jyoti Sarda (20th Century Fox Marketing) to check on its status?

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Posted June 23 2007 - 09:26 AM

Does anybody know how long the episodes were when originally broadcast?

It is currently being shown over here on TMF, and the episodes are coming in at about 23 mins (at PAL speed). Unusually for this day and age, the credits are not being talked over or squashed, but unfortunately they spoil it with the ugliest and most distracting logo I've ever seen in the top left corner throughout the show.

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Posted June 23 2007 - 11:32 AM

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With the ION television station playing the entire series with its original music intact (!!!), I'm beginning to take these rumors seriously. Has anyone else heard about a near-future release?
They are the same edited versions Turner used to show, however.
(oops, already covered I guess)
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Posted June 24 2007 - 10:23 AM

How much would you willingly pay for the OFFICIAL DVD sets of "The Wonder Years" with the original music intact?


Myself:

Season 1 (6 episodes): $29.99 - $34.99

Season Sets (Seasons 2-6): $59.99 - $69.99

Complete Series Set (Seasons 1-6): $329.99 - $349.99


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Posted June 24 2007 - 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Darth Bowie
Hello to all!

I've been hearing rumors about season sets of "The Wonder Years" being released on dvd in time for its 20th anniversary (January 31, 2008). With the ION television station playing the entire series with its original music intact (!!!), I'm beginning to take these rumors seriously. Has anyone else heard about a near-future release?

Thank you

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i have been filling my dvr with these off ion.

are you sure the music is all there.

sounds like a lot of generic music in there to me.

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Posted June 24 2007 - 04:49 PM

As much as I'd like to think that the reruns means a pending DVD release I'm not going to hold my breath. There are plenty of shows that have resurfaced in syndication with no DVD release in sight. Alice, anyone ? No DVD release and now ION has dropped it, too.
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Posted June 25 2007 - 01:51 AM

Its grim I must say.

A UK release date was posted last year and it never happened, they managed to release Ally McBeal here - the laws are different, easier, and they still couldn't get this show out ... there can't be much hope for the US.

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Posted June 25 2007 - 02:11 AM

I'm sure if released, Seasons 1 and 2 would be packaged together.

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Posted June 25 2007 - 02:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Darth Bowie
How much would you willingly pay for the OFFICIAL DVD sets of "The Wonder Years" with the original music intact?


Myself:

Season 1 (6 episodes): $29.99 - $34.99

Season Sets (Seasons 2-6): $59.99 - $69.99

Complete Series Set (Seasons 1-6): $329.99 - $349.99


You?

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That's not so bad. It worked for Miami Vice. It's still less than the Twilight Zone which doesn't have the music issues. You could probably find each season online for $45.

It can be done. It merely requires a little effort on Fox's part, which was sadly denied to WKRP in Cincinnati.

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Posted June 25 2007 - 04:23 AM

I know that every single set is different, but they managed to get the first season of SNL out there retailing for ~$50, which I think would be a fair price for each season (besides the first obviously...if not packaged with the second, I'd pay maybe $25).

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Posted June 25 2007 - 04:35 AM

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That's not so bad. It worked for Miami Vice. It's still less than the Twilight Zone which doesn't have the music issues. You could probably find each season online for $45.

It can be done. It merely requires a little effort on Fox's part, which was sadly denied to WKRP in Cincinnati.

Correct, retail outlets would have the sets on sale, therefore, I believe Fox should set the retail price at $79.99 ($59.99 on sale) for each season WITH THE ORIGINAL MUSIC INTACT. For the short 1st season, set it at $39.99 ($24.99 on sale).

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Posted June 25 2007 - 04:42 AM

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It would be a very poor man's box set as ION airs edited syndication versions and squeezes the credits into a tiny unreadable box.
I got the FAMILY channel version floating around. What they did to the ending credits annoyed the hell out of me. It just wasn't the same without the credits and that guitar tune playing. I produced a version for my own use and put it on youtube. I plan to produce something much more accurate soon. It'll still be somewhat generic since I'd have to produce one for each episode with the correct credits...that would be a chore. But at least both versions have/will have that same feel and nifty closing credits tune...



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Originally Posted by Darth Bowie
How much would you willingly pay for the OFFICIAL DVD sets of "The Wonder Years" with the original music intact?


Myself:

Season 1 (6 episodes): $29.99 - $34.99

Season Sets (Seasons 2-6): $59.99 - $69.99

Complete Series Set (Seasons 1-6): $329.99 - $349.99


You?

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I'd pay $70 or 80 a season (slightly less for season 1). $500 for the whole series at once if that was how they wanted to do it.
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