Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2014's Most Acclaimed TV DVD Release Returns with THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON on 2/3

"One of the most influential and heartfelt television series of all time...
After years of waiting, The Wonder Years is back and the wait has 
been well worth it."

"The hit TV show finally gets a long-deserved DVD-set release...
The Wonder Years is one of those shows whose legacy has remained untarnished; the series retained a level of consistent quality throughout"
-- Rolling Stone

"The Wonder Years holds up so beautifully in every way...The music, the tone,the message, the nostalgia: Everything remains pitch-perfect."
-- NPR's Fresh Air


Street Date: February 3, 2015

17 Episodes, Over Two Hours of Incredible, Specially-Produced Bonus Features and More Than Four Dozen Classic Songs as Featured in the Original Broadcast


"For six seasons, the groundbreaking television landmark, THE WONDERYEARS -- named by TV Guide as one of the "Top 20 Shows of the '80s,"--captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late '60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.

In THE WONDER YEARSTHE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, the next retail installment from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, Kevin confronts the day-to-day pressures of junior high school life: kids don't know what they want, and the girls are just as confused as the boys.  On the home front, older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) continues his bullying ways, but Kevin fights back and grows some backbone.  However, his inner strength is tested when he participates in a class walkout to protest the Vietnam War, and joins his pals Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to stop developers from destroying Harper's Woods, the site of many happy childhood memories. 

This nostalgia-inducing 4-disc set contains all 17 complete episodes from SEASON TWO in their original broadcast versions, along with over two hours of bonus programming, including in-depth interviews with key cast and featurettes, and over four dozen songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts with classics by Bob Dylan, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, TheTemptations, Cream, Bing Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Traffic, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Taylor, Nat King Cole,The Miracles, Judy Collins, Donovan and many others.


  • School Days: Roundtable with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano
  • Featurette: The Times They Are A-Changin': The Era
  • Interviews with: Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold), Alley Mills (Norma Arnold), Daniel Stern (Narrator)


"One of the best things about this release is that the distributor went through and secured the rights to ALL of the music in the set, so the show's indelible soundtrack is intact.  What better time to welcome Kevin Arnold 
and Winnie Cooper back into your home"
-- Albany Times Union

"Heart of Darkness"
  • You Make Me Feel So Young
  • Sunshine of Your Love-Cream 
"Our Miss White"
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)-The Temptations
  • The Times They Are A-Changin'-Bob Dylan 
  • Jingle Bell Rock-Instrumental
  • White Christmas-Bing Crosby
  • River-Joni Mitchell
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-Instrumental 
"Steady as She Goes"
  • Yellow Bird-On-Screen Character Performance
  • Somewhere-On-Screen Character Performance
  • Ooo Baby Baby-The Miracles
  • The Thrill Is Gone-B.B. King
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow-Carole King 
"Just between Me and You and Kirk and Paul and Carla and Becky"
  • I Am a Rock-Simon & Garfunkel
  • Someday We'll Be Together-Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • Some Enchanted Evening-On-Screen Character Performance 
"Pottery Will Get You Nowhere"
  • It's Not Unusual
  • When I Fall in Love-Nat King Cole 
"Hiroshima, Mon Frère"
  • Wild Thing-The Troggs
  • Brother, Brother-Carole King
  • You've Got a Friend-James Taylor
  • Sweet Georgia Brown-Brother Bones
 "Walk Out"
  • I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man-Muddy Waters
  • The Tracks of My Tears-The Miracles
  • I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die-Rag-Country Joe and the Fish
  • Give Peace A Chance-On-Screen Character Performance 
  • My Girl-The Temptations
  • Theme from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
  • Born under a Bad Sign-Cream
  • Respect-Aretha Franklin 
"Birthday Boy"
  • Happy, Happy Birthday Baby-The Tune Weavers
  • Bookends-Simon & Garfunkel
  • Yummy, Yummy, Yummy-On-Screen Character Performance
  • Hava Nagila-Karmon Israeli Singers 
  • Subterranean Homesick Blues-Bob Dylan
  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida-Iron Butterfly
  • You Can All Join In-Traffic
  • Catch the Wind-Donovan 
"Square Dance"
  • Star Flicker-Houston Ramblers
  • Turkey In The Straw-Ralph Pierce
  • Comin' round the Mountain-The Sundowners Band 
"Whose Woods Are These?"
  • Happy Days Are Here Again-The Banjo Barons
  • In My Life-Judy Collins 
"How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation"
  • The Theme from "A Summer Place"-Percy Faith and His Orchestra
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes-The Platters
  • Never on Sunday-The Chordettes
  • I Only Have Eyes for You-The Flamingos
  • La Vie En Rose-Edith Piaf
  • Scarborough Fair/Canticle-Simon & Garfunkel 

The Wonder Years debuted in 1988 following ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, and the affectionate look at growing up in the late '60s and early '70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television.  It was 1968 -- theyear of Nixon and space walks and Mod Squad and Vietnam.  Enter Kevin Arnold, a sixth grader at Kennedy Junior High School.  Set against thesuburban backdrop of Anytown, USA, Kevin sought to minimize his teenage angst while dealing with an older, noogie-happy brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), a rebellious sister, Karen (Olivia d'Abo), distant, workaholic father, Jack (Dan Lauria) and doting housewife mother, Norma (Alley Mills).  Add tothe mix Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), his nerdy, allergy-riddled best friend, a potential love interest in winsome girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and narration by an older, wiser, wittier Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) to add perspective to the nostalgia, and you have the perfect recipe for TV greatness.  And, for the next six seasons, America tuned in to follow Kevin's exploits, as he navigated adolescence in the most memorable of ways.  From 1988 to 1993, The Wonder Years was one of the most popular shows on TV, achieving a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons.  And the critical accolades and awards would follow: after only a scant six episodes,the show captured an Emmy® for "Best Comedy Series;" and, at the age of 13, Fred Savage, would become the youngest actor ever nominated as "Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series."  The series would also go on to win 24 awards (and be nominated for 70 more), including multiple Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe® and, in 1989, a Peabody® Award for pushing theboundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling.  Additionally, in 1997, "My Father's Office" was ranked #29 on TV Guide's "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" and in the 2009 list, the pilot episode was ranked #43.  Suffice it to say, The Wonder Years was one of the most critically lauded sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s.


Format: DVD (4 Discs)
Catalog #:  30716-X
Running Time: 520 minutes
Genre:  TV/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (1.78.1)
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
Language: English with Closed Captioning

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