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Finally! 'The Wonder Years' coming to DVD with original music intact

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“The Wonder Years,” one of the most requested TV shows not on DVD, will finally be released to home video in a deluxe boxed set in the fourth quarter of 2014, Time Life and StarVista Entertainment announced in a press release Feb. 12

“The Wonder Years: The Complete Series” will feature virtually every song from the original broadcast of the series, StarVista says. The show, which ran on ABC from 1988 to 1993, starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo, Josh Saviano and Daniel Stern, and featured Joe Cocker's version of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" as its theme.

“As it did for China Beach, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is painstakingly 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.”

When the show came to online streaming services, some of the original music was replaced by alternate versions.

The series' original run 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." An official website, http://www.WonderYearsDVDs.com that has updates, exclusive content and pre-orders has been launched.

"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," Jeffrey Peisch, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Programming & Marketing for StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, said in a statement.

"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."

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