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The Wonder Years: Season Four (1990 - 1991/Time Life DVD set)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C+ Episodes: C

The Wonder Years' fourth season finally comes to DVD as its own separate set. I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of this show, so if you are then you may want to take my review with a grain of salt. Heavily reliant on voice over, The Wonder Years is the hit coming of age comedy/drama based in normal life America in the late '60s that stars Fred Savage as the main character Kevin Arnold. While the show has good themes and messages behind it, I find it to be a little cheesy and dated in hindsight.

The show also stars Jason Hervey, Josh Saviano, Danica McKellar, Alley Mills, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern and Olivia D'Abo. For six seasons, The Wonder Years 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 (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.

While this collection does span four discs, runs around 653 minutes in length, and features some interesting extras, I was very disappointed with the standard definition 1.33 X 1 transfer, which almost looks as if it was a VHS presentation. The colors are noisy and the sound is a weak, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track. I would've thought some remastering would have been done before releasing this on disc, I mean even for DVD this is pretty bad.

Extras include...

Featurette: ABC - Teachers That Made A Difference

Interviews with Fred Savage, Robert Picardo, Ben Stein, and Wendell Meldrum

Insert booklet with an Episode Guide

If you grew up with the show or are a big fan, then you will want to grab up this edition. Don't expect a stellar transfer, however. It may be best to wait until the eventual Blu-ray update, though you might want to go all the way and get the fancy Complete Series gift set we reviewed at this link...


- James Lockhart



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