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The Wonder Years: Season Five (1991 - 1992/Time Life/Star Vista DVD set)

Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: B- Episodes: C+

The Wonder Years comes back to DVD with this collection of the show's Fifth Season. The series, if you do not know, is a coming of age comedy/drama based in 'normal life' America in the late '60s and stars Fred Savage as the main character Kevin Arnold, who is getting a little bit older as he starts in high school this season, along with co-stars David Schwimmer, Jason Hervey, Josh Saviano, Danica McKellar, Alley Mills, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern and Olivia D'Abo.

For six seasons, 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.

The show's biggest highlight is its incredible hits song soundtrack (which the owners finally got clearance for, to issue the show on DVD) featuring nearly three dozen songs by The Archies, Frankie Avalon, The Turtles, and Van Morrison to name a few, all in which reflect the era. From a production standpoint this season really stands out.

While this collection does span four discs, runs around 721 minutes in length, and features some interesting extras, I was very disappointed with the standard definition 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

- That's a Wrap! Mark B. Perry's Farewell Set Tour Season 5

- Featurette: Will You Love Me Tomorrow, The Wonder Years' Love Stories

- Interviews with: Olivia D'Abo (Karen Arnold) and David Schwimmer (Michael)

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 there is a gift set of the entire series you can also get sat this link...


- James Lockhart



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