From 2004 to 2008, the first six seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation
were released on DVD through Funimation, a studio whose home video efforts primarily focus on anime. In 2009 the show's DVD releases were licensed to Echo Bridge Entertainment, who went on to release Season 7
and Season 8
. We didn't cover those two releases, and fans were frankly confused as to why we chose to overlook them. It's quite simple, actually: some time ago the studio, which also goes under the name "Platinum Disc," had asked us (for reasons which were never made clear to us) not to cover their releases at this website, so we didn't.
Now, however, a new management team is in place at Echo Bridge, and they are eager for us to share with our readers about their upcoming DVD releases. And that includes the July 20th
release of Degrassi: The Next Generation - Season 9
. Yes, that's right: a 4-disc set is on the way, at a cost of $26.98 SRP (but you can lock in your copy at a discount, using the Amazon button link below). This new collection brings you all 19 episodes of the show's most recently-aired complete season, AND a Bonus movie: "Degrassi Takes Manhattan
." In addition, other extras will include Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, Minis and Music Videos! Very nice. Here's the studio description of this title, followed by an exclusive high-res 3D look at the packaging which Echo Bridge kindly provided to us [CORRECTION (5/17) - Echo Bridge has provided us with a corrected description for the "Degrassi Takes Manhattan" movie; below we've replaced the original version with the new wording]
In Season 9 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, it's all about relationships for the students and graduates. Choices are made and big challenges result. Peter's brush with drugs costs him Mia, his band, and almost his life. Hard-to-get Holly J falls for smooth diplomat brat Declan. K.C. questions the interest being taken in him by a coach. Anya is ready to do whatever it takes to keep Sav from a bride-to-be picked by his family. As they continue to explore the many 'first' experiences at High School and University, the whole Degrassi gang is plunging into a summer that will reshape their lives forever…a summer to fulfill big dreams...and to bring even bigger changes.
Bonus! Degrassi Takes Manhattan - Best friends Holly J and Jane head to NYC filled with hopes and dreams: Jane's to front an indie band, Holly J's to shine as a TVM summer intern in Times Square with Declan at her side. But along the way, they'll have to deal with unexpected love and Fiona's insecurities. Pool parties, Park Avenue, a race home to break up an unlikely wedding. Degrassi Takes Manhattan and lives change forever!