The entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times
is reporting this morning
that thirtysomething - Season 1
will FINALLY come to DVD - courtesy of the great team at Shout! Factory - on August 25th
. The story goes on to tell fans that they can expect the four seasons of the series to come to DVD in (roughly) six month intervals.
The show was executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, who are known as the showrunners for My So-Called Life
(which Shout! rather successfully re-released on DVD
in October 2007). According to Kate Arthur's story in the L.A. Times
, Herskovitz worked with Shout! president Garson Foos and his team to overcome the obstacles regarding the need for new master copies, and navigating the tricky minefield of musical rights licensing for the series. Foos is quoted in the article as saying, "It doesn't look like we'll be cutting any music from the show
." Wonderful news!
The story also gives us a preview of what bonus material we can expect. Here's a direct quote:
The Season 1 DVD set will feature interviews with and commentaries from cast members (Mel) Harris, (Timothy) Busfield, Melanie Mayron (Michael's Single Lady cousin, Melissa), Peter Horton (serial bachelor Gary, who [NOTE: spoiler removed - David]) and real-life couple (Ken) Olin and (Patricia) Wettig (who are now a fictional couple on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters"). Polly Draper, the final member of the core cast (Ellyn, Single Lady No. 2), also will participate, according to a Shout! Factory spokesman...And the Zwick/Herskovitz team did a voice-over commentary for the pilot episode and new interviews about the show.
Please read the complete L.A. Times
story, linked above, for further quotes from Herskovitz and Foos, and other information. Our thanks to reader Deb Cummings for tipping us off to this story! We'll update you with further info, along with cover art, just as soon as Shout! finalizes all the details. Stay tuned!
Our eagle-eyed reader Deb Cummings deserves even more gratitude, as she's spotted a pre-order listing at Amazon for this title, which went up this morning after we made our initial post (above). According to the information there, this will be a 6-disc set running approx. 1200 minutes, and costing $59.99 SRP (although you can pre-order it at a discount, using the button link below). Amazon also has a look at the front cover art, but our friends at Shout! sent over a higher-resolution shot of that box front. Check it out: