Time Life To Release The Wonder Years’ Fourth Season This Winter

Courtesy:  Time Life Entertainment

Courtesy: Time Life Entertainment

This winter, Time Life Entertainment will release the next installment of ABC’s classic family drama The Wonder Years.

Officials with Time Life Entertainment announed this week that the company will release the fourth season of The Wonder Years on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016. It will be released exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $39.95. The four-disc collection boasts all twenty-three episodes from the series’ fourth season as well as a number of extras for fans of the classic series including interviews with the series’ cast and the special featurette “ABC: Teachers That Made a Difference.” Season Four is a season of big change for Arnold and his friends. It sees Kevin making the jump from middle school to high school. That means going from being a big fish in a little pond to being the ittle fish once again in a big pond. Making things even more difficult for Kevin is that he is back together with Winnie Cooper. But she’s now at another school. Paul has his own big announcement that threatens to break up the friendship between him and Kevin. On the home front things are changing quite a bit, too. Kevin’s dad gets a promotion while Kevin gets his first job. Norma takes a job at Kevin’s school. And Karen starts college while Wayne buys his first car. Things definitely get interesting in this story as well as in all of the other big changes that come in Season Four.

If the engaging stories and bonus features aren’t enough for audiences in the fourth season of The Wonder Years, the music that accompanies its twenty-three total episodes will certainly entertain audiences. Season Four features songs from the likes of: Joan Baez, The Beatles, The Monkees, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Ventures, and many more.

The Wonder Years: Season Four will be released Tuesday, January 12th. It will retail for MSRP of $39.95. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:

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Pete’s Dragon Is One Of Disney’s Underappreciated Musicals

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Pete’s Dragon has always been one of Disney’s more underrated works.  While it isn’t the first time that the company has gone the direction of live action/animation, it has never really garnered the acclaim of other Disney works such as Song of The South or Mary Poppins.  Why that’s the case is anybody’s guess.  But one can’t deny its importance in the overall history of Disney releases.  While it has never stood out like other movies that mix live action and animation, the story’s focus on family makes it just as touching as other previous Disney movies.  Here audiences are introduced to Pete (Sean Marshall), a young orphan who wants nothing other than a family of his own.  Through his big green friend, Elliot, Pete is brought to a small seaside town where he eventually meets what would become his family.

Pete does eventually get his own family.  But in the meantime, his big green friend, Elliot the dragon, is Pete’s family.  He’s also Pete’s friend.  If for nothing else, Pete’s lovability makes the story worth at least one watch.  Elliot may be a big magical dragon.  But he’s little more than a puppy in his personality.  He just wants to make Pete happy.  It doesn’t matter how old or young a person is.  Audiences of all ages will instantly fall in love with Elliot because of his kind and peaceful nature.  He’s peaceful until someone messes with Pete, that is.  Then and only then do audiences see Elliot’s bad side.  Even then, audiences will root for him because of his devotion to Pete.  Again, he shows his devotion both as a friend and caretaker.  That devotion alone will keep audiences watching and cheering.

The message of family is an important factor in the success of Pete’s Dragon.  But it’s only one part of what made the movie so enjoyable.  While it wasn’t the first of its kind to cross animation and live action, it was one more that would pave the way for the modern practice of crossing CG and live action.  With the new BD/DVD combo pack presentation of the movie, audiences are treated to an in-depth history lesson of Disney’s history of combining animation and live action.  It even pays tribute to animation great Max Fleischer.  Fleischer is best known for his work on the famed Superman cartoon series.  He is hailed as an originator in the animation style that would give way to what audiences see in Disney’s mix of live action and animation through its history.  Anyone who has any interest in movie production and special effects will appreciate the lesson showing how much work really went into making Pete’s Dragon come to life.  That is especially the case considering seeing Disney’s beginnings compared to what it had to work with in Pete’s Dragon.

The movie’s story and the bonus making of feature go a long way toward showing how underappreciated Pete’s Dragon is.  There is at least one more factor that audiences should take into account in considering the movie’s importance.  That factor is the movie’s musical numbers.  Given the musical numbers abound throughout the two hour plus story.  But that the movie attempts to balance its old school musical style with the musical style of the time makes it just as interesting.  Pete’s Dragon came on the hells of the pop TV sitcom fad of the 60’s and 70’s.  Shows such as The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, The Monkees, and Josie and the Pussycats had all gone by the wayside.  But it’s obvious that here, there are still hints of the era’s musical style mixed in with the Broadway style musical numbers.  That attempt to bridge two cultures makes for plenty of discussions in itself.

Given what has been noted here, audiences will see that while it may never have the acclaim of its predecessors, it is in its own right a movie that every family should see together at least once.  From the musical numbers to the message of family to that of friendship, Pete’s Dragon offers audiences more than perhaps they might have otherwise considered.  It’s an underrated work that deserves at least one watch, especially now that it’s available on a new Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  It’s available in stores and online.  It can be ordered online at http://www.disneystore.com/petes-dragon-blu-ray-and-dvd-combo-pack-35th-anniversary-edition/mp/1320010/1000233/.

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