Disc News: thirtysomething ends at Amazon

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The first big show about struggling Yuppies is coming to an end as thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season arrives on Sept. 7. The fourth year proved to be the wrap up for what was the hot adult series when it arrived in the late ’80s. Don’t go looking for this boxset at your favorite brick and mortar store. This is an Amazon exclusive. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:


Starring Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig

The Final Chapter of the Primetime Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning Television Series
Featuring All 23 Memorable Episodes and Revealing Bonus Content in a Collectible 6-DVD Box Set


The critically acclaimed and award-winning television series thirtysomething, created by the director/writer/producer team of Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, captivated a large following for its intimate details of seven lives from Philadelphia — Michael and Hope Steadman, Elliot and Nancy Weston, Gary Shepherd, Melissa Steadman and Ellyn Warren – coping with the complexities of adulthood and parenthood. Boasting an all-star ensemble cast Timothy Busfield (Lipstick Jungle, The West Wing), Polly Draper (Gideon’s Crossing), Mel Harris (Stargate SG-1), Peter Horton (The Philanthropist, Grey’s Anatomy), Melanie Mayron (Lipstick Jungle), Ken Olin (Brothers & Sisters) and Patricia Wettig (Brothers & Sisters), thirtysomething had become an enduring TV viewing experience like no other during the course of the show’s four-season run on network television from 1987 through 1991. The long-awaited thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season, featuring all 23 memorable episodes mastered from new high-definition transfers with special in-depth introduction from show creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick and more, finally arrives exclusively to Amazon.com from Shout! Factory in a collectible 6-DVD set on September 7, 2010, months before this collectible DVD set hits the stores nationwide in the U.S. this year.

It is hard to imagine that just three complete seasons had elapsed before the highly anticipated The Complete Final Season was near. And what a final chapter it was. On the surface it was business as usual for these thirtysomething young adults, with Melissa struggling with the men in her life, Hope coming to terms with her perfectionism and Nancy dealing with her cancer recovery. But whether it was Elliot and Michael growing apart or a show-stopping tragedy that beset the entire group, thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season certainly marked an unraveling for its main characters and their relationships. But somehow, through it all, their stories stick with us, reminding us that they still live out there somewhere.

Loyal fans can now preorder thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season 6-DVD set, as well as own all previous three complete seasons of thirtysomething DVD sets, today at Amazon.com. As excitement builds for this upcoming DVD release, Amazon.com and Shout! Factory will announce additional activities and events for fans in the forthcoming months.

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