Freaks and Geeks gets Blu-ray treatment

Hard to believe that a TV show that starred people who would revive the Muppets and outrage North Korea wouldn’t last an entire season. Sadly that was the fate of Freaks and Geeks. The series about high school kids mattered so much to people who wanted the cool vibe of coming of age at the start of the ’80s. Freaks and Geeks has become a retro sensation in the last decade. The show lasted only 18 episodes with many of them burned off by NBC in Saturday night marathons. However thanks to home video, it’s become as cool as Firefly. The longevity of the short run is partially due to a cast that has made major impacts in pop culture over the years sort of like the students in Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused. Now all the episodes have been transferred to 1080p for a Blu-ray release. Even more importantly is that you can choose the aspect ratio so you don’t hear your mom complain about “If it’s in HD, why won’t it fill the whole picture?” Here’s the details of the March 22nd release from a Shout! Factory press release:

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All 18 Episodes in Both Original Aspect Ratio and Widescreen!

AVAILABLE MARCH 22, 2016 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

This is what high school was like for the rest of us. A modern classic arrives on Blu-ray at last when Shout! Factory releases Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series Collector’s Edition on March 22, 2016. Jam-packed with a treasure trove of extras, this Blu-ray collection features all 18 episodes in both original broadcast aspect ratio and a special widescreen presentation. Join Shout! Factory in celebrating this one-of-a-kind series with a set you’ll Geek out over.

Set in 1980 at the fictional McKinley High in Detroit, Freaks and Geeks focused on two groups of outsiders: the stoners, tough kids and bad girls; and the brains, nerds and squares. Although this Emmy award-winning series ran for only one season, it has remained a cult favorite and a benchmark of quality television.

A funny and authentic portrait of high school life with all of its horrors and triumphs, Freaks And Geeks resonates with anybody who has ever felt like they don’t quite fit in. The series’ legacy – including the ongoing success of many of its key personnel, from creator Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), to executive producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin), to cast members such as Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jason Segel – is undoubtedly secure in the hearts and minds of its passionate (and ever-growing) fanbase.

Freaks & Geeks Blu-ray Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory contains:

– All 18 episodes in both original aspect ratio (1.33:1) and widescreen (1.78:1)

– Special features disc, complete with extras and audio commentaries from both The Complete Series DVD set (2004) and The Yearbook Edition set (2008)

– New booklet packed with a letter and Q&A from creators Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, essays, and memorabilia

Highlights from the special features disc:
Museum of Television & Radio Panel Discussion
Complete Script for a Never-Shot Episode
Three Full-Episode Table Reads
Deleted Scenes
Original Cast Audition Footage
Raw Footage
Mr. Rosso Live in Concert
Sober Students Improv Players
Tales of the Secret Service
NBC Promos and EPK
Behind the Scenes
Seven Minutes in Heaven
Graduation
Thanks, Goodbye

McKinley High lives on.

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