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Boy Meets World - Lionsgate Announces Reissues of Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3

No sign of Season 4 yet, but the first three seasons (long discontinued by ABC/Disney) return to DVD this September

Posted by David Lambert
    Cory is your average guy. He has a best friend from the other side of the tracks, a teacher that constantly keeps him on his toes, and a friend named Topanga whom he has trouble understanding. With the support of his parents and his brother Eric, Cory learns to cope with the roller coaster called growing up.

    Catch up with your favorite gang, Cory, Shawn and Topanga, as they survive the trials of junior high and high school. "Boy Meets World" is a top fan-favorite that aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 on ABC, part of the network's TGIF lineup. Start your collection with Seasons 1, 2, and 3 on DVD.
Back in August 2008 it was announced that Lionsgate Entertainment had contracted with ABC/Disney for the DVD rights to a group of TV shows. One of these programs mentioned in the announcement was the popular Boy Meets World series starring Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, Will Friedle and William Daniels. The first three seasons had been released in 2004/05 by ABC/Disney, but plans for the fourth season set's production were tabled and the entire release plan seemed to be stalled. Since then those three earlier seasons sets have been discontinued, and right now nothing is being produced.

So when Lionsgate took over the rights, fans were very pleased, but nothing was said about their plans for the show until earlier this year, when fans began reporting that Liongate's customer service at their online store began responding to e-mails with the information that "The next season is currently scheduled to release fall of 2010." Everybody, including us, took the wording of "the next season" to mean Season 4, since that's the next unreleased season out of the show's 7-year run. But fans who missed the earlier DVD releases wondered if Lionsgate would begin with reissues of the first three seasons.

The answer is YES! This morning Lionsgate announced to retailers that on September 7th the studio will release Boy Meets World - Season 1, Boy Meets World - Season 2 AND Boy Meets World - Season 3. Each one will be sold separately as a 3-DVD set for $19.95 SRP per package. The specs shown on these each list full screen video, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Sound, and closed captioning. Running times given by the studio to retailers are 525 minutes for Season 1, 506 minutes for Season 2 and 491 minutes for Season 3. These specs, including running times, seem to be a match for the previous ABC/Disney DVD releases. Bonus material was also found on those old (discontinued) sets, but so far Lionsgate has not mentioned any extras for the new releases.

Package cover art is shown below for these, and as you can see Lionsgate will simply re-use the cover designs of the old ABC/Disney packaging. Pre-orders aren't available yet for in the United States. However, the Canadian branch of IS already taking discounted pre-orders right now for Boy Meets World - Season 1, for Boy Meets World - Season 2, and for Boy Meets World - Season 3 (our thanks to reader Neil Hiltz for spotting those for us!).

There's no announcement about the long-awaited DVD release of Boy Meets World - Season 4 so far (or beyond, for that matter); Lionsgate (and their Canadian distributor, Maple Pictures) apparently will begin with the re-releases of the first three seasons. We'll keep an eye out for Season 4 info, however, and also bring you updates and USA-based pre-order listings for the three announced titles just as soon as they are available. Please stay tuned!

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