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Paramount Bows Popular 1990s Shows

31 Aug, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

A pair of the most-anticipated and long-awaited TV shows are about to finally hit DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment, with Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season and Melrose Place: The Complete First Season. The DVDs arrive Nov. 7.

Fans of the two shows, both Aaron Spelling productions, have been eager for a DVD release since the TV DVD market exploded. But both of the popular 1990s series, especially “90210” featured notable musical hits from the era, and music clearance for DVD releases for shows such as this are fraught with costly negotiations.

Like many other shows with strong pop-culture soundtracks, such as “Felicity,” some music for the episodes included on these discs will be replaced with new tracks, according to a Paramount spokesperson.

That was done to prevent more delays in getting the DVD sets out, according to Paramount. The studio hired one of Spelling's former music supervisors to help substitute some music.

The Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete First Season DVD is a six-disc set featuring all 22 episodes plus features including “Beginnings With Darren Star,” character profiles, commentary by Star on select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

The eight-disc Melrose Place DVD set includes all 32 episodes of the soapy drama as well as revealing special features, including featurettes on the residents of Melrose Place, the style of the show and the notorious Amanda Woodward, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

Each set will be available for $61.99 or in the two-pack The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful at $108.99.

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