The mantra for bringing 1983's iconic Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC special to DVD is: better (a little bit) late than never.
Yes, 30 years would have been the optimal target for the StarVista Entertainment/Time Life set, which comes out Sept. 30 in a single-disc package, a 3-DVD set and a deluxe 6-DVD set, the latter two featuring several hours of bonus, unreleased performances and documentary features from the making of the special.
"We finally conquered... the most challenging part of releasing this, which is the clearances and the ability to do a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix," Motown 25 producer Suzanne DePasse explained during a conference call about the release. "We've tried over the years, and we were always stymied by the question of who was going to take on the responsibility of the clearances. Time Life, I think, recognized that this is kind of an evergreen piece, and even though it's 31 years later, that there would be a sufficient interest in reliving what Motown 25 was all about."