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It’s a few blasts from the past with this week’s new DVD releases.


“VERONICA MARS,” GRADE B: The film picks up nine years after Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) left Neptune. She’s on the fast track to a job with a prestigious New York law firm when she is called home to help her old high school friend, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), the prime suspect in the murder of his pop-star girlfriend. Rob Thomas creates a film that will draw in those who never saw the series.


“THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN BLU-RAY COLLECTION.” GRADE A: The songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created some of the most iconic musicals of the 20th century. This collection contains six of the 15-time Academy Award-winning movie musicals by the team: “The King and I,” “Carousel,” “Oklahoma!,” “State Fair,” “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific.” Bonus materials include a sing-a-long version of “The King and I” and more than an hour of behind-the-scenes features for “Oklahoma!.”


“BLAZING SADDLES,” GRADE A: The 40th-anniversary edition of the comedy is released on Blu-ray. In any form, this is a must-own for anyone who loves film comedy. The film, starring Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little, from director/writer Mel Brooks, is considered one of the top film comedies of all time.


ALSO NEW ON DVD:


“MAKING THE RULES”: Robin Thicke makes his feature-film debut.


“THE TERMINAL”: The Tom Hanks film on Blu-ray.


“I LOVE LUCY — ULTIMATE SEASON ONE”: New Blu-ray includes the first episodes of the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz series.


“THE HONEYMOONERS: CLASSIC 39”: Blu-ray collection contains full-length episodes of the classic TV series.


“LAVERNE & SHIRLEY — THE EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON”: Shirley’s romance leaves Laverne on her own.


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