This Week In Home Entertainment: Veronica Mars, The Andy Griffith Show And More

By Jessica Rawden 2014-05-07 10:59:46discussion comments
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Veronica Mars Blu-ray
The Veronica Mars movie became a newsworthy endeavor the day it popped up on Kickstarter, garnering enough contributions from fans to get the movie off of the ground. The result is a film that picks up in the present, just under a decade since the heroine left the sleazy town of Neptune, California to make her way out into the world. The new Veronica Mars is as tough as her teenaged counterpart, but she’s also smarter and edgier, as evidenced by the movie’s earliest scenes.

When we first meet Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), she’s made her way past an unfortunate sex tape mishap and into the world of corporate law. She shows a political finesse and a steely temperament when interviewing and she seems to have come a long way from her more impulsive roots. Regardless, when she learns pop star and former classmate Bonnie DeVille (Andrea Estella, replacing Leighton Meester) has been murdered and her ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) is the prime suspect, she hightails it back to Neptune, leaving her New York persona behind. For fans of the television series, it will be good riddance.

There are plenty of callback plotlines and characters, as well as witty references reminding us of Rob Thomas’ famed CW television series, but it’s Bell’s return to playing arguably her most beloved character that is the biggest guilty pleasure. I could watch Kristen Bell play Veronica Mars all day; unfortunately, I wouldn’t want to watch The Veronica Mars Movie all day. The story is too slippery, and while the sequence of events that unfold play well into the narrative of Neptune, California over the years, with appearances from Gia (Krysten Ritter), Dick (Ryan Hansen), Mac (Tina Majorino), Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) and more, it’s telling that the movie didn’t make its budget back at the box office. There just isn’t a ton of interest there for anyone but super fans.

Still, there’s a dearth of quirky detective movies being made right now, so if you like a good mystery, now’s as good of a time as any to give Veronica Mars a watch. You can order the series over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature:
"Behind the Scenes: By the Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie" is the most lengthy extra, and it’s also the bonus feature that was really put together for the fans that invested time and money in the Kickstarter project. There’s plenty of footage from Director Rob Thomas, and cast members and fans both show up to talk about their unique experiences and involvement in the Veronica Mars production. For mega-fans, this and the deleted scenes will be the real treats.

Other Bonus Features:
"Behind the Scenes: More On-Set Fun"
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel

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