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Veronica Mars: Season 3 (2006)

Kristen Bell , Jason Dohring  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Anamorphic, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,674 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA2BEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Veronica Mars: Season 3" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 20 episodes on six discs
  • Pitching Season 4: An in-depth interview with creator Rob Thomas discussing a new direction for the series presented to network executives that picks up years later, with Veronica as a rookie FBI agent  
  • Going Undercover with Rob Thomas: Thomas walks us through some of the most memorable moments from Season 3
  • Webisode gallery with cast interviews and various set tours
  • Unaired scenes with introductions by Rob Thomas
  • Gag reel

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Hearst College, jewel of the Pacific. A citadel of higher education set amid rolling lawns and swaying palms. But since Hearst is in Neptune, California - and since Veronica Mars is among its incoming freshmen - you know it's also a noir netherworld of lies, betrayal, secrets and (of course) murder. Veronica, Logan and more of your VM favorites join cool new characters for a Season 3 of seething mystery and sardonic wit. College is indeed a learning experience as Veronica aces a crim class led by a hunky prof, solves the case of on-campus rapes that began in Season Two, and gives a grad seminar in sleuthing when two faculty members take sudden, eternal early retirements. Frosh year is gonna be freaky!

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Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel

Equal parts Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars is smartly written and well-acted. This third and final season of the critically acclaimed (but viewer-challenged) series ends as all good shows should--by leaving viewers wanting more and wondering how their favorite characters will fare in the future. By now, our spunky heroine Veronica (played by the effervescent Kristen Bell) is a college student working on a degree in criminology. Though blond, pretty, and uber-smart, Veronica doesn't have an easy time fitting in to her new setting. The series focuses as much on her personal life this season as it does on the cases she is hired (and paid) to solve. Besides dealing with rapes, robbery, and other sordid crimes, Veronica has to clear her own name when she is accused of plagiarizing. She also gets involved in helping figure out who may have given a pregnant friend a pill that caused her to lose the baby. This year's guest stars include some stunt casting with Patty Hearst, who plays a wealthy woman who disappears during an event held in her honor. Unlike the first two years where Veronica focused on solving one major crime, this season features several story arcs. Perhaps it was the producer's way of trying to attract more viewers, but diehard fans may be turned off by the change, which provides a less cohesive storyline than in the past. All 20 episodes--which aired originally during the 2006-2007 television season--are included in this six-disc set. The collection also includes a cute gag reel and an informative bonus feature that includes insightful commentary from show creator Rob Thomas. --Jae-Ha Kim

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261 of 290 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The day the CW killed Veronica Mars (no spoilers) May 17, 2007
By zirzird
Today the CW officially cancelled the best show on television (understandably, some would say, due to abysmally low ratings). There lingers a chance that the series might be revitalized in a different form, but the hammer has officially fallen. Veronica Mars is unceremoniously over.

Season 3 was the first (and last) season of the show to air on the fledgling CW network. It took a different approach to storytelling than seasons 1 and 2, featuring two separate mystery arcs and a number of one-episode mysteries, rather the season-long affairs for which the show had become known and loved. Despite the change, season 3 works as excellent, intriguing television. The writing is witty and the acting in sharp, as before.

The creator of the show, Rob Thomas, once heard the series described as "Chinatown meets Heathers." That's a perfect description. I would say it also owes heavily to Twin Peaks. Chinatown happens to be my all-time favorite movie. I'm a noir junky, and V-Mars serves it up in lusty, lipsticked, smoke-tinted glory with every episode. Many people are turned off by the concept of a high school/college girl solving mysteries. And they should be. As a premise, this show would easily fail in the hands of most producers. But Thomas and co-writers have created something magical and perfect here. The heroine Veronica is sarcastic, at times mean, overly hard-boiled, and full of acerbic wit. There's nothing candy-coated about Veronica. First time viewers often disregard the show as "another teen drama," and for this reason more than any other it failed to attract a sustaining audience. I urge you to give it a chance.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Heads-up: This review is for the S3 DVD set as a DVD set, and not an editorial about the quality of Season 3. (For the record, I'd give most S3 episodes a solid 4-stars) This review is more for the VM fans who don't need to be "sold" on the series, but are deciding whether to shell-out $45 for the DVDs, given that the last 2 DVD sets were pretty skimpy on the extras.

The Season 3 DVD set, while it still doesn't have commentaries (not everyone is as chatty as Matt Groening and Co., I guess), it finally includes a few substantial behind-the-scenes extras, most notably, a 90-minute (or so) discussion with Rob Thomas, who walks us through clips and explains his choices. Very episode commentary-like, just more efficient-- you go through a lot of good clips from the whole season.

Chapters from the RT commentary I especially liked were on favorite guest characters, favorite pairings (Veronica and her dad; VM and Logan; VM and Duncan was not included here, mercifully).

It also includes RT's 14-minute mini-episode presentation for the CW heads that takes Veronica to the FBI in season 4. It's fun to watch, even if it DOES make you kind of sad because it never came to fruition, and instead you now have to sit through a whole convoluted thing of Heroes to see Kristen Bell on TV for 3 minutes. (Hypothetically, of course, as Heroes is, like, awesome!)

In conclusion, a good buy for established VM fans who wished for extras on the S1 and S2 DVDs.
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67 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veronica Mars Season Three (There should be more) June 29, 2007
The CW has got to be the most pathetic TV network (next to FOX, where it seems no shows last any longer than 2 years, but we get TWO NIGHTS of AMERICAN IDIOT, I mean, IDOL!!, yet great shows on FOX such as Tru Calling, Dark Angel and Firefly bit the dust far too soon).

The CW killed their best show, Veronica Mars, by halting it's third season by showing America a generic RockStar/American Dufus(oops!Idol) televised search for...THE NEXT PUSSYCAT DOLL????!!!

When this happened, I was like, This is TRULY the end of new quality TV being aired.

Veronica Mars was a breath of fresh air to the TV airwaves after losing BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL (yet another show that was patheticly cancelled by the CW's former, WB, way too soon). Veronica Mars had great, young actors, clever dialogue and involved great twists and turns with it's crime solving/mystery story-telling..But, then again, maybe that's why the show didn't last: IT TOLD STORIES and INVOLVED ACTING!!! Unlike the irrational forms of "entertainment" fodder that, sadly, too many americans swallow and think they are getting quality TV..

The only show that is worth watching on the CW now is SUPERNATURAL (Some of you may say what about SMALLVILLE? Sorry, that kid who plays Clark Kent just isn't believable as the boy of still, I mean steel, my opinion). Let's hope SUPERNATURAL won't get the Third Season axe like Veronica Mars with the CW pre-empting the show with the likes of Searching for the new Boy Band!

Glad there are the Discovery and Sci Fi Channels...
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok season of a great series November 28, 2007
Veronica Mars became one of my favorite shows from the very first episode that I saw.
Unlike many shows about teens, particularly attractive female teens, the show was about an intelligent, crafty person who used her brains to solve problems rather than merely flaunting her sexuality, or beating people up.
Veronica had friends who cared about her and were willing to help her out in a jam. She also had a father who cared about her. It was, in fact, one of the best father daughter relationships I have ever seen on TV.
This is why the third season of the series was something of a disappointment.
In the third season, the caring, intelligent main character has changed and become a cold, calculating shrew. The writers pumped up all of her worse tendencies: paranoia, moral inflexibility, vengefulness, and downplayed her fundamental goodness and desire for justice.
The writers also removed her from the social circle that provided her with her best support and most interesting foils.
Best friend Wallace becomes a useless background character and computer wiz Mac appears largely as a method of introducing new characters who add nothing to the story.
Keith Mars, the father, undergoes a major, and rather unbelievable, personality change that again adds nothing to the overall story.
Logan, the constantly on/off boyfriend, who was interesting as a snarky secondary character, becomes merely annoying as a character in the front ranks.
Television writers really need to get over the stupid idea that romantic relationships have to be rocky to be interesting.
The worst decision that the writers and producers made, however, was to make the Dick Casablancas character a larger part of the show.
Even as a background character, Casablancas was an annoying, sexist moron.
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Is there no hope in keeping Veronica alive?
Dr. Eichelman,

From what I have read as well, shows have come back (e.g. Family Guy) from cancellation. I thought this article was very intriguing:

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Jun 29, 2007 by B. Landry |  See all 10 posts
Any chance of seeing this released in Blu?
It's not very likely, I don't think the dvd's really sell that well. I imagine the one thing that would give it hope on blu, would be if they actually got the movie greenlit.
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