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“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is now on DVD, with Kelly Bishop, left, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel reprising their roles from the original series.
Netflix revived “Gilmore Girls” last year for four feature-length episodes, and this week they’ve arrived on DVD.
“The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” (Warner, 2016, two discs, four episodes). It’s a difficult task to return to a beloved TV series that’s been off the air for nearly a decade and recapture the original magic. But for the most part, creator/writer Amy Sherman-Palladino comes through with these four connected Netflix movies. It’s fun to see nearly the entire cast of the original show reprising their quirky characters in the charming town of Stars Hollow — no small feat given the size of the cast. But things go awry in the treatment of Rory (Alexis Bledel), who once brought brains and maturity to her relationship with her fast-talking, pop-culture-referencing mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham). In these episodes, Lorelai, her mother Emily (Kelly Bishop), her boyfriend Luke (Scott Patterson) and others in town have grown (or grow here), but Rory is, sadly, portrayed as immature and entitled.
“One Day at a Time: The Complete Series” (Shout!, 1975-84, 27 discs, 209 episodes, featurettes, 2005 TV special: “One Day at a Time Reunion”; 20-page booklet). This half-hour sitcom was one of CBS’s string of comedy series produced by Norman Lear that tackled serious social issues (alongside Lear’s other shows, “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” etc.). Bonnie Franklin stars as Ann…