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DVD releases: ‘American Graffiti’


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THE STORY OF THE JEWS Historian Simon Schama’s five-part PBS documentary series looks at three millennia of Jewish history, from Old Testament times to the present. (PBS, $29.99)

BROADWAY BILL The title character of Frank Capra’s charming 1934 comedy-romance is a thoroughbred. Stars Warren Baxter and Myrna Loy have their hopes — and fortunes — riding on his success. (Warner Archive Collection, $17.99, available now)

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AMERICAN GRAFFITI A ’70s classic about the early ’60s. George Lucas’s second feature launched more careers and concepts than any half dozen other films. The cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Harrison Ford, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, and Suzanne Somers (as the elusive blonde in the white T-Bird). Extras: Lucas commentary, making-of featurette, trailer. (Universal, $9.99)

DAZED AND CONFUSED Then there’s Richard Linklater’s ’90s classic about the mid-’70s. This look at a bunch of Texas high schoolers on the last night of school is sweet, sad, and spacy as they cruise around toking and joking. Speaking of careers launched, look for Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, and Parker Posey. Extras: deleted scenes, spoof public service announcements. (Universal, $9.99)

MIAMI VICE SEASON 1 On the subject of decades, Michael Mann’s preposterously stylish crime drama was the height of ’80s cool, at least for a while. Find out what all the fuss was about, courtesy of Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, and Edward James Olmos. Extras: featurettes on the series creation, music, and, of course, style. (Universal, $34.98)

FALLING IN LOVE Reunited from “The Deer Hunter,” Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep are such powerful presences that they overwhelm this 1984 romantic dream about married commuters torn between love and moral constraint. The fine supporting cast includes Harvey Keitel, Jane Kaczmarek, and Dianne Wiest. (Warner Archive Collection, $17.99, available now)


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