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Decidedly one of the more charming and family friendly offerings on broadcast television, GILMORE GIRLS has been a staple on The WB Network and one of the series making the transition to newly merged CW Network. Set in the fictional Connecticut town of Stars Hollow, this delightful "dramady" follows the lives and relationships of the title characters- Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). With similar personalities and temperaments, not to mention beauty, the duo could be mistaken for sisters, especially since Rory was born while Lorelai was still in her teens.

Due to her unconventional lifestyle and life choices, Lorelei also has something of a strained relationship with her blueblood parents Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann), although they do dote on their granddaughter. Season six of GILMORE GIRLS begins with an estrangement between out titled characters, as well as an engagement for one. The season six cast of GILMORE GIRLS also features Sean Gunn, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil, Liz Torres and Sally Struthers.

GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON ($60) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired during season six: New And Improved Lorelai, Fight Face, The Ungraduate, Always A Godmother, Never A God, We've Got Magic To Do, Welcome To The Doll House, Twenty-One Is The Loneliest Number, Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out, The Prodigal Daughter Returns, He's Slippin’ ‘Em Bread... Dig?, The Perfect Dress, Just Like Gwen And Gavin, Friday Night's Alright For Fighting, You've Been Gilmored, A Vineyard Valentine, Bridesmaids Revisited, I'm OK, You're OK, The Real Paul Anka, I Get A Sidekick Out Of You, Super Cool Party People, Driving Miss Gilmore and Partings.

Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes that comprise GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON available on DVD in the full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. I’m kind of shocked that any series currently in production in this hi-def era is still releasing episodes in 4:3 on DVD, but stranger things have happened. The image quality of the episodes is on par with similar television productions, but they aren’t quite as good-looking as others. Everything appears reasonably sharp and provides respectable definition. Things look a little soft in places, but its never bad. Colors have a nice level of saturation and produce appealing flesh tones. Blacks are fine, as are the whites. Contrast is television caliber, but otherwise no complaints. The film elements from which the episodes have been transferred are pretty clean, appearing generally free from debris or other flaws. Film grain can be noticeable, but not excessive. Even with four episodes per disc, digital compression artifacts are a non-issue.

All the episodes that comprise GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON are presented on DVD with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel soundtracks, all of which decode to standard surround. My preference for discrete soundtracks is unchanged, but considering that GILMORE GIRLS is a talky dramady, the matrixed mixes are just fine. As expected, the forward soundstage maintains dominance, with a smattering of ambience and musical fill finding its way into the rear channels. Fidelity is solid, with the musical component being delivered with a nice amount of presence. Voices are warmly recorded and the dialogue is easy to understand. No other language tracks are provided, but French and Spanish subtitles have been included.

Animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features. Supplemental content is limited to a promo for the series new home on the CW Network.

I like GILMORE GIRLS, the show is well written, amusing and has a terrific cast. Warner’s DVD collection is solid and won’t give fans any real reason to complain. Recommended to fans.



Gilmore Girls - The Complete Sixth Season



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