I am amongst those that came late to the table in regards to watching GILMORE GIRLS and found the DVD season sets to be a blessing- allowing me to catch up on the show. I was fortunate enough to find the earlier season sets on sale for significantly under $20 a pop, which made the entire experience of catching up with the GILMORE GIRLS even more enjoyable. Okay, the DVD sets got me up to speed, so that brings us to the seriesí concluding year. The final season of GILMORE GIRLS doesnít find the series at the pinnacle of its powers- so the show doesnít go out with a bang. Of course, the last year of the series really isnít a disappointment either. Letís just say that GILMORE GIRLS does go gentle into that goodnight and leave it at that.
For my money, GILMORE GIRLS has repeatedly proven itself to be one of the more charming and family friendly offerings on broadcast television. The series has a warm and fuzzy vibe, tons of witty dialogue, lovely leading ladies and a great supporting cast. GILMORE GIRLS is set in the fictional Connecticut town of Stars Hollow, where 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 tremendous 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 seven of GILMORE GIRLS follows the romantic changes and upheavals in the lives of both mother and daughter- including a surprise wedding for one. The season seven cast of GILMORE GIRLS also features Sean Gunn, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil, David Sutcliffe, Sean Gunn, Sookie St. James, Liz Torres and Sally Struthers.
GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON ($60) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired during season seven: The Long Morrow, That's What You Get, Folks, For Makin' Whoopee, Lorelai's First Cotillion, 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, The Great Stink, Go, Bulldogs!, French Twist, Introducing Lorelai Planetarium, Knit, People, Knit!, Merry Fisticuffs, Santa's Secret Stuff, To Whom It May Concern, I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia, Farewell, My Pet, I'm a Kayak, Hear Me Roar, Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?, Gilmore Girls Only, Hay Bale Maze, It's Just Like Riding a Bike, Lorelai? Lorelai?, Unto The Breach and Bon Voyage.
Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes that comprise GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON available on DVD in the full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. Image sharpness and detail are good for this type of television series and certainly improve on broadcast. Some shots appear softer than others, but nothing deviates too far from the norm. Colors are nicely saturated and generate fairly looking natural flesh tones. Blacks are accurate and the whites are clean. Not surprisingly, the level of contrast remains squarely in the television realm. The film elements from which the episodes have been transferred appear clean and free from appreciable flaws. Mild film grain crops up across the episodes. Digital compression artifacts are never a serious concern.
All the episodes that comprise GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Nice upgrade over the previous sets, but the talky nature of the series doesnít lend itself to an engrossing surround sound experience. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant. There are occasional channel separations, but the outlying channels donít see too much activity beyond ambient sounds and musical fill. Fidelity is good for a television production; the music component sounds fine and sound limited sound effects are realistic enough. Dialogue is warmly recorded and 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, as well as a few supplements which include Gilmore Fashionistas (costumes), A Best Friend's Peek Inside the Gilmore Girls: With Keiko Agena (a co-stars day on the set), Who Wants To Talk Boys (male montage) and Kirk's Tour of Stars Hollow (interactive map).
While the final season of GILMORE GIRLS, doesnít represent the show at its peak, it is still clever and entertaining. Warnerís DVD collection outclasses broadcast, and is free from annoying commercials.
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