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Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life Blu-ray Review

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“Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life” will surely please longtime fans.

After going off the air in 2007 with its seventh season, “Gilmore Girls” made a triumphant return to Netflix back in 2016. Now, thanks to Warner Archive, the eighth season (AKA “A Year In The Life”) has made its way to home video.

In “A Year In The Life” (which is comprised of 4 90 minute plus specials titled “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall”) fans get to catch-up with their favorite characters in Stars Hollow (and elsewhere). We find that Rory has become a journalist, is seeing two guys (Logan and Paul), and is pondering writing a novel. Lorelai is feeling rather lost in life since her father passed away. Her frustrating relationship with Luke and her complex relationship with her own mother Emily aren’t helping matters either. Of course, this isn’t just the Rory and Lorelai show as plenty of characters from the series make appearances such as Doyle (Danny Strong), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), Jared Padalecki (Dean), Marcy (Mae Whitman) and a host of others. On top of that, expect to see plenty of other subplots involving a musical, a pig, a “Wild” like trip, and more.

“Gilmore Girls” is the type of show that I respect, but could never get on board with. I understand why the show has a devoted fanbase, I find both Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel to be talented and charming leads, and the small town melodrama certainly has its appeal, and yet, I can’t get past the abnormally fast talking characters. Not only does no one talk like this, but I find the dialogue to be so overwritten to an almost maddening degree. Yes, it’s quirky and filled with pop culture references, but it’s not done in an accessible or believable Joss Whedon esque manner (to me at least). To me, it just comes across as awkward.

With all of that said, I feel like fans will be happy to check in on the lives of Rory, Lorelai, Luke and others with this new season. While “A Year In The Life” does perhaps feel like a glorified cameo fest at times with characters popping in and out at a quick rate, you have to take into account that this season is for the fans and was made possible by them. Fans will, of course, want to see all the returning favorites and you get that here. On top of that, you get the character drama that made the show a hit in the first place and, I suspect, more will likely come in the near future.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The episodes contain crisp hi-def transfers.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The fast dialogue delivery never sounded better.

One would assume this disc would be full of extras, but shockingly, there is none.

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January 7, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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