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Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series

Warner Bros. // 2000 // 6634 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Cynthia Boris (Retired) // November 28th, 2007

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All Rise...

Judge Cynthia Boris received an early gift from Santa, her Gilmore Girls Dream Case.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season (published May 17th, 2004), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Second Season (published February 2nd, 2005), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fourth Season (published November 9th, 2005), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fifth Season (published December 13th, 2005), Gilmore Girls: The Complete Sixth Season (published September 25th, 2006), and Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season (published December 19th, 2007) are also available.

The Charge

Lorelai: Well how will people know you're the world's greatest reporter?
Rory: I don't know.
Lorelai: I guess they'll just have to read your stuff.
Rory: I guess so.
—the last words uttered in the series finale

Opening Statement

Lorelai: "Don't let his family see you. Spiders are vindictive. And this was a really big spider. I think it had a gun."

Jared Padalecki (Rory's first love, Dean) once said that the main requirement for working on Gilmore Girls was the ability to talk fast. That's because the average Gilmore Girls script is twice that of any other TV drama. But the real joy is what they manage to pack into that hour, creative characters, witty banter and more pop culture references than a game of Trivial Pursuit. So many pop culture references that there's a 43-page booklet of "Gilmorisms" included in this DVD set.

It's 153 episodes strong! It's Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection.

Facts of the Case

DEAN: "If you're eating pizza with them and Lorelai decides that the pepperoni is angry at the mushrooms because the mushrooms have an attitude and then she holds up a pepperoni and the pepperoni asks for your opinion…don't just laugh. Answer the pepperoni."

Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham, Evan Almighty) was born to well-to-do parents Richard and Emily. She was raised in a large home with maids and gardeners and coming-out parties that required long white gloves and a fan-dance. She was miserable and then Christopher came along and her life changed forever. At sixteen years old, Lorelai got pregnant and rather than deal with the disapproval of her parents, she ran away to the tiny town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. She got a job as a maid and with the help of the town's quirky inmates…um, residents…she raised her baby, Rory, without benefit of a dad.

When we first step foot into Stars Hollow, teenage Rory (Alexis Bledel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) is about to see a big change in her life. She's been accepted to a fancy private school which is the first step on the road to her dream—a college degree from top university. Oh, and one other thing—there's a boy. There's always a boy.

From the pilot episode, through to the finale appropriately named "Bon Voyage," the series follows Lorelai and Rory as they live, love and learn all about life. There are the characters who stayed such as Luke (Scott Patterson, Aliens in America), Sookie (Melissa McCarthy, Samantha, Who?) and Lane (Kieko Agena). And there are those came and went like Dean (Jared Padalecki, Supernatural), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia, Heroes) and Max (Scott Cohen). But one thing you can say about all the characters on Gilmore Girls, once you meet them, you never forget them.

Seven seasons. 42 Discs. One terrific TV show.

The Evidence

Rory: "Billy Jack, I'm gonna kill you or buy myself a lovely chenille sweater."

Gilmore Girl fans have favorite eras, often labeled by the romantic interest of the time. Those (like myself) who lean toward the early Rory and Dean years are Narcoleptics. Rory and Jess fans are Literati's, where as Rory and Logan equals Rogan Shippers.

Then there are the "April ruined the show" fans, the "I Hate Christopher" club and the folks at the TVGuide podcast who regularly refer to fast-forwarding over any scene on any show as "Sooking" (So named for one editor's habit of skipping any Sookie scene on Gilmore Girls).

What all fans will agree on is that the series has charming characters and witty banter like no other. It's a smart show that doesn't stop to explain the rapid-fire pop culture retorts such as, "Business? Now you're Willy Loman?," "I need you to be civil, at least through dinner, and then on the way home you can pull a Menendez. Deal?," and one of my personal favorites, "God! You're like Ruth Gordon just standing there with a tannis root. Make a noise!"

Gilmore Girls is a literary paradise and now paradise comes packaged in a 60's doll case that I lovingly refer to as, "The Barbie Dream House Edition."

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection includes all seven seasons of the series and two over-sized paperback books. Gone are the bulky plastic flip-trays from the individual sets. Here, each season's discs are housed in tall, slim, cardboard folders each decorated with mod-sixties graphics and colors. Lorelai owns Season One with a pink flower power design. It's Rory then and now on Season Two all done in polka dots with pink and blue trim. Luke, Jess and Dean get Season Three with its masculine faux denim finish and its on-ward from there.

These disc folders and the two books all slide into the side of an eleven inch white puffy-vinyl doll case with a hard plastic handle. The front of the case (which stays closed via a magnet) folds open to reveal a Colorforms-style graphic of the Gilmore house with photos of Rory and Lorelai lounging about. Quite a hefty package, but still it takes up a third of the space of the individual seasons and when you own as many DVDs as I do, that's a real plus.

The episode guide is a compilation of the small booklets that were made for the individual sets, but there are a few new full-color pictures scattered throughout. The second book is your Guide to Gilmoreisms, this is an expanded dictionary of pop-culture references notated with the matching episode number. Study this book and learn the phrases, you'll use them more than the Latin you learned in high school.

Enough gushing! Let's look at the items that made me give this set a less than perfect score.

The Rebuttal Witnesses

Lorelai: "You lost me at carrots, which was the first draft of 'you had me at hello."

Can you say "Double Dipping" and in the worst way. Other than the expanded Gilmoreisms book and the packaging, there's nothing new on this complete series set. Which is a good news/bad news situation. On the upside, the fans that purchased each season as it was released won't have to feel the pain of putting up or missing out. If you already own all six seasons, buy the new release of seven and you've got pretty much the same deal. On the downside, it's a hefty pricetag for what amounts to nothing more than the cool packaging. So I'm torn, but there wasn't a no-man's land between Evidence and Rebuttal, so it ended up here.

As for the special features that are on these discs, they're pretty ho-hum. Usually I love a behind the scenes tour, but Keiko's tour on Season Seven is boring. Kirk's Tour, which was originally made for the web, is a pain to navigate on screen and even the costume feature rambles on far too long. Kirk's Movie is still the funniest special feature over all 42 discs. And do you mean to tell me that after seven years, they couldn't get Lauren and Alexis to sit down do commentary on one single episode? That's sad.

Lastly, more of a suggestion than a gripe. When you open the case, there's this wonderful shiny graphic that looks like a Colorforms set. How much cooler would it have been if real Colorform cut-outs of Rory, Lorelai and the gang were included? Everyone on to the couch! It's time to play Bop-It!

Closing Statement

Lorelai: "Ugh, Rory, my brain is full. It has reached capacity. It's Shea Stadium when the Beatles played. It's cramped and girls are screaming and I think George is fighting with Ringo."

This is a tough one. The show, I highly recommend. If you have a smart, funny woman in your life who has never seen this series, buy Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection for her as a holiday gift.

If you're a fan and you already own the first six seasons, it's a tough call. I love it, but I still had trouble parting with my old season sets. I'd say, if you don't have seven yet, sell the others on ebay and take the plunge. There's something about seeing a whole series together…it's like watching an Osmond Meets the King Family reunion special hosted by Lawrence Welk. It doesn't get any bigger than that.

The Verdict

"Oy! With the poodles already!" And that's Gilmore-speak for stop talking about it and go buy the DVD.

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Scales of Justice

Video: 95
Audio: 95
Extras: 80
Acting: 95
Story: 92
Judgment: 94

Perp Profile

Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Subtitles:
• English
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 6634 Minutes
Release Year: 2000
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Comedy
• Drama
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Episode guide with photos
• Your Complete Guide to Gilmoreisms Book
• Gilmore Girl Beginnings: a documentary including interviews with the show's creators, cast, and crew.
• Gilmore-isms -- a montage of the witty comments coined on the show
• Gilmore Goodies and Gossip -- fun facts pop-up throughout the episode "Rory's Dance"
• Additional/Deleted Scenes
• Unaired Scenes
• A Film By Kirk
• Gilmore Goodies and Gossip: A-Tisket, A-Tasket On-Screen Factoids
• International Success: How Other Countries Welcome The Girls
• Who Wants To Argue? The Season's Best Shouting Matches
• Gilmore-isms Booklet
• Documentary: All Grown Up -- the cast and crew share stories of their childhood experiences, including personal family photos.
• Featurette: Who Wants to Fall in Love? -- a montage of season three's greatest "love moments"
• Our Favorite '80s -- Cast and crew show off their favorite '80s dance moves.
• Stars Hollow Interactive Trivia Game
• Who Wants To Get Together -- a montage of the season's best hook-ups
• Goodies & Gossip -- Fun Factoids appear on screen throughout the Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist episode.
• Audio Commentary by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino on Wedding Bell Blues Episode
• The Gilmore Girls Turn 100 -- a in-depth look at the making of the 100th episode
• Easter Eggs
• Behind the Scenes of the 100th Episode
• Who Wants To Talk Gilmore -- montage of Season 5's best dialogue exchanges
• Gilmore Fashionistas
• A Best Friend's Peek Inside the Gilmore Girls with Keiko Agena
• Kirk's Town Tours
• Who Wants to Talk Boys -- Season Montage
• Trailers








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