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The Complete First Season
TV Rating: MA
Running Time: 607 minutes
Starring: Courtney Cox, Ian Hart, Josh Stewart, Laura Allen, Jeffrey Nordling, Will McCormack, Shannyn Sossamon
Retail Price: $59.99
Features: Celebrity Couple Gets Dirty, Through A Lens Darkly, Tabloid Wars, Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes, Season Two Preview
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection, Four-Disc Set
Released: December 11th, 2007
The first season of "Dirt" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and these episodes look pretty good. A lot of the night scenes look murky and washed out, and there is some noise and edge halos at times, but it's nothing too bad. Detail is excellent though, and fleshtones accurately hit their mark. Color saturation is pretty vibrant and there is no smearing - be it the bright red carpets at a Hollywood premiere, or the steely interiors of the Dirt offices. Except for those darkly-lit scenes, these are strong transfers.
"Dirt" also gets the Dolby Digital 5.1 treatment. These tracks are pretty standard: everything sounds nice and is balanced well, but during many of the episodes, nothing really pops out. Subwoofer use is limited, while dialogue is clear and easy to hear. The music of the show is mixed pretty well through the channels, and adds a bit of life to some key scenes. Surrounds are decent, but there are a lot of sound effects that are kept toward the front speakers - and the ones that use the rears are often not as encompassing as I expected. You may not feel like you're in the center of the premieres of crazed paparazzi moments in the episodes, but like reading a tabloid itself, you do feel a bit closer to the story. English subtitles are also included.
The fourth disc houses all the bonus features. Celebrity Couple Gets Dirty is
a look at the show's inspiration and eventual production.
Producers/husband-and-wife Courtney Cox and David Arquette talk about
their own paparazzi experiences and ideas for the show, while FX brass,
producers and showrunner Matthew Carnahan discuss their roles in
forming the series. There are a few tidbits here, but nothing quite new
or in-depth. Still, it's not a big time killer at a mere 5 minutes.
viewers just might find "Dirt" as guilty of a pleasure as the gossip
magazines the series bases itself around. The bonus features are on the
light side, and the episodes look and sound decent - but fans of the
series and those looking to catch up before the second season in 2008
might want to take a look.