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Video: How Do the Discs Look?
I’ll tell you this much, though: Gossip Girl still looks great on DVD. These 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers sometimes showcase some light grain in darker sequences (as they did last time), but that kind of nitpicking is what it will take to find even moderate flaws in this collection of presentations. Finely grained detail is sharp and strong, black levels are consistent and deep, and color accuracy is spot-on (flesh tones juxtapose wonderfully with the bright tones of the show’s glitzy surroundings). Really nice.
Audio: How Do the Discs Sound?
Also in keeping with the show's first DVD box sets, fidelity is maintained well on these Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks, even if the overall sound design of the series is fairly plain. Dialogue sounds fantastic – it’s been recorded and placed in the mix with excellent attention to detail – but surrounds are surprisingly underutilized. During some louder outdoor moments, we’ll get some nice atmospherics and music cues from the sides and the back, but for the most part, these are capably constructed mixes that stay pretty much front and center.
English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles are included.