She Spies: Season 1 DVD Review
PictureShe Spies is presented in a fullscreen 1.33:1 aspect ratio non-anamorphically enhanced transfer. You can really see its TV origins throughout, with reasonable detail and clarity but distinct signs of edge enhancement and moments of softness throughout. Grain also overwhelms in some sequences. The colour scheme is broad and gaudy, although the colours are generally well represented throughout. Blacks are quite solid but overall the episodes never even look like they could possibly graduate from the small screen - for such a recent production it is a moderately dated representation.
SoundWe get a standard Dolby Digital 2.0 to accompany each episode, which is perfectly acceptable for a TV show and it does everything you would expect. The dialogue is presented clearly and coherently throughout and there are quite a few sound effects throughout, not just from guns and kicks and explosions, but also from the silly comical 'dream' moments. The musical accompaniment varies widely, utilising familiar themes like Bonanza in amidst an otherwise fairly standard TV show score. The theme is fairly unexceptional, but comes across quite prominently. There is no bass to speak of, but what do you expect?
VerdictI think I've said all there is to say about this particular production, but if you didn't hear me the first time then be wary of this show - it is designed to be a laugh a minute, but if you don't find it funny then you're going to be extremely bored, extremely quickly. The video is disappointing and the audio is barely adequate and with simply no extras it does not even seem that tempting a package for fans of the show, if there are any.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.77
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