Having seen the promotional previews for "DIRT" on FX, numerous times, the series had absolutely no appeal to this reviewer. Still, deciding to give it a chance, I gave the first episode a look and it was as expected from the preview, crap! But, surprisingly, after forcing myself to give the 2nd episode a look, the series got dramatically better, and so did the third episode and so on, all the way through the the 13th episode, wherein I was actually sad it was already over!
Perhaps the biggest hurtle to get through was believing Courtney Cox as the tough as nails editor of what's supposed to be the biggest, exploitative celebrity rag. She just never felt convincing in her role during the entire first episode, making the dialogue all the more unbearable and the show actually painful to watch, rather than just unintentionally funny. But, by the 2nd episode, the writing actually improves greatly and Ms. Cox seems grasp the role with more legitimacy. It's unlikely she'll ever be a "great" actress, but she ends up assuming the role here just fine, after some initial falls.
When a series, especially on FX, is trying too hard to be "daring" ala "THE SHIELD" and "RESCUE ME," it runs into the potential problem of missing the forest for the trees, and overlooking one of the essentials both those other series have going before anything else,...they're expertly written! So, it appears some fine tuning had to be done, and while the series is far better than it initially looked like it would be, it needs to try to use more restraint and it could also benefit from having some bigger celebrities willing to make appearances on the show.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid. Grain pops up sporadically, but is never intrusive. Detail is impressive, even in darker scenes, thanks to deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear accurate throughout.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's got a surprising amount of separation, when it chooses to, but this is a far from aggressive mix. The cameras clicking, bulbs going off effect sounds cool in surround, but it gets old fast. Music is what's emphasized the most within the mix, and at least it's good. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Several featurettes are included, but these and the deleted scenes were rather hum-drum, even though the show won me over eventually.