Thanks to DVD, I rarely watch live television, except when I want background noise. But when I do sit down to watch a TV show, nothing tickles me more than having the ability to pop something like GHOST WHISPERER into my DVD player and sit down to a block of two, three or four episodes. GHOST WHISPERER is definitely one of the most enjoyable escapist dramas currently airing on television. Jennifer Love Hewitt is a sweet, natural beauty, whose face and a figure made for big screen television viewing. Additionally, GHOST WHISPERER is one of those supernatural series that is ideally suited for DVD consumption. GHOST WHISPERER combines chills, suspense and occasional comedy, along with the deeper emotions that stem from the loss of a loved one and mixes them into an entertaining package that generally ties up all loose ends by the end of its forty-something minute running time.
The basic premise of GHOST WHISPERER finds Jennifer Love Hewitt cast in the role of Melinda Gordon. Melinda is a young married woman who splits her time between two endeavors- her antiques business and helping restless earthbound souls cross over to the other side. Since childhood, Melinda has had ability to communicate with the dead- a gift that has been passed down through the generations in her family. Of course, Melinda’s unique gift has a tendency to interfere with other aspects of her life, but fortunately for Melinda, her husband Jim Clancy (David Conrad) is very understanding of her abilities and obligations to those that have passed on. Season two of GHOST WHISPERER adds a new character to the mix, with Camryn Manheim in the role of Delia Banks, who comes to work for Melinda in her antiques business.
GHOST WHISPERER: THE SECOND SEASON ($58) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired in the show’s sophomore year: Love Never Dies, Love Still Won't Die, Drowned Lives, The Ghost Within, A Grave Matter, The Woman Of His Dreams, A Vicious Cycle, The Night We Met, The Curse Of The Ninth, Giving Up The Ghost, Cat's Claw, Dead To Rights, Deja Boo, Speed Demon, Mean Ghost, The Cradle Will Rock, The Walk-In, Children Of Ghosts, Delia's First Ghost, The Collector, The Prophet and The Gathering.
CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment has made all of the episodes that comprise GHOST WHISPERER: THE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. These episodes really look sweet on DVD. Everything appears sharp and the picture produces a very good level of detail. Colors are deeply saturated and the flesh tones are very attractive. Blacks are deep, and the whites are clean. Contrast is beyond your average television production, plus the numerous dark scenes having more than respectable shadow detail. The episodes generally appear very clean; blemishes and grain is fairly non-existent. Digital compression artifacts are always well contained.
For this release, all the episodes that comprise GHOST WHISPERER: THE SECOND SEASON feature soundtracks in the Dolby Digital 5.1 channel format. Like most television fare, the forward soundstage is dominant, but the outlying channels do see some activity during some the more "supernatural" moments. Fidelity is first rate for a television production; the soundtracks have strong musical presence and the sound effects come across nicely. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. An English Dolby Surround track has also been provided, although no subtitles are included.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode selection and set up features, as well as some supplemental materials. Running audio commentaries have been provided for the following episodes: Love Never Dies, Mean Ghost, Children Of Ghosts and The Collector. Other supplements include Crystal Ball Mind Game, A Conversation With The Living (cast and crew talking about season two), Ghostly Visions (makeup), Grandview Graveyard (interactive ghosts), Melinda’s Closet (costumes), The Other Side Webisodes (plus trailers & behind-the-scenes) and a Jennifer Love Hewitt Speed Painting Video.
GHOST WHISPERER is perfect TV on DVD viewing, which definitely benefits from Jennifer Love Hewitt’s presence. The CBS/Paramount DVD set looks pretty darn great and sounds just fine. If you are a devotee of the series, then GHOST WHISPERER: THE SECOND SEASON is a must have.
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