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If the television series GHOST WHISPERER were a sitcom, then the plot of OVER HER DEAD BODY ($28) probably could have been an episode. OVER HER DEAD BODY does produce chuckles at regular intervals, so one is likely to get an evening’s amusement out of this flick, but the movie itself is about as memorable as an episode of a sitcom. Eva Longoria Parker stars as Kate, a pushy controlling bride, who is ironically killed on her wedding day- by an ice sculpture of an angel. Due to some unfinished business on Earth, Kate’s not getting through the pearly gates anytime soon, plus her general bad attitude prevents her from getting any heavenly guidance.

A year passes, Kate hasn’t moved on and neither has her fiancé Henry (Paul Rudd). Enter Henry’s flaky sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane), who convinces him to see a psychic/medium Ashley (Lake Bell), who will hopefully pass along a message from Kate for Henry to move on with his life. In usual sitcom fashion, Ashley finds herself attracted to Henry, which leaves a jealous Kate using her ghostly ways to spook away a living romantic rival. Look for Jason Biggs in the thankless role of Dan, Ashley’s not-so-gay catering business assistant. Stephen Root and William Morgan Sheppard also lend support to the proceedings.

New Line Home Entertainment has made OVER HER DEAD BODY available on DVD in a 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. A full screen version is also provided on a separate layer, if anyone cares. OVER HER DEAD BODY isn’t a stellar looking DVD; the cinematography never rises above being a competently shot sitcom, with a theatrical feature budget. For the most part, everything appears sharp and reasonably well defined. Colors are nicely saturated and the flesh tones are pretty natural. Blacks are accurate and the whites stable. Contrast and shadow detail are fine. The film elements are free from serious defects, although a bit of grain shows up in places. Digital compression artifacts never haunt the viewer.

OVER HER DEAD BODY comes with a fairly standard comedy mix in its 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant, and offers modest channel separations. The surrounds are primarily utilized used for ambient sounds and musical fill. Like your typical comedy, the track has a nice sounding musical component. The bass channel has little to do, other than keeping the track grounded. Dialogue is warmly recorded and easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the DVD, but English and Spanish subtitles are provided.

The basic interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some trailers.

OVER HER DEAD BODY provides an evening’s chuckles, but isn’t likely to haunt your memory. The DVD presentation is competent, but is only as memorable as the film itself.



Over Her Dead Body (2008)



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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