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Ghost Whisperer: The Complete First Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon
David Conrad as Jim Clancy
Aisha Tyler as Andrea Moreno

Special Features:
Can You See Me? The First Season of "Ghost Whisperer"

Second Sight: The Clairvoyants of "Ghost Whisperer"

A Tour of Grandview

"Ghost Whisperer" Mythology

Scare Tactics Deleted Scenes

Audio Commentaries by Cast and Crew on Select Episodes

Blooper Reel

Other Info:
Widescreen
English 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 16 Hours

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is a young newlywed with the unique gift to communicate with spirits of people who have died a talent that was inherited from her grandmother.

The dead seek out Melinda's ability to help them relay significant messages and information to the living. Despite her fear, compassion compels her to help these earthbound spirits cross over by completing their unfinished business with the living. Relive these amazing journeys in all 22 first-season episodes."

"Ghost Whisperer: The Complete First Season" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
Taking inspiration from "The Sixth Sense," "The Ghost Whisperer" takes a softer look at communicating with the departed. It's kind of "Highway to Heaven" meets "I see dead people". This series is definitely more "touchy feely" than most supernatural stories. Because of this I find people like my mom and my wife watching it all the time. To be quite honest, I had no interest in it whatsoever (beyond admiring Jennifer Love Hewitt). The stories were too slow, sappy, and cheesy for my tastes. They also take a pretty good concept and water it down dramatically. For example, the final episode of the first season saw Melinda dealing with dozens of ghosts after an airliner crashes in her city. What could have been an emotional, intense, dramatic episode ends up being light TV entertainment (at least except for the dramatic twist at the end). The episodes do have scary moments or twists here and there, but not enough to keep me coming back. That being said, there's an awful lot of people out there who do love the series and will be glad to own the first season on DVD.

There's a pretty good selection of bonus features included. You have your standard additions like commentaries, a blooper reel, deleted scenes, and set tours. There's also a recap of the first season and a discussion of real clairvoyants.

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