Ghost Hunters International: Season One, Part 1 (2008)

Genre(s): Science Fiction
Image Entertainment || NR - 480 minutes - $24.99 || June 1, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-06-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Robb Demarest, Barry Fitzgerald, Dustin Pari


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Stereo)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Over the years, I have watched the original “Ghost Hunters” and enjoyed it for what it is: fast food reality television programming. But over time even I’ve grown tired of the mothership program amidst many claims it is fake and I’m obliged to believe it is, for the most part. However, like those who love wrestling, it does hold entertainment value and their female investigator/model, Kris Williams, makes it so much easier to watch...

Now, like most popular programs, SyFy chose to green-light two spin-offs, one being “Ghost Hunters International” (the other is the even lamer “Ghost Hunters Academy”). “GHI” features some veterans from the mothership series including Andy Andrews, Dustin Pari, Brian Harnois, Donna LaCroix and Barry Fitzgerald who was on previous episodes of “Ghost Hunters” when they went overseas.

So with the history out of the way, the first part of season one is just like the original series just with less interesting people (or characters) in more exotic locations around the globe. Speaking of the characters, I wasn’t that intrigued by any of them despite knowing a few from the original series, fact is they’re nowhere near as energetic or appealing by comparison.

I found this series to be more tedious than the original “Ghost Hunters” and was actually quite bored for the most part despite the interesting locales. I guess if you’re an uber fan of ghosts and things that go bump in the night – which happens quite a lot on the show after which a cast member whispers, “Did you hear that?”, which occurs at least 3 times in a single episode – you might find “Ghost Hunters International” to be a fun time, but for me I won’t be revisiting this again anytime soon.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

While other studios are selling their multi-disc season sets primarily in single-wide amaray cases (i.e. “The Closer” has 4-discs in one case), Image has chosen to release this in a double wide case with 3-discs in a spindle. Why? I have no idea but it’s absolutely awful especially for those with space issues...

In any case (no pun intended), the set only has some deleted scenes, none of which are worth viewing.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Ghost Hunters International” aired before the franchise as a whole went HD and in widescreen, so what we get here is a Full Frame (1.33:1) presentation which looks alright but nothing special.

On the same line the Dolby Digital Stereo track outputs the dialogue and so-called spooky music just fine, so no major complaints here.



.::OVERALL::.

As someone who has casually enjoyed the original “Ghost Hunters” series, I never could get into “Ghost Hunters International” for a variety of reasons, though the top one is that the cast never really felt right and the things that go bump in the night aspects weren’t very appealing or interesting in the least.