Ghost Hunters: Season Four, Part 2 (2008)

Genre(s): Documentary
Other || NR - 700 minutes - $24.98 || March 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-03-18


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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: Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Kris Williams


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


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Synopsis: Ride along with Jason, Grant and the TAPS members as they travel from a sanitarium which has placed 911 calls to the police but – there is no phone in the building, to the most haunted ship in the U.S. Navy. Then to a tavern in a TAPS member’s home town where customers are heard enjoying a game of pool but the hall is closed and empty, to a home where a small child hears voices and has unexplainable scratches on his body. TAPS even goes to the plantation seen in “Interview with a Vampire” where 35 tourists all witnessed the same paranormal activity at the same instant!

“Ghost Hunters” isn’t exactly the most engaging TV series as at times the adventures at haunted locations range from truly spooky to downright dull. Unlike the show “Most Haunted”, I’m a little more willing to believe what they’re doing is real though I’m not so obtuse not to realize some moments are manufactured to up the dramatic ante (such as including what I consider the poor man’s creepy “CSI” music).

This is the second part of the fourth season which finds the TAPS team exploring various locations from a family home to an old train station with over 5000 square feet of space to cover. Gone from early seasons are lame drama/confrontations between TAPS founders Jason and Grant and the bratty/obnoxious Brian (bringing shame to the name). I watch the show to hear ghostly voices or hear bumps that go into the night, not the bitching of a person with social issues, if I wanted to do that, I’d look in the mirror...

No, “Ghost Hunters” is a good show because of the locations TAPS visits and the core TAPS team with Jason, Grant, Steve, (Dave) Tango and the lovely Kris Williams. Each episode runs about 45-minutes or so, with two cases per episode. The show begins with, more often, Kris explaining the case and why they’ve been called in followed by a tour of the “haunted” location, equipment setup, some ghost hunting walking through dark hallways and supposedly seeing shadows moving about and finally looking over the evidence to see if any of their equipment picked up anything supernatural (and trying to debunk what they hear/see).

Whether or not the EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or video evidence is real or not, I honestly don’t know. Personally, I do believe there are ghosts just as I believe in physics, but for the most part, they’re mostly money grabs than anything else. Is “Ghost Hunters” in the same category? Maybe, but I am more willing to believe than on other shows of this sort.

As for this season, there are some decent investigations such as the one inside a closed down train station where Jason and Grant seem to have made contact with an entity with the K2 Meter (detects changes in electromagnetic fields), but there are also a couple snoozers as well.

This season set also includes the highlights of the “Fort Delaware” live investigation that aired on Halloween.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Packaging: Normally, I don’t bother talking about the packaging design but I have to mention that this 4-disc set comes in a double wide DVD case (like those you sometimes see PC games come in) with all four discs stacked upon one another. The only way you can get to discs 2-4 is to hold back one of two tabs and lift them one by one. It’s a real pain in the arse.

Each investigation comes with a ton of deleted scenes (1:37:05). A majority of the scenes just aren’t that interesting though there were a few questionable paranormal things that happened, but weren’t needed for the episode.

The DVD also states the release includes “Never Before Seen Footage”, though I can’t quite tell what’s new and what isn’t.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The show is presented in full frame (1.33) and looks exactly how I remember them in their initial airing on the Sci-Fi Channel. Now, I believe season five is now being aired in widescreen (just as “Ghost Hunters International” has) so hopefully upcoming season sets will be in widescreen as well.

On the audio front, although my system says it is Dolby Digital 2.0, it sounds an awfully a lot like only a 1.0 channel because I heard nothing coming out of my front speakers, just the center channel (dialogue, music, ambient noise... everything from that one speaker). I know for a fact it sounds better while watching it on the Sci-Fi Channel (and with my TV speakers) than it does here with a surround sound system.



.::OVERALL::.

“Ghost Hunters” is a fun show that has grown in popularity on the Sci-Fi Channel. Unfortunately the DVD releases are still substandard in terms of packaging (if Paramount can cram 5 discs into a standard keep case, why couldn’t these fit into one?) and features (a couple featurettes would’ve been cool) and with the current season now airing in widescreen (and HD), I’m hopeful that release will get a little better treatment in terms of both video and, especially, audio.