Most Haunted: The Collection (2002)

Genre(s): Drama / Science Fiction
KOCH Vision || NR - 1020 minutes - $59.98 || July 17, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-07-19


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Derek Acorah, Yvette Fielding, Richard Felix


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Behind the Scenes Specials
  • Clerkenwell House of Detention: "Extended Walkaround"


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Widescreen (1.77)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

I find matters concerning the spiritual world both interesting and unknown. Do I believe in the spirit world and that they sometimes don’t move on? Absolutely. Do I think the folks at “Most Haunted” are the real deal? No. As Christian Bale said in Batman Begins, “Theatricality and deception are powerful weapons.”, and I think that line perfectly describes this popular British series that airs weekly on the Travel Channel.

“Most Haunted”: The Collection contains 20 episodes and each use the same template split into three-parts: Introduction/history followed by mayhem from spiritual medium Derek Acorah and wrapping up with some “scary” action as the fearless Most Haunted crew endure a night inside perhaps a ghostly-possessed location.

I personally have no problem with the show itself primarily because I don’t believe what I see. Like most so-called reality programming, much of this is set-up and probably written or sketched out by someone beforehand. Unlike the SciFi series “Ghost Hunters” where they go in skeptical (and sometimes go out admitting as such), Haunted severely slants towards a believer despite adding in an unbiased skeptic near the end of each episode (analyzing tapes looking for explanations).

Could it be real? Maybe. But my gut tells me otherwise. Admittedly, there are things that I found amazing, yet, taking a step back, could easily have been setup. It’s been said before, but when you tell someone a place is haunted and then throw them into a dark, unfamiliar place, they will see things that weren’t there. The human mind is certainly fascinating.

I will admit that strictly as entertainment, I found it at least semi-amusing. However, I do know there are plenty worldwide who take this very serious and see things the same way. As I said, I do believe in the spirit world and that a place could be haunted with a restless soul, but the more episodes I watched, the more something smelled fishy (and no, it was not from some dead fisherman come back for closure).

So, I don’t have any real issues with this series, chalking it up to a fortune teller who is in tune with their subjects. The show itself is repetitive so repeat value is, obviously, limited.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Behind-the-Scenes Specials - Each episode is given a short recap of sorts with more interviews with the “Most Haunted” crew. You don’t gain much else from this than in the episode and it seems this just contains outtakes that didn’t make on the air.

There is also something called the Clerkenwell House of Detention “Extended Walkaround” (11:03) which has the “MH” crew follow Derek around longer as he tries to calm down from the evil spirit he confronts. Hostess Yvette Fielding also explains that the ladies must stay together as the evil spirit considers females a threat.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Most Haunted” is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks quite good for a TV series. Since half of an episode makes use of a handheld camera, with night vision, the result tends to look grainy (also adds atmosphere to an otherwise dull episode). The audio is also nice, though not overwhelming. My standards for TV series is significantly lower than feature films and I’d say give your surround system a rest, unless, of course, you want to scare the sh** out of your neighbors and crank it up.



.::OVERALL::.

It doesn’t matter if you believe “Most Haunted” is real or not. Some will take it to heart and no matter what, will believe what they see. Others, like myself, will find some funny enjoyment out of the theatrical elements and still enjoy it.

As to this DVD set, KOCH Vision also released two other discs called “Most Haunted: Castles of Britain” and “Most Haunted: London Haunts”. Each contain three episodes already featured in “The Collection” including the “Most Haunted Extra” footage that goes with them. In fact, “London Haunts” also includes the “Extended Walkaround”. With a $50 price tag, these two discs are about $15 and might be more reasonable for some.