Review by: Fusion3600
Posted on: July 30th, 2012
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Plot: What’s it about?

Do you believe in ghosts? If you do, then you’ll gasp with along with the T.A.P.S. squad as they explore haunted locales and hope to secure proof of paranormal presence. If you don’t, then at least you can laugh at the team as they jump at every creak and insist every noise or movement is a spectral invader of some kind. Ghost Hunters has a solid (if unoriginal) premise, as the team looks into various ghost sightings and attempts to capture evidence of the eerie activities. But the T.A.P.S. team is so unintentionally hilarious, sometimes it almost comes off as a spoof of similar shows. Jason and Grant are so desperate to prove that ghosts are real, they latch onto even the slightest event as definitive proof. After seven seasons and countless haunted locations, even Ghost Hunters remain unable to offer up even minor proof of real ghosts.

At this point, Ghost Hunters fans have to be tuning in for camp reasons, as seven seasons have produced no evidence of the paranormal world. But you don’t need proof of life after death to entertain, right? I think just watching the crew overreact to shadows or creaks from wooden floors can be hilarious. The reactions and certainty that this episode will be the one to prove that ghosts exist are more than enough to make each episode worth a look. Despite years of failed expeditions, the crew is as determined as ever in this seventh season, with visits to a host of various ghost infested locales. As a paranormal tourism show, Ghost Hunters offers looks inside of the famous and not so well known locations. This season includes a haunted hotel, an eerie asylum, a creepy resort, and a host of other places to chill your bones. This release houses the first twelve episodes of the seventh season, from the French Quarter to Pearl Harbor and beyond. So whether you watch with hopes of ghost sightings or just to laugh at the crew, Ghost Hunters: Season Seven, Part 1 is a lot of fun.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The show looks good here, whether in normal interview shots or night vision ghost chases. I found detail to be fine in the more stable shots, while of course the night vision shots and such show a degraded level of depth. But that is the nature of the show, so this transfer is helpless to improve upon those elements. In the end, the show looks good and no serious issues pop up.

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound design here is fine, but doesn’t send chills down your spine like it should. At the same time, the show’s low rent technical presentation impacts the audio potential as well. The show’s elements are all well handled, so dialogue is clear and the random creaks, moans, and such are all audible. The nature of the program means that sometimes volume fluctuates, but that is unavoidable here. The show sounds quite good in this presentation, so fans should be satisfied.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Some episodes contain never before seen bonus footage, which should delight fans.

MOVIE INFO.
YEAR RELEASED
2011
RATING
Not Rated
STUDIO
Image Entertainment
RUNNING TIME
525 min.


TECH SPECS
  • STANDARD DVD
  • (1.33:1)
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • 4 Disc Set
  • DISC FEATURES
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy

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