The initial season of “Ghost Whisperer” wasn’t a runaway smash hit, but it was no flop either. New television shows are a dime a dozen these days and the ones that actually make it to their second season either have a lot of money behind them or they’re actually somewhat decent. “Ghost Whisperer” doesn’t have the luxury of being on a cable network like HBO, Showtime or FX; it’s on CBS. As such, there’s an enormous amount of pressure for ratings and the like. The second season of the show takes up right where the last one left off, but wait â€“ more on that later! If you’re reading this review then I can only assume one of two things: 1) You just click on whatever is new on the front page and figure you’ll see what we say about the show or 2) You’re a fan of “Ghost Whisperer” and want to see what we’ll say about the show. Having said that, I find this to be one of my guilty pleasures and though I don’t tune in every Friday night, I might DVR it just to have something to watch.
To sum up the first season (or the show in general), Melinda (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) has a gift. She can speak with the recently deceased and acts as a liaison between the afterlife and the real world. More often than not, ok well every episode actually, there’s some sort of dilemma between a recently deceased person that she must help. Usually it’s a random person and she’s met with extreme prejudice, but sooner or later they come around and make amends with their loved ones. It’s a good formula and one that’s worked well for most of the episodes. In season two, there’s more of a twist. Melinda has lost someone special to her and she must now deal with the grieving process and to top it all off, there’s a more sinister force at work that could threaten Melinda’s existence as well. “Ghost Whisperer” offers up the same amount of charm and drama that made the show a moderate success during its initial season and for more of the same, this second season gives audiences more of what they like.
Video: How does it look?
All of the episodes are presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer that looks pretty darn good. Most network shows are now being shot and aired in HD, so even watching them on standard DVD is quite a treat. The actors wear bright clothes which looks great in this anamorphic transfer. I found very few instances of artifacting, detail is great and the black levels are strong and consistent throughout all 22 episodes. I would say these shows are of equal quality of the HD network broadcast, so if it’s a good picture you’re looking for then “Ghost Whisperer” certainly delivers here.
Audio: How does it sound?
I was actually fairly surprised at the audio quality on some of these episodes. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack makes great use of voices, wind and some other ambient sound effects that pop up in selected episodes. The main focus of the soundtrack is dialogue and it’s very crisp and clean. There weren’t too many other things that really stood out, by and large television shows aren’t really engineered for sound but I have to say that this one is one of the better ones I’ve heard. As television starts to be fused with movies (on a technical) level, we all win.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Paramount has bestowed a rather hefty price tag on this season and I won’t say you get what you pay for, but the offering of supplements certainly isn’t too bad. The six disc set has some rather interesting supplements and some that are, well, not so great. We start out with “A Conversation with the Living” in which the cast and crew talk about the new season, what’s in store and so forth. It’s mostly fluff, but there are some good segments. “Melinda’s Closet” gives us the low down on Jennifer Love-Hewitt’s wardrobe and is narrated by costume designer Joseph Porro. We then delve into the makeup section and talk with Make-Up artist Kandace Westmore as they give us some insider information on how they make the dead look dead. There’s a feature called “Grandview Graveyard” which gives us some backstory on some of the guest stars as told by the show’s writers. Lastly we have a crystal ball mind game and a Jennifer Love-Hewitt speed-painting video (I’ll let that speak for itself).