Ghost Whisperer: The Complete Series
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Ghost Whisperer is not a show for cynics (or anyone who hates everything with the word "whisperer" attached to it). Though half of the show aims to make your flesh creep, the other half works just as hard to make everything warm and fuzzy. Ghosts walk into Melinda Gordon's life the way snappy dames walked into Sam Spade's office, hitting her up for aid with a hard-luck story and a whole lot of strings attached. Her job is to help them untie the emotional knot that's keeping them earthbound--which usually involves, in one way or another, telling a still-living friend or relative how much the dead person loved them. Whether it's a Vietnam vet who never met his son, a standup comedian who committed suicide, a bride who died on her big day, or a poltergeist child, in the end Melinda--assisted by her hunky paramedic husband Jim and vaguely useless best friend Andrea--will find a way to lead them to the light. (Ghost Whisperer is evasive about its theological implications, but Melinda's black-hatted nemesis from the season's end has a distinctly devilish air.)
Keeping a foot in both worlds as Melinda is Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five, Garfield), an actress who doesn't seem entirely natural; between her cartoonish physical dimension (the show isn't shy about displaying her bosom), her fake eyelashes, and the seemingly molded contours of her face, she's like a life-sized doll. Unfortunately, this quality lends a similarly plastic feel to her telegenic smile and earnest looks of compassion. The scripts are strictly middle-of-the-road tv fare, with obvious turns of plot and heavy-handed emotional crises, but the special effects conjure some eeriness. Extras include docs on the show's development, the lovely opening credits (based on the art of Maggie Taylor), and the paranormal investigators whose work inspired the show, along with a handful of episode commentaries and deleted scenes. Fans will not feel cheated. --Bret Fetzer
The second season of Ghost Whisperer--that cornucopia of spookiness, warmhearted crescendos, and cleavage-emphasizing outfits--strengthened the show's basic formula with tighter writing and engaging new characters. After an opening episode that resolves the first season's cliffhangers (with a black-hatted baddie and a beloved "earthbound spirit" in peril), our heroine Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) launches forward with three new friends: Dr. Rick Payne (Jay Mohr, Jerry Maguire), a prickly, sarcastic professor of the occult; Delia Banks (Camryn Manheim, The Practice), a skeptical but warmhearted realtor who helps Melinda run her antique shop; and Delia's son Ned (Tyler Patrick Jones), a rebellious but goodhearted scamp. More significantly, the ratio of creepy thrills and beatific resolutions has been recalibrated to crank up the thrills. Which is good news--while helping ghosts find the light may be Melinda's reason for being, those happy endings are more satisfying when preceded by scary special effects and what-will-happen-next chills. On top of that, the show's creators carefully weave in a season-long story arc that culminates a three-episode conclusion (which, naturally, leaves plenty of questions open for the third season to investigate) involving a rival ghost whisperer whose motivations are not so selfless as Melinda's. Clearly, the show's fans were hungry for more of Melinda's stoic, hunky husband Jim (David Conrad); not only does he get many more opportunities to be unflinchingly supportive, he gets haunted by a supermodel and has a best friend who starts dating Delia. Stories range from a vengeful cheerleader to a phantom dog to an old boyfriend of Melinda's, who even in death hasn't gotten over her winsomeness. Most often people are haunted by family members and lost loved ones, who--though they knock things over, possess the living, and generally raise a ruckus--are almost always seeking forgiveness or to pass on sage advice. Through it all, Melinda summons her pluck and marches into danger wearing what seems to be an endless supply of flowy coats and low-cut party dresses. Ghost Whisperer is a love-it-or-hate-it show, and those who love it do so passionately. The show's creators reciprocate with an abundance of extras, ranging from earnest episode commentaries and behind-the-scenes docs to a series of "webisodes" of an internet serial about a bicycle delivery guy learning to cope with death to a peculiar "Jennifer Love Hewitt Speed Painting Video." --Bret Fetzer
The first thing you'll notice about the third season of Ghost Whisperer: More special effects! In the opening episode, a street collapses into a black, yawning crevasse. Eternally dewy Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Melinda Gordon, who speaks to the dead with a firm glint in her eye and an abundance of cleavage (though the costume department is a tad more discreet this time around). With the assistance of her hunky husband (David Conrad), her skeptical best friend (Camryn Manheim, The Practice), and a wisecracking professor of the occult (Jay Mohr, Saturday Night Live), Melinda helps ghosts cross over to the other side. But woven through the entire third season is Melinda's investigation into her own family secrets (featuring Martin Donovan, The Opposite of Sex, as Melinda's mysterious father), culminating in a high-stakes season finale that's much more satisfying that season two's fairly forced conclusion. Mind you, this season is unlikely to convert viewers who prefer their ghost stories without warmhearted resolutions (almost every ghost just needs to tell someone how much he/she love him/her), but there are some clever twists and setups: A dead photographer creates pictures from the afterlife; a mother actively cultivates being haunted by her dead son because she's afraid he's too young to cross over on his own. Several episodes reveal how the town of Grandview is built on the ruins of an older city, which is--surprise!--full of unhappy ghosts. This gesture towards cultivating a mythology smacks a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The X-Files, but who doesn't like a haunted underworld? The more the show leans towards spookiness and sprinkles the earnestness on lightly, the stronger it is. Fans will be pleased with the abundance of extras, which include commentaries, webisodes, making-of documentaries, backstory about Melinda, and an entertainingly snarky interview with Mohr. --Bret Fetzer
Season One Disc:
- Cast and Crew Commentary
- Additional Scenes
- "Can You See Me: First Season of Ghost Whisperer" Featurette
- "Second Sight: The Clairvoyants of Ghost Whisperer" Featurette
- "A Tour of Grandview"
- "Ghost Whisperer Mythology"
- Blooper Reel
Season Five Disc:
- "Celebrating 100"
- "A Triple Threat"
- "A Season of Changes"
- "The Other Side IV Webseries"
- "Ghost Town"
- "Ghosts of Rockland Memorial"
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Along with Conrad and Hewitt, there is also Aisha Tyler (as Andrea Marino, seasons 1-2), Jay Mohr (as Rick Payne, seasons 2-4), Camryn Manheim (as Delia Banks, seasons 2-5), Jamie Kennedy (as Eli James, seasons 4-5), Christoph Sanders (as Ned Banks, seasons 3-5) and, of course, the cute little Connor Gibbs (as Aiden Lucas, season 5). Each and every one of them brings their own story, their own drama and even their own sense of humor.
The stories and writing are original, creative, and fantastic. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, spirits, or people who can talk to them, these stories will make you believe. It will make you believe in the strength there is to be found after losing someone. Believe in the hope just one person can give an entire community. And believe that love truly never dies.
To put it short, if you want a real show, one that brings light into your life and one that will inspire you, then watch Ghost Whisperer. Follow its many ups and downs, and feel a little better off for it.
And if you don't believe me, go to Ghost Whisperer's fan pages and read what people have to say about this show. Trust me, you won't be dissappointed.
I know you will enjoy this also. Have Fun - "TennesseeCraig"-----------------------
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Initially, I received a set with a broken cover, but Amazon was great about replacing it without any hassle. I am thoroughly enjoying Ghost Whisperer. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Glad I own the complete series, I still watch episodes on TV and am a big fan of Jennifer Love HewittPublished 12 days ago by Renee A Stack
I love that it's all together in one box set and I didn't have to worry about buying separate seasons. You also can't beat the price. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jessica G.
Arrived quick. Perfect condition. I've watched the entire series in two weeks. I bought the collection to study Melinda Gordon's wardrobe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Octavia Pierce
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