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Paranormal State: Season 1

3.9 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Paranormal State is the very first series that explores paranormal investigations through the eyes and minds of college students. This series follows the dramatic life of Penn State University college student Ryan Buell and the other student members of one of the first university sanctioned Paranormal Research Society (PRS) as they seek to find the truth behind terrifying real life mysteries. Although the members of PRS are your basic college kids - dealing with the problems of school, dating, and finding their way in the world - they are definitely looking into other worlds as well, working on cases that include poltergeists, haunting and the darkest areas of the unknown. Each week they are contacted for help by outside parties ranging from The Catholic Church to ordinary families who are terrified by something supernatural happening in their lives.

Special Features

Cast commentaries on "The Name," "Beer, Wine & Spirits," and "Mothman!"
Behind the scenes
Getting to know the members of PRS
Guest experts
Additional footage

Product Details

  • Actors: Ryan Buell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012IV3PA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,766 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paranormal State: Season 1" on IMDb

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So, this gets two stars because that represents "I don't like it." I feel like it's deserving of one star or less, but one star stands for "I hate it." I'll at least say that I don't HATE it, but that's about the only positive thing. I bought seasons 1-3 for $10 (which would be a good deal if this was anything worthy) at a yard sale. I've seen all the episodes from those seasons and repeatedly found plenty to be disappointed in.

Originally, I posted this with a whole lot of information, but it was getting so long. . .and I keep finding more and more. Thus, I removed a lot and will be making a video instead that will eventually be here or elsewhere.

Here are a few annoyances:

- You see moments after what would have been the commercial break that are different. For example, in one we have this 'psychic' talking about feeling a little girl who was murdered. Before the break, Ryan took off the hood of a jacket from his head. Afterwards, it was already off and the 'psychic' said the same words of how 'I think she was murdered.' So, she repeated her words at different times and the hood was off at different times. Also, things said at times include MORE information than the first time they were spoken. With episodes having about 20 minutes of time, except for the occasional double-length ones, obviously a lot is cut out. The retakes of scenes should at least be more accurate.

- I think it's silly that the 'psychics' are usually spot-on with many things...and then we frequently see members of PRS doing historical research to validate what they heard. Of course, the 'psychic' could easily have done the same thing first or found something on the internet before visiting a place.
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This show appealed to me as a 'Ghost Hunter' fan. Wow, was that a mistake. While the 'Ghost Hunters' enter a site wearing their skepticism and ready to debunk anything they can, THIS program has college kids who go into the site assuming it is haunted, possibly cursed with demons. They don't even attempt to look for other explanations, they just sit around deciding whether to call a priest to exorcise the place.

Seriously, this is not a good program, save your time and money...
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By April on October 28, 2013
Why would the Catholic church call a college kid to do an investigation into what they felt was a demon possession or attack????? Really??? Is anyone really buying into this? The Catholic church does its own investigations and NEVER goes outside the church for help. Sorry but these are all scripted.
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When you read this review, take into account I only watched one episode of it. I admit that it isn't a great way to judge a series, because many good series had a less impressive start. I watched one of the later episodes in Season 1 about a condo that had been converted from an old school house.

This show may represent what ghost hunting is probably really like. They went to this place. There had been no history of violent or premature deaths. They had one EVP supposedly and a motion sensor go off--but they couldn't tell what had set it off. It was very scientifically done. None of this "I'm so scared!" stuff you see that can be silly but at least entertaining. In the end, they didn't find much, and they just did a house blessing.

Now, I do believe in ghosts. I also know that real life ghosts are never as interesting as the movies make them out to be. This show probably does show the true reality of ghost hunting--from what the episode I watched. On that merit, it may be a good documentary. However, if you want entertainment, it makes for really boring TV.
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What makes this show different is the college people who are investigating all these unusual occurences. Ryan has had experiences with the paranormal and ghosts all his life and he's a great "leader" of this group. He takes this stuff very seriously and I like the fact that he calls Lorraine Warren and also the Catholic Church into the most disturbing and troublesome cases. Ghost Hunters or TAPS are great but they don't help to free the spirits from their earthly presence. They don't clear out a demonic spirit or hold exorcisms to help homeowners which is usually needed. Ryan and his team will do that. It is absolutely amazing how many spirits and entities roam our world afraid or unable to cross over into the next. And Demonic hauntings - extremely scary and dangerous. Keep up the good work Ryan!
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I watched the first in the series and was hoping it was going to be something like Ghost Hunters or Ghost adventurers, but it wasn't even close. The crew only talked with the family...had a counselor who liked like she was 12 talk with the son, they never ever showed proof that the house was haunted or anything, just sent more and more people to the home to help the family. Was soooo boring. I would not recommend.
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When I picked up this DVD for a bargain, I thought it was going to be the best bit of pocket change I had spent in a long time on a movie. Even my g/f was excited to start watching this. I mean, how can you go wrong, people investigating haunted places and over analyzing every little sound heard around the place at night... even tho I don't beleive any of these kind of things are real, and are just playing it up in order to make entertainment, this one here, I am sad to say, has got to be the most annoying of them all.

Why? Too much religious nonsense, that's why. Now the show itself would be ok, if they didn't have a bunch of useless people who are part of the posse and giving unneeded, and unwanted input into "this place is creepy, I want to leave" lines, and they usually do leave. But what makes me cringe more, is that this is, and I swear it's true, this is the kind of paranormal show for born again Christians. Being an atheist, it's just eye rolling to me that this guy's intro to every show is talking about how something happened to him as a kid, and he's been investigating paranormal activity since... but get this, get this.. it's hilarious... as you progress through the first season, a psychic picks up on the presence of a demon... wait, stay with me here... but this demon is not actually haunting the place they are in... no, it's following the main investigator around, and telling him to get ready to battle, because the time to square off is coming... I swear, I may have re-worded that a bit, but that's exactly what is going on in this season! To paint a better picture, imagine you are watching Ghost Hunters, and then Zuul and Goza start issuing challenges to the group, and saying, SOON we are going to battle. BWUAHAHAHAHA... Oh man, this show is pathetic.
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