Interesting.....in a hokey sort of way....[insert loud music
Nathan Christian | Pitcairn, PA USA | 05/12/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ghost Hunters is a was a good show, but it is saddled with loud horrible music. The music [insert loud keyboard sound here] drowns out anything the viewer might hear. The music also incorporates odd sounds so if you COULD hear something, you can't tell if it's the ghost sounds or the music [insert loud "bang" here]. I personally do not need the music[fade the music here]. In fact, I get frustrated, not scared because of the music [insert more insidental music here]. One thing that "Most Haunted" and "Paranormal State" do is use the music in the history portions of thier shows and keep it to a minimum to none on the actual ghost part so you can hear with the crew what is going on. With "Ghost Hunters" the music tends to make the viewer feel as if they are really not to be included on the hunt that you, the viewer are an outsider looking in on the clique as they hunt and you will find out when they are good and ready to let you in on the haunting. That's a cheat to the fan, really. On the epidoe called "Spirits On The Water" everytime a caption appears, there is loud whoosh of music, at times so loud that it drowns out the dialogue. There are also loud knocks every few seconds designed to put out on the edge of your seat, but actually are so loud you can't tell what happened on the show. And suddenly, in odd places, there is a loud keyboard "shock" sound which actually cheapens this show. This whole show seems so hokey now.
I also get frustrated with the editing. It cuts off sounds, jumps about and sometimes makes the show flow very uneven. makes the feel of the show "rushed". Like the early morning shows on tv when they have a guest, get the guest to start talking, then hurry them through the segment because we're about out of time! They tend to be very repetitive in some things. For example, in the "Bottled Spirits" episode, within the first 4 1/2 minutes they repeat 5 times that cases with children take high priority. That's great, but why tell us 5 times in a row? Why not say it once and use the rest of the time on ghost footage or history? It reminds me of "Barney" because on that kid's show, they repeat stuff over and over for education. Hopefully little kids aren't watching ghost shows when they should be watching "Barney".
One good thing is Jason and Grant take a more active roll in this season rather than sitting back in the van and letting the others do the work. Gone is Jason's superior attitude that he carried in the earlier seasons. He seems more down to earth and the crew doesn't seem so tense and worried about him losing his temper like they did in the past. They all seem to work well together now.
This show also tends to set up scenes as one thing, go to break, then come back and the scene turns out differently. There's alot of hype for things that almost always, when it comes back from commercial break, are usually false or explained away in a few seconds, or really have no significance to anything at all.
I had stopped watching for awile due to the music and attitude of the show. But now I started watching again. I do like it, but I see it getting stale. The formula is pretty much the same as in seasons past. They repeat what some terms are endlessly such as what an EMF is and EVP. They talk between the vans with walkie talkies...why? I don't know...and it's usually stuff they already established back at the round table or already discussed. And they almost always bump knuckles in the end. This show really needs to break up the repetition in explanations, flow, everything. You can predict each episode how it will go...Jason willl say this...Grant will do this....Steve will explaine this...week in and week out...and in reality...that is not how the paranormal works.
Also, this season, almost all the dialogue seems "staged" and rehearsed. It would be a much more enjoyable show if it weren't so "puffed up" and the music toned down or pretty much eliminated. This show used to be enjoyable, but due to the over editing, the loud music, the staged scenes, it's not so good anymore. There's no "meat" to it, so repeated watchings are just dull.
This also contains the embarrassing live event that had the internet a buzz claiming that TAPS was faking it. You be the judge but the coat pull has me suspicious, too. Also, I noticed far more of the "Did you see that!" type stuff and not actually showing the viewer. Why? Because the camera is on the stars of the show!
Great season, but...
Maori | USA | 03/31/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great DVD if you're a fan of the show, but I found the music to be too much of a distraction. It made it hard to hear the actual sounds and voices. I wish they'd forget about adding scary music and just go with what is actually being heard and happening at the time of filming.
Throwing the Towel!
Only 3 Wishes | 05/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
""What was that?" "Did you hear that?" Knock, Knock, Na-Knock, Knock, ? ?, Same-O, Same-O crap! But every week I think it might be better but again NOTHING! Only Steve & Tango crying about spiders what a sissy (If you don't like it smash it!), stupid question on each other, and drumming pans like a band, pranks give me a freaking break! It looks more like a comedy show. Kris is way better by her self half the time. Now I like the show and bought every season but Come-on man they need something better (I NEED TO SEE SOMETHING!) forget about EVP recording that's like a fart in the wind. They need more angry questions from the light meter (if it is a real light meter) is there a devil?, Demon? Lost soul? Are you scared? Etc, Etc. If the ghosts want you to go away, and Grant & Jason will go away!, maybe you shouldn't want to be a ghost hunter...ya think? Now about the fake loose flash light on and off? Why is it that the camera man(s) has 90% on Grant & Jason instead of looking around to see something?. So why do I still buy it??? Do I still like the show??? Maybe will still see something better next week/month??? Or am I a SUCKER??? Yes I like it show but probably never buy it any more and forget about GHI this is the worst!!! I think Brian & Dustin, should go back to the original GH so Brian can run like a rabbit in the Eastern State Penitentiary again, me I think it was the best I've seen in Season 1.
Now about the DVD I think some of the episodes are more like a satellite freeze is it defected? I Me I think its cheap, grainy, full screen crap! Also the sound is terrible MONO like the bass straight up! And the treble down!, No Subtitles, NO Close-Caption (Not helpful with people that can't hear), It's been 4 years and still HAVE NOT moved to WIDESCREEN yet!. I think the Ghost Adventures: Season 1 (2pc) (Ws Dol) is way better with WIDESCREEN and can't wait when it will be released August 18, 2009"