SRP $72.99 1.78:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

Jennifer Love Hewitt returns for another season in "GHOST WHISPERER: THE SECOND SEASON," available on dvd from PARAMOUNT. Hewitt stars as Melinda, a sweet newly married girl, with the ability to communicate with the dead. While running an antique store in a quaint New England town, she also has the job of helping the deceased resolve the issues keeping them from completing their journey to their final destination. 

The first season was generally decent, with some really good episodes, but the majority of them feeling as sappy as "LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE." The 2nd season has a decidedly darker edge and while Jay Mohr has been brought on board to the show's detriment, at least Aisha Tyler returns for a few episodes, and Camryn Manheim provides a needed sense of grounding to a show that could easily seem silly.

Hewitt is extremely attractive, and while the producers' focus on her bosom tends to diminish the "quality" of the show, the writing is consistently impressive and there are some genuinely scary and moving episodes. While the series never achieves the depth of the vastly superior "SIX FEET UNDER," it's still entertaining and even addictive. Some episodes were so great, eg. "A Grave Matter," and "Mean Ghost" they're certain to be re-watched numerous times!

PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  The show's production values are excellent, and this season appears to have more vibrant colors, in spite of a darker atmosphere. The quality of depth is evident in scene after scene, whether showcasing the beautiful small town settings, or in the darkest scenes. Blacks and grays are deeper than the previous season, providing terrific contrast and minimal grain.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The show has a surprising amount of ambient effects as well as bass. While separation is delegated mostly to the front speakers, the atmosphere can become suddenly immersive, adding to the show's varying atmosphere of either chills or poignancy. The dynamic range is impressive and dialogue is well balanced with the great score.

PARAMOUNT has provided numerous extras, including: commentaries and some great "webisodes!"