Haunted Histories Collection

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In Poltergeist, you will hear about four eerie cases, each of which presents some form of undeniable evidence. The interviews with those involved will send chills down your spine, as they detail the horrific events they’ve endured. Then hear from scientists and psychics, who try to explore and explain the phenomenon. In Vampire Secrets, you’ll be taken back to the origin of the vampire tales, then walk through history as the myth evolves. You’ll discover how different cultures have envisioned vampires in different ways, as well as how some tried to ward off the fanged creatures. In Salem Witch Trials, you will see a comprehensive account of the real life terror that infected the Massachusetts Bay Colony. How it began, the terrible acts committed, and how it ended, the entire road is covered here. In The Haunted History of Halloween, you’ll be taken through over three thousand years of tradition and see how the darkest of holidays began and how it has evolved. In Hauntings, you’ll hear from families who claim to have been haunted and how they tried to deal with their supernatural problems.

As a fan of all things eerie and spooky, I was thrilled to see this Haunted Histories Collection. I’ve watch a number of great shows on both A&E and The History Channel that dealt with supernatural elements, from ghosts to the devil himself. In this five volume set, we have five programs, each around 50 minutes in length, so none seem rushed. The spectrum of topics is wide, as we have Vampire Secrets, Hauntings, Poltergeist, The Haunted History of Halloween, and Salem Witch Trials, a great selection of subject matter. These shows are typical of the quality you usually see from the channels, which means solid production values and a good amount of insight in each one. I found each one to be worthwhile, but Poltergeist was my favorite, thanks to some eerie re-enactments and testimonials that put a real life face on the phenomenon. If you’re more interested in the historical side of horror, the program on Halloween and the Salem Witch Trials will be more your speed. But if you have an interest in the supernatural world, then I think all five have a lot to offer. You might not believe in ghosts, witches, or vampires now, but after a look at the Haunted Histories Collection, you might change your mind.

Video: How does it look?

All five programs are presented in full frame, as intended. These look about like they would when broadcast, perhaps a little more refined. I have no complaints really, all five shows look clean and sharp, though some footage looks better than others. The interviews look sharper than the softly shot re-enactments, for example, but overall, the visuals always hold up well. The colors and contrast seem to perform as expected, with no concerns or problems to report. I do think the visuals look sharp for the most part, but sharp by standard television standards, so keep your expectations reasonable.

Audio: How does it sound?

As with the video, the audio is on par with broadcast, though perhaps a little better. These kind of shows don’t ask much in terms of audio, so the presentation is basic, but effective. The ghostly episodes do offer a little eerie atmosphere in some scenes, but by and large, the stereo soundtracks here are rather reserved. The interviews sound clean and present no complications, while other footage varies, but all sounds acceptable.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes no bonus materials.

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