Ghost Town (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Fantasy / Romance
DreamWorks || PG13 - 102 minutes - $29.98 || December 27, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: David Koepp
Writer(s): David Koepp & John Kamps (written by)
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni, Ricky Gervais


Theatrical Release Date: September 19, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Making Ghost Town
  • Some People Can Do It
  • Ghostly Effects


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround 5.1), French (Dolby Digital Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve never much been the fan of British comedy. I donít really know why. For example I prefer the American ďThe OfficeĒ to the British version. I guess I must just be broken. Thereís really no transition here.

Ghost Town begins with Frank (Greg Kinnear) walking and talking on his cell phone. As most people do while talking on their phone, they fail to pay attention to their surroundings. Frank nearly has an air conditioner drop on his head until at the last moment he steps back and avoids it completely. After celebrating he is hit by an oncoming bus.

Moving on, Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a dentist with a hatred for the world. He is rude, crude, and everything else in between. He is consistently mean to his patients and could care less if anything happened to anyone else as long as he was okay. He goes in for a checkup at the hospital when something goes horribly wrong.

After leaving the hospital he sees a nurse standing in some fairly old fashioned clothes. The nurse asks for help, and true to his nature, Pincus ignores her and moves on. He ends up meeting the deceased Frank who asks him for help with his wife Gwen (Tea Leoni) and setting things right between them. Pincus still doesnít realize he can talk to dead people. Itís kind of like The Sixth Sense, only heís not dead.

Once again, Pincus ignores his pleas for help and more and more people begin to ask him for help. He returns to the hospital soon after to find out he really did die but only for a few moments during his routine checkup. Hence, why he can now see dead people. Pincus still fails to realize why he sees them, but continues to ignore them until he sees Gwen and attempts to help her and Frank out. Does Pincus learn from the mistakes of being a Scrooge-like character, or will he continue down that path of hopelessness and loneliness?

Ghost Town is a hilarious film, but also has a serious side to it as well. Frank and Pincus are great characters, as is Gwen in the movie. They all contribute equally when they are on screen, and the ending is a phenomenal heart-warming event. This surprised me on all levels, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see a cheery film with a serious overtone to it as well.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by David Koepp and Ricky Gervais: The director and actor join forces in the commentary of the movie, and keep pace throughout. The two rarely talk about the movie, more of the hardships they went through and the little effects that you see in it. Overall itís a decent commentary.

Making Ghost Town (22 minutes): An informative piece about the movie, how it was made, what the cast went through, and more. Itís an entertaining look at the film, as it gives details about the characters and the actors who played them.

Ghostly Effects (2 minutes): A representation of some of the effects in the film.

Some People Can Do It (6 minutes): Your gag reel for the flick. Gervais is hilarious in the scenes he flubs on.

Finally, previews for various Paramount films are presented.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in a Widescreen 1.85:1 format, Ghost Town looks great for being a film that isnít based on special effects. Skin color is dead on, darks are exactly how they should be, and contrast is near perfect throughout the film. However a few issues arise during some of the scenes, as colors arenít as sharp as they should be as the film progresses. Regardless, it still is a fine transfer.

The same thing applies to the audio side. Dialogue is clear and precise, with no notable issues detected. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track does the job, but not much else. Itís a comedy movie, so donít expect your surround system to ever actually be used for the most part. Thereís no problems detected, itís just thereís nothing really notable either.



.::OVERALL::.

Ghost Town really took me by surprise. I went into it thinking I was going to hate it, but it turned to completely baffle me. Itís hard to not enjoy this comedy, as it comes off as a serious film with jokes in between. The message at the end is a positive one, and based on the movie alone itís worth a rental. The special features are somewhat lacking, but the audio and video do just fine. Check out the town, as all the ghosts there are friendly and waiting for you to see them.