Ghost Town (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Fantasy / Romance
DreamWorks || PG13 - 102 minutes - $39.99 || December 27, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || 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 TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Bertram Pincus (Gervais) is a dentist who seemingly dislikes people. He goes out of his way to avoid them at all costs and enjoys being a dentist because he can fill their mouth full of cotton swabs and enjoy the silence. After Pincus goes in for a minor operation, he wakes up to find out they he can see dead people - and they can interact with him! At first he thinks he's crazy...until he finds out he died on the operating table and was brought back to life.

With his newfound ability comes the problem - he still hates people - even if they are dead! Soon, all the ghosts around him need his help - to tell a loved one about a lost letter or forgotten toy. Pincus wants nothing to do with them but they simply won't leave him alone. One of these ghosts is particularly annoying, Frank (Greg Kinnear), who convinces Pincus to form a possible romantic relationship with his wife (Tea Leoni) so she would not marry her "asshole lawyer" boyfriend. Pincus seemingly talks his way into to and eventually falls for her - unaware of how to act and what to do.

What a surprise this film was! I was instantly enamored with the plot and quickly fell for all of the characters. Sure, the plot been done numerous times before (The Sixth Sense), but Gervais is just so utterly funny that he pulls the role off with no issues. At the start of the film he plays a selfish jerk who only thinks of himself. After meeting Gwen (Leoni) he quickly changes and becomes funny and a bit nervous around a possible new love interest. As a huge fan of BBC's "The Office", I was thrilled to see Gervais in a different role for most of the movie (even the funny stuff was nothing like his character on "The Office").

Leoni, which I've never been a huge fan of before, was great as the romantic love interest who could look past the good looking (yet dead) Greg Kinnear or better looking Billy Campbell for someone like Gervais - someone who most women would not go ga-ga over (especially with those vampire-like teeth). Let's not forget Kinnear who I've enjoyed since he hosted Talk Soup years ago plays the role great of a smug guy who wants to see his wife happy, even if itís not with him anymore.

Ghost Town is simply a delightful movie that both my girlfriend and I enjoyed immensely - enough to listen to the commentary right after finishing just so we could hear was Gervais would say regarding the film. Now, my girlfriend rarely listens to commentaries with me so if she enjoyed the film it means itís a winner in my book (much like Get Smart - with coincidentally stars Ricky Gervais' American counterpart in "The Office").



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Features are presented in HD.

Commentary with Director David Koepp and Ricky Gervais - Gervais never disappoints and here he is incredibly funny. Both talk about stories that happened on set as well as behind the scenes stuff not covered in the below featured.

Behind the Scenes/Making of Ghost Town (22 Minutes) - This one oddly starts out with Gervais holding the oddest looking dog and eventually gets into how the film was conceived, why they chose to film where they did, how awesome the Director was etc.

Ghostly Effects (2 Minutes) - A super brief idea on how some of the special effects for the film were done (already covered though in the above feature).

People Can Do It (6 Minutes) - A Gag Reel hidden by a very clever name.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Ghost Town is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. Like previous like-action Dreamworks titles, I think they did a superb job capturing accurate flesh tones and providing a great experience in HD. Blacks are very inky and New York looks very lush with colors. Grain is kept to a minimum.

DreamWorks has included an English 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Even though the film is very dialog heavy, rears were kept fairly active most of the time with various noises from the park or people walking along the street.



.::OVERALL::.

I simply can't recommend this film enough - Ghost Town is a great romantic comedy that can be viewed by the entire family. With superb Picture and Audio Quality I would recommend a purchase over a rental - especially if you are a fan of Gervais' work in "The Office". While the bonus features are not very plentiful (I'm dying to see some of the deleted scenes), the commentary is a great listen as-is the Behind the Scenes featurette.