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    Unique ID Code: 0000030676
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 20/2/2002 06:44
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    Ghost World (US)

    8 / 10
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    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 111 mins
    Retail Price: $26.98
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    They`re high school graduates - and the world`s got hell to pay! Hot new talents Thora Birch (American Beauty) and Scarlett Johansson (The Horse Whisperer) "sneak into your heart and stay there" (Rolling Stone) in this "uproariously funny" (Premiere) comedy from the acclaimed director of Crumb. With Brad Renfro (Deuces Wild), Illeana Douglas (Stir of Echoes) and Steve Buscemi (Fargo) in "the best role of his career" (Movieline), this "whip-smart comedy" is "a surprise gem" (People)!

    When their classmates head for college, Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) focus their energies on tormenting those around them! From a goofy convenience store clerk (Renfro) to an eccentric art teacher (Douglas), these two saboteurs wreak havoc on all those who cross their paths. But when they zero in on an oddball loner (Buscemi) looking for Miss Right, their seemingly innocent meddling threatens to shatter one of their hearts… not to mention their lifelong friendship!

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Deleted And Alternate Scenes
    Making Of Ghost World Featurette
    Gumnaam Music Video "Jaan Pehechaan Ho"
    Original Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Terry Zwigoff

    Written By:

    Bob Balaban
    Illeana Douglas
    Brad Renfro
    Steve Buscemi
    Scarlett Johansson
    Thora Birch

    Casting By:
    Cassandra Kulukundis

    Soundtrack By:
    David Kitay

    Director of Photography:
    Affonso Beato

    Michael R. Miller
    Carole Kravetz

    Costume Designer:
    Mary Zophres

    Production Designer:
    Edward T. McAvoy

    Russell Smith
    John Malkovich
    Barbara A. Hall
    Lianne Halfon

    Executive Producer:
    Janette Day
    Pippa Cross

    United Artists
    Metro Goldwyn Mayer

    Your Opinions and Comments

    5 / 10
    What the hell is this? Is it a teenage comedy? A drama? A sophisticated look at our society? A truly touching story? Or is it just a mixture of weird characters, no plot whatsoever and no sense at all? Well, I believe the answer is clear. This is a pathetic waste of 111 minutes.
    The video transfer is ok. While the image is clear of any compression signs, several scenes seem a bit blurry.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is flat, as you can expect from a dialog driven movie. There is an occasional usage of the surrounds during the (boring) music scenes.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include a behind the scenes look, 4 deleted and extended scenes and a so-called nostalgic music video.
    Bottom line - I really don`t know how can anyone in his right mind appreciate this piece of trash. A total BOMB. One to avoid.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 20/2/2002 08:04
    10 / 10
    A fantastic film. Based on a comic by cult cartoonist Daniel Clowes, it`s a story of loneliness and isolation, of what it feels like to feel affinity with no-one. Enid and Rebecca are high-school dropouts trying to come to terms with the real world, and Enid`s inability to immerse herself into the suburbian fantasy causes her to drift away from Rebecca, and towards record-collecting loner Seymour. Together they despair at the world around them and how it represses individuality in favour of mindless tedium and conformity.

    Despite this it is often a very funny film. The dialogue is tight, and brilliantly cynical. The humour is subtle and never shoved in your face, this is no comedy along the lines of American Pie. Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi both turn in fantastic and very human perfomances, above even their usual high standards.

    Regarding the DVD, the transfer is generally excellent, highlighting the rich colour and impressive cinematography. The atmosphere of Enid`s suburbian prison is realised perfectly, and the quality of the picture helps bring this out. Sound is fine, although there isn`t much use for Dolby 5.1 in a film of this kind. The added features are also fairly perfunctory, but the shorts with Daniel Clowes are interesting. It would really have benefited from a commentry track, given how much the director and writer obviously put into the film.

    However what we`re here for is the film, and you will find little to touch it. It`s a rare treat in the current glut of samey, formulaic films. It doesn`t rely on plot, but rather on creating a rich atmosphere and strong, carefully crafted characters. At turns very funny and deeply touching. A truly great film.
    posted by zygotic mynci on 25/6/2002 21:30