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directed by Terry Zwigoff
USA 2001

Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that is at once bleakly funny and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, Ghost World follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist America. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred spirit: a sad-sack record collector many years her senior (Steve Buscemi). With its parade of oddball characters, quotable, Oscar-nominated script, and eclectic soundtrack of vintage obscurities, Ghost World is one of the twenty-first century’s most fiercely beloved comedies.

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Theatrical Release: June 16th, 2001 (Seattle International Film Festival)

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Review:  Criterion Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Available on Blu-ray in Germany:

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine #872 - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 1:51:32.310 
Video

Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,653,213,161 bytes

Feature: 33,865,168,896 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.67 Mbps

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Criterion Blu-ray

 

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3529 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3529 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), none
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion
 

Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,653,213,161 bytes

Feature: 33,865,168,896 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.67 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, Ghost World comic creator and film cowriter Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon
• New interviews with actors Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Illeana Douglas (41:37)
• Extended excerpt from Gumnaam (1965) featuring the Bollywood number that appears in Ghost World’s opening title sequence, with commentary (5:42)
• Deleted scenes (9:31)
• Trailer (2:13)
• PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton, a 2001 piece by Zwigoff on the film’s soundtrack, and reprinted excerpts from Clowes’s comic Ghost World

Blu-ray Release Date: May 30th, 2017
Transparent Keep case

Chapter: 12

 

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray May 17': Cited as a "New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cowriter-director Terry Zwigoff." The improvement is apparent - colors are richer and bolder - there is more information in the frame at the top and bottom. The aspect ratio is the correct 1.85:1. Flesh tones coo and lose their orange hue. The image is pristinely clean and the 4K restored transfer looks great in-motion. I presume, that this is as good as it will ever look.

For the audio Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3529 kbps (24-bit). Separations are fairly modest with a few significant effects reaching the rear speakers. The eclectic music is the best in Ghost World starting with Jaan Pehechaan Ho performed by Mohammad Rafi (as Mohammed Rafi) in the choreographed east Indian dance sequence from the 65' film, then there's the 'Graduation Rap', but most will recall the vinyl-played Devil Got My Woman written and performed by Nehemiah "Skip" James that causes Enid to revisit Seymour. It all sounds wonderful and rich in the robust lossless. There are optional (SDH) subtitles on the region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

In the extras, Criterion add a brand new audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, Ghost World comic creator and film co-writer Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon. It's relaxed and they seem quite pleasant - reminiscing, with laughter, over the film's creative elements. It was good. We also get a 42-minute documentary, entitled Art as Dialogue, featuring new interviews with actors Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Illeana Douglas. Fans may love the 6-minutes, with optional commentary, of an extended excerpt from Gumnaam (1965) featuring the Bollywood number that appears in Ghost World’s opening title sequence. There are 10-minutes of unexplained deleted scenes and a trailer. The package has a liner notes booklet with an essay by critic Howard Hampton, a 2001 piece by Zwigoff on the film’s soundtrack, and reprinted excerpts from Clowes’s comic Ghost World.

Such an enjoyable film, unique characters and real life circumstance, independence, maturity, friendship - cute, endearing in an atmosphere of eclectia. You watch and could re-watch it immediately after. The Criterion adds value with a beautiful 4K restored image - and great supplements including the commentary. Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze


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