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Ghost World

Terry Zwigoff

 
Ghost World (Criterion Blu-Ray)

30 May 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 2001
  • 111 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #872

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.

Cast

EnidThora Birch
RebeccaScarlett Johansson
SeymourSteve Buscemi
JoshBrad Renfro
RobertaIlleana Douglas
Enid’s dadBob Balaban
DanaStacey Travis
NormanCharles C. Stevenson Jr.
DougDave Sheridan
JoeTom McGowan
MelorraDebra Azar
Sidewinder bossBrian George
John EllisPat Healy
Graduation speakerRini Bell
ToddT. J. Thyne
Weird AlEzra Buzzington
Joey McCobbCharles Schneider
Pushy guy (Gerrold)David Cross
Special appearance as Feldman (wheelchair guy)Bruce Glover

Credits

DirectorTerry Zwigoff
Written byDaniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
Based upon the comic book byDaniel Clowes
Produced byLianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russell Smith
Executive producersPippa Cross and Janette Day
Line producerBarbara A. Hall
Director of photographyAffonso Beato
Production designerEdward T. McAvoy
EditorsCarole Kravetz Aykanian and Michael R. Miller A.C.E.
Costume designerMary Zophres
Music byDavid Kitay
Casting byCassandra Kulukundis
Postproduction supervisorRobert Hoffman
Still photographerTracy Bennett

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cowriter-director Terry Zwigoff, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • Extended excerpt from Gumnaam (1965) featuring the Bollywood number that appears in Ghost World’s opening title sequence, with commentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • 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

    New cover by Daniel Clowes

Film Essays

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Ghost World: Séance in Wowsville

By Howard Hampton June 06, 2017

Combining sardonic humor with poignant characterizations, this cult comedy explores the discontents of two high-school graduates adrift in strip-mall America.
Read more »

Film Essays

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Ghost World: Séance in Wowsville

By Howard Hampton June 06, 2017

Combining sardonic humor with poignant characterizations, this cult comedy explores the discontents of two high-school graduates adrift in strip-mall America.
Read more »


Video

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The Women of Ghost World on Working with Terry Zwigoff

June 02, 2017

In this supplemental feature from our newly released edition, the cast of Terry Zwigoff’s first narrative film discuss the creative freedom they experienced while working with him. Read more »


Features

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On the Music of Ghost World

By Terry Zwigoff May 31, 2017

Director Terry Zwigoff shares his own musical taste in this article about how he went about selecting songs to underscore the deadpan tone of his cult comedy Ghost World. Read more »

Other Editions

Ghost World (Criterion DVD)

30 May 2017

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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