Terry Zwigoff

Ghost World

Ghost World

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Ghost World
Cast
Thora Birch
Enid
Scarlett Johansson
Rebecca
Steve Buscemi
Seymour
Brad Renfro
Josh
Illeana Douglas
Roberta
Bob Balaban
Enid’s dad
Stacey Travis
Dana
Charles C. Stevenson Jr.
Norman
Dave Sheridan
Doug
Tom McGowan
Joe
Debra Azar
Melorra
Brian George
Sidewinder boss
Pat Healy
John Ellis
Rini Bell
Graduation speaker
T. J. Thyne
Todd
Ezra Buzzington
Weird Al
Charles Schneider
Joey McCobb
David Cross
Pushy guy (Gerrold)
Bruce Glover
Special appearance as Feldman (wheelchair guy)
Credits
Director
Terry Zwigoff
Written by
Daniel Clowes
Written by
Terry Zwigoff
Based upon the comic book by
Daniel Clowes
Produced by
Lianne Halfon
Produced by
John Malkovich
Produced by
Russell Smith
Executive producers
Pippa Cross
Executive producers
Janette Day
Line producer
Barbara A. Hall
Director of photography
Affonso Beato
Production designer
Edward T. McAvoy
Editors
Carole Kravetz Aykanian
Editors
Michael R. Miller
Costume designer
Mary Zophres
Music by
David Kitay
Casting by
Cassandra Kulukundis
Postproduction supervisor
Robert Hoffman
Still photographer
Tracy Bennett

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The Women of Ghost World on Working with Terry Zwigoff
The Women of Ghost World on Working with Terry Zwigoff

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.

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Ghost World: Séance in Wowsville
Ghost World: Séance in Wowsville

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


By Howard Hampton

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On the Music of Ghost World
On the Music of Ghost World

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.

By Terry Zwigoff

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