died for seven minutes"
Pincus (Gervais) just wants to be left alone. He never interacts with anyone
and he avoids conversation but when he dies for seven minutes during a routine
operation he awakes to find he has an unusual gift. Now as he walks through
the streets of New York, finds that he can see and talk to ghosts but one
ghost in particular just won't go away. His name is Frank (Kinnear) and
he needs Bertram to do something for him. Make his widow Gwen (Leoni) fall
out of love with her new fiancé Richard (Campbell).
conquering America on the small screen in 'The Office' and 'Extras', Ricky
Gervais moves from comedic supporting actor on the big screen to leading
man but can he cope?
Gervais is quickly becoming one of Britain's most recognised comedic faces
around the world but it is in America where the star has been embraced wholeheartedly.
Both of his short-lived but comedy classic shows on the BBC, 'The Office'
and 'Extras' have been huge successes in the US, gaining him and writing
partner Stephen Merchant numerous plaudits and awards. With 'The Office'
transformed into a smash-hit US version starring Steve Carell, Gervais now
has time to move into motion pictures. After bit parts and supporting roles
in 'Stardust', 'Night at the Museum' and 'For Your Consideration', Ricky
Gervais gets the chance to be a leading man and he embraces the opportunity.
and directed by David Koepp, 'Ghost Town' is a twist on the 'I see dead
people' plotline but with a comedic twist. Here we have Bertram Pincus,
a British dentist living and working in New York, who really doesn't like
interacting with people. He lives by himself, hardly ever talks to patients
or the people at his practice and just wants to be left alone but when a
routine operation goes wrong and he 'dies' for seven minutes he awakes feeling
a little different. Bertram starts seeing people that no one else can but
when one of them, Frank Herlihy realises he see him, he starts talking to
him and will not leave him alone. Thinking he is going mad, Bertram has
to come to terms with the fact that ghosts are talking to him and they want
him to finished their unfinished business.
Pincus is a character tailor made for Ricky Gervais' type of humour and
comedy. It is easy to imagine the character not having any friends and shutting
himself off from the world but you can also see him growing on you as the
character realises that life has a lot to offer for those who want to embrace
it. Greg Kinnear is also well cast as the recently deceased Frank Herlihy.
He is the first ghost to pester Bertram into helping but his request is
a little strange. He wants him to stop his ex-wife Gwen, played with fun
by Téa Leoni, from getting married again. With support from Alan Ruck, Billy
Campbell and Kristen Wiig, the cast do well with this whimsical tale.
'Ghost Town' might not be filled with laugh-out-loud moments but it still
manages to raise plenty of smiles. Ricky Gervais is ideally cast and Greg
Kinnear is always worth watching, making this a very likeable take on a
well used formula.
disc presents the movie in High Definition wide screen 1:85 up to 1080p,
with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
by David Koepp and Ricky Gervais
The co-writer/director and his British star provide a very chatty and
at times very funny commentary for 'Ghost Town'. Talking about making
a comedy, casting and having a lot of fun on set, this is a very good
track from a pair of filmmakers who clearly enjoyed working together.
Town (22.40 mins/High Definition)
Writer/director David Koepp, co-writer John Kamps, producer Gavin Polone
and stars Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear talk about starring in and making
'Ghost Town'. From the writing of the script, auditioning for roles and
having fun on set, this is a decent featurette that covers the making
of the film.
Effects (2.01 mins/High Definition)
Watch a montage of the various stages of visual effects needed to make
the actors into ghosts for 'Ghost Town'.
Can Do It (6.21 mins/High Definition)
Watch Ricky Gervais break out laughing constantly on set when something
went wrong or he made a hash of his lines.
treatment for 'Ghost Town' is good but not as good as it could have been.
The featurettes, while presented in High Definition, are a little short
but the commentary track is well worth a listen to, especially for Ricky
Gervais fans. This is a decent Blu-Ray but fans of the film might have
wanted a little bit more.
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