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Ghost Town [Blu-ray] [2008]

Ricky Gervais , Greg Kinnear , David Koepp    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni
  • Directors: David Koepp
  • Format: 8mm, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Ricky Gervais is brilliant in Ghost Town, playing an unnervingly rude dentist, Bertram, who dies for a few minutes during surgery and acquires the unwanted ability to see ghosts. Chased throughout Manhattan by a gaggle of restless spirits begging him to take care of their unfinished business on Earth, Bertram turns them all away except Frank (Greg Kinnear). The latter, a rogue who cheated on his archaeologist widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni), wants Bertram to intervene in a romance between Gwen and a starchy activist (Bill Campbell). Misanthropic Bertram has to polish his relationship patter, but ends up sounding a lot like Gervais' infamous character in the original The Office, unable to complete a sentence without making others uncomfortable. In time, of course, Bertram falls for the wonderful Gwen, setting up a bunch of overlapping conflicts. Cowritten and directed by David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Ghost Town walks a fine line between comic freshness and a story idea with elements that have become overly familiar in movies and on television. Kinnear and Leoni have never been better on screen, but Ghost Town is well worth seeing because no one like Gervais has previously played the hapless hero in a high-concept film such as this one. With Gervais doing his familiar, hilariously discomfiting thing, it really doesn't matter what kind of movie Ghost Town is. Happily, it's a pretty good film in every respect. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Romantic comedy about a dentist who dies briefly during routine dental surgery & gains the ability to see dead people who ask him fo r help in contacting the living.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 10/10! 14 Jan 2009
In `Ghost Town', Ricky Gervais plays the miserable, unfriendly dentist Bertram Pincus who during some simple colonoscopy surgery he dies for 7 minutes. After this event he begins to see ghosts who all want his help. One ghost in particular is Frank (Greg Kinnear) who died a few months ago when he is hit by a bus. He wants Pincus to stop his wife (Tia Leoni) from marrying her new boyfriend.

As well as giving us the side-splitting performance you'd normally expect from Gervais, he also shows us that he really can act. Once the love story kicks in, he really does become likeable and I found myself feeling sorry for him for being so lonely and having the ghosts following him all the time. The supporting cast are all excellent too. The script is very well written - it's not the most original story ever, with someone who sees dead people and has to help them, but it does work really well and is a clever spin on a very over-used formula.

Overall there's not really anything negative I can say about this great little comedy other than it has been extremely over-looked. If you're after a nice, heart-warming and hilarious comedy then look no further than this! I highly recommend it to anyone.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Mar 2009
I am not a huge fan of Ricky Gervais, but liked the idea for this film very much, and to be honest was surprised how much both myself and my husband enjoyed it.
Well written, it had us in stitches in places, and with a few tears thrown in for good measure it was an all round good film! Ricky plays a very good, and believable role,managing to get akward geekiness/englishman in New York role off to a tee, the film is well written and resulted in probably one of the best alternative rom coms i have watched for a while, after seeing this at the cinema, i eagearly awaited its release on dvd, and bought it at the earliest opportunity.
Do not be put off, if you don't like Gervais, this is a film that will make you smile, i would fully recommend it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated, funny and sweet. 4 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Bertram Pincus is a grouchy and bad-mannered middle aged English dentist living in Manhattan, New York. Bertram hates people; he lives in the apartment building next to his dental surgery to avoid mixing with commuters, stuffs patients mouths with cotton to stop them from speaking and avoids any unnecessary contact with work colleagues.
When Bertram goes into hospital for a colonoscopy under general anaesthetic, he dies for seven minutes and when revived leaves hospital to find he can see and communicate with ghosts, all of which want his help to finish their personal business on Earth. The most forceful of the ghosts is Frank, a sharp talking businessman and adulterous husband of Gwen, an Egyptologist who lives in Bertram's apartment building. After constantly being harassed by ghosts and worn down with lack of sleep, Frank manages to make a deal with Bertram, if he can break up the engagement between his widow and her do-gooder lawyer fiancé, Frank will make all the other ghosts go away. Bertram then embarks on forging a relationship with Gwen in order to complete his side of the deal, the trouble is Bertram soon realises he's falling in love with her.
While it's doubtful Ricky Gervais is ever going to win an Oscar for best actor, he does a fine job in this film and makes the character of Bertram fully formed, completely believable and throughout the film progressively more and more likeable. Greg Kinnear is a solid support and Tia Leoni is a clever choice as the attractive, intelligent though believable romantic interest for Bertram. The pacing and direction of the film is good with some beautiful shots of Manhattan and the dialogue is sharp, funny and well suited to Gervais' dry wit and comedic timing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gervais in his Perfect Role! 3 Nov 2008
By Omac
The dentist with dire need of a People Skills course was always going to be one for Ricky Gervais. He plays Dr. Bertram Pincus, who after having an operation and dying for 7 minutes, is annoyingly able to see ghosts. Greg Kinnear is the dead buisnessman who needs Dr. Pincus' help to break his widow Tea Leoni, and 'perfect man' Billy Campbell, up.

Ghost Town is hilariously funny with some side splitting moments (Pincus and his gag reflexes) but also with a clever storyline that makes you enjoy the film, instead of just laughing at it.
Ricky Gervais is, as always, brilliant with his sarcastic tone and his great facial expressions and the characters have all different and interesting.
A brilliant film that is guarenteed to make you laugh out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only Floss The Teeth That You Want To Keep. 4 Dec 2009
This is one of those films that looked really good on the adverts and while I had a little trepidation about watching it, I decided to go into it with an open mind. My main concern was whether a comedy about a Dentist who could interact with dead people would work and particularly as Gervais was taking the lead role. Despite my slight concerns I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the film and as romantic dead comedies go it was particularly funny.

It's a slightly different type of movie to the usual films from director David Koepp with his previous films including Secret Window and Stir of Echoes. He has put this film together particularly well and the special effects are really well done. In particular the sneeze as someone walks through one of the ghosts is a very clever concept. He uses some very clever camera work and creates some very amusing scenes. His direction and use of the lighting and sound work particularly well and I was very impressed with the finished article.

With Koepp also taking on part of the script writing with John Camps it meant that the script and direction stayed true to the original vision. The plot travels at a reasonable pace and while it doesn't follow quite the regular path you would expect it works as something slightly different. The character of Pincus is very well written and you really get a good feel for how he is and as the films progress and you find out more about him you start to understand his hatred of pretty much anyone.

The role of Pincus is portrayed particularly well by Ricky Gervais in his first lead role in a Hollywood movie. He adapts to the part particularly well and this dispelled one of my earlier worries.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming film
Gervais is funny and the story is sweet. A nice Sunday afternoon film.
Published 2 days ago by David B
5.0 out of 5 stars fave film love it, well worth the money
fave film love it ,well worth the money
Published 8 days ago by lee winson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Town
Great cast, good humour. Like the lines that Gervais says. There are plenty of Betram Pickus' in this world. If you like Ghost, Sixth Sense, Beetlejuice. Then this is for you.
Published 16 days ago by Kish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, this has to be Ricky's best film and performance!
Published 1 month ago by H M Harvey
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The acting is irritating and I gave up half way through.
Published 1 month ago by J Gniewosz
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny yet thought provoking.
This is a fascinating film that challenges our thoughts of heaven and the afterlife. It is light hearted, and Ricky Gervaise is excellent as the grumpy dentist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Moth
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Ghost Town isn't even really a comedy. It's like a drama with a few jokes. Those jokes do come off though, and the story does work well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift for my son. It was on his wosh list so I guess he will love it!
Published 3 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars CLEVER, FUNNY AND WELL ACTED
I well written and very funny film which Ricky Gevais leads so effectively. His character of an obnoxious dentist is extremely funny but with the film having a serious of avenues... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A P. FLINN
3.0 out of 5 stars ghost town
this film is abit "as if" and everytime ricky does a film hes abit like david brent..its ok for a boring sat night in but had I hired it from the video shop I wouldn't of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by louise
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