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Ghost Town [DVD]


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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Aasif Mandvi, Tea Leoni
  • Directors: David Koepp
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IZZ2SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,145 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Mckellar on 4 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
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 By gypsydreamer on 24 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Omac on 3 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2009
Format: DVD
Yet another film about ghosts, but I enjoyed this one more than most.

It was appropriately advertised with a reference to the line spoken in The Sixth Sense [DVD] [1999] by little Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Where Cole Sear said "I see dead people," this film has been advertised with a similar comment about the central character of this film, played by Ricky Gervais: "He sees dead people - and they annoy him."

Imagine "The sixth sense" remade as a comedy, with Haley Joel Osment's little boy replaced by a misanthropic dentist with the people skills of David Brent from "The Office" (Link:The Office - Complete Series One & Two and The Christmas Specials [2001] [DVD] ) and you have "Ghost Town." At times this is very funny, at times quite touching, and always entertaining.

Bertram Pincus (Gervais) is an English dentist working in New York. He likes his job because most of the people he meets cannot talk back to him when he's working on their teeth and because it's a job in which the fact that he is incredibly rude to everyone doesn't matter too much. The role is like a cross between the "boss from hell" characters Ricky Gervais plays as the museum director in "Night at the Museum" and David Brent in "the office."

In the first few minutes of the film most viewers will wonder whether Bertram Pincus is so rude because he hates people or because most of the people he meets are complete idiots. You rapidly realise that it's a bit of both, and the humour of the insults Pincus constantly throws at everyone around him fall into two categories.
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