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Ghost Writer [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal, Tim Preece
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Robert Harris
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Charlie Woebcken, Christian von Tippelskirch, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036TGSR6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ric03 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD
An unamed ghost-writer (McGregor) is given the task of rewriting the memoirs of a Blair-like ex-PM Adam Lang (Brosnan), after the previous ghost-writer committed suicide. He travels to a gloomy seaside hideaway in America (supposed to be Martha's Vineyard -- the location they filmed Jaws -- though, due to Polanksi's legal problems, it was actually filmed in Germany) to meet the politican (and his wife), and attempt to rewrite the manuscript. As he is there, though, the story breaks that Lang is to be tried for war crimes in Iraq, and as he also finds (in the effects of his predecessor) evidence that there might have been CIA involvement in Lang's ascendency to the top.

I thought this was actually excellent and can't believe the amount of 1 star reviews! (If you don't like slow films, watch something else!) The cinematography and atmosphere (lots of sombre, autumnul greys and browns, rainy beaches) and pacing were particularily impressive and reminded me somewhat of Wallander (the Branagh adaptations), but the film was also full of Polanksi's mischevious genius. I thought McGregor was compelling in the central role (it was through his characters admittance that he knew nothing about politics that helped draw me in more). Brosnan was uterlised to perfection (keeping him cleverly off camera for large portions of the film to retain an impersonal distance and power), as Adam Lang, hiding away in his designer bunker by the ocean, whilst his world fell apart. The rest of the cast were excellent too.

I suppose people will see this in different ways. I'm seeing it as someone who loves Polanski's work, but who hasn't read the book. I'd reccomend this to anyone who likes Polanksi (or also Wallander).
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Couple in Greece on 25 Nov 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We read the book and enjoyed it very much. We bought the DVD not expecting it to follow the book as many movies condense the story ommitting many of the important details therefore changing, usually not for the better, the details. This followed the book closely and was equally enjoyable. We can fully recommend.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr G on 14 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
Some of the other reviewers condemn this film as dull, but what it forgoes in high-octane drama it more than makes up for in slow-burning suspense. Excellent performances from all concerned, and a deeply controlled directorial style that is redolent of a time when film-makers were expert craftsmen. The rainswept landscape and chilly-looking interiors are metaphors for the bleakness of this story and its characters' nervy states of mind. I thought it was all very cleverly done, and proof that Polanski is still in possession of his powers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By greenwise design on 3 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Understated shades purvey this involving coup of a film, so fans of 'The Ninth Gate' won't be disappointed. Only it's updated, with more hyper-real political themes that are the backdrop this time. People get carried away commenting upon the plausibility of the plot facts etc etc...and forget that Polanski makes art, focussed on an individual, carefully building in subtle camerawork that punctuates a gradual escalation of tension. This time the message is more potent: corruption, truth, the ghost that is lost between the lines in the lofty decisions made every day. Well done Richard Harris, a British Michael Crichton, who provided the original book. Two talents combined here. This is a thriller in its purest form. It's the individual that matters most to Polanski,caught in a seemingly simple, promising emotional landscape of reality until suddenly the deep waves come rolling. The pleasure for us is in sensing these waves with the director. Which is why we have such a terrific backdrop of water in this movie.

McGregor is superb, nowhere jarring in performance, as are all the others.

Essential addition. Leaves you just a little haunted by people, by the minefield of politics. The facts matter less, the emotion is there.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Frank Messely on 12 Jun 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
THE GHOST (WRITER) is a truly enjoyable thriller which has this reality feel to it, no superheroes, no spectacular action scenes, no gratuitous gore or murder, but an entertaining tale of political intrigue and corruption, somewhat Hitchcockian, not too complex, which allows you to enjoy every aspect of it. The characters are believable and vulnerable individuals all with their virtues and flaws, which makes you care. They really are the victims of the situations they've gotten themselves into. One thing, however, that made me love this film was its atmosphere. Simply amazing. Here we see the real genius Polanski at work (as with THE PIANIST). How he's able to create a universe of anxiety, suspicion, and mystery by using all visual and audio means at his disposal. There is Lang's house, of course, a magnificent setting, luxurious, but cold and sterile, blockhouse-like, concealing terrible secrets. There is the island, the weather, desolate, gray, where the constant wind and rain enhance the feeling of despair and imminent doom. Oh, yes, and the music. Just listen to track 16 `The Truth about Ruth' on the soundtrack and you get into the mood. The perfect musical accompaniment by Alexandre Desplat. The end of the film is a masterstroke, surprising and unexpected, yet leaving all possibilities open. THE GHOST WRITER is a story about real people committing REAL crimes. Roman Polanski, a well-deserved Silver Bear! Film lovers, don't miss it.
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