Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ghost World

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 30, 2017
Price: DVD $19.69, Blu-ray $23.31
Studio: Criterion

Terry Zwigoff’s (Crumb) first fiction film, the 2001 comedy-drama Ghost World adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that’s at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing.

Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, Ghost World follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch, American Beauty), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson, Lucy), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred spirit: a sad-sack record collector many years her senior (Steve Buscemi, The Big Lebowski).

With its parade of oddball characters, quotable, Oscar-nominated script, and eclectic soundtrack of vintage obscurities, Ghost World is considered by many to be one of the twenty-first century’s most fiercely beloved comedies.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of Ghost World contain the following:

* New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by writer-director Terry Zwigoff, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, comic-book creator and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon
* New interviews with and actors Thora Birch and Illeana Douglas
* Extended excerpt from Gumnaam (1965) featuring the Bollywood musical number that appears in Ghost World‘s opening title sequence
* Deleted scenes
* Trailer
* An essay by critic Howard Hampton

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