A Ghost Story (2017) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: David Lowery
Starring: Sonia Acevedo, Casey Affleck, Grover Coulson
Rated: R/Region: A/1:37/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Lionsgate Films on October 3rd
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try and reconnect with his bereft wife.
A Ghost Story is one that can pull on your heartstrings. This is a very moody artsy film that could very easily be disliked by many people for the very same reasons it could be liked by just as many people. On the surface, it is about a couple moving. The husband doesn’t want to move because he feels really attached to the house. Sadly, he’s killed in a car wreck outside the house and then remains a ghost under a shoot with two black holes for eyes for the rest of the film. Things get far more complex and artsy than that, but that is the thick of things. The main complaint people have about this one is the pace and I get that. I mean some scenes are really dragged out but I also get the artistic nature of it. I mean we see things like the now widow sit on the floor and eat a whole pie in one long take. It is hard to watch I suppose for some but if you’ve lost someone you’ll still get it. It’s all apart of grief and that isn’t supposed to be easy or fun to watch.
The film dips in and out of stuff jumps back and forth in time, and really does go above and beyond to make us feel depressed but I still find it a touching film. I still like it despite knowing most my friends might not understand what they are seeing when I show it to them, but that’s okay too. I think this is one that will just be “got” by people who like it. It’s hard to sell someone on a movie like this at the end of the day. I mean, you watch it and if you find it connects with you then you are going to just love it. The movie looks great and has a very arthouse feel and an indie mood. It is a haunting experience but it is one I dug and I think films like this are very welcome in a world of films that are usually by the book. This one takes risks and I am happy it did.
– Audio Commentary with Director David Lowery, Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, Production Designer Jade Healy, and Composer Daniel Hart
– “A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” Featurette
– “A Composer’s Story” Featurette
– Deleted Scene
Quality of Transfer: 97%