Blu-ray Review: A GHOST STORY

 A GHOST STORY was written and directed by David Lowery and stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara who star as a young couple who — after being separated by loss — discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite. 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 to reconnect with his bereft wife.

The movie follows C (Casy Afflack) and M (Roony Mara), a young couple who suffers a heartbreaking loss when C tragically dies. M is left all alone to cope with the loss of her soul mate C who ends up coming back as a white-sheeted ghost that watches her emotional mourning process. She doesn’t handle his loss very well. As simple as this white-sheeted ghost sounds, there’s so much more to it than that. Time slowly moves forward (and backward) as M tries to find a way to go on without her husband who is always there watching in the background. The focus stays on C and M who end up taking separate journeys but their cosmic paths eventually cross again as time moves on. The story is all about love, loss, time and how long it takes for this husband and wife to finally reconnect.

Okay, I really enjoyed the story and thought David Lowery did an amazing job bringing it all to life on screen. The way most of the movie was shot felt like I stumbled across some old home video footage of this couple’s haunting journey. A Ghost Story features this element of time that’s a key part of the story and the director does a great job visually capturing these performances. Lowery’s direction is complimented nicely by some impressive cinematography. There’s also composer Daniel Hart‘s score that’s equally haunting and fits into the movie perfectly.

Roony Mara delivers a powerful and emotional performance with her character who hardly says a word during the movie. Instead, it’s all about her emotions and how she deals with the loss of her husband. Casey Affleck also has just a little dialogue while his character is alive and the rest of the time he’s covered up in a sheet and just stands there. But it’s so much more than him just standing there because it’s creepy as well as heartbreaking as he watches helplessly. Lowery captures something really special in A Ghost Story with these two actor’s strong performances and the proof is on screen.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the haunting artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a dark blue finish and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, A Ghost Story was a fascinating piece of cinema that doesn’t really fit in any kind of genre. It’s also a movie that not everyone is going to be able to sit through or even relate to but those who get it are really going to enjoy it. The touching story is all about what this passionate young couple goes through after this shocking tragedy happens to them. A Ghost Story is a haunting romantic drama that’s well executed by the director and these two actors who don’t really say much at all throughout the film. Instead, the viewer watches the mannerisms and moods change along with the emotional highs and lows. This movie is just one example of how a grieving person would deal with the loss of their loved one and it’s honestly a heartbreaking watch. A Ghost Story is a haunting tale about love, loss and the time it takes to ultimately reconnect. The movie releases on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on October 3rd and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.89:1) containing a (1.33:1) viewing image with rounded edges

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scene and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 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 (20:20)
  • “A Composer’s Story” Featurette (04:37)
  • Deleted Scene (05:56)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

 

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