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The Ghost Busters - The Complete Series (Filmation, Live Action) (1975)

4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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When trouble calls The Ghost Busters answer! From their run-down office Spencer Tracy and Kong take on assignments no mere mortal could face. Good thing that Spencer and Kong have the super-smart gorilla Tracy on their team! In the super-secret missions assigned to them by the mysterious "Zero" the trio of bumbling detectives confront phantoms vampires werewolves Frankenstein's monster mobsters Vikings magicians and even a devilish dummy! Larry Storch Forrest Tucker and Bob Burns star. Extras include interviews bonus episode rare footage photo galleries Easter eggs episode guide plus trivia & fun facts DVD-ROM scripts for all episodes and more.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 787364722891

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Burns, Larry Storch, Forrest Tucker
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDI3OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By N. Whitworth on April 18, 2007
Despite confusion on the part of the Amazon web site, this is the 1975 Live Action television show "The Ghost Busters." Amazon lists voice talents by the likes of Dave Coulier & Arsenio Hall, obviously referring to the animated show "The Real Ghostbusters," which was a spin-off of the movie franchise.

I was not around when the show first aired in '75, but that didn't stop me from watching it when I was a kid. I used to rent the VHS copies that were available of a couple of the episodes, like "The Maltese Monkey" and "The Canterville Ghost." All of them kept me entertained at a young age and shockingly very well as an adult.

Spenser, Tracy & Kong have never looked better in this amazingly jam-packed DVD set. I would've been just fine having the series' 15 episodes, but this set contains more than a few special features. There are interviews with the cast and crew of the show, television bumpers for the show, photo galleries, and even a bonus episode of the cartoon version of the show, Filmation's "Ghostbusters." Also, exclusive to the DVD-Rom features is the ability to download each script from the shows' 15 episodes.

I highly recommend this show to anyone who grew up watching it as a kid at any age. It is nostalgic to say the least and belongs in the libraries of any Ghost Buster fan.
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Now I'm more familiar with the cartoon that was spun off of this show, but even then I only saw handful of the episodes in syndication. Over the years and thanks to sites like wiki I've leaned a lot more about both the original show and the cartoon, in particular the whole debacle with the 1984 Ghostbusters film and how Filmation successfully sued the studio over the likeness to the 1975 show's logo. In fact, I believe that the Filmation cartoon spin-off is directly related to that lawsuit because Lou Scheimer wanted to go ahead and call it off in exchange for getting the license to create a cartoon based on the movie, but the studio chose not to do that, instead creating their own cartoon. Scheimer and company shot back by making a cartoon based on their previous show.

So anyway, I am a more or less coming to this show with no preconceived notions or nostalgia. So what's in the box? This set features the entire live action series, 15 episodes in total over two, double-sided discs, which are packaged into two DVD slim cases. There are five episodes per each side of the discs, with the flip side on the second disc containing all of the special features. The slipcase itself is pretty nice, though the cover has a very odd "colorized" look to it, which is weird because the show was shot in color. I believe the still that's used for the cover may have originally been B&W, but I'm not sure. Though the "colorized" look gives it that icky Photoshop feel, the image is pretty darn accurate to the feel of the opening credits, so I easily cut it some slack.

Also included is a foldout insert that is loaded with episode summaries as well as cast and crew information and trivia for each episode.
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OK. I was 10 and [...] when this show originally aired on Saturday morning TV. I remember watching it. I remember really liking it. I bought it here on Amazon just as a kind of nostalgia thing from my childhood. Geez! I forgot how FUNNY this show really was. As I watch now, some 30 years later, I can remember the shows. But, more than anything, I can't stop laughing. I think that a lot of the shows that I have bought for nostalgia's sake have kept me entertained, but I just can't get enough of this. I wish there were more episodes. On another note, I always remember the "I'm Spencer, He's Tracy. And I'm Kong" bit of the opening. First of all, you'd imagine that Kong would be the gorilla, but it's not. Then, even at that age I wondered: Was there some kind of reference there to Spencer Tracy, the actor, or was that just a big coincidence? Haven't watched the extras yet. Even without them. This is a great show! You will laugh and laugh!!!
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The two logos are the ghastly logo for "Entertainment Rights", whatever that is, which looks like Soviet People's Art, and the excellent Ghostbusters logo which doesn't appear on the box but is on the enclosed booklet. As usual, I differ with whoever designed the packaging, since the moaning ghost logo which began and ended the shows, and was used for bumpers (see the special features) was one of the best parts of the show.

Ghostbusters was remarkable for about a million reasons. It was a show, as Filmation producer Lou Scheimer notes, in which everything came together. What that really means is that it's a live action show done on the miniscule cartoon budgets that were standard for kids' TV. It was written very fast, as cartoons are. It starred a likable, humorous cast: Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch of F- Troop, who essentially played the same parts as F-Troop and as in their cartoon voice over work. The amazing addition was Bob Burns, who plays the most lifelike gorilla probably ever seen on TV. The show is a ghostbusting take on Gangbusters, with a vaguely '20s feel: Larry dresses the part, Forrest doesn't). As the theme song says, "I'm Spenser, he's Tracy, I'm Kong. You'd think Kong would be the gorilla; he's not. Tracy is the gorilla. Forest is Kong.

There are only three sets: a graveyard, a haunted house hallway, and a room in the creepy house. The guest stars read like a whose who of (then) current television. As with cartoon voiceovers, kids' shows are wildly popular with adult actors who get to let out their kid side. Brilliantly, however, the show never played down to its audience. Kids don't need to "get it". They don't need to follow the plot. They relate to the characters and want to be in on the action. This is why it's so tragic that live hosts are gone.
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