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Suit up for classic comedy! When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of hell…right in their own apartment building! UHD Synopsis: When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting New York City with a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tuilly (Rick Moranis), who've inadvertently opened the gates of hell...right in their own apar
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.68 Ounces
- Item model number : 065848665
- Director : Ivan Reitman
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French
- Subtitles: : Arabic, Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, Spanish
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- ASIN : B00164GDD2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This version, the Blu-ray Mastered in 4K disc, is really quite nice. The one key thing that I noticed (and that I love) is that they left the film grain intact. Many people will find this objectionable, as they'll feel it's a defect or a poor-quality transfer. But it's not. It's great because they have recreated the way the film looked when it was presented theatrically. There is something particular to the film stock used in the 1980s that gave a lot of films a certain look and feel. That is maintained here, and it is the way the filmmakers wanted it to look at the time of its creation. Remastering is one thing, but "recreating" is another thing entirely.
Also, the sound, while not 100% awesome, is quite good. In particular, for the first time I was able to clearly and powerfully hear the dog/demon in the refrigerator say "Zuul." I've seen the movie a dozen times and it never resonated as clearly.
I can't speak about the Ultra Violet digital version that usually comes with this disc. I bought a pre-owned copy form Amazon Warehouse and the digital copy had already been downloaded (as I expected).
Of course, I wouldn't be writing this review if I thought the movie was simply all hype. Beneath all the marketing, toys and catchy song lies a very funny film. The type of comedy we hardly see these days. Ghostbusters is quite a clever mix of comedy along with bits of other genres including a bit of horror. The anchor being the great performances of Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, all in the peak of their careers in comedy at the time. I'm not going to go real deep into the film as I want to discuss the Blu-Ray transfer but it's a great script, has wonderful acting and a great pace. The special effects might look a bit out of date in this age of CG but some hold up pretty well more then 20 years later.
So this film is finally available in HD and its looking great. A lot of the details lost over the years are back and the colors, especially the ones involving the special effects come out strong and bright. Even when in theaters, the film had a grainy, subdued look to it, similar to Saving Private Ryan. Whether that was the director's intent or simply bad quality film, the years were certainly not helpful in improving it. A lot was lost when the film was finally released on VHS and DVD did nothing to help that. This BD really does the film justice but it is by no means comparable to recent releases. The film is after all, over 20 years old. But there is no doubt this is the best this film has looked ever. Better perhaps than in theaters.
Where this release really shines is in the Special Features department, with a plethora of content from multiple commentaries to documentaries. They not only have included material from when the film came out along with extras from previous releases but brand new content as well. Especially noteworthy is the inclusion of a picture in picture track where several people, among them Ivan Reitman, Dan Akroyd and the other actors, producers and other people involved in the film comment along with the movie. Must see stuff!
Ghostbusters is a must-buy in and of itself so I would recommend it to anyone who likes comedy but this release really sweetens the deal. The transfer is awesome, the extras are many and that song... well who can forget that?
The transfer to Blu-ray went amazingly well. Sure there is a little grain and the 80s' effects were more visible but that was part of the movie. It was made in 1984 after all. All in all it's a must buy for any Ghostbusters fan young and old.
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No problems. Recommended.
So, onto the "4K" conversion. It would be fair to say that when I originally bought Ghostbusters on Blu Ray, like most fans, I was hugely disappointed. As strange as it seems, the original DVD release seemed far superior so when it was announced that Sony were going to go back and do the job properly I was over-the moon. That feeling ended the second I stuck this blu-ray into the player.
In can't be argued that this is the clearest Ghostbusters has ever looked. Whilst it's quite grainy which isn't usual for a film of this age, it doesn't distract from the film. What does distract is the seemingly muted palette Sony seem to have chosen. From memory, Ghostbusters was never just a green and red movie! Sony appear to have thrown out nearly ever other colour and the result is awful. There's absolutely no yellows, particularly in the neutral tones for the most part of the film with green and in particular red, permeating the majority. Everything that should be those colours seem distractingly enhanced and the whites in particular have a horrible redness. Sure there are scenes, especially the darker ones, that do look way better. The ballroom scene and the Stay Puft are definitely the highlights of this disc. But anything in daylight - forget it!!
Overall this feels like a missed opportunity...AGAIN! Sony really don't appear to know how to treat this movie. This could have been one of the greatest conversions of recent years, especially as one of the first 4K releases (it's not really 4K but thats a whole other topic) but it seems like such an unfulfilled promise.
Oh well :(