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Real Ghostbusters, the - Volume 01 / Real Ghostbusters, the - Volume 02 / Real Ghostbusters, the - Volume 03 / Real Ghostbusters, the - Volume 04 / Real Ghostbusters, the - Volume 05 - Set
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The Ghostbusters are back on the streets of New York City, fighting ghouls, goblins and ghosts of all shapes and sizes! Alongside friendly spectral accomplice Slimer, join your favorite team in their classic animated adventures, battling the supernatural and forces of evil!
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The box this comes in is rather flimsy. Again, this is not a collector's item. But at the price, I wouldn't expect it to be. The menus are a static image with options to play all, choose episodes, or select subtitles. There is a static image on the menu, not an animated menu with Real Ghostbusters music like what you find on the Time Life set. The music playing on the static menu is not from the show. Sony chose some generic music here that isn't the Ghostbusters theme, nor is it in any way related to the series. Odd choice. You get a 2.0 Dolby mix for the audio, same as the Time Life set.
Now, let's talk picture quality, which is the whole reason I bought this set. I'll say that having only watched five episodes to compare this with the Time Life set, the picture quality varies. Overall, the Time Life set is more consistent. This set varies. Some episodes actually look better with this set. So Sony didn't just port those transfers over. They seem to have at least done some color correction, and possibly some digital noise reduction (DNR). The episodes on this set compared to the Time Life set have less grain, and the colors pop more. There does seem to be a preference of leaning more towards the red color spectrum. In The Collect Call of Cthulu, Cthulu himself is much more red rather than a dark red from the Time Life series. When the Ghostbusters are standing in front of the roller coaster planning how to defeat him, you can see the color and detail under the roller coaster, which is not visible in the Time Life set. Even the green in the sky has more pop in this series than it does in the Time Life set. And in an early scene in that episode, there is clearly a very distinguishable difference in the color of the books. In the Time Life set, they all appear to be a dull brown, but in this set you can see different hues of green, orange and brown. So, this set looks better. On the other hand, The Thing In Mrs. Faversham's Attic there is very distracting sharpening turned up to 11, causing a white outline on every character through pretty much the entire episode. So the Time Life series wins this one. But that edge enhancement isn't on every episode of this series. Overall, I like the colors of the episodes in this set and the noise reduction is noticeable, but the episodes run at a bout a 2-4 MB/s bitrate, whereas the Time Life set runs at 4-6 MB/s, so this set is more compressed, and you may see more compression artifacts. But that isn't the only issue.
The bigger issue here is that episodes are missing. Namely, Slimer, Come Home, and Adventures In Slime And Space. So right of that bat you have omissions. The other issue is that the title cards are missing, which is extremely disappointing. As The Real Ghostbusters logo appears after the opening, they overlay this plain white boring jagged font over the logo that has the title with the writer credits. Could they really not spend the few seconds to put the actual title card in there? Come on! These two things alone are major missteps.
So, for the picture quality, I think this set is not bad. But the omissions of episodes, which we may not see if these DVDs don't get finished, and the title card issue are major problems. Sure, there are no extras, but that's what is expected. The packaging and presentation here is nothing stellar. In fact, it's why many fans are so glad that Time Life, not Sony, took on the role of producing the wonderful complete series set for the series. Time Life and Andy Mangels did a masterful job. Everything from the packaging to presentation to extras was top-notch on the complete series set. In my opinion, no other set comes close to it; not the Transformers Matrix of Leadership set, GI Joe footlocker, or any other collector's set has this much material in such an awesome packaging as the Time Life set. It was expensive at the time, but it is ridiculously expensive now that it is out of print. For what you were getting, it was outstanding. It will likely be the definitive set of the series.