The time has come. No, not to discuss whether or not to see the new Ghostbusters movie next month. In fact, it is time to discuss Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II arriving on 4K Ultra HD. Yes, there is a new format and it is slowly starting to surface. Up to this point, 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, which only work with a 4K Ultra HD Player and 4K TV, have had two decent releases. The first being one for the kiddies, The Lego Movie. The other is for the adults, Deadpool. Sony Pictures, today, released the universally praised comedy classic Ghostbusters and its sequel.
It is nearly impossible to say something negative about the original Ghostbusters film. It had that right element of comedy and thrills (not horror) that my 9 year old brain relished the first time I saw it. In fact, I credit Ghostbusters as the film that taught me to swear. I can still remember the look I got from my mother when I said, “mother puss bucket” out loud. The look you will appreciate today is Sony’s 4K Ultra HD of Ghostbusters. Certainly, Slimer has never looked better. What floored me was seeing simple things like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd’s shirts. It sounds strange, but the colors no longer ran together. I promise you will say, “he had on a plaid shirt there?” Damn, that is a green collard shirt! Colors are ever more present, which makes me wonder what a 4K Ultra HD release of Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory might look like. The down side to 4K Ultra HD is that when the Terror Dog chases Rick Moranis out of his apartment, it looks bad. Yet, I prefer that than having someone digitally fix the special effects for an already perfect film.
Many of the special features here are the same as the Blu-ray release. I applaud Sony for adding the “Gallery 1988 Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Print Collection”; allowing fans to see these great works of art that were done by artists who grew up watching Ghostbusters. My personal favorites were by Strongstuff (Tom Whalen) and Montygog (Dave Perillo). My only issue with the gallery is a lack of credit for the artists. I know that Sony owns the rights to these incredible works of art, but without prior knowledge of the artists or their signatures, there is no credit of who did which piece.
I remember it well, the summer of 1989. Upon my proposed third viewing of Batman, my uncle diverted our plans and took us to see Ghostbusters II. Having my heart set on Batman, and not being able to see it, probably didn’t help my opinion of the Ghostbusters’ sequel. Over the years, even Harold Ramis and Bill Murray have spoken out about their dislike of the sequel. With the new 4K Ultra HD release, I decided to give it another chance. I am happy to say that the sequel has aged really well. The film will never live up to its predecessor, but this time I watched each smaller scene for what it was, which was nothing more than a short, good, “Saturday Night Live” skit. I also had the perspective of knowing what New York City was like before Mayor Rudy Giuliani took over. Yes, there was a river of slime running underneath the city and straight through its heart. I also thought that after 911, we saw just what the people of New York City were capable of. To watch the film’s finale, now, makes it all the more believable.
I know what you’re thinking, the days of hard media are over. Your other thought may be that you are not buying a new format, you have Ghostbusters already on DVD. First off, you will never see it any better than this new release. If you haven’t pulled the trigger yet on 4K Ultra HD (TV and Player), both of these releases come with a standard Blu-ray and a digital copy. Put your toe in the river of slime (sorry, a bad analogy). You won’t be sorry.
GHOSTBUSTERS & GHOSTBUSTERS II 4K Ultra HD Releases Include:
§ Feature films in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR)
§ Dolby Atmos soundtracks (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)*
§ Includes high-def Blu-rays featuring the films and special features
*To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-ray Special Features:
§ Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective – Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 1)
§ Poster Art Gallery – Gallery of 1988 artwork
§ Ghostbusters Music Video – Ray Parker, Jr.
§ Slimer Mode – Picture in Picture and Trivia Track
§ Commentary with Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck
§ 10 Deleted Scenes
§ 1984 Featurette
§ Cast and Crew Featurette
§ SFX Team Featurette
§ Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
§ Ghostbusters Garage: Ecto-1 Gallery Storyboard Comparisons
GHOSTBUSTERS II Blu-ray Special Features:
§ Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond – Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 2)
§ Deleted Scenes
§ “On Our Own” Music Video – Bobby Brown
§ Theatrical Trailers
GHOSTBUSTERS has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is rated PG.
GHOSTBUSTERS II has a run time of approximately 108 minutes and is rated PG.
Blu-ray and DVD Releases for June 7th, 2016
Action / Adventure / Mystery
Air Force One / in the Line of Fire – Set
Clint Eastwood: 3-Movie Western Collection (1970)
Layer Cake / Snatch (2000) – Set
London Has Fallen
Something Big (1971)
Bodacious Space Pirates
The Dead Next Door
Jaws 2 (1978)
Jaws 3 (1983)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Science Fiction / Fantasy / Superhero
10 Cloverfield Lane
Conan: The Complete Quest
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
Dark Matter: Season 1
X-Files: The Event Series