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Ghostbusters
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Apr 3, 2006 By: Scott Weinberg
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Director:
Ivan Reitman

Actors:
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It's about a bunch of brilliant screw-ups who decide to open a ghost-removal service in New York City ... and not a moment too soon.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Inarguanly one of the very finest comedies of the 1980s, Ivan Reitman's GHOSTBUSTERS is a mega-classic of the most beloved variety.

Overpraise? I don't think so.

The perfect marriage of big-budget sci-fi spectacle and character-based comedy schtick, GHOSTBUSTERS has been a favorite of mine since I saw it three times during its opening weekend in the summer of 1984. Here was a movie that combined the best sort of SNL-style comedic hijinks, only it was mixed together with a horror-com/sci-fi mentality that works just as well today as it ever did.

Chock full of endlessly quotable dialogue, quaintly nifty special effects, and great work from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts... I could ramble on for days about the cinematic sweetness that is (the first) GHOSTBUSTERS, but let's face it: You've all seen it. Just about all of you love it. Just get the darn DVD already.

THE EXTRAS
First was the "Collector's Edition" DVD, and then came the double-feature edition with GHOSTBUSTERS 2 attached. Now that double-discer has been split into individual releases. Sheesh, it's all so confusing.

No new goodies here, kids, but if this is your very first GHOSTBUSTERS DVD, you're in for some solid extras.

The audio commentary with Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, and Joe Medjuck is loose, laid-back, and informative. The scene cemetery is full of ten deleted scenes. There's a vintage 1984 featurette (9:24)and a newer cast & crew interview featurette (10:46) that should thrill the hardcore fans, even if the only participants are Ramis, Reitman, and Aykroyd.

Under the Special Effects heading you'll find an SFX Team Featurette (15:18), which features interviews with the technical wizards who worked the magic, a Special Effects Before & After piece, which can be clicked around via multi-angle, and a whole bunch of production photos, storyboards, and conceptual drawings.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you already own the Collector's Edition or the double feature release, then you already have everything that's offered here. But if you don't ... make sure you pick this one up soon. It's a great flick, value-priced, and the DVD packs some solid treats, too.
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