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Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (Gift Set)
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09.09.2005 By: Mike Sampson
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 (Gift Set) order
Director:
Ivan Reitman

Actors:
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

Uhh...if you really need a refresher course on what GHOSTBUSTERS is all about, I doubt you even made it this far on that fancy typing machine you call a computer. But because this space is here, I feel compelled to give some quick background. The original film follows our titular GHOSTBUSTERS as they, well, bust ghosts. They capture ghosts, become uberfamous, ghosts are unleashed all over the city and a giant Marshmallow Man wreaks havoc on New York. In the sequel, our Ghostbusters, not unlike the heroes in THE INCREDIBLES, are undone by lawsuits and are working other jobs to help pay the bills. They're reunited by Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) who's baby is attacked by pink slime. A creepy painting, a river of slime, Bobby Brown and a Walkman-powered Statue of Liberty all factor into the equation.

IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

In the case of the original, very, very much so. It's almost 20-years-old at this point and the special effects are quite dated but it's still really enjoyable and quite funny to this day. A lot of people give credit to Bill Murray, and rightfully so, but let's not forget Rick Moranis as Louis Tully. "During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you! " I'm sorry but I'm laughing everytime he's on screen. One of the classic comedies of the modern era.

As for Part 2, I'm not a true believer. I was as psyched up to see this as anyone when it came out and even waited on line for about two hours to get tickets when it hit theaters. Boy was I disappointed. Whereas the first film seemed to happen organically, this film felt forced trying to recreate the magic of the original. Even for a ghost movie, the plot seemed a little "out there" and I was totally lost by the time all of New York City started singing and the Statue of Liberty came crashing through town. That said, I still find tremendous enjoyment (and personal use) out of the line, "Why am I drippings with goo?" and can still recite most of the lyrics to Bobby Brown's "On Our Own."

THE EXTRAS

Back in the day, if you were talking about a "double dip" it was likely in reference to that classic "Seinfeld" episode where George double dips a chip. But now a double dip can also refer to a movie studio looking to get more money from consumers by re-releasing DVDs with the same features under new names. Such is the case here with this "Double Feature Gift Set." Nothing is new here with the exception of the packaging and a 40-plus page booklet. The rest you've all seen before. That's not to say the extras here - inlcuding a commentary with Reitman, Ramis and Joe Medjuck, deleted scenes and featurettes - are worthless, but you could've gotten them and then some with the 1999 DVD release of GHOSTBUSTERS. I say that in part because GHOSTBUSTERS 2 features absolutely no relevant extras whatsoever, save for two episodes of "The Real Ghostbusters" cartoon (which I have to admit being a fan of back in the day). There are some interesting tidbits here including who they had wanted cast as Winston Zeddmore and how they filmed the climatic scenes in New York. But again, nothing new and nothing to warrant and return to the DVD.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

I've said it before and I'll say it again - shame on studios who double dip like this and try to make money on unsuspecting fans. If you want my advice, go out and pick up the 1999 DVD that was put out and forget all about GHOSTBUSTERS 2. That you can always catch on HBO or Comedy Central whenever it's on. You probably won't miss the booklet or two episodes of the "Ghostbusters" cartoon.

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