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Ghostbusters (SE)
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09.18.2009 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Ivan Reitman

Actors:
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
You have ghosts. Who are you going to call?
1) Jennifer Love Hewitt
2) Bruce Willis and M. Night Shyamalan
3) Michael J. Fox and Peter Jackson
4) Ghostbusters
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
People beg for another sequel some two decades later. Slutty girls still dress up in their uniforms for Comic Con and Halloween. Anytime I ask my mom who she’s calling she snarkily says, “Ghostbusters.” That’s the kind of cultural touchstone this movie is to more than one generation of movie fans.

The most amazing thing to say about GHOSTBUSTERS now is that it remarkably does not feel outdated in any way. Thanks to Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ smart, creative script, along with the cast’s undeniable chemistry (specifically Bill Murray’s anarchic adlibs), the movie deftly balances it’s nonstop humor, much of it surprisingly adult, with it’s more genre elements. There are some great high concept sci-fi elements to it (still love those nuclear proton packs!), along with a sprinkling of mythology and horror to round it out. However, it’s still grounded in the cold reality of New York City and some great character-based comedy. There are so many quotable lines in GHOSTBUSTERS, most at the hands of Murray’s great Peter Venkman.

The effects still hold up fairly well. The rampaging demon dog that chases Louis Tully is a bit old school, but the look of the ghosts themselves still looks great. (Especially Slimer. And the Sta Puft Marshmallow Man.)

My only criticism of the near perfect movie is one I even remember noticing while watching it as a child: Ernie Hudson just doesn’t fit. Winston just isn’t as fun or funny a character as the rest of the team (as written) and his scenes feel something like dead weight. He just doesn’t feel like he belongs as a Ghostbuster, which makes sense since his character is just a leftover an early script where his character was written for the more comedic Eddie Murphy in the role.
THE EXTRAS
Most of the new material for the Blu Ray revolves around promoting the new Ghostbusters video game, but there’s still some enjoyable stuff to be found.

Commentary with Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Rramis: Enjoyable and informative, and the trio obviously has great chemistry, but this isn’t as funny as it should’ve been. I’d actually suggest the Slimer Mode Option below over the commentary.

Slimer Mode: This Blu-Ray only feature frames the feature and adds picture in picture interviews from almost all the cast and crew. You also get trivia tracks and behind the scenes bits, which make for some good info presented in a fun manner.

Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car: A look at the restored classic car from the film, which was taken across the country to promote the new Ghostbusters video game.

Making of Ghostbusters: The Video Game: A glorified commercial for the new video game, which actually does look kind of fun. Enjoy some interviews with the creators and clips from the game to give you a taste.

Scene Cemetery: A fancy name for “deleted scenes,” this presents ten quick cut scenes that are enjoyable but not meaty. Best is a bit where Bill Murray reprises his famous CADDYSHACK character as a bum.

1984 Featurette: This EPK pieces is delightfully vintage with original behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the young cast and crew talking about how cutting edge and spectacular the movie is.

Cast and Crew Featurette: Taken from the 1999 DVD release, a series of interviews with Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis talking about the impact of the movie…from ten years ago.

SFX Team Featurette: Sadly this is more of just panel of the SFX team speaking talking about the movie rather than showing you how they did it. There are a few photos and such, so it’s still mildly entertaining .

There are also some Multi-Angle Featurettes, Storyboard Comparisons, Galleries, Trailers and Previews available, along with staple Blu Ray features like Cinechat, BD-Live and BluWizard.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
GHOSTBUSTERS is an undeniable classic, a sci-fi comedy with a hilarious cast, sharp writing and memorable sequences that never loses its comedic edge. This Blu Ray release doesn’t have the perfect transfer many of you have been waiting for, but with some decent bonus material, it’s still worth recommending.

Extra Tidbit: The move was originally supposed to star John Belushi, John Candy and Eddie Murphy.
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