"Who ya gonna
Thrown out of their
University, scientists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Aykroyd)
and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) decided to go into business for themselves
as paranormal investigators and eliminators. Meanwhile musician Dana Barrett
(Weaver) returns home to see her newly bought eggs jump out of their shells
fry on the counter and then hear a rumbling her fridge. When she opens it
she sees a gateway to another dimension and hears the name Zuul. In fear
Dana consults the newly formed Ghostbusters but they are just about to get
extremely busy because something is causing the dead to raise from the grave
and ghost sightings are been reported all over New York.
When it comes to
naming the best family movies of all time, anyone who grew up in the 1980s
would all mention one movie and that film is 'Ghostbusters'.
After it was released
in 1984, 'Ghostbusters' became a firm family favourite and attracted a cult
following. An animated series followed 'The Real Ghostbusters' and then
in 1989 the cast and crew returned for a second movie but then nothing.
With rumours of cast members not getting on, financing problems and most
of the cast moving onto new projects and in new directions, a third movie
never came about but 'Ghostbusters' is still a firm favourite and it is
easy to see why.
The premise to 'Ghostbusters'
is brilliant. Imagine a need for another emergency service, not for law
enforcement, fire safety and health but for paranormal activity. So when
you are troubled by a pesky poltergeist, a free-floating apparition or a
nasty slimmer, who are you gonna call? The answer we all know now is the
Ghostbusters and writers Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis combined this with
a mixture of Babylonian and Samarian supernatural theories and, most importantly,
comedy to bring us a film that is the true definition of what escapist cinema
is all about.
The story and excellent
visual effects would be nothing without the right people to bring the characters
to live. In 1984, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis
were comedy royalty. Starring in, writing and directing hit comedy movies
'Caddyshack', 'The Blues Brothers', 'National Lampoon's Vacation', 'Stripes'
and 'Saturday Night Live', getting the quartet in one movie made 'Ghostbusters'
an instant box office draw. Add in 'Animal House' and 'Stripes' director
Ivan Reitman, screen beauty and critically acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver
and you had an ensemble that can bring in an audience and a budget to a
high concept comedy adventure. Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz and
Dr. Egon Spengler are vividly brought to life by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
and Harold Ramis, with Ramis' Egon as the brain, Murray's Venkman as the
mouth and Aykroyd's Ray as the heart of the Ghostbusters. Throw in Sigourney
Weaver as love interest and the first Ghostbuster client Dana Barrett, Rick
Moranis as Dana kooky next-door neighbour accountant Louis Tully, Annie
Potts as Ghostbusters secretary Janine Melnitz, Ernie Hudson as the fourth
Ghostbuster Winston Zeddmore and William Atherton as the deplorable EPA
agent Walter Peck and you have a cast and a story that help make one of
the greatest family movies of all time.
is the definition of pure escapist cinema. With outstanding performances,
a brilliant story, fantastic characters, a theme tune that stays with you
forever and a one hundred foot tall marshmallow man, this movie is what
cinema is all about and rightly deserves to be considered one of the best
movies Hollywood has ever made.
The Blu-Ray disc presents
the movie in High Definition wide screen 2:40 up to 1080p, with Dolby
TrueHD 5.1 surround sound. The HD treatment of the movie is first rate
with only the Louis Tully chase sequence letting the visual effects down.
A new function of BD-Live, which allows you and friends to instant message
during the movie
Commentary with Ivan Reitman,
Harold Ramis and Joe Medjuck
The director, star/writer and associate producer provide a chatty and
informative commentary track for 'Ghostbusters'. The trio talk about filming
in Los Angeles and New York, the original casting suggestions for key
roles, the development of the script and story and the practical effects
used to get the correct reactions from the cast. This is a commentary
track well worth listening to, especially for all Ghostbusters fans.
This function allows you to watch the film and then insert the featurettes
covering the interviews, special effects, multiple angles and storyboards
while you watch the film.
Watch the movie and see new interviews with the cast and crew, story construction,
mythology info and new insights into 'Ghostbusters'.
Ecto-1: Resurrecting the
Classic Car (15.37 mins/High Definition)
Watch Cinema Vehicle Services rebuild the original Ecto-1 and add in a
few new modern touches and then have it driven by star Dan Aykroyd.
Making of Ghostbusters -
The Video Game (11.18 mins/High Definition)
Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and William Atherton
talk about been involved in the unofficial third movie in the franchise
but this time in video game form. Ghostbusters Garage - Ecto-1 Gallery
Watch a montage of images from the refurbishment of the original Ecto-1
car from the movie.
Ghostbusters - The Video
Game Preview (1.43 mins/High Definition)
Watch the trailer for the all-new Ghostbusters video game.
Scene Cemetery (Standard
Entitled 'Stake', 'Dana', 'Honeymooners', 'Winston', 'Bums', 'Busy', 'Promotion',
'EPA', 'Puft Hat' and 'No Louis!', these deleted scenes suffer from the
lack of an introduction or commentary to say why these scenes were removed.
1984 Featurette (9.45 mins/Standard
Watch the original featurette from 1984 with interviews with Bill Murray,
Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson,
Annie Potts and director Ivan Reitman.
Cast and Crew Featurette
(10.53 mins/Standard Definition)
Watch the featurette from the 1999 DVD release with reflections from director
Ivan Reitman and stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
SFX Team Featurette (15.22
Watch the original DVD featurette that interviews visual effects supervisor
Richard Edlund and his creative team as they talk about working on the
Entitled 'Spook Central exploding', 'She's a dog' and 'Crossing the streams',
watch all the angles from every camera used during the production of the
Entitled 'Slimer', 'Dogs drag Dan' and 'Atop Spook Central', here you
can compare the footage from the film to the original storyboards.
Place the Blu-Ray in an Internet enabled player or PS3 and connect to
receive extra content for the film.
The Blu-Ray treatment for 'Ghostbusters'
is one that fans should really enjoy. The picture quality is superb with
only the 'Louis chase sequence in Central Park' effects sequence looking
not too great. The bonus features are also good, with the Slimer Mode
standing out but the commentary track is also very good. A must buy for
all 'Ghostbusters' fans.
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