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Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Steelbook

Die-hard Ghostbusters fans, rejoice!  What’s old NEVER goes out of style.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has done us a solid with their handling of the classic two films in the Ghostbusters franchise.  That’s right, the original team – comprising of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis – is back to take on the ghosts and the slime once again.  I couldn’t be happier.  Joining their reassemble, as you can see by the cover art, is the original RCA/Columbia Home Video packaging from 1985 for this LIMITED EDITION steelbook release. 

Your mouths are watering already, I can tell.  But, wait, it gets better.  Not only do we get to see the ghostbusting antics of Peter Venkman (Murray), Ray Stantz (Aykroyd), Spengler (Ramis) and Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) perform EXPENSIVE ghost removal services once again, but there’s the above-bed floating Dana Barrett (Weaver), the dog-turning howl of Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), and Janine Melnitz (Potts), too.  And it is all in stunning Ultra HD video presentations, preserving the filmic look of the original releases with NEW Dolby Atmos surround mixes, too. 

Yes, this is a re-release of the 2016 Ultra-HD 4K transfers, but – after getting a read of what the fans of the franchise really want – Sony has upgraded the release to include an all-new BONUS disc of supplemental material, including never-before-seen deleted scenes from the first film.    With hours of bonus features, this release – no matter if you already own the 2016 4K transfers or not – is DEFINITELY something you are going to want to get your hands on. 

Directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, these two films – regardless of your feelings on the second one (which is SLOWLY gaining some much-needed respect in recent years) – are classics in American Cinema.  The first one defined my childhood and, later in my early teens, the second one reminded me of the joy I’d forgotten inherent in these characters. 

You can read our original review on the 4K transfers here.

Ghostbusters 1 & 2 35th Anniversary Ultra HD Steelbook Limited Edition (1984,1989)

This release, in stores on June 12, includes the following supplemental items:

GHOSTBUSTERS

  • Fan Commentary featuring Troy Benjamin and Chris Stewart (Interdimensional Crossrip podcast), Ashley Victoria Robinson (Geek History Lesson podcast) and Sean Bishop (Ghostbusters prop replica expert), moderated by Ghost Corps' Eric Reich
  • 6 Rare & Newly Unearthed Deleted Scenes, including the long-requested Fort Detmerring scenes, also includes Raw Takes for the Central Park Bums sequence
  • 1984 ShoWest Exhibitor Reel, featuring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd pitching an early reel of footage to theatrical exhibitors!
  • Full Ghostbusters TV Commercial from the film
  • Ghostbusters TV Commercial Outtakes
  • "A Moment With the Stars" - Original EPK Featurette
  • Original Domestic Teaser Trailer
  • Original Stereo Audio for the Feature
  • Commentary featuring Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis and Joe Medjuck
  • Slimer Mode Picture-in-Picture Track
  • "Tricks and Trivia" Text Commentary
  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective
  • 1984 Featurette
  • SFX Featurette
  • Cast and Crew Featurette
  • Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
  • Multi-Angle Explorations
  • Storyboard Comparison
  • Alternate TV Version Take
  • "Ghostbusters" Music Video by Ray Parker, Jr.
  • Photo Galleries
  • Trailers

GHOSTBUSTERS II

  • Commentary featuring Director Ivan Reitman, Star/Co-Writer Dan Aykroyd and Executive Producer Joe Medjuck
  • "The Oprah Winfrey Show: Cast of Ghostbusters II" - June 1989
  • Full Ghostbusters II Theatrical EPK
  • Rare Unfinished Teaser Trailer - featuring the full commercial from the film!
  • Original Stereo Audio for the Feature
  • 7 Deleted Scenes
  • Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond
  • "On Our Own" Music Video by Bobby Brown
  • Photo Galleries
  • Trailers
  • "The Real Ghostbusters - Pitch Concept Pilot" - A Fan Restoration by Robert Barbieri
  • So, with no further questions about what’s on this release, who you gonna call? 
  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

5/5 stars

 

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