Ghostbusters I & II (1984) - Double Feature Gift Set

Genre(s): Comedy / Science Fiction
Columbia || PG - 209 minutes - $19.94 || July 29, 2005
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2005-08-29


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writer(s): Dan Aykroyd (written by) and Harold Ramis (written by)
Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    Ghostbusters
  • Director, Actor/Writer & Producer Commentary
  • Scene Cemetary (Deleted Scenes)
  • 2 'Making-Of' Featurettes
  • SFX Team Featurette
  • Special Effects Before and After Multi-Angle
  • Production Photos
  • Conceptual Drawings
  • Storyboards
  • Photo Galleries


  • Ghostbusters II
  • Animated Episodes of "The Real Ghostbusters"
  • Ghostbusters Movie Scrapbook


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Korean, Chinese

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.::THE FILM::.

ďRay, when someone asks you if youíre a god, you say yes!Ē

I was born in 1983. As such Iím pretty much genetically indisposed to loving some of the films of the era. As a young boy, there is no other film franchise I can think of that I loved more than the Ghostbusters films. I maybe xmenfan now but if you had asked me what my nickname would be when I was 6, it wouldíve been Spangler or Slimer or something. I was a hardcore fan then and Iím still a huge fan today.

Ghostbusters is the story of three goofy scientists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) who decide to go into business for themselves catching ghosts with various gadgets. Along the way, they gain a client in Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) who has ďsomething strangeĒ going on in her apartment. Little does Dana know that whatís happening in her apartment is about to bring about the end of the world and only the Ghostbusters can stop it. Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts also star.

Ghostbusters 2 takes place 5 years after the events of the first film. This time, the 4 Ghostbusters take on an evil painting (yes, that sounds stupid but it works) and a river of psychosomatic slime thatís plaguing the city. The entire principle cast of the first film returns for this one.

These movies kick ass. Plain and simple. The first film is one of the most original and best movies Iíve seen. It is the template on how to make a sci-fi comedy and is one of the first of its kind. Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd (who also play Egon and Ray respectively in the film) wrote the script and Ivan Reitman directed and they all do wonderful jobs. Every cast member has at least one or two moments to shine really brightly (most of them have about 10 though here and there) and the FX were great for their time. Ghostbusters 2 is a very good movie as well. Again, the FX are great and the actors really put their all into it. My only problem with it is that there are a few elements of the film that are simply rehashes of the first film. The Statue of Liberty, the Scholari Bros. Court scene and a handful of other scenes are simply redone versions of scenes in the first film and that is a little annoying. Also, the main villain (Vigo the painting) isnít nearly as compelling as Gozer from the first film. Minor quibbles though. Itís not as good as the first but itís still a great movie. Why a third Ghostbusters never really happened, I will never truly understand. Iím STILL waiting for it to be made.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Ramis, Reitman, and Medjuck: I loved this. This is one of the best commentaries Iíve heard. Itís funny and informative and never gets dull. I wouldíve liked to see at least one or two more cast members on it but itís great as is.

Scene Cemetery: A mixed bag but mostly positive. A couple of scenes that didnít work at all (the one with Stay Puftís hat) and some shouldíve stayed in the movie (Peterís dialogue).

2 Making of Featurettes: These were fun if unspectacular little 15 minute making-ofís. I liked them alright but theyíre far too short and werenít as in-depth as I wouldíve liked to see.

SFX Team Featurette: The longest feature on the disc(aside from the deleted scenes), this was an very interesting group interview with most of the people behind the first filmís special FX. I really liked this featurette. Itís my second favorite thing after the amazing commentary track.

Special FX Before and After with Multi-Angle: One of those split screen deals where you watch the finished scene and the one without the FX. Worth watching just to watch Weaver and Moranis pretend to be dogs a tad more than you see in the finished film.

Production Photos: Photos from the set. Nothing special but kind of cool.

Storyboards: This section is divided into a Gallery and split screen comparison section. The split screen shows you how the board drawings compare to the finish film (Itís quite interesting that originally, Winston and not Peter was supposed to be slimed by Slimer!) and the Gallery is simply more pictures of various aspects of the production.

2 animated episodes of "Real Ghostbusters" cartoon: "Citizen Ghost" (an almost direct sequel to the first film) is good and "Partners In Crime" (which sort of follows Ghostbusters II) is not. Thatís all I can really say about the toons. That and the shows needs to be out in boxed sets, asap.

Ghostbusters Movie Scrapbook: This comes inserted into the box set. Itís a little booklet(about 20 pages long) that gives a little profile of all 4 Ghostbusters and some of the supporting cast as well as more storyboards from the film and an ad for Stay Puft Marshmallows. Nice little bonus.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Both are great. I was hearing sounds coming from the Ecto Containment Unit and the Ghost trap I donít even remember ever hearing and the picture was awesome too. Naturally, GB1 doesnít look as great as GB2 but theyíre both still better than the VHS versions.



.::OVERALL::.

The Ghostbusters films are great but the set, overall, isnít quite up to par. The Making of material is too short and not in-depth enough, Thereís NOTHING here about the making of Ghostbusters II (which is pretty unforgivable for this boxed set), and one just gets the feeling that there is much more material lying around somewhere for these DVDís. Still, the commentary track is fantastic and what little extras are here (yes, I know there are a lot listed but again, theyíre all brief) are still enjoyable. If you donít already have the other releases of the films on DVD this is a great buy for any fan. If you do have them, only shell out the extra dough to see the cartoon episodes. Iím hoping this isnít the last effort weíve seen of these films on DVD. Somewhere thereís a box set thatís overflowing with extras that weíll all just have to wait patiently for.