Ghostbusters (4K Ultra HD)


On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 45 Minutes
It goes without saying that Ghostbusters is one of the greatest paranormal movies of all time.  Comedy, action, suspense and terror?  What else can you ask for?  This movie showcases Dan Aykroyd at his finest and the Bill Murray/Harold Ramis partnership (Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Groundhog Day) at it's pinnacle.  The story follows a trio of recently fired scientists on a quest to rid New York City of paranormal activity....You know what, if you haven't seen it, you literally need to drop everything you are doing right now and watch it.
This is where I have an issue with this release.  Comparing side by side, I really struggle to find any difference in quality between this and the standard Blu-Ray release (which is also included and was released two years ago).  This feels more like a money grab for the impending d̶o̶o̶m̶  remake coming out.
Once again, a sign of a money grab.  There is nothing new here and nothing that is included is upscaled to 4K.  The "Ghostbusters Retrospective" is a conversation between an awkward host and Director Ivan Reitman and Writer/Actor Dan Aykroyd.  It's a slow and boring interview that would have worked if they included Bill Murray (he shines at making dull moments exciting) but instead it's a dull conversation that you would find any excuse to get out of.  The sole entertaining feature here,  outside of the Ray Parker Jr. video, is the short documentary on the work that went into completely revamping the Ecto-1 from it's sadly depleted state to the shining '59 Cadillac that we have all grown to love.
Not impressed.  The movie, obviously, is as fantastic as always but everything else falls short.  It's a quick release that doesn't feel of any upgrade to the previously released Blu-Ray and the lack of new special features compound this into a disappointing release.
Peter Oberth
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