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Suit up for classic comedy! When kooky, spooky college profs Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), who’ve inadvertently opened the gates of hell…right in their own apartment building!
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script, but Bill Murray gets all the best lines and moments in this 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs). The three comics, plus Ernie Hudson, play the New York City-based team that provides supernatural pest control, and Sigourney Weaver is the love interest possessed by an ancient demon. Reitman and company are full of original ideas about hobgoblins--who knew they could "slime" people with green plasma goo?--but hovering above the plot is Murray's patented ironic view of all the action. Still a lot of fun, and an obvious model for sci-fi comedies such as Men in Black. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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Firstly, the film was not shot in 4K. It has been rescanned from the original negatives at 4K, then digitally downscaled to 2K, in order for it (along with all the other 4K releases) to be used on 1080p HD systems (HDTV, Blu Ray). This has resulted in a mind blowing level of resolution, never previously seen; 4K = four times the resolution of 1080p.
Now, at the moment the only way to get the full 4K resolution experience, is to have VERY deep pockets. For example, Sonys 4K TVs retail from approx £2'500+ & you'd also need a 4K Blu Ray player, along with a pre-amp capable of processing the 7.1 surround sound.
So, those who've given the 4K version of Ghostbusters negative reviews are either very well off & are playing it through badly set up 4K systems, or they've played it through a standard 1080p HD TV & Blu Ray player.
Overall, this won't put me off purchasing the newly rescanned version of Ghostbusters. I'll just have to spend a bit of time playing with the settings on my HDTV & Blu Ray Player.
NOTE TO AMAZON:
Please stop combining the reviews for previous releases / versions of products. This causes confusion for customers.
So, onto the "4K" conversion. It would be fair to say that when I originally bought Ghostbusters on Blu Ray, like most fans, I was hugely disappointed. As strange as it seems, the original DVD release seemed far superior so when it was announced that Sony were going to go back and do the job properly I was over-the moon. That feeling ended the second I stuck this blu-ray into the player.
In can't be argued that this is the clearest Ghostbusters has ever looked. Whilst it's quite grainy which isn't usual for a film of this age, it doesn't distract from the film. What does distract is the seemingly muted palette Sony seem to have chosen. From memory, Ghostbusters was never just a green and red movie! Sony appear to have thrown out nearly ever other colour and the result is awful. There's absolutely no yellows, particularly in the neutral tones for the most part of the film with green and in particular red, permeating the majority. Everything that should be those colours seem distractingly enhanced and the whites in particular have a horrible redness. Sure there are scenes, especially the darker ones, that do look way better. The ballroom scene and the Stay Puft are definitely the highlights of this disc. But anything in daylight - forget it!!
Overall this feels like a missed opportunity...AGAIN! Sony really don't appear to know how to treat this movie. This could have been one of the greatest conversions of recent years, especially as one of the first 4K releases (it's not really 4K but thats a whole other topic) but it seems like such an unfulfilled promise.
Oh well :(
It's not shot, edited, performed, scored, or designed as a comedy. No way! Aykroyd's genuine interest in the paranormal is where the idea for the movie began. When he teamed with Harold Ramis to write the script there's no doubt in my mind that his intended tone was serious, but with touches of light relief (mainly from Venkman and Louis). Listen carefully to the dialogue, it's peppered with loads of credible scientific jargon and multiple cryptic references of almost Lovecraftian lore. This serious subtext weighs the film down in the thriller category more than comedy.
The trio (and soon quartet) begin as researchers at Columbia University in NYC. But Venkman, only in it for an easy scam, ends up getting them thrown off campus. Ray and Egon have a plan for catching and eliminating paranormal threats to the public. With Venkman's conman skills, they take a chance and found 'Ghostbusters' in a derelict firehouse. Business is pitiful until Dana Barrett shows up claiming a voice from another dimension spoke to her through her fridge. Venkmen, enchanted by her, goes to her apartment to check her/it out. He finds nothing, unaware that behind her fridge is a secret doorway to a rooftop temple built as the venue point for Gozer, a destructive inter-dimensional traveler.
Almost every aspect of Ghostbusters is honed to perfection. Ivan Reitman has never directed a better film. Elmer Bernstein's sumptuous score (often overshadowed by Ray Parker Junior's pop song) is utterly bewitching.Read more ›
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This is just a note on the "Ghostbusters [Blu-ray 4K] " UK release - please note that as Amazon do like to mash all their reviews together rather than keep movie... Read morePublished 1 day ago by ZX Beccy
Won't play at UHd level I have lots these uhd movies this is the only one that doesn't. the appis on a Samsung js9000Published 3 days ago by mark
Watched as I fondly remembered this from the 80's. It's not actually that good!Published 29 days ago by Auplo Stenclem
Arrived on time works well no concerns. Would use again and recommend as no concerns when using this companyPublished 1 month ago by Marc Rawlings