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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Even with Grain
I read a lot of reviews of this before buying it and many of them complained about the grain on the transfer. Some more so that others.

I already own the film on DVD but wanted it on Blu Ray as I am in the process of replacing my collection with Blu Ray and it's one of my all time favourite films.

Took a gamble and it paid off.

Yes, there...
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by Keith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing picture quality
Bought this as an upgrade to the DVD and wished I hadn't bothered. The picture suffers from lots of grain and looks like snow in some scenes! The Blu-ray does have some good special features though e.g Restoration of Ecto 1
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by Shane


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Even with Grain, 23 Jan 2011
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I read a lot of reviews of this before buying it and many of them complained about the grain on the transfer. Some more so that others.

I already own the film on DVD but wanted it on Blu Ray as I am in the process of replacing my collection with Blu Ray and it's one of my all time favourite films.

Took a gamble and it paid off.

Yes, there is grain on the movie. More obvious in the library scene at the start or the film and in some of the dark scenes. However, this does not detract from the movie or general quality of the film on Blu Ray. I don't recall this on the DVD so it's obviously a perculiarity of the Blu Ray transfer.

Colours are vivid and detail crisp and in every other way it is what you'd expect from a Blu Ray movie.

4 stars as there is some obvious grain.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbusters 4K resolution review, 20 Sep 2013
Finally, after the downright awful first release of Ghostbusters on Blu Ray, Sony have gone back to the original master & rescanned it at 4K resolution (the same as Blade Runner The Final Cut, Lawrence Of Arabia, Taxi Driver etc). For those of you who don't know how 4K works, here's a little bit of information.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen!! Do you smell that?..., 14 Mar 2014
After being kicked out of their university, parapsychology professors Spengler, Stantz and Venkman decide to go into business for themselves by trapping and removing ghosts from haunted houses.

After some initial scepticism, business is soon booming as The Ghost Busters rid New York of its undead.

When a downtown skyscraper becomes the focal point of spirit activity linked to the ancient god Gozer however, the problem may be more than the team can handle....

Wat else can be said about this amazing movie that hasn't already been said? It's a glorious effects feast, and one of the funniest summer movies ever made.

With the exception of Weaver, it's a career highlight for everyone in my opinion. Yes Murray has made better movies, but this is him at his most sardonic, sarcastic and lovable.

The titular characters have so much chemistry between them, it would be hard not to root for them, they really are the nicest characters you may ever see on the big screen.

But watching this film, made years before the advent of CGI and Lucas selling out, you realise just how big this film is, from sets, to effects, it really spares no expense.

The script is as funny as hell and it begs for more viewings, you will not get every joke first time, as you will be in awe of the spectacle.

Everyones seen this, and knows just how good it is.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grainy but good transfer of a classic, 29 Oct 2009
Yes, it's true the film has a lot of grain, but nowhere near as much as, say, "Friday the 13th Part III" the world heavyweight champion for unloveable grain. And surprisingly there are plenty of dark and indoor scenes with very minimal grain. The other picture quality caveat is that a lot of mid-long shots are sometimes lacking in sharpness; and this does not always look like a stylistic choice. But there are countless close-ups and plenty of long shots which are very sharp. Especially the close-ups often have unbelievable depth and plasticity for a 25 year old film. When Winston is shown in close-up during the showdown with Zuul, this looks like a film from this or last year!

"Ghostbusters" has also been accused of having washed-out colours on BD, well the fire-engine red of the ecto-containment system in their cellar is superb and colours generally are very good; nothing like "Halloween" which is a little washed-out. Dana's appartment looks a bit faded, but I think that's how her furniture is supposed to look. Some of the FX are outed as a bit poor by HD such as the "streams" and the dogs, but the library ghost, Slimer, and Mr Stay Puft all look great in HD. And there is a shot of sky-scrapers a little before Dana's roof blows that holds its own with the typical HD showcase shots of many films made after the launch of Blu-Ray as a format. The soundtrack is occasionally a bit weak but for the most part more than acceptable, above all in the final showdown scenes and whenever the theme music is pumped out.

The film is a classic and needs no recommendation at this stage. If you are considering upgrading, do it unless you have an absolute allergy to grain. The Sony trailer for it as seen on "The International" is very fair; showing typical better and worse scenes, but the majority of scenes are in the former category. If only "Gladiator" had been released like this. Those who will sacrifice detail to be grain-free could have turned on their BD player's processing (as some might prefer to do here) and everyone could have been happy. This is a BD release full of sharpness, depth and detail, and, yes, occasionally more grain than some may like. At this stage most people will have established their expectations and tastes for Blu-Ray. I hope this review makes it clearer whether this disc is for you or not. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing, 7 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Ghostbusters [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
This is without doubt one of the funniest movies ever made. The story stands up to the test of time and the actors timing, in particular the interaction between Murray and Aykroyd, is first class. Every time you see this film you appreciate another joke, or facial expression, that you had previously missed through excessive laughter. The effects are still good enough, (although Sigourney Weaver's dog alter-ego is a little dated) the support characters are believable and, of course, there is always Mr Stay Puff! This is just a first rate piece of entertainment which anybody, any age can enjoy. A must see movie!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only all films could be like this, 12 Dec 2000
This review is from: Ghostbusters [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
Never has a film had so much entertainment packed into one box!This dvd is a must for the budding collector, it has the best features ive seen. The film itself needs no introduction. These so called blockbusters of today are nothing on this classic. The dialogue of Ghostbusters can never be matched, Akroyd and Ramis proving their talents behind the camera as well as in front. I personally rate Bill Murray as the best dead-pan comedy actor there has ever been. His delivery is second to none "yes its true, this man has no ****" If anyone is even doubting buying this dvd, then stop immediately and get it!!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb DVD Rendition - Really worthwhile extra features, 18 Jun 2001
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This review is from: Ghostbusters [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
In terms of quality and content, this is the best DVD I have tried. Someone has really put some thought and care into creating this DVD version of Ghostbusters; the film itself is beautifully rendered - the picture is pinsharp, and the Dolby sound superb, but the it's the extra features which really take the eye. So often this is an area to which little or no attention is paid when a DVD version is made, with a crude menu giving access to a theatrical trailer and a couple of unseen scenes. However, this DVD has a carefully crafted look, starting from the opening menu with a 3D rendition of the fateful building beside Central Park and the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man trundling along the street in the background. Menu items feature as part of the buildings, and when selected a smooth 3D zoom takes you to the appropriate place. Items included are Spook Central - theatrical and TV trailers, unused footage plus production stills, Commentary - with Ivan Reitman & Harold Ramis' 1999 reminiscences in audio and subtitle, Scene Selector - for chapter by chapter entry points to the film, and of course Play Movie. The DVD is billed as the 15th Anniversary Edition, and it feels just that. For anyone wanting to acquire a personal library edition of a much-loved classic, look no further.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Awesome Film!, 9 Sep 2002
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This review is from: Ghostbusters [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
Ghostbusters has got to be on the most funny and original films to have ever been made. Yet at the same time it is quite eerie which is what makes this film so good. The cast is suberb and work together so well, and without a doubt the star of the film is Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray) who is absolutely hilarious the whole way through the film. Just watch the opening scenes in the film and you'll know what I am talking about. The special effects in the film may be a little outdated, but it certainly does not spoil the film. Who can ever forget the classic scenes involving the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man and of course Slimer. The dvd menu on this dvd is also excellent and includes deleted scenes, commentary from Ivan Reitman (director) and Harold Ramis (who plays Egon Spangler), and the original trailer, as well as a look into the making of the film with interviews with the stars. A classic comedy for all the family, I love this film, It rules!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghostbusters are still well worth a call, 15 Mar 2006
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This review is from: Ghostbusters [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
Ghostbusters was a huge hit back in 1984, and the ubiquitous presence of Ray Parker, Jr.'s theme song was a seemingly nonstop presence on the radio for months and months – I'm still trying to get that silly song, which seemed awfully cool at the time, out of my head. I was a kid when the film was released, so it's no surprise the film was funnier to me then than it is now, but Ghostbusters has actually aged fairly well. Typified by Bill Murray's deadpan manner, the humor here is all about delivery and timing and atmosphere. It appears as if Bill Murray is making up at least half of his lines as he goes along, which means he is in top form. Dan Aykroyd plays second fiddle in the lineup, but Aykroyd has always played a mean second fiddle. I wouldn't be able to identify Harold Ramis by name just by watching him perform, but he's definitely a full-fledged member of the Ghostbusters comedy tri-fecta (not to mention co-writer with Aykroyd), which actually becomes a foursome midway through the film with the addition of Ernie Hudson. I still can't say I care for Sigourney Weaver all that much, but she certainly adds something to the film as the guys' first customer, the object of Dr. Venkman's (Murray) affections, and eventually the conduit for Zuul's incarnation into the world of man. Supporting actors? Ghostbusters has you covered with Annie Potts as the Ghostbusters receptionist and Rick Moranis as the rather hapless Louis Tully. Up until his possession by a demonic dog, Moranis still seems to exude a little of his Bob McKenzie persona (although he does not imbibe copious amounts of beer or utter the word "hoser" a single time).
As far as I know, Ghostbusters is the only film in which the Environmental Protection Agency comes very close to causing the end of the world. Everything's going great until EPA agent Walter Peck (William Atherton) shows up at Ghostbusters HQ and accuses the guys of storing hazardous waste on the premises – which eventually results in the shutdown of the ghost storage system and, in short order, ghostly anarchy all across New York City. Things had looked gloomy early on when Dr. Venkman (Murray), Stantz (Aykroyd), and Spengler (Ramis) lost their university positions and research grants, but three mortgages later they had landed on their feet with the formation of their unique ghostbusting business. Sure, one could question the legality of atomic-powered backpacks and untested laser-like weapons that could theoretically give time and space the mother of all hiccoughs, but there's no question that they did get the job done. Even if it means getting slimed by some pesky green monsters, the guys soon gain national exposure by effectively putting poltergeists and disagreeable spirits out of business. Then the EPA comes along, releases of all the trapped troublemakers into an atmosphere already saturated with very bad vibes, and the next thing you know ancient Sumerian demons are moving into penthouse apartments and laying plans for hell on earth.
Obviously, the entire story is played for laughs, from the silly sliming hijinx of the ghosts to Murray's indubitably subtle style of non-serious intellectualism. You can't even take Dr. Veckman seriously as a scientist, as he's more concerned with picking up chicks than actually learning anything – until his newest love interest starts hovering four feet above her bed. That's sort of a wake-up call.
Admittedly, all of this craziness was funnier when I was twenty years younger than I am now, but Ghostbusters has actually aged extremely well – even in terms of the special effects. Vintage comedy never goes out of style, and that’s why most of us, for decades to come, will be incapable of thinking anything other than "Ghostbusters" whenever we hear the words "Who you gonna call?" and cannot help but laugh whenever anyone happens to utter the phrase, "Yes, it's true."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who ya gonna call????, 23 July 2003
This is a great example of a classic film that everyone owns or has at least seen. This film perfectly displays Dan Aykroyd's and Harold Ramis' great comedy writing talents and Bill Murray's ability to make people laugh. With a great theme song, a great story, great comedy, great characters played by great actors and well, kinda outdated special effects this film is just great fun to watch!
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