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Ghostbusters is a comedy/action/sci fi movie about a group of paranormal investigators starting their Ghostbusting business. The movie is hilarious, action packed and very very fun.
Three psychology doctors - Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz (brilliantly played by Murray, Akroyd and Ramis) lose their university funding and with no options left, and based on their recent research throw themselvess into a ghost catching business. This happens to conincide with a huge ghost surge in New York and the Ghostbusters have their hands full with ghosts, as well as Walter Peck (Atherton), from the environmental protection agency who is tryign to shut them down. The Ghostbusters recruit Winstone Zeddmore (Hudson) and the team is complete. A powerful demon called Zool soon arrives on the scene trying to destroy the world and the Ghostbusters must stop this from hapening. The story is brilliantly written by Ramis and Akroyd and the acting is natural and believable. In fact, the greatest compliment is that you actually believe the story could be real.
The script is very very funny and the characters work really well togeher. Venkman is obvious, Egon is just plain weird and Ray is delightfully clueless at times. Zeddmore tries to groud the group and realises he is the only one who is sane. Dana Barrett (weaver) is the female interest for Venkman and turns him down again and again. The funniest part of the film is the final battle with Zool which provides one of the most iconic pieces of film history. As well as a comedy, this is an action film with plenty of prootoon-pack blasting of ghosts in the second half (though even this is funny as its 4 guys in boiler suits with partical accellerators strapped to their backs!).
The films soundtrack is superb with a number of great songs, from the iconic theme tune to the uplifting "saving the day" and the hectic "cleanin up the town" which sums up the ghostbusters perfectly.
*Still good today*
I still watch the movie every so often and its as great as ever. The movie doesn't age and will keep you entertained for ever.
My favourite movie of all time. Action and sci-fi blasting ghosts as well as some of the funniest moments ever seen in movies. A definate must own for movie lovers.
The funniest film of the 80s? Quite possibly. Following the lives of 4 out of work parapsychologists, the crew embark on creating their own paranormal exterminating service: Ghostbusters. Chasing ghouls around New York the team realise that a Sumerian shape-shifting God called Gozer the Gozerian is coming back to Earth to destroy mankind: cheesy, corny, ridiculous but amazing family entertainment.
The characters are some of the greatest creations of family entertainment; arguably, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) is the funniest persona committed to screen with some brilliant one liners, including a purely ad-lib piano part in Dana Barrett's (Sigourney Weaver) apartment, who's refrigerator is being haunted by Zuul (a servant of Gozer).
There are some brilliant quirks throughout the film like the amount they smoke. Something that's now completely gone in today's family oriented cinema which makes sense; having a group of childhood heroes running round with fags hanging out their mouth might create a bit of a bad image.
The greatest element of this film is that it's still as fresh today as it was back then. My two little brothers (six and nine) love these films. The youngest now has his own costume, which I'm slightly jealous about - alright very jealous.
A definitive family comedy with superbly dated effects that makes science look freaking cool.
This is arguably the best comedy of all time, blending visual comedy with some extremely clever and often subtle dialogue. The characters are perfect, as are the actors, the writing and the direction. Ghostbusters actually started as Ghost Smashers, and the original draft was written by Dan Ackroyd (Blues Brothers, Trading Places) and was meant for him and John Belushi, who would go through time catching ghosts. When Belushi passed away, Ackroyd turned to Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters 2, Stripes), who persuaded him to re-write it in New York in the present day. Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Analyse This) was brought in to help write, and the result is a first rate script with a first rate cast, director and soundtrack (music by Elmer Bernstein, with the Ghostbusters tune by Ray Parker Jr, though this has been argued about).
Bill Murry (Groundhog Day), Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson play the Ghostbusters. The first three are all hapless scientists all working on pointless experiments and are cast out by the university they are working at. The fourth (Hudson) comes along later as he applies for a job.
Sigourney Weaver (Alien) plays the victim of a ghost and the romance interest. Rick Moranis plays her neighbour, who fancies her and is very annoying. At first, the Ghostbusters are out catching a few ghosts, but soon they are catching so many that they think something big is coming, leading to a wonderful and truly original ending.
On a subtle level, this is very much a satire of the emergency services in America, along with being s great comedy that just pokes fun at everything that can be related to government, showing many agencies as a waste of time or being used the wrong way.
The special effects are brilliant, even for their day, and won an Oscar. How on earth this film didn't win original screenplay is beyond me, as this is just brilliant. I really do rate this film.
It seems so long ago now that I first watched Ghostbusters and it was 25 years ago now in 1984. It's hard to imagine how much this one movie too the world by storm and everyone was talking about it. It's still one of my favourite comedies and I watched it on DVD there the other day to refresh my memory.
Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray play a trio of ex-science professors who have been kicked off their campus for their antics, which include their beliefs that they are paranormal experts. After being kicked off they decide to set up a ghost-busting business in the city of New York. For this they use an abandoned New York City firehouse for their base.
Strangely, and as luck would have it they have gone into business just at the right time and things start to be taking off for them. Suddenly the city is rife with paranormal activity. Ghostly characters run riot in the streets and terrorize residents and visitors in their homes and in the library for example.
There's only one team you can call in a situation like this - The Ghostbusters. What transpires is an hilarious adventure that sucks them in and becomes more exciting as the plot thickens and people get engulfed in this activity going on.
Ramis and Aykroyd have superb comic timing in this movie, but the star of the show is Bill Murray's character Dr. Peter Venkman. I found him to be charming and cocky at the same time as he takes over each scene he's in. For me his is the best character in the movie, if you don't count the giant Marshmallow man who is one of my highlights.
The speical effects are fantastic in this movie in what was a big-budget production at the time. I don't think they could have casted it much better to be honest with you and you will find yourself loving every scrape the main characters get them into as things worsen in the city and panic sets in. Younger children may find it a little scary but to be honest with you it is a great family film that deserves to be watched over and over again.
I am just waiting for when they bring out a new incarnation of this old classic on the big screen again as it seems to be the trend nowadays. It features some of the best comedy actors to ever grace the movies. Bill Murray plays Dr Peter Venkman, and carries with him a sarcastic and childlike mischievousness and Dan Akroyd plays Dr Raymond Stanz a fast talking brainbox who never switches off. Harold ramis features also as Dr Egon Spengler, a slow drawling man of science who never seems to ever be wrong about anything.
What this film is basically about is the rise in strange goings-on in the neighbourhoods and city centre, initially of New York. As experts and general masters in this field the good doctors are the first to stumble upon this phenomenon,in terms of diagnosing the problem. They also believe though that they have a solution and thus they form a new emergency service to deal with this problem for the citys residents. Murray is carried along the ride reluctantly by his pals as he seems to be pre-occupied with his love interest, namely Sigourney Weaver.
This is basically a comedy which disguises itself as science fiction. I firmly it sets itself out to be a complete joke from the outset. It has the plot of a B movie but is very well made. The casting helps this quite significantly, and I can't imagine anybody else taking on board the roles. There is extra comic relief provided by the nerdy Rick Moranis, who bumbles around the scene at the latter day Mclovin, of Superbad fame.
What is excellent though is that it works very well. The characters are clever and rational beings who have to come up against something which is so unfathomable.I provides a regular laugh and despite the fact that there are ghosts, it actually comes across as being moderate.
It has the classic film structure too. Intro, middle threat of ghosts taking over and eventual resolution and ending. It does not take itself seriously though which is why its awesome.
The 80s was a great time for comedies, and Ghostbusters was no exception to this statement. Released in 1984, the initial idea of Ghostbusters came from the minds of comedic actors Dan Akyroyd and Harold Ramis, who also happen to be two of the main stars of the film.
The film focuses on three parapsychologists, Peter Venkman [Bill Murray], Ray Stantz [Dan Akyroyd], Egon Spengler [Harold Ramis] who establish their own paranormal exterminator service, the "Ghostbusters." The first ghost they are called to capture is Slimer, the overweight, green ghost who gorges on huge amounts of food, and covers people with a bright green slimy goo. After an initially slow start, the ghostbusting business takes off and the Ghosbusters find themselves being celebrities. With the demand for the Ghostbusters help rapidly increasing, the team recruit a forth member, Winston Zeddemore [Ernie Hudson].
The Ghostbusters soon find themselves being hired by a woman named Dana [Signourney Weaver] who is unfortunately haunted by a spirit named Zuul. Dana brings the love interest element to the film, with Bill Murray's Venkman constantly flirting with her, whilst Dana's neighbour [the geeky Rik Moranis] is competing with him for her affections. The Ghostbusters soon find that this spirit is endangering now only Dana's life, but disrupting the peace, and safety of New York City. The four Ghostbusters must put a stop to Zuul's haunting, cease the substansial amount of ghosts that have entered New York due to Zuul's presence, and save the live of Dana.
Compared to more recent films, the effects in Ghostbusters do look a little dated. However, I feel that they do hold a certain amount of charm to them. The bright pastle colours of each ghost, combined with the familiar red streams that flow from the teams proton packs [the gun the Ghostbusters use to capture the ghosts for those who did not know the name], make for a very vibrant looking film. The film's musical score is also excellent, and memorable. Even those who have not seen Ghostbusters before will surely have heard the films theme tune sang by Ray Parker, Jr. "Who You Gonna Call? [Ghostbusters!]." None of the acting is wooden, and the main cast members playing the Ghostbusters play their roles effortlessly. They were clearly meant for their parts, and you can tell that they relished their part in the film too.
Like most 80s comedies, a lot of the humour is quite cheesy, but then thats what makes it so appealing. Ghostbusters relishes in it's tongue-in-cheek humour, witty one liners and often over the top characters. Memorable ghosts such as Slimer and the strangely-cute Stay Puft Marshmellow Man make this film endearing. I watched this over and over as a kid [I exhausted the video tape and had to get it bought for me again], and now, at 21, I proudly own this on DVD, and am able to still thoroughly enjoy it. That alone is proof to me that this film is something special. I actually regard this as one of the best comedies of the 80's. Balanced with enough humour and action to please both adults and children, there is something for everyone here. Unless, well, films about ghosts aren't your thing. Or you don't like the 80s.
The DVD version of Ghostbusters is relatively cheap nowadays, especially as it has been recently re-released in a boxset with the sequel, and as a special edition Blu-Ray. There are quite a lot of special features on this DVD and they are as follows:
* Audio commentary from director Ivan Reitman and star Harold Ramis
* Deleted scenes
* Storyboard to finished film split-screen comparison
* 'Meet The SFX Team' featurette
* 'Behind The Scenes' featurette with interviews
* Conceptual artwork
* Ghostly photo gallery
* 'Ghostbusters 2' trailer
* Theatrical trailer
* Interactive menu
* Scene access
Ghostbusters really was a finanical success. It has since spawned two children's TV series, a sequel, videogames, including the 2009 version "Ghostbuster: The Video Game" [this is a real treat for fans by the way], and a rumoured third film currently in production. It is a film that is memorable, and still gains fans after 25 years. If you are looking for a feelgood, action packed, comedy, then give Ghostbusters a call.
Ghostbusters was released in 1984. It's a Comedy Science Fiction Film which was co written by Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis who also co starred in the film.
The film begins with three Parapsychologists going to the New York central library after being told that their is a Ghost inside. They go, find the ghost & then run screaming from the building. Not so fearless to begin with then! Upon return to Colombia University where they work, they are told that they have all been fired. After their recent encounter with a Ghost, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) suggests that the three start up a Ghost Extermination business called Ghostbusters. He convinces the other two Ray Stanz (Aykroyd) & Egon Spengler (Ramis) to move into an abandoned Fire Station to operate the business. Before they know it, they are the talk of the City & the entire country.
The film is a classic movie. The plot is very good & moves along at a good pace. All of the characters are likeable. The special effects for the time were also very good & hald up to todays standards in virtually all cases. There are lots of funny moments which include one liners & some slapstick.
I would recommend the film. I find it very entertaining from start to finish. It is suitable for all the family with only one slightly risque moment. It also probably won't scare the youngs ones too much. I was only 5 the first time I saw it.
A 1984 sci-fi comedy about a group of academically-outcast scientists that set up a pest-control style agency to rid the people of the people of New York of their ghost problems, Ghostbusters is an original and and much-loved family film. Bill Murray is excellent as Peter Venkman, playing the role with his usual mix of deadpan wit and melancholy charm, contrasting nicely with Rick Moranis' enthusiastic but naive Dr Raymond Stanz.
The plot initially concerns the scientist's attempts to get their business venture off the ground and the difficulties they experience at the hands of the City Council, who are persistently trying to shut them down. Business is slow but steady for a while but then things take an apocalyptic turn as a 6000 year-old Sumerian god of destruction returns to earth, possessing the bodies of two innocent citiziens (Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver) to use them as 'gatekeeper' and 'keymaster' as part of a ploy to allow the ancient god to return to Earth.
The film has some great cartoonish stopmotion/animatronic special effects throughout, whilst the soundtrack and vintage ambulance turned Ghostbusters car (Ecto-1) are now utterly iconic. Its a funny and inventive film that frequently borders on the bizarre, with myriad memorable scenes, such as the one in which a giant skyscraper-tall Stay Puft Marshmallow man terrorises the city. A lighthearted and entertaining feel-good film suitable for the whole family.
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Ghostbusters is a film that fills me with a great sense of nostalgia. I don't think the film is as good as I felt it was as a kid, but it's still an insanely original and extremely fun and charming film thanks to a clever script, crazy visual effects and a wonderful cast of characters.
Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) are a bunch of scientists who decide to investigate paranormal activity, but have little money, and so start off very small. However, once they catch their first whiff of a ghost (a green goblin-like ghost called Slimer), their business really catches on, and they are forced to hire a fourth member to help out, so they recruit Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson).
However, they get more than they bargain for when Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) calls them in to investigate something going in her fridge, which results in Zuul being unleashed, a monstrous mass that endeavours to attempt to take over New York City.
The film's biggest triumph is with some very varied and fun characters, bolstered by a collective of great performances, best of all from Bill Murray, who absolutely MUST be in a sequel if they do decide to make a third film after all of this time. Credit also goes to all of the other Ghostbusters also, particularly Ramis himself as the nerd Egon, who really embodies all that it means to be a geek!
The visuals are surprisingly still quite entrancing - they have a charm that modern CGI doesn't always have - this looks a bit more "realistic", and the climax involving the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is immaculately concieved. It certainly would not have looked as good in CGI without a doubt.
Whilst overrated, still highly entertaining, thanks in large part to the marshmallow-soaked finale, featuring one of the most loveable villains in film history.
Ivan Reitman's 1984 smash hit was originally a vehicle for the Saturday Night Live gang, and in particular, the talented John Belushi. Unfortunately, Belushi died before filming commenced. Step forward, Bill Murray.
Murray was something of a star before Ghostbusters, but afterwards he was - and still is - very much an international movie star and comedian. It is his deadpan delivery and zany wit that act as possibly the movie's greatest strength - of which there are many.
Ghotbusters has been described as both a comedy, and as a sci-fi drama film. It is both of these things and more.
Three scientists are kicked out of college and, without jobs or direction, decide to operate a freelance investegatory service, investigating the paranormal.
The studious, extremely intelligent but socially clueless Egon Spengler (the brilliantly dry Harold Ramis) is essentially the unwitting leader of the group. He's a bit of a nerd for research and all things relating to the history of the paranormal and mythology. He shares some rare but sweet and amusing scenes packed with chemistry with Annie Potts as the skeptical secretary, Janine Melnitz.
Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) is the brilliantly clever but ever-so-slightly dopey second-in-charge of the group. Ray brings the infectious, childlike enthusiasm to the picture, and is the bridge between Egon and Pete, being able to operate on both their levels.
Bill Murray is Peter Venkman. Venkman fulfills the "Mad Dog" Murdock role - he must be brilliant at his job, otherwise what is he doing there? Venkman is more socially capable than Ray or Egon, but certainly not the most socially acceptable of characters. Not satisfied with research and swotting up, Venkman prefers a more hands-on approach, such as attempting to date prospective client Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver).
Ernie Hudson is Winston Zeddemore, the fourth Ghostbuster, hired later in the film. Winston is far more than the token black guy. He is the streetwise, smart, skeptical-but-open-minded, common sense one.
Th film also features classic performances from Weaver, playing it relatively straight - at least until the final act of the film - and Rick Moranis doing what he does best; playing the bumbling fool who ends up possessed and even more odd and eccentric.
I won't go into a scene-by scene breakdown. I couldn't possibly do it justice. The only way to really appreciate Ghostbusters is to view it. The special effects, although slightly dated now, were pretty revolutionary for the time. And the soundtrack is arguably the most iconic ever.
I challenge anyone who has seen this to tell me that they can get the Ray Parker Jr. song out of their head for the next 24 hours, and to tell me that for a few minutes at least, they haven't wished to be or believed themselves to be a Ghostbuster.
This isn't my best review as I cannot convey to you in words my enthusiasm for this movie. Maybe that's its biggest strength - it's so good, but you can't really describe it.
If you haven't seen it, watch it, I urge you. If you have but don't own it, buy it.
And quite simply; Who Ya Gonna Call?!
Ghostbusters still remains to this day as being on of the funniest and most original comedies in cinema history and when released was the biggest grossing comedy of all time. It took advantage of the new generation of children who were becoming media -savvy by aiming their comedy in between their sense of humour and their parents. By taking an idea that had never really been done before and adding a spin to it from the great minds of Aykroyd and Ramis they created a genius piece of comedy gold that will be remembered for generations and is still a huge part of societ today - the new 118 advert anyone
Ghostbusters can boast some of the best comedic performances in age. Taking full advantage of Bill Murray's, the films evident scene focus, his protrayal as Peter is a brilliantly satirical just fulling short of being short of being sleazy and horrible and yet just good enough to come out as the hero - though ultimately he is just plain lazy. The dialogue and mannerisms he uses when he meets some of the monsters of the film is just fantastic and awesome comedy, particualry his contact with Slimer the green blob.
This film is full of brilliantly original scenes and character (umm marshmallow man ) that cement its status as one of the greatest comedies ever produced. And lets be honest, where would popular culture be without that awesome theme tune, which i have to give credit to writer Ray Parker Jr for. This film will be remembered for a long time and for definite good reason.
This film, quite simply, is a classic.
If you are an eighties fan, then the prospect of Stripes' Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, teamed with Blues Brothers' Dan Ackroyd is mouth watering enough by itself, especially if you are familiar with Murray and Ackroyd's time on Saturday Night Live. However, this movie is truly more than the sum of its parts.
Ghostbusters purports to be a comedy. Yes, it has its funny parts, but for me that's not really while it has appeal. Ramis and Ackroyd knew that it wasn't just about the humour, it was about the mythos. Honestly, when you think of movies like the early Indiana Jones entries, you think these are action movies, but with great characters and great humour. Ghostbusters, although billed as a comedy, is very rich in characters and action/adventure. I truly see no difference from movies like Indiana Jones, in terms of the quality of comedy/action/character balance and perhaps that is why Ghostbusters had stood the test of time and become such a classic.
Definately one of my favourites.
Ghostbusters is not a film which I would normally have chosen to watch as I am terrified of ghosts. I have seen bits of this over the years as it has been shown on the TV more times than I can remember and as it is only aimed at children I actually let hubby watch it!
The film is centred around 3 men, Egon, Raymond and Peter who are working at a university but have their grant stopped so are now unemployed. They decide that they will go into business. Their chosen business is ghosts as they are all into and investigate the paranormal. They are called to a library where strange things are happening and this sees the start of the Ghostbusters business.
Things go well for the men and soon they are investigating a paranormal thing living in the fridge owned by Dana. The men set to work and soon find themselves inundated with work and they are catching ghosts and spirits all over the place.
Just what is happening in Dana's fridge and will the Ghostbusters be able to rid the world from the ghosts?
OK so this is a children's film and I have to say despite being terrified of ghosts I did actually find this film very easy to watch. The storyline is quite good if you go into the film not expecting great things or for it to be at all realistic. The actors include, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis who play the roles of the three Ghostbusters and they take to the roles extremely well. I think that they added just the right amount of humour to their roles to take away any suggestion of this film being serious. Sigourney Weaver played the role of Dana and I think that she did a great job and she had a great on screen chemistry with Bill Murray. I particularly think she did a great job when she was supposed to have been possessed and made it look very real.
There were a lot of supporting actors in the film and they all played their roles very well. I liked the addition of Rick Moranis and thought that he did bring a lot to the film and also a lot of humour. I am glad he was featured more in the second film and I really would have liked more of him in this one.
The effects in the film were not at all good and they looked so cheap and cheesy. I think that the gadgets which the men used looked very strange and even cheap. The car was the best bit as it was an old wreck before they added their own touch to it. The ghosts were at times laughable and I think that this film could have been made so much better if a little more time and effort was put into the effects.
The music in the film was very good and I did like the majority of the tracks which were used. The theme tune was indeed very catchy and played a lot during the film and I think for me it was one of the best bits of the film.
The film was set in America in the 1980's and this is very apparent from the costumes and scenery in the film. I think despite this the film is still well loved today and still has a good following. I just feel that if the film was made in the present time it would be so much better. But saying that it may not be as it would loose all of it's cheesiness which to me made the film more fun to watch!
The DVD which we have does have some bonus material which includes:-
World Premier Video Commentary with Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis
Storyboard Split Screen
Meet the SFX team
Ghostly Photo Gallery
Behind the Scenes
Featurettes and Interviews
Ghostbusters 2 Trailer
I have not taken any more time to watch any of these features as they really don't appeal to me. Hubby does quite fancy watching them so if he ever gets around to it then I will come back and update and let you know what he thought of them.
The running time of this film is 1 hour and 41 minutes which I though was quite long enough and the certificate is a PG and I do have to agree with this rating.
We bought this DVD many months ago now for £3 in Woolworths so do shop around for the best possibly price.
I am going to recommend this film as it is pure cheese with good actors and dodgy effects which seem to add to the humour of the film.
Ghostbusters is the classic 1980's film which has developed a huge cult status and following. The film was released in 1984 and was full of huge name stars including Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis to name but a few of the actors to put in hugely successful performances in this cult classic.
The film has a supreme storyline in which Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson set out to start their own private practice as fully professional ghost catchers and following a slow start to business their endevours finally pay off when they get a response to their television adverts when they are contacted by Dana Barrett (played brilliantly by Sigourney Weaver) due to her having ghosts within her apartment. Dr. Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray in one of his best performances) falls for Dana and tries to pursue the chance of a date with her but due to her apartment drawing in so many ghosts there becomes a situation which is bigger than the two of them as the ghosts build power thanks to their ghostly overlord drawing all of his minions in to help him wage war...(I won't go into more detail than this as I don't want to spoil the film).
The film is a comedy classic with special effects that for their time were amazing (they do look dated now) and the fact that so much time has passed since this being made it is still a terrific movie. The film is 101 minutes of comedy that has amazing performances from all and effects that for their time made this a true masterpiece and thankfully it still stands as such nowadays.
The most successful comedy of all time. At least that's what it says on the back of the case. I instantly fell in love with it. There had never been anything like it. The scary genre and the comedy rarely mixed, but in Ghostbusters was something new, a ghost movie with great effects but belly laugh funny as well.
Three scientists are thrown out of their university when their funding is withdrawn, the problem being their area of research, parapsychology and the paranormal. Yes, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler are fascinated by spooks, spectres and things that go bump in the night. However, before their research was so unceremoniously halted, they had managed to collect enough data to realize that they could capture and indefinitely contain a ghost.
Seizing this opportunity with a judicious loan, they set up Ghostbusters, a service designed to eliminate any pesky ghosts that may be plaguing your neighbourhood, for a fee of course.
Meanwhile, a big dog in her refrigerator is haunting musician Dana Barrett. A sceptical Dana visits the Ghostbusters for their assistance. Peter, all too willing to assist a beautiful lady, jumps at the chance and Dana Barrett becomes their first job. Before they can solve her problem, all manner of ghouls and wraiths invade New York and suddenly the Ghostbusters are in big demand.
Worked off their feet, they hire Winston Zeddemore to be the fourth 'buster and the team is complete. By now though, Dana has been possessed by the Helldog from her fridge, Zuul the Gatekeeper and awaits the Keymaster who happens to inhabit her diminutive neighbour, Louis Tully. When the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster meet, Gozer will come to destroy the city. Only the Ghostbusters can save us now.
Ghostbusters is presented in glorious anamorphic widescreen in a 2.35:1 ratio. The picture is clear and the colours are strong. I can't fault it. The effects as would be expected are of their time, 1984 and as a result seem a little dated. But the film is so good that I can easily suspend my disbelief and enjoy the film. In fact, the effects have stood up surprisingly well, considering.
You get the choice of a DD 5.1 English soundtrack or a 2.0 German. The sound is excellent and the action really comes through well. I could really feel the bass when the Helldog growled. The music by Elmer Bernstein is very good, I wouldn't have thought comic and spooky could be combined musically, but here it really works well. Of course there is the brilliant soundtrack featuring, of course Ray Parker Jr.
There is a veritable feast of Ghostbusting extras on this disc accessed through the smartly animated menus. As well as the obligatory trailers and two pages of production notes slipped in the case, you get around 8 minutes of deleted scenes. There is an original featurette that gives 10 minutes of making of.
In a special effects section, you can see a recent interview with the special effects team with 16 minutes of how they did it. There is a before and after, multi-angle featurette, and several concept drawings. You also get some storyboards. 3 of them get the split screen treatment with the finished scenes, the other 7 are just the storyboards.
There is a gallery, with loads of production pics and movie stills and finally there is the commentary. You have the option to either watch the movie with just the audio commentary or if you switch to 4:3 mode, you can see the silhouettes of the commentators watching the movie. The commentary is brilliant, one of the best of its ilk and the conversation is sharp and witty.
The cast are a brilliant ensemble. It's hard to pick out any individual performance so I won't try. Bill Murray is the sarcastic Peter Venkman, Dan Ayckroyd is the eager Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis is the intellectual Egon Spengler and Ernie Hudson is the reliable Winston Zeddemore. Sigourney Weaver is brilliant as Dana Barrett and Rick Moranis is her puppy dog like neighbour. Annie Potts is memorable as the receptionist Janine Melnitz.
The cast work together very well, and it's easy to believe that much of the dialogue was improvised. They make the most of a fabulous and witty script.
This is a must have disc. A brilliant film is showcased ideally on DVD. The script is beyond compare and the performances are excellent. It's a fast paced action comedy that is relentless in its ability to entertain. Every time I watch this film, I enjoy it just as much as before, and I will happily sit there, shouting out the lines as the characters speak them. Ivan Reitman's direction is spot on, the pacing is fast and sharp and best of all, this film is hilarious.
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