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"Ghostbusters"
(Criterion Collection CAV Laserdisc)

Release Date: 1989
MSRP: $100.00 (if I remember correctly)
Sound: Dolby Surround -- Digital Sound CX
Language: English
Closed-Captioned: No
Format: 4:3 Letterbox (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
Discs: 2
Sides: Four
Video Format: NTSC
Criterion Catalog Number: CC 1181L


LASERDISC EXCLUSIVES

Materials NOT found on the DVD or in the "Making Ghostbusters" book.
Go to the Spook Central Facebook page to view video of the laserdisc's video supplements.

Deleted Footage: The Stairway
As Ray, Egon, and Peter walk down the stairs and enter the Paranormal Studies Laboratory, they discuss who should win the Nobel Prize.


Two Split-Screen Before & After Special Effects Comparisons:

  1. Library Ghost -- The scene where Ray says "Get Her" and the ghost in the library turns gruesome.
  2. Ballroom -- The scene where the Ghostbusters trap Slimer in the ballroom of the Sedgewick Hotel.


The Theatrical Teaser
A promotional teaser shown in theaters before the film itself was complete and before the final music had been recorded. It contains footage not used in the finished film (such as the original theme song).


The Original Theatrical Trailer
Even though this IS on the DVD, the one on the DVD is NOT in Letterbox and is missing the "Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You" screen at the end.


Ruth Oliver's Library Ghost Scream Test
The actress who portrayed the library ghost practicing how she will be screaming the word "Quiet" for when she transforms into the hideous ghost.


Hundreds Of Still Photos/Drawings/Storyboards:
There are a total of 1,022 still frames on the laserdisc, consisting of text and images. Excluding the Screenplay text frames, there are a total of 570. It should be noted that all of the laserdisc's still frames (photos, drawings, etc.) are full-screen and of higher resolution than the DVD's still frames (which are shown on a very small portion of the screen). Below is the full list of still frames, all in the order as originally presented on the laserdisc (though Credits have been placed after Trivia for obvious reasons). All text screens are shown in a white box in front of a still of Gozer's finger lightining; though the Stay Puft section still text is in front of an image of the marshmallow being dumped onto Peck. All of the still frames are available for viewing here on Spook Central, except for the Screenplay text frames, as the ideal way to read the screenplay is either on the DVD-ROM portion of the Ghostbusters DVD released in 1999 or here on Spook Central. You can either view the still frames in the galleries linked below, where you'll find thumbnails linked to web-friendly 720x540 images (all padding/frames have been cropped out - save for one on the first Credits and Stay Puft text images); or you can view the original 720x480 images straight off of the laserdisc, which I am providing in this 125 Mb zip file. All of these images were transferred from laserdisc by Raffaele Ruffaldi.

  1. Special Effects (219 images total)
    1. Intro (2 images)
    2. Library Ghost (28 images)
    3. Slimer (32 images)
    4. Terror Dogs (44 images)
    5. Dream Ghost (5 images)
    6. Gozer (8 images)
    7. Spook Central (22 images)
    8. Ecto-1 (13 images)
    9. Proton Pack (2 images)
    10. Proton Streams (18 images)
    11. Subway Ghost (8 images)
    12. Inch Ghost (14 images)
    13. Misc Ghosts (23 images)
  2. Stay Puft (70 images)
  3. Improvisation (20 images)
  4. Insider Notes (51 images)
  5. Storyboards (196 images total)
    1. Library (8 images)
    2. Slimer (98 images)
    3. Dogs Drag Dana (28 images)
    4. Louis Meets Dog (8 images)
    5. Cheeky Ghost (7 images)
    6. Louis Meets Muggers (6 images)
    7. 3D Theater (4 images)
    8. Gozer (2 images)
    9. Stay Puft (4 images)
    10. Holding Tank Ghosts (29 images)
    11. Chinatown Ghost (2 images)
  6. Screenplay (452 images)
  7. Trivia (7 images) [hidden feature/easter egg]
  8. Credits (7 images)