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The Real Ghostbusters: Complete Collection
Episode Masters

An episode master, to put it very simply, is the master recording of an episode that resides in Sony's vaults. The masters were professionally duplicated onto the DVDs, so that you could have the episodes to watch and own in your video library. James Eatock, who you see all over the set in interviews and commentaries, worked with producer Andy Mangels in just about all aspects of the set - from conducting interviews, to going through the episode masters with Andy in order to find the best ones, to writing up the episode guide and doing the screenshots you see inside of it, and just about everything in between. To help James do his many jobs, he was given a copy of all of the episode masters, which were transferred onto 51 DVD-Rs, usually containing three episodes each. (I assume Andy also got a copy of these DVD-Rs, as I can't imagine that the special features producer of the set would have been left high and dry. I don't know who else would have gotten a copy.)

These DVD-Rs contain quick copies of the masters, complete with tone and color bars, the front end video duplication cards, and minutes of blackness and/or commercials in each of the commercial break spots (where available). There's lots of blackness between each episode, which plays as one long video; and the chapter marks are placed every X number of minutes, instead of at the commercial break spots, like in the final set. Interestingly, the new Sony Pictures Television logo screen appears at the end of every episode - so I guess these weren't exactly "quick" copies, if they took the time to replace the Columbia Pictures Television logo, even on these discs.

James, being the Kool Kat that he is, sold me his 51 DVD-Rs back in May 2009. On top of that, he even made my life easy by doing screen caps of all of the Video Duplication Cards for me. It is these Video Duplication Cards that are linked to the episode titles below. These cards give you some information about each master that was used in the set. What's most interesting is that a lot of the masters are dated from 1996, five years after the series' first run ended. I would surmise that these masters were used in prepping the series for syndication, though I'm not saying that they are edited syndication copies. I just don't know what else to think. I know for sure that they aren't original first-run masters, though you will find some in the set. As you go through the cards, keep in mind that runtimes close to 30 minutes are for masters that include blackness and/or commercials in the commercial break spots - hence the longer runtimes.

Please note that "Ragnarok and Roll" (#32) is incorrectly numbered on the card, and three episodes are missing from the Masters DVD-Rs: "Ghostbuster of the Year" (#61), "Victor the Happy Ghost" (#75), and the one-hour version of "Deja Boo" (the half-hour version is included, which is why there is a card for it below - #130).

VIDEO DUPLICATION CARDS
    The Real Ghostbusters series
  1. Ghosts 'R Us
  2. Killerwatt
  3. Mrs. Rogers Neighborhood
  4. Slimer, Come Home
  5. Troll Bridge
  6. The Boogieman Cometh
  7. Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream
  8. When Halloween Was Forever
  9. Look Homeward, Ray
  10. Take Two
  11. Citizen Ghost
  12. Janine's Genie
  13. X-Mas Marks the Spot
  14. Knock, Knock
  15. Station Identification
  16. Play Them Ragtime Boos
  17. Sea Fright
  18. The Spirit of Aunt Lois
  19. Cry Uncle
  20. Adventures in Slime and Space
  21. Night Game
  22. Venkman's Ghost Repellers
  23. The Old College Spirit
  24. Ain't NASA-Sarily So
  25. Who're You Calling Two-Dimensional?
  26. A Fright at the Opera
  27. Doctor Doctor
  28. Ghost Busted
  29. Beneath These Streets
  30. Boo-Dunit
  31. Chicken, He Clucked
  32. Ragnarok and Roll
  33. Don't Forget the Motor City
  34. Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie?
  35. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost?
  36. Hanging By a Thread
  37. You Can't Take it With You
  38. No One Comes to Lupusville
  39. Drool, the Dog Faced Goblin
  40. The Man Who Never Reached Home
  41. The Collect Call of Cathulhu
  42. Bustman's Holiday
  43. The Headless Motorcyclist
  44. The Thing in Mrs. Faversham's Attic
  45. Egon on the Rampage
  46. Lights! Camera! Haunting!
  47. The Bird of Kildarby
  48. Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster
  49. Apocalypse -- What, NOW?
  50. Lost and Foundry
  51. Hard Knight's Day
  52. Cold Cash and Hot Water
  53. The Scaring of the Green
  54. They Call Me MISTER Slimer
  55. Last Train to Oblivion
  56. Masquerade
  57. Janine's Day Off
  58. The Ghostbusters in Paris
  59. The Devil in the Deep
  60. Ghostfight at the O.K. Corral
  61. Ghostbuster of the Year (NO CARD AVAILABLE)
  62. Deadcon I
  63. The Cabinet of Calamari
  64. A Ghost Grows in Brooklyn
  65. The Revenge of Murray the Mantis
  66. Rollerghoster
  67. I Am the City
  68. Moaning Stones
  69. The Long, Long, Long, Etc. Goodbye
  70. Buster the Ghost
  71. The Devil to Pay
  72. Slimer, Is That You?
  73. Egon's Ghost
  74. Captain Steel Saves the Day
  75. Victor the Happy Ghost (NO CARD AVAILABLE)
  76. Egon's Dragon
  77. Dairy Farm
  78. The Hole in the Wall Gang
  79. Baby Spookums
  80. It's a Jungle Out There
  81. The Bogeyman Is Back
  82. Once Upon a Slime
  83. The Two Faces of Slimer
  84. Sticky Business
  85. Halloween II 1/2
  86. Loathe Thy Neighbor
  87. Big Trouble With Little Slimer
  88. The Copycat
  89. Camping it Up
  90. The Grundel
  91. Transylvanian Homesick Blues
  92. Flip Side
  93. Poultrygeist
  94. The Joke's on Ray
  95. Standing Room Only
  96. Robo-Buster
  97. Short Stuff
  98. Follow That Hearse
  99. The Brooklyn Triangle
  100. Something's Going Around
  101. Three Men and an Egon
  102. Elementary My Dear Winston
  103. If I Were a Witch Man
  104. Partners in Slime
  105. Future Tense
  106. Jailbusters
  107. Live! From Al Capone's Tomb
  108. Trading Faces / Transcendental Tourists
  109. Surely You Joust / Kitty-Cornered
  110. Slimer's Curse / Til Death Do Us Part
  111. It's About Time / The Ransom of Greenspud
  112. Revenge of the Ghostmaster / Loose Screws
  113. Venk-Man! / Slimer Streak
  114. The Halloween Door
  115. Russian About
  116. The Haunting of Heck House
  117. You Can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks
  118. Janine, You've Changed
  119. Mean Green Teen Machine
  120. Spacebusters
  121. Guess What's Coming to Dinner
  122. Very Beast Friends
  123. Ghostworld
  124. Afterlife in the Fast Lane
  125. The Slob (with Deja Boo)
  126. Busters in Toyland
  127. My Left Fang
  128. Stay Tooned
  129. The Magnificent Five
  130. Deja Boo (with The Slob)
  131. The Treasure of Sierra Tamale
  132. Not Now, Slimer!
  133. Attack of the B-Movie Monsters
  134. 20,000 Leagues Under the Street
    Slimer! series
  135. Slimer For Hire / Cruisin' For A Bruisin' / Nothing To Sneeze At
  136. A Mouse In The House / Cash Or Slime / Doctor Dweeb, I Presume
  137. Quickslimer Messenger Service / Pigeon-Cooped / Go-Pher It
  138. Sticky Fingers / Don't Tease The Sleaze
  139. Room At The Top / Tea But Not Sympathy / Special Delivery
  140. Out With Grout / Dr. Strangedog
  141. Slimer's Silly Symphony / Little Green Sliming Hood / Monkey See, Monkey Don't
  142. Beach Blanket Bruiser / Class Clown / Dog Days
  143. The Dirty Half-Dozen / Movie Madness
  144. Show Dog Showdown / The Not-So-Great Outdoors / Unidentified Sliming Object
  145. Up Close And Too Personal / Sweet Revenge
  146. Rainy Day Slimer / Slimer & The Beanstalk / Space Case
  147. Scareface / Mouse In The House