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Ghostbusters 1 & 2
(4K UHD & Blu-Ray)


Release Date: June 11, 2019
MSRP: $65.99
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 (both movies, letterboxed to 16:9 widescreen), 1.78:1 (some special features, 16:9 widescreen), 1.33:1 (some special features,
4:3 full screen/letterbox).
Video Resolution: 2160p Ultra High Definition
(4K discs), 1080p High Definition (Blu-ray discs), 480p Standard Definition (some special features).
Discs: 5
Regional Coding: A, B, C
Video Format: NTSC
Package Type: Steelbook
SPHE Catalog Number: 55732
SteelBook Catalog Number: 11359435

This is a five-disc set, with two 4K UHD discs and 3 standard Blu-ray discs. I, Paul Rudoff, receive two mentions in the set. The first is at the end of the new Ghostbusters Fan Commentary track, and the second is a "special thanks" credit at the end of the Nobel Prize Aspirations deleted scene, which I provided.

Unbeknownst to most, only a limited number of units were produced. Once retailers sold out of their inventory, there would be no more available. I noticed this a mere two months after the set was first released. So, I asked my source at Sony about it, and this is what he had to say: "This was a limited edition, so as the units sell out, that will be reflected at retail. It's possible that units may shift from retailer to retailer as they sell through." Prices for this set have already skyrocketed on Amazon Marketplace.

Complete Set Breakdown

Disc 1 - Ghostbusters (4K UHD)
  • Movie (1:45:02)
    Languages: English (Dolby Atmos), English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), Czech (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), Hungarian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Polish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish Castilian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish Latin American (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1).
    Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Swedish, Thai.
  • Audio Commentary with director Ivan Reitman, actor/writer Harold Ramis, and producer Joe Medjuck (1999).
  • Moments - Montages featuring several segments from the film:
    Something Strange (9:28)
    Ghostbusting (7:59)
    Ecto-1 (6:57)
    Memorable Moments (14:56)
  • Cast & Crew - Several still images of the filmmakers and actors.
Disc 2 - Ghostbusters II (4K UHD)
  • Movie (1:48:19)
    Languages: English (Dolby Atmos), English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 2.0), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish Castilian (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish Latin American (Dolby Digital 2.0).
    Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish.
  • Moments - Montages featuring several segments from the film:
    Ghostbusting (8:06)
    Memorable Moments (6:24)
    Vigo the Carpathian (8:52)
    The Slime (7:22)
  • Cast & Crew - Several still images of the filmmakers and actors. (same as on Disc 1)
Disc 3 - Ghostbusters (Blu-Ray)
  • Movie (1:45:02) - Uses the same transfer as the 2014 Blu-ray, though the original stereo audio has been added.
    Languages: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Surround).
    Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai.
    (All English subtitles: #1 - English, #2 - English SDH, #11 - Fan Commentary, #15 - Filmmaker Commentary)
  • Audio Commentary with fans Troy Benjamin, Chris Stewart, Ashley Victoria Robinson, and Sean Bishop; moderated by Eric Reich (2019).
  • Audio Commentary with director Ivan Reitman, actor/writer Harold Ramis, and producer Joe Medjuck (1999).
  • Slimer Mode - Picture-in-Picture and pop-up trivia track.
  • Tricks & Trivia - Subtitled text trivia track. (Reworked into Blu-ray subtitles from the 1999 DVD)
Disc 4 - Ghostbusters II (Blu-Ray)
  • Movie (1:48:19) - Uses the same transfer as the 2014 Blu-ray, though the original stereo audio has been added.
    Languages: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Surround), Japanese (Dolby Surround), Portuguese (Mono), Spanish (Dolby Surround).
    Subtitles: English, English SDH, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish.
    (All English subtitles: #1 - English, #2 - English SDH, #20 - Filmmaker Commentary)
  • Audio Commentary with director Ivan Reitman, actor/writer Dan Aykroyd, and producer Joe Medjuck (2019).
Disc 5 - Special Features (Blu-Ray)

The disc is broken up into three sections. Nearly everything has subtitles in these languages: English SDH, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish. The exceptions are the trailers (which are missing English) and the music videos (which have none).

GHOSTBUSTERS
  • Scene Cemetery - Deleted scenes, the first seven are new ones (in 16:9 widescreen, 1920x1080 HD), the last 10 are from the 1999 DVD and are presented in their original 4:3 letterbox 720x480 SD format (which will be windowboxed when viewed on a HDTV). Runtimes listed are for the Play All versions, which don't have the extra legal text screen at the end.
    Ecto-1 Parking Ticket (0:21) - The supernatural abilities of the Ectomobile reveal themselves when it burns up a parking ticket a policeman placed on its windshield.
    Pulling Up To Fort Detmerring (0:42) - Ray and Winston arrive at Fort Detmerring in the Ecto-1. (This scene is incomplete; see Notes section below.)
    The Fort Detmerring Ghost (1:37) - Inside the fort, Ray falls asleep in a display, only to awaken to an erotic encounter with a dreamy ghost.
    Louis Encounters Woman (0:33) - Possessed Louis may have found the Gatekeeper in the form of a prostitute on the New York City streets.
    Louis Encounters Muggers (0:24) - While in Central Park, possessed Louis comes across some muggers in a tunnel. (This scene is incomplete; see Notes section below.)
    Central Park Bums Raw Takes (5:05) - Raw takes from this deleted scene.
    Nobel Prize Aspirations (0:31) - While going back to their lab on the university campus, the guys discuss the possibility of winning a Nobel Prize for their work.
    Stake (0:57) - Dean Yeager and the Ghostbusters have a longer talk.
    Dana (0:40) - Peter talks to Dana in her apartment.
    Honeymooners (1:11) - The Honeymooners in the Sedgewick Hotel.
    Winston (0:48) - Janine fields some phone calls while Winston fills out a job application.
    Bums (0:42) - Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd as two street bums strolling through Central Park as Louis runs past them.
    Busy (1:23) - Peter and Ray converse with the Mayor on the City Hall Loading Dock while Janine gives Egon her lucky coin.
    Promotion (0:31) - Outside the Shandor Building, Winston shares his doubts about facing Gozer.
    E.P.A. (0:16) - Walter Peck speaks to a cop outside the Shandor Building.
    Puft Hat (0:26) - The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man's hat falls to the ground.
    No Louis! (0:40) - Louis asks Dana if they did it.
  • Ghostbusters TV Commercial (0:27) - The complete in-movie commerical. This was originally exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
  • Ghostbusters TV Commercial Outtakes (5:01) - Outtakes from the commercial shoot.
  • 1984 ShoWest Exhibitor Reel (12:11) - Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd pitch an early reel of footage to theatrical exhibitors.
  • A Moment With the Stars - Original EPK Featurette (15:11) - Selected soundbytes excerpted from the Electronic Press Kit
  • 1984 Featurette (9:32) - Vintage 1984 interviews with the cast and crew.
  • Cast and Crew Featurette (10:52) - 1999 interviews with Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd talking about the origins of Ghostbusters, how it changed their lives and careers, and how their kids like it.
  • SFX Team Featurette (15:21) - 1999 interviews with more than a dozen of the original visual effects team. Includes original production photos and conceptual art.
  • Alternate TV Version Takes (1:30)
    1. What A Knockabout of Pure Fun That Was! (02a)
    2. Oh No! (04a)
    3. Removal of Egon's "Oh Shit" (06a)
    4. I Have Seen Stuff That Will Turn You White! (08a)
    5. I'll Sue Your Funny Face (03a)
    6. Wally Wick (07a)
    (the last two are shown out of order; the numbers in parenthesis refer to the video playlist numbers on the Deleted Scenes page)
  • Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective (24:04) - A 2014 interview with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, hosted by Geoff Boucher. This is Part 1, with Part 2 being in the Ghostbusters II section).
  • Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car (15:37) - This 2009 featurette looks at the restoration of the vehicle.
  • Multi-Angle Explorations (5:22) - Using the Angles feature, the viewer can toggle back and forth between the rough cut and the final cut of the film to see three scenes before and after the final visual effects were added.
    Spook Central Exploding (2:37)
    She's A Dog (1:48)
    Crossing The Streams (1:11)
  • Storyboard Comparisons (5:37) - Watch a split-screen side-by-side comparison of three scenes in the film next to their animated original storyboards.
    Slimer (2:01)
    Dogs Drag Dana (1:57)
    Atop Spook Central (1:52)
  • Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" Music Video (4:18)
  • Photo Galleries - Most are stills you have to frame advance manually, though the Ecto-1 is a video gallery.
    Gallery 1988 Fan Art Poster Gallery (31 images; 16 unique pieces of art) (Spanish menu text)
    Storyboards (361 images total) (no script text underneath)
    Production Photos (288 images total)
    Design Concepts (230 images total)
    Ghostbusters Garage: Ecto-1 Restoration Photo Gallery (5:27)
  • Theatrical Trailers - All are in widescreen, with all of the original end cards ("coming soon", etc.):
    Teaser Trailer (1:28)
    International Teaser Trailer (1:04)
    Theatrical Trailer (2:15)
    30th Anniversary Theatrical Trailer (1:32)
GHOSTBUSTERS II
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show: Cast of Ghostbusters II - June 1989 (43:17) - The entire main cast chat with Oprah Winfrey on what it was like to make the film and be a part of the Ghostbusters franchise. (This show has two portions edited from it; see Notes section below.)
  • Ghostbusters II Theatrical EPK (41:37) - Contains segments 3 through 9 of the EPK. As the chapters are randomly placed, here is where each segment starts:
    00:00 - 3. Featurette (NO TITLE CARD)
    06:30 - 4. Four Guys Profile
    09:56 - 5. Ivan Reitman Profile
    12:45 - 6. Sigourney Weaver Profile
    15:28 - 7. Annie and Rick Profile
    18:49 - 8. Selected Soundbytes
    36:17 - 9. Selected B-Roll
  • Scene Cemetery (7:24) - Deleted scenes, all in HD:
    Dana's Curse (0:48) - After discovering the hotspot in the road, Dana and Peter talk about the possibility of her being cursed and predisposed to supernatural phenomena.
    El Gato, The Cat (0:55) - Dana chats with Peter in the courtroom before the trial. [contains one alternate take at the very start]
    Sewer Invitation (1:26) - Ray, Egon, and Winston turn up at Peter's apartment to ask him to go down the sewers with them.
    Louis' Secret (1:19) - Louis tries to zap Slimer in the firehouse lobby, and nearly fries Janine in the process.
    Peter's Concern (0:53) - Peter and Ray talk to the mayor outside the museum. This is the original "tenth level of Hell" dialog spot.
    Jack Buys It (1:40) - The Mayor's aide, Jack Hardemeyer, decides to remove the slime shell himself...which doesn't end well for him.
    Driving Miss Liberty (1:13) - The guys argue in Lady Liberty's crown about the best route to take to the museum.
    (If put in the order they would have appeared in the film, according to the script, "Sewer Invitation" and "Louis' Secret" would be switched. Also, the beginning and end of "Jack Buys It" should be edited around "Peter's Concern".)
  • Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond (16:16) - A 2014 interview with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, hosted by Geoff Boucher. This is Part 2, with Part 1 being in the Ghostbusters section).
  • Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" Music Video (4:35)
  • Theatrical Trailers - All are in widescreen, with all of the original end cards ("coming soon", etc.):
    Theatrical Teaser Trailer (1:07)
    Theatrical Trailer (2:26)
    International Theatrical Trailer (2:32) (this was "Trailer #2" on the 2014 Blu-ray)
    Unfinished Teaser Trailer (1:46) - Contains the full in-movie commercial.
THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS
Incomplete Special Features
The following is a list of special features that are incomplete or edited. More details can be found in this Spook Central article.
  • Ghostbusters II Electronic Press Kit
  • Ghostbusters II Oprah Winfrey Show Episode
  • Ghostbusters Fort Detmerring Deleted Scene
  • Ghostbusters Louis Encounters Muggers Deleted Scene
  • Ghostbusters ShoWest Exhibitor Reel

Missing Special Features
The following is a list of items that have appeared on previous home video releases that are not included in this release. This list does not include items partially missing from this release, such as portions of the deleted scenes or the beginning and ending of the GB2 EPK. This list does include items that need to be redone, such as the oil painting filter image galleries taken from the 2005 DVD instead of the 1999 DVD. Of course, this list won't include items that have never been released to the general public at all, such as the GB1 1999 DVD Press Kit VHS. Also, this is all just on-disc content. I'm not including any packaging bonuses like the liner notes from the 1999 Ghostbusters 1 and 2 DVDs, the Scrapbook from the 2005 DVD set, or the Digibook from the 2014 set.

Due to technical limitations, and outdated technology, the video commentary from 1999 DVD and the PlayStation 3 theme from the GB1 2009 Blu-Ray will never appear on any other releases. The video commentary is no great loss as the silhouettes hardly moved, and the PS3 theme can be downloaded from the 2009 Blu-ray page here on Spook Central.
  • Criterion Collection Laserdisc: Split-Screen Effects Comparison - Library Ghost.
  • Criterion Collection Laserdisc: Split-Screen Effects Comparison - Ballroom.
  • Criterion Collection Laserdisc: Ruth Oliver's Library Ghost Scream Test.
  • Criterion Collection Laserdisc: Hundreds Of Still Photos/Drawings/Storyboards/Text.
  • Criterion Collection Laserdisc/GB1 1999 DVD: Screenplay Text (was on-screen on LD, on DVD-ROM on DVD).
  • GB1 1999 DVD: All unaltered image galleries: Production Photos (288 images total), Conceptual Drawings (230 images total), Storyboards (361 images total). Storyboards originally had script text underneath.
  • GB2 1999 DVD: Talent & Filmographies. These are brief biographies and filmographies of the film's main cast with photos alongside.
  • GB1 2009 Blu-Ray: Making of Ghostbusters: The Video Game featurette.
  • GB1 2009 Blu-Ray: Ghostbusters: The Video Game "Atari Live/When Disaster Strikes" Trailer.
  • Big Daddy DVD: GB1/GB2 15th Anniversary Video/DVD Trailer. (This is the Adam Sandler movie from 1999.)
  • Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book VHS: The Original Extreme Ghostbusters opening title sequence. (This was among the trailers at the start of the original VHS release of this movie in 1997. Ideally, this will be ported over to an EGB: Complete Series DVD release - if Sony ever gives us one.)
  • The Mask of Zorro 1999 Bonus Disc DVD (Spanish Region): Ivan Reitman CTHV DVD Hype Video (1999). (Lee Taylor says that this video is from a bonus disc which came with The Mask of Zorro when it was first released back in 1999. Looking at the burnt-in Spanish subtitles, it probably was released only in Mexico, Spain, or some other Spanish-speaking region.)

Notes
  • The main menu background image appears to be the same as the 2014 Blu-ray, but there is one subtle difference. A photo of the four guys is reflected in the car windows, whereas it was just the three guys in the previous release.
  • At the end of the Ghostbusters TV Commercial Outtakes, the last 5-10 seconds is a couple of jumped still frames with no audio. I have no idea why it's like that, or why Sony didn't just cut that part out and add a fade to black there. Do rest assured that if you see that, your disc is fine.
  • The before and after special effects multi-angle comparison item named "Spook Central Exploding" should have been named "Firehouse Exploding". This error carries over from the original 1999 DVD, and was present on all home video releases since. It's a shame that no one corrected it by now. It's been 20 years for cryin' out loud!
  • The still images that originally appeared on the 1999 DVD that re-appear here were sourced from the 2005 DVD, where a horrible Oil Painting filter was put on them. As such, they are the ruined versions. This is also putting aside the fact that they are presented in the same manner as they originally were, which means tilted and framed with low resolution.

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