Release Date: September 16, 2014
MSRP: $19.99 [ind], $26.99 [set], $149.99 [dlx set]
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio), 1080p High Definition, MPEG-4 AVC [some special features in 4:3 Full Screen/Letterbox, Standard Definition]
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 (language dependent)
Languages: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese Simplified & Traditional, French, Indonesian/Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Regional Coding: A, B, C
Video Format: NTSC
Total File Size: 42.6 Gigabytes
Package Type: Keep Case [ind], Digibook [set]
SPHE Catalog Number: 44296 [ind], 44295 [set]
There are three distinct releases of this Blu-ray. There's an individual release of each film, a double feature set containing both films packaged inside a 27-page book (called a "Digibook"), and then there's a deluxe double feature set containing the two-film Digibook bundled with a Slimer statue. For the first print run (at least), the individual releases each had an embossed glossy slipsleeve. A pre-printed "Personal Note From Ivan Reitman" was included with all releases; at least for the first print run.
- Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective - interview with Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, hosted by Geoff Boucher (Part 1)
- Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" Music Video
- Alternate TV Version Takes:
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)
- Gallery 1988 Fan Art Poster Gallery (31 images; 16 unique pieces of art)
- Fake Theatrical Trailer
They used the trailer audio and replaced the video with footage from the movie. Since Peter's "I'm the chairman of the largest paranormal removal company in America" line was from a deleted scene, Sony had to substitute other footage for it, which is the most telling giveaway that this is fake. Sony also flipped the "Dana looking at camera" shot; and after "Smoking!", an unused(?) crowd shot is replaced with a different crowd shot and a Gozer close-up. That the look of the trailer matches the "remastered" movie is the other big giveaway that this is fake. A comparison video can be found on the Spook Central Facebook page. The original can be found in its most complete and proper form on the Criterion Collection laserdisc, but can also be found without the "coming soon to a theatre near you" end card on the GB2 1999 DVD (letterbox) and the GB1 1999 DVD (fullscreen).
- Most of the Special Features from the 2009 Blu-Ray (see below for what's missing)
- Most of the Special Features from the 1999 DVD (see below for what's missing)
- The Story of Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Book (double feature sets only)
Missing Special Features
(excludes Criterion Collection laserdisc special features, and video commentary from 1999 DVD)
- 2009 Blu-Ray: PlayStation 3 Ghostbusters Theme (can be downloaded from the 2009 Blu-ray page)
- 2009 Blu-Ray: Making of Ghostbusters: The Video Game featurette
- 2009 Blu-Ray: Ghostbusters: The Video Game "Atari Live/When Disaster Strikes" Trailer
- 1999 DVD: "Tricks & Trivia" subtitle track.
- 1999 DVD: All image galleries: Production Photos (288 images total), Conceptual Drawings (230 images total), Storyboards (361 images total).
- 1999 DVD: The original unaltered Ghostbusters theatrical trailer. (also on the GB2 1999 DVD)
- 1999 DVD: Screenplay text (was on DVD-ROM).
- 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 the 2005 DVD, the 2009 Blu-ray, and now this 2014 Blu-ray. It's a shame that no one noticed it and corrected it by now.
- At 42:35 Ray says, "welcome aboard", and his voice warbles on the word "aboard". I thought this was a defect new to this release, but it's actually a defect in the film, as it's also heard in the 1999 DVD. For some reason, it's just more noticible in this Blu-ray release.
Gallery 1988 Gallery - Titles & Artists
The gallery included on the Blu-ray leaves out the name of the art pieces and the artists who created them. That information was provided on Ghostbusters30th.com, and is being included below so that it's still available after that site is taken down (at the time of the Blu-ray release, two pieces were already removed from the site) . Although I consider these works to be fan art, they are officially licensed. On that website, they are referred to as The Official Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Commemorative Print Collection.
- "Ghostbusters Commemorative Show Poster" by Mike Mitchell
- "They're Here To Save World" by Joshua Budich
- "Metroplasm" by Anthony Petrie
- "Ecto-1" by DKNG
- "Confectionary Kaiju" by Tom Whalen
- "Slimer" by Lora Zombie
- "Stay Puft" by Lora Zombie
- "The Flowers Are Still Standing" by Mark Englert
- "Are You A God?" by Dan Mumford
- "Spooks, Spectres, and Ghosts" by Phantom City Creative
- "We're Ready To Believe You" by Dave Perillo
- "OK...Who Brought The Dog?" by Godmachine
- "Gozer" by Tara McPherson
- "Keymaster" by Rich Kelly
- "Ghostbusted" by Anthony Petrie
- "Ghostbustland" by Scott C.