Release Date (scrapbook box set): August 2, 2005
Release Date (individually): March 14, 2006
Release Date (statue box set): October 6, 2009
MSRP (scrapbook box set): $19.94
MSRP (individually): $14.94
MSRP (statue box set): $39.95
Video: 16:9 Widescreen (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0 (language dependent)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
DVD-Rom Content: No (just MP2 jacket files & exe weblinks)
Regional Coding: 1, 3, 4
Video Format: NTSC
Total File Size: 6.77 Gigabytes
Package Type: Slim Keep Case in Slipsleeve Box
SPHE Catalog Number: 05160LIT (05160 box)
This DVD was bundled with Ghostbusters II as part of the "Double Feature Gift Set." Each movie was in it's own clear slim case with artwork, nestled inside an outer slipsleeve box, along with a "movie scrapbook" (a glossy 24-page book with photos, concept art, storyboards, biographies, and making-of information). The original release had the wrong aspect ratio data list on the back of the outer box (the movie was fine). In the second or third printing, this was corrected, as I've seen the corrected box on Wal-Mart shelves ever since.
There have been three significant re-releases. It was released individually on March 14, 2006. In 2008, the "gift set" was repackaged in one double-disc plastic case, sans the "movie scrapbook", under the title "Ghostbusters Collection". I saw it on a Wal-Mart shelf in July 2008 selling for $9.96. On October 6, 2009 it was repackaged yet again as the "Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Limited Edition Gift Set", this time bundled with a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man statue, a set of six trading cards, a small tub of slime, a $25 Sideshow Collectibles gift card, and the complete 2005 Double Feature Gift Set (two DVDs plus movie scrapbook).
Missing Special Features
(from the 1999 DVD release; excluding the video commentary)
- "Tricks & Trivia" subtitle track.
- Theatrical trailer.
- All DVD-ROM content: Screenplay & Filmographies.
- Menu transitions & animation.
- Outer Slipsleeve Box - The back of the box lists the aspect ratio for GB1 as 1.33:1 Full Screen and GB2 as 2.40:1 Widescreen. This is incorrect. As the inner case art shows, GB1 is in 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and GB2 is in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. Interestingly, correct box art was released online a few months before the product was released. Why Sony kept the incorrect box art that they first released, instead of the corrected art that they released later, is unknown to me.
- Outer Slipsleeve Box - The back of the box (as well as all of Sony's marketing materials for the set) says that the films are "together for the first time in this exclusive DVD gift set." This is incorrect. Shortly after both films were released on DVD in 1999, those editions were packaged together in a slipsleeve box brandishing a "Double Feature" gold banner. That box set would be the first time that both films were released together on DVD. Since Sony's text is just casually saying "together for the first time," and not even specifically stating DVD, I could go one further and point to at least one VHS box set of both films released in the mid-1990s. For photos of these other box sets, see the GB1 Home Video page.
- GB1 DVD - On the "Scene Cemetary" menu screen, the option "Burns" should be "Bums." This is the deleted scene with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd as bums strolling through Central Park. This menu option was correctly labelled on the 1999 DVD release.
- GB1 DVD - The deleted scene "Honeymooners" has this horrible reverb/echo effect in the audio throughout the entire scene. This did not exist in the 1999 DVD.
- GB1 DVD - In Special Effects Before & After With Multi-Angle, the chapter 2 mark in "Crossing The Streams" was placed too soon. It's placed before the scene ends, not after it.
- GB1 DVD - 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. It's a shame that no one noticed it and corrected it by now.
- The main menu essentially is the same as the 1999 DVD, but there are no animated cars in the streets. This is also the only menu screen that is animated and has audio. All of the others are still and silent.
- Although the menu is essentially the same, lots of options have been moved, and the menus take you all over the place with no rhyme or reason as to why. Click on "Languages" on the movie theater, and you'll be taken to a menu on the adjacent building. Click on "Spook Central" on the grey building(!), and you'll be taken to a menu on the Shandor Building rooftop.
- Before the movie starts you have to view several non-skippable warning screens. However, there's an easy way around this. Instead of selecting "Play Movie" from any of the menus, just go into "Scene Selections" and select Chapter 1.
- The angled and non-full-screen still images from the 1999 DVD were not corrected for this release.
- In the Audio Commentary, they left in Ivan Reitman's now-dated remarks that "this movie will be a bit hit at the upcoming millennium celebrations" (72:19).
- At 82:12 in the Audio Commentary, Ivan Reitman says, "I think everything above this line is phony." Ivan's remarks now seem odd since his silhouette is no longer there to illustrate what he's talking about.
- Back Cover Group Shot (courtesy of the SPHE Publicity website, preview image)
- Back Cover Stay Puft Shot (courtesy of the SPHE Publicity website, preview image)
- DVD-ROM Jacket Art MP2 Files (this is the only real worthwhile content on the DVD-ROM portion of the disc)
- Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man squishy figure - front & back (photos taken by "Captain Nate")
A few select stores gave away little Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man squishy figures for pre-orders of the box set. They're not antennae toppers as some have erroneously reported.