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Jason Reitman-Directed Ghostbusters 2020 Film Announcement & Teaser

 By Paul Rudoff on Jan. 16, 2019 at 7:34 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 3

What a way to start off the new year. Yesterday, it was announced that a new live-action Ghostbusters film was in the works, and today we got a teaser trailer for it. What's this all about? Read on to find out...

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Ghostbusters Reference Review - Do Over: Halloween Kiss

 By Paul Rudoff on Dec. 22, 2018 at 3:50 PM , Categories: References

Most Ghostbusters references are short bits that can best be encapsulated with a small video clip, as evidenced by Spook Central's collection of Ghostbusters reference videos on Critical Commons. However, sometimes there's a reference for which a small clip won't do it justice. It is for these types of references that I have this reoccurring feature here at Spook Central, the Ghostbusters Reference Review.

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18 Years Ago Today...Buying The Real Ghostbusters Soundtrack Cassette

 By Paul Rudoff on Dec. 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Personal, Reviews & Merch

Those of you who know me, know that I'm a bit of a hoarder; especially digitally, where I have almost a Terabyte of stuff going back over 20 years. A lot of it is personal stuff, like AOL Instant Messenger chat transcripts with my friends, multimedia of all sorts, and saved message board posts. It's that latter category which is the reason for this post today.

I was digging through my files and came across this old Ghostbusters Central Message Board post that I wrote 18 years ago today. It recalls the time I bought a second copy of The Real Ghostbusters soundtrack album, and got more than I expected!

Topic: RGB Soundtrack, I'm So Happy
Author: spookcentral
Posted: 12-12-2000 04:11 PM (Ghostbusters Central Message Board)

Greetings All

I hope you don't mind if I share my little tale with all of you. I'm so happy that I just have to share this with someone.

A month or so ago I noticed that MediaPlay.com had an RGB soundtrack cassette tape for sale (you'll notice that it's no longer available - I bought the only one they had). I put the URL aside so that I could buy it at a later date. Since I already have one, my intention was to buy all they they have, presumably a dozen or so, and resell them on my site for a higher price (so I could make a profit).

Well, this past Friday I fired up the web browser, went to their site, and placed an order for 8 of them (the most I could afford at that time). I got a message back telling me that they didn't have 8 in stock, they only had 1. So, I ordered the 1 cassette for $6.63, plus $4.99 for Priority Mail shipping (they had a cheaper shipping rate, but I don't want to wait 4-6 weeks for my package).

I figured that I'd keep the cassette as a spare, in case the one I have gets worn out (even though I've already burned a copy to CD). Quicker then Santa Claus, the package arrived today (4 days later - including weekend!) I didn't think that it was my cassette because the package was a bit large (like letter size).

When I opened it up and saw what was inside, I was nearly in tears. Instead of receiving the standard cassette, like the one I bought almost 10 years ago (via special order from my local record store - which isn't in business anymore), I received the one designed for the kiddie market, which is the same one Doreen (from the GBFF) bought many years ago. The kicker is that it is STILL FACTORY SEALED!!! As you can see in the scans below, it not only includes the cassette and the cardboard cover art/liner notes, but also a little storybook with stickers inside.

This is clearly worth a lot more than the $6.63 that I paid for it. I'm pretty sure that this album is harder to find than most RGB toys, and you know how much they're worth factory-sealed. I'm guessing that this is probably worth 10 times the amount I paid for it. As much as I'd like to open it to fully view the liner notes and book & stickers, I'm gonna keep it sealed.

I am absolutely ecstatic over this. I just can't believe what I bought!
Yours Truly,
Paul Rudoff
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IDW Ghostbusters: Answer The Call Trade Paperback Book Review

 By Paul Rudoff on Nov. 14, 2018 at 11:22 PM , Categories: Books

It's been almost a year since I reviewed the last IDW trade paperback, Ghostbusters 101. It was our first look as how the female Ghostbusters from the 2016 film would fare in the hands of a more capable writer. You know, someone who wasn't Paul Feig. The ladies returned in their own spin-off series of five issues, which IDW has collected in the Ghostbusters: Answer The Call trade paperback that was released this past June. Yes, it's taken me five months to finally write this review. That's quick compared to other things on my To Do list. So, how well are the ladies handled this time? Read on to find out...

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Spook Central Halloween Treat - The Real Ghostbusters Call Sheets & Notable Guest Stars

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Real Ghostbusters , Tags:
Halloween Treats

This year's Halloween Treat is something really special, and it's something that a lot of us fans have been waiting over 30 years for. Exclusively on Spook Central, you can now find the call sheets from The Real Ghostbusters recording sessions. They have been given to Spook Central by James Eatock, who got them as a gift from voice director Marsha Goodman when he interviewed her back in 2008 for the TimeLife DVD set. For the past 10 years, he's kept them locked away in his secret vault with his stash of Ecto Coolers and rare He-Man condoms ("He held aloft his mighty sword and said, 'I have the power!'").

Thanks to these call sheets, we now know that the first episode recorded was "Ghosts R Us" (on May 6, 1986) and the last was "Attack of The B-Movie Monsters" (on May 6, 1991). We also now know when Dave Coulier and Kath Soucie redubbed Peter and Janine's voices in those alternate episodes: September 27, 1987; January 27-29, 1988; and February 1, 1988. It's surprisingly to find out that Maurice LaMarche voiced Peter in "The Grundel" and filled in for Arsenio Hall as Winston in three episodes: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ghost?", "Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster", and "The Ghostbusters in Paris".

What's more surprising is how many well-known actors have appeared in the series. Since the early seasons only credited the main cast, and the later seasons mass-credited the guest stars, we never truly knew who graced the series with their presence. Now it can be told! If this were a Buzzfeed listicle, it would be called, OVER 50 ACTORS YOU NEVER KNEW WERE IN THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS.

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