Ghostbusters (Blu-ray)
SRP $28.95 2.40:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

Some comedies hold up well over time and others don't. "GHOSTBUSTERS" is one of the few, that's no less hilarious 25 years following its theatrical debut.  Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are perfect as the trio of University scientists exploring the paranormal.  Unfortunately, the Academic world doesn't feel the benefit of their knowledge, so when Dr. Venkman(Murray)is fired, he gets the others to join him in creating the "GHOSTBUSTERS" agency, a business to help clients with paranormal inconveniences.  Worrying as to whether or not their venture will succeed, things change dramatically when a beautiful woman(Sigourney Weaver)hires them on to help with the strange activity found in her apartment. Upon investigation, the gang find a supernatural super-demon has made her refrigerator the portal to a dimension of demonic/ghostly things, and New York city begins to suffer a plague of supernatural phenomenon of biblical proportions. It's up to the "Ghostbusters" to literally save the world.

All three Ghostbuster stars are perfect in their roles. And, Weaver, along with Ernie Hudson, a soon-to-be-hired on addition to the team, and Rick Moranis, provide moments that are unforgettable.  More startling is the capable direction by Ivan Reitman, someone typically used to making any film boring! However, here, he skillfully handles the differences between restraint and hands-on style, perfectly.

The plot can be easily dismissed, but "GHOSTBUSTERS" works best as a character driven comedy. It's a great atmosphere from beginning-to-end, and everything about its atmosphere is pure fun. The score, as well as the montage sequence with music by Lionel Ritchie, holds up perfectly and lends to the light, fun atmosphere that's likely to win over any audience. While the sequel sucked, the original "GHOSTBUSTERS" should not be missed!

SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  Those expecting a bright, vibrant transfer will be disappointed. Colors tend to be subdued, and there's enough grain present to annoy some viewers. However, detail is generally impressive, and while there are scenes that fall flat, there are equally as many that offer the kind of jump-off-the-screen depth one hopes for with this format. Contrast varies from sequence to sequence, sometimes offering inky blacks, and other times, coming across as average. But, the overall image retains a film-like quality and offers the best-looking presentation short of theaters.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  It's not an aggressive mix, however, after its front-focused opening half-hour, surrounds suddenly kick into high gear, enhancing the great score and occasionally immersing the viewer into the array of effects taking place. It's a fun mix, and although it can't compete with more modern mixes, the dynamic range of this lossy mix is notably more impressive than previous dvd incarnations.

A commentary track with Reitman, Ramis and a producer, provides a lot of info, but is typically less interesting than reading a dictionary.  Some may take enjoyment from the "cine-chat" option, available through BD-LIVE 2.0 option, allowing for film fans to type/chat onscreen with one another while watching the film simultaneously.

"Slimer Mode" allows for the film to be viewed with 1080i Picture-in-Picture videos, trivia, and much more! Plenty of featurettes, along with ten deleted scenes, are also offered, but only in 480p.