Blu-ray Review: Ghostbusters
By John Corrado
A remake of the iconic 1984 classic, Ghostbusters opened this summer and was overshadowed by a sea of hype and often ugly backlash, and now it arrives on Blu-ray where it deserves to find an even bigger audience. This reboot of the franchise finds Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) assembling to stop a supernatural threat from taking over New York.
As a fan of the original, I actually really enjoyed this version of Ghostbusters when I went to see it in theatres, and I hope more skeptics will check it out on Blu-ray and be pleasantly surprised like I was. It’s simply a lot of fun, and the cast all does a great job filling out their roles, with Kate McKinnon stealing every scene she’s in. For more on the film itself, my full review can be found right here.
Along with both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film, the Blu-ray also includes two commentary tracks, the first with director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold and the second a more technical one with some of the people who worked on the film behind the scenes, as well as two gag reels, four deleted scenes, and a bunch of extended and alternate scenes.
There’s also Jokes A Plenty, which assembles over half an hour of different line readings, and five featurettes entitled Meet the Team, The Ghosts of Ghostbusters, Visual Effects: 30 Years Later, Slime Time and Chris Hemsworth is Kevin, which all offer highly enjoyable looks at different aspects of the production. All around, it’s a solid set of bonuses.
Ghostbusters is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release. The theatrical cut is 116 minutes, and the extended edition is 134 minutes, both are rated PG.