Ghostbusters 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 240, June 2019

WSR Score4.5
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"Ghostbusters" follows a crew of four freelancers who de-haunt houses in their new ghost removal service. As soon as they open their doors, their first order of business becomes saving beautiful cellist Dana Barrett (Weaver) and nerdy Louis Tully (Moranis), who've inadvertently opened the gates of hell...right in heir own apartment building! (Gary Reber)

Special features include fan commentary featuring Troy Benjamin, Chris Stewart, Ashley Victoria Robinson and Sean Bishop moderated by Ghost Corps' Eric Reich; a Slimer Mode: Picture-In-Picture mode; 16 rare and newly unearthed deleted scenes (SD 16:42); the 1984 ShoWest Exhibitor Reel (SD 12:11); the featurettes: "1984" (SD 09:32), the original EPK "A Moment With The Stars" (HD 15:11), "SFX Team" (SD 15:21), "Cast And Crew" (SD10:52), "Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective" (HD 24:04), "ECTO-1: Resurrecting The Classic Car" (SD 15:37), "Multi-Angle Explorations" (SD 05:22) and "Storyboard Comparisons" (SD 05:37); the full Ghostbusters TV commercial (SD 0:27), Ghostbusters TV commercial outtakes (SD 05:01), alternative TV version takes (SD 01:30); the "Ghostbusters" music video by Ray Parker, Jr. (SD 04:18); Tricks & Trivia (HD 01:45:08); the original domestic teaser trailer; original stereo audio for the feature (Blu-ray only); photo galleries; upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Eastman film stock with Panavision cameras in anamorphic Panavision® and sourced from a 4K remastered Digital Intermediate format from the original camera negative. This new remastered edition of "Ghostbusters" far surpasses the picture quality of all previously released editions on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, delivering dramatically improved sharpness and detail as well as color fidelity. Film grain is minute and never objectionable. This is a wonderfully comic picture that looks great. Color fidelity is excellent with accurate fleshtones, hues that are vividly rendered with strong primaries that pop, and blobs of pastel ghosts and their swirling psychedelic trails. The imagery is also bright with eye-catching intensity. Contrast is excellent, as blacks are deep with revealing shadows and bright accents. Resolution is terrific with textures nicely defined, as well as costumes and Ghostbuster equipment. such as air cannons and their classic ECTO-1 ambulance. Facial features also are nicely defined and resolved. Visual effects, while comedic, such as laser projections, the 150-foot tall Stay Puft marshmallow man, explosions and creatures, all appear remarkably resolved. While there are no particularly great WOW! segments to point to, the visuals throughout are engaging and fun to experience, and this new remastered version will thrill fans. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack has been repurposed from the original sound elements. The sonics are terrific, especially Elmer Bernstein's music score and the sound effects associated with ghosts and their destructive behavior. The music is effectively enveloping and extends wide and deep across the soundstage and the surrounds. Deep bass is at times intense, especially during the last act of destruction and the slow, deliberate stepping of Mr. Stay Puft under thunderous skies. Atmospherics nicely accommodate the antics as well as sound effects. Dialogue throughout is intelligible with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is primarily comprised of Bernstein's music score, an under-layer of constant atmospherics with muted dialogue throughout, noises and whizzing sounds, demon dog growls and snarls, elevator noises, laser cannon blasts, ghost noises, a light-fixture crash, explosions, street atmospherics, a lightening strike, restaurant chatter, sirens and loud blasts through the building, a car crashing into a tree, thunder, street crowd yells, street and building concrete breakup sounds, a loud demon woman's voice, building destruction mayhem, the footsteps of Mr. Stay Puft marshmallow man, a powerful building explosion and other minor sound effects, all of which create a good sense of spherical dimensionality.

This is a fun holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that will thrill fans. (Gary Reber)