Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Ghostbusters I & II 30th Anniversary Editions. The original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend). The Blu-ray releases will be available for purchase on September 16th.
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, "Ghostbusters is still one of our studio's most beloved franchises – I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it's a real thrill for me to see that it's still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again."
Following the theatrical release of the film, on September 16, fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition
, as that film makes its Blu-ray debut. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases of the films will also be available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition Gift Set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. This special gift set will only be available for a very limited time, with the collectible Slimer figurine being a true must-have for fans. Both films have been fully restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in high definition on Blu-ray from those 4K sources.
Both the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from Ghostbusters IIand more. The Ghostbusters anniversary edition features the original music video of the Oscar nominated song "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr., while Ghostbusters II includes the original music video for "On Our Own" by Bobby Brown. In addition, Ghostbusters will contain all previously released legacy content, commentary and an interactive Slimer Mode, offering fans a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience.
"To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we wanted to create something new and collectible for fans. These new Ghostbusters Blu-rays will feature the highest quality presentation along with new content that reflects the rich history of this iconic franchise," said Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Today also marks the premiere of the new website, GHOSTBUSTERS.COM, where fans can access new franchise offerings, including collectible merchandise, music, and more. Fans can register for updates, unique video content, as well as Ghostbusters news.
There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine and other select items to help celebrate the occasion. In addition, SPCP partnered with Gallery 1988 to create a once-in a lifetime experience, displaying original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures inspired by the film.
Finally, Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters soundtrack with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.
NEW! Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective - Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 1)
NEW! Poster Art Gallery – Gallery 1988 artwork
NEW! "Ghostbusters" Music Video – Ray Parker, Jr.
Slimer Mode – Picture in Picture and Trivia Track
Commentary w/ Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck
Despite the artwork being rather atrocious I am beyond excited for this. Especially for the GB2 deleted scenes...I really hope it's all of the ones we are aware of (if not more) and not just one or two.
Hopefully I can catch GB1 in the theater this time...I had to miss out a few years ago when it was showing around Halloween.
But yeah...need this now...I don't care if I have GB1 on blu already!
FINALLY, I have the first on Blu-ray, but GB2 never came out, glad to see it's getting a proper transfer, though I wish the digitpack of both came with better artwork or in a non-collector's edition with just the bluray book.
Nice. It was starting to look like the digi-book was going the way of the dodo, but this announcement, along with the Once Upon a Time in America EE proves it's alive and well. It's good that there will now be a version of the 4k GB1 WITH extras. Luckily I haven't bought the bare bones version yet.
Hopefully this comes out eventually as in standard casing and that the words, "limited edition" only mean the gift set version. Bulky box sets and awkward digibooks look weird on my shelves. I need more space for more movies!
On the other hand, they may not put the effort into a standar case so I'll be stuck buying this. The PQ and inclusion of part II alone are worth having a digibook's muck up my shelf. I'll throw out the rest.
I suppose the trailers won't be making a comeback in the legacy content. Other than than this is great, been waiting for part 2 for years. Too bad they didn't do the roundtable discussion before Harold Ramis passed away.
@dellamorte13: Scrap the digibooks and get an empty double BD case. Search around the internet for some Ghostbuster images that you like. Print them in photo mode and insert into the plastic cover on the case. Instant regular case. It's the discs inside that matter after all.
Finally GHOSTBUSTER 2 comes too BR. I will pick one up fo shure. I allready got the GHOSTBUSTERS SB by Zavvi.
You North American's you are lucky that you can this one in a theater. I hope in Holland some theaters will show it in a theater.
This'll be a triple dip on the first film for me, not counting past formats, so, sorry Sony, I might have to wait for a sale too. As much as I love these films, I'm not made of money, and I buy more BDs than I have time to watch already.
Glad to see Sony is finally doing a mastered in 4K release right by not pointlessly excluding extras. This is how the films should have been released in the first place: properly remastered to maximize their potential on the format, both films released at the same time, with a complete assortment of extras, as to not give consumers a reason to hold off. If studio execs would stop sticking their heads next to their wallets, consumers wouldn't be questioning the value and merit of every single catalog re-release.
My first instinct was that I didn't need the gift set and would be happy with just the digibook but then I realized that the gift set would look pretty damn good next to my "The Real Ghostbusters" complete animated series DVD-steelbook set...
Hmmm, the article says it will include all legacy material, but I wonder if that means ALL legacy material :-). The bonus features listed says it includes the comentary on the first movie by the stars, but it does NOT say if it is the MST3K style commentary that was on the original DVD release, or if it is just the audio track that has been on every release since. I don't know what happened to my original DVD release, but have been really disappointed that has not been on any other release. It was also a pretty cool concept, and am surprised that no one else attempted to try it.
@whosaywhat: It's like the chintzy figures in the LOTR Extended Edition sets that almost doubled the price. The figures only have value if you as a fan think they do. In that case it's more than worth it. Otherwise they're expensive paperweights. Not the kind of item you'd include in your will.
It just astounds me how lousy they continue to make artwork for the Ghostbusters films. Why MUST the backgrounds be neon blue or neon green? The original poster art is so incredibly iconic. It's just unconscionable for them to keep pumping these out with cases that make it look like "The Real Ghostbusters" cartoon instead. Give us the classic one-sheet art for once!