Ghostbusters

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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators." When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat William Atherton regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced to eat his words ...
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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators." When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat William Atherton regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced to eat his words when New York is besieged by an army of unfriendly spirits, conjured up by a long-dead Babylonian demon and "channelled" through beautiful cellist Sigourney Weaver and nerdish Rick Moranis. The climax is a glorious sendup of every Godzilla movie ever made-and we daresay it cost more than a year's worth of Japanese monster flicks combined. Who'd ever dream that the chubby, cheery Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man would turn out to be the most malevolent threat ever faced by New York City? When the script for Ghostbusters was forged by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, John Belushi was slated to play the Bill Murray role; Belushi's death in 1982 not only necessitated the hiring of Murray, but also an extensive rewrite. The most expensive comedy made up to 1984, Ghostbusters made money hand over fist, spawning not only a 1989 sequel but also two animated TV series one of them partially based on an earlier live-action TV weekly, titled The Ghost Busters.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; DVD: ; Filmmaker's commentary; Deleted scenes; Making-of-featurettes; Storyboards; ; UMD: ; Full-length movie; Widescreen presentation; DVD picture quality
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Ghostbusters is an exuberant, fully realized blockbuster packed with plenty of choice moments for repeat viewing. The cast is pitch-perfect: Bill Murray's easygoing comic gifts are at their sarcastic best; Rick Moranis is hilariously pathetic; and Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis do a wonderful job as the dorky, science-minded members of the crew. Aykroyd and Ramis also wrote the one-liner-packed script; the wacky, scary subject matter made the film understandably popular with children, but there's also sophisticated humor which can only be appreciated by adults. Providing a blueprint for the many copycat summer hits to come, director Ivan Reitman impressively balances the laughs with action and horror. The special effects have held up well with time, though the soundtrack and its catch-phrase theme song may feel a little dated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • UPC: 043396146389
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: 2-Pack (DVD-UMD)
  • Time: 3:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis Egon Spengler
Ernie Hudson Winston Zeddmore
Rick Moranis Louis Tully/The Key Master
Annie Potts Janine Melnitz
William Atherton Walter Peck
David Margulies Mayor
Steven Tash Student
Slavitza Jovan Gozer
Michael Ensign Hotel Manager
Alice Drummond Librarian
Timothy Carhart Violinist
Jordan Charney Dean Yeager
Joe Cirillo Police Captain
Bill Couch Stunt Coordinator
Larry Dilg Con Edison Man
Patty Dworkin Woman at Party
Paddi Edwards Voice Only
Joe Franklin Himself
Rhoda Gemignani Real Estate Woman
Roger Grimsby Himself
Stanley Grover Reporter
James Hardie Reporter
Carol Henry Reporter
Kymberly Herrin Dream Ghost
Tommy Hollis Mayor's Aide
Casey Kasem Himself
Jean Kasem Tall Woman at Party
Nancy Kelly Reporter
Larry King Himself
Ric Mancini Cop at Apartment
Norman Matlock Fire Commissioner
Winston May Businessman Vendor
Tom McDermott Archbishop
Eda Reiss Merin Louis' Neighbor
Sam Moses Hot Dog Vendor
Frances E. Nealy Chambermaid
Ruth Oliver Library Ghost
Jason Reitman Birthday party kid
John Ring Fire Commissioner
John Rothman Library Administrator
Murray Rubin Man at Elevator
Jennifer Runyon Jennifer
Danny Stone Coachman
Frantz Turner Reporter
Reginald VelJohnson Jail Guard
Christopher Wynkoop TV Reporter
Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director, Producer
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Aykroyd Screenwriter
Richard Beggs Set Decoration/Design
David Blewitt Editor
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
John Bruno Special Effects
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Churchill Camera Operator
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
John De Cuir Production Designer
John F. de Cuir Jr. Art Director
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Peter Giuliano Asst. Director
Michael J. Gross Associate Producer
Sheldon Kahn Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McCormick Production Manager
Joe Medjuck Associate Producer
John J. Moore Art Director
Kevin O'Neal Songwriter
Harold Ramis Screenwriter
Karen Rea Casting
Peter Torokvei Screenwriter
Mark Vargo Special Effects
Herb Wagreitch Cinematographer
John G. Wilson Production Manager
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ghostbusters: DVD
1. Start [2:20]
2. Shock the Nerd [3:55]
3. "Get Her!" [6:34]
4. Terminated [2:32]
5. Fixer-Upper [:58]
6. Spook Central [1:50]
7. Fried Eggs & Zuul [2:17]
8. "Bug-Eyes Thing" [2:09]
9. The 1st Customer [4:35]
10. Checking Out Dana [3:55]
11. "We Got One!" [2:20]
12. "He Slimed Me" [4:14]
13. "Nice Shootin', Tex" [7:00]
14. Welcome Aboard [2:38]
15. E.P.A. Man [3:29]
16. Dogs Drag Dana [1:37]
17. "Who Brought the Dog?" [1:10]
18. Terror on the Tavern [4:08]
19. Peter's Date With Zuul [5:19]
20. Keymaster [6:08]
21. Out of Biz [2:53]
22. Holding Cell [1:06]
23. Keeper Meets Master [2:26]
24. Biblical [1:50]
25. Working the Crowd [6:18]
26. Gozer [5:26]
27. Stay Puft Man [3:05]
28. Crossing Streams [11:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ghostbusters: DVD
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French/Français
      Subtitles: Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles: Chinese
      Subtitles: Korean
      Subtitles: Thai
      Subtitles: Off
      Audio: English
      Audio: French/Français
      Audio: Spanish/Español
   Spook Central
      Commentary With Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck: On
      Commentary With Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck: Off
      Scene Cemetery
         Play All
         Stake
         Dana
         Honeymooners
         Winston
         Burns
         Busy
         Promotion
         E.P.A.
         Puft Hat
         "No Louis"
      Featurettes
         1984 Featurette
         Cast and Crew Featurette
      Special Effects
         SFX/Team Featurette
         Special Effects Before & After With Multi-Angle
            Spook Central Exploding
            She's a Dog
            Crossing the Streams
         Production Photos
            Ghoulish Librarian
            Lovely Floating Ghost
            Production Team
            Slimer
            Spook Central
            Stay Puft Man
            Terror Dogs
         Conceptual Drawings
            Colorful Early NYC Concepts
            Colorful Ecto-Mobile Interior
            Early Stay Puft Man Concepts
            Light Stream Chalk Drawing
            Pencil and Chalk Creature Concepts
            Pencil and Librarian Ghoul Concepts
            Pencil Terror Dog Concepts
            SFX Conceptual Paintings
            Early Logo Concepts
      Conceptual Drawings
         Colorful Early NYC Concepts
         Colorful Ecto-Mobile Interior
         Early Stay Puft Man Concepts
         Light Stream Chalk Drawing
         Pencil and Chalk Creature Concepts
         Pencil and Librarian Ghoul Concepts
         Pencil Terror Dog Concepts
         SFX Conceptual Paintings
         Early Logo Concepts
      Storyboards
         Ghost Gallery
            Bums in Park
            Dogs Drag Dana
            Slimer Pigs Out
            Haunted Stacks
            Boys in Library
            Louis Meets Dog
            Mink Coat
            Louis Meets Muggers
            Proton Charging
            Atop Spook Central
            Cheeky Ghost
            Slimer
         Split Scene Compare
            Slimer
            Dogs Drag Dana
            Atop Spook Central
Disc #2 -- Ghostbusters: UMD
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The story begins again.

    The classic hunters of the paranormal are now back and better than ever. Not only is both movies being released on Bluray, but it allows those who will play the game (takes place 2 years after the events of Ghostbusters 2) a better understanding of the story and importantly the characters.

    The movie itself was a special effects wonder, and now with current tech, I'm sure the effects and sound will blow the ghost out of your entertainment room. I can't wait.

    Answer for the question: Gozer brings forth a destroyer of the city. But Ray Stanz gives the destroyer the image of the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    very important question!

    does gozer become the marshmallow man or does she just create him?

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