Ghostbusters DVD Reviewed By Jarred Tito

The Premise
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

The Review
It's been a long time since Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, William Atherton and Annie Potts graced the big silver screen with the big silver ghost with the big red slash across the front. In fact, it's been 32 years since the Phantom hunting four, AKA, 'The Ghostbusters' were let loose in New York City to rid the Streets of the giant Michelin Man.

So now, 32 years later, what can we expect from the Ghostbusters today? As far as I know Dan Akroyd has been chomping at the bit to get a remake of the Dynamic 4 for near on 20 years but has not been able to because of Bill Murray's unwillingness to put on the Ghostbusters suit again. Well that's all changed. Dan Aykroyd's dream has finally come true. From the Blues Brothers to Ghost Busters Dan Aykroyd now finds himself in the position of executive producer and "the cat is out of the bag."
Being a Ghostbuster fan from way back and being a probably even bigger fan of Bill Murray's and Dan Aykroyd's work I wasn't sure if the 2016 Ghostbusters we're going to stand up to what I had come to love and enjoy from the 80s. I must confess that I set my expectations real low so that I could be let down gently. Could four woman comedians/actors possibly take the place of the legendary Ghostbusters? This movie had everything to prove to me and the masses in order to get the nods of approval from the Ghostbusting world.

The movie opens with a scene which could have easily have fit into a genuine horror movie. A tour guide in an old museum in the heart of New York City, leads a forlorn group of tourists through the darkened atrium of what could be a haunted building. The mood is light, it's comical but it is still scary. (I am immediately relieved to find that the movie is taking me in... right from the get go). We are led into the building a little further when it all begins to happen. An object moves mysteriously, a door opens by itself, things start to go crazy when our victim, the slightly irritating guide, finds himself locked away in a cellar and at the mercy of a hideous phantom. It is probably scarier than it is funny at this point but I'm loving it. A big thumbs-up for the beginning. I am already enjoying the ride.

Paul Feig, the director, has risen to the occasion with this new installment of the much loved Ghostbusters. The cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones play the 4 parapsychologists who start a ghost catching business in New York City, are implicit in their roles and are each in their own right quite funny and very watchable. The script is funny and the delivery of the lines is genuinely comical. Even Chris Hemsworth, who plays Kevin Beckmann the very simple minded assistant, is also comical and manages to deliver more than a couple of laugh out loud moments.

It was also a bonus to see some of the main cast members from the original make their cameo appearances starting with the late and great Harold Ramis. He of course played a big part in writing the original Ghostbusters along with Dan Aykroyd. I am sure that Ramis would have loved to see this film. Had he have still been alive I'm sure he would have equally endorsed the movie with his own cameo. As it is you'll only see Ramis for a few seconds as a bust (or small monument) in one of the opening scenes. Something to look out for if you're into that sort of thing.

If you are planning out your holiday break and need to slot in a movie or two that brings a bit of laughter, nostalgia and a few scares and frights along the way, then don't go past this one. Ghostbusters is not one to be missed. You will laugh you will jump and even get all sentimental at times (in a comical way) but you will certainly enjoy this installment.

The Verdict
I take my hat off to Dan Akroyd for getting the project up and running and I also take my hat off to the actors who were able to achieve high fan expectations. And finally I take my head off to the ghosts who did a fine job scaring the pants off the audience. Bring it on Slimer, who also makes a guest 'apparition.' Bring on the ectoplasma. Oh and the new toys are great. This is my pick of the week. For the 80s crowd and the young'ns you'll love it.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 12th October 2016
Rating: PG – Contains Coarse language & some scenes may scare very young children
Duration: 116 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy/Sci-Fi
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth
Director: Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy)

The Extras
During the 1990s, Dan Aykroyd's concept for a third Ghostbusters film revolved around the Ghostbusters traveling to an alternate, hellish version of New York City. Columbia Pictures balked at the proposed $150m budget. Ultimately, Ghostbusters (2016) ended up with a $154m budget, although inflation means it cost less than Aykroyd's proposed sequel

Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters (1984) director Ivan Reitman, was asked in an interview if he would consider directing the reboot. Reitman joked that, based on his existing work, his version of the film would just be people talking about ghosts.

In the late 2000s, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd supervised a script for a third Ghostbusters film written by Year One (2009) co-writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Bill Murray later said, in an interview with GQ, that he never read the script after Year One was a commercial and critical failure. Later, Etan Cohen wrote a draft. Aykroyd vehemently denied a rumor that Murray shredded the script. During an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, Murray admitted he had not read that draft either.

Emma Stone turned down an offer to star in the movie. She stated that while she liked the script, she did not want to commit to another potential series so soon after appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel.

Even though the movie is set like the original in New York City, most of the filming of the movie is being done on locations in and around Boston. These locations include Chinatown in Boston, Easton and the old Southfield Airbase in Weymouth Massachusetts. The set at Southfield was set out as a NY city street complete with street lights, lots of green screens and the focal point being a two story structure with a office building feel to it.

Jennifer Lawrence and Rebel Wilson were considered by director Paul Feig for roles in the movie.

Anna Faris, Alyssa Milano, and Eliza Dushku were rumored or mentioned by Dan Aykroyd as potential female Ghostbusters, before the project was a reboot.

In the film's 3-D version, it is letterboxed and certain 3-D elements show overtop of the black bars.

Some scenes were filmed at the Ames family Stone Mansion at Borderland State Park in Massachusetts, where the Stone Lodge/Lake scenes for Shutter Island were filmed.

First Ghostbusters film not to be directed by Ivan Reitman.