"Culver City, CA (4/14/99) - Columbia TriStar Home Video has announced the much anticipated June 29, 1999 DVD release of the blockbuster comedy Ghostbusters, which stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. This ground-breaking DVD release features the most extensive and sophisticated interactive options ever offered on DVD releases to date from CTHV. Besides the original theatrical trailer and interviews with the film's principals, the DVD version includes:
- Animated, 3-D action menus
- Contemporaneous feature-length film commentary by Harold Ramis, director Ivan Reitman and producer Joe Medjuck
- Many "never-seen-before" deleted scenes
- Two new featurettes including Dan Akroyd & the original visual effects team
- Split-screen comparison of film to animated original storyboards
- SFX "before & after" comparison, utilizing angles feature
- Various trailers
- Feature-length production notes
- Production photo, storyboard & conceptual art galleries
- DVD-ROM with weblink
- and more!
This exciting DVD package represents a benchmark in value-added options offered to consumers and marks CTHV's on-going commitment to maximizing this format's entertainment potential.
"Live" feature-length Video Commentary. We have filmed Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman (director) and Joe Medjuck (producer) in silhouette, watching the entire film, and commenting on it. The viewer can choose to watch the commentary with or without their silhouettes pointing and gesturing as they watch the film.
Feature-length production notes. We have taken the text of The Making of Ghostbusters by Don Shay and put it into a subtitle stream, so that the viewer may choose to watch the film with antidotes, trivia and bits of interviews that pertain to particular points in the film.
Three complete featurettes:
A. 1984 featurette of the making of Ghostbusters with interview of cast and crew.
B. 1999 Star featurette: New interviews with Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd talking about the origins of Ghostbusters, how it changed their lives and careers, and how their kids like it.
C. Meet the SFX Team: 1999 interview with more than a dozen of the original visual effects team. Includes original production photos and conceptual art.
Storyboard to Film compare: this has a split-screen comparison of three scenes in the film next to animated original storyboards.
Before and After SFX utilizing ANGLES feature of DVD. With the ANGLES feature of DVD, the viewer can toggle back and forth from the rough cut to the final cut of the film to see three scenes before and after the final visual effects were added. (This kind of creative utilization of the ANGLES feature is something that many DVD consumers are looking for.)
Three still photo galleries, including:
A. More than 50 original pencil and chalk conceptual drawings of ghosts and monsters. (Three of these have been selected to be given away in CTHV contest.)
B. Many original storyboards.
C. Hundreds of production photos taken of the SFX team sculpting monsters, creating and destroying sets, and generating animation.
Ten deleted scenes.
DVD-ROM: Includes the following:
A. Filmographies of cast and crew
these will be hyper-linked to detail pages of most of the CTHV DVD titles through filmographies with degrees of separation.
B. Original Final Shooting Script: This will also be hyper-linked to the film so that the viewer may jump from the script to that point in the film in order to compare it to the final partially-improvised film.
C. Web-link: There will be various links from the DVD-ROM to the SPE site, the CTHV site and to www.ghostbusters.com.
Three-dimensional animated menus. The main menu is a 3-D view of the Manhattan skyline, with the StayPuft Marshmallow Man wandering through the buildings.
Four original trailers (These will be accessible through the DVD menus, and can also be played from the detail pages of these titles in the DVD-ROM catalogue of CTHV DVD's)
B. Ghostbusters II
C. Groundhog Day
Bill Murray (Groundhog Day), Dan Aykroyd (Academy Award-nominee, Driving Miss Daisy), Harold Ramis (Parenthood) and Ernie Hudson star as a maniacal band of parapsychologists who try to save Manhattan from ghosts on the rampage. Also stars Sigourney Weaver (Alien) and Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids).
Feature: 105 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Format: Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 TV's)
Price: NSL/ M.A.P. $24.95
ALSO AVAILABLE ON JUNE 29:
Sidelined for five years since their spectacular save (and near destruction) of New York City, the superstars of the supernatural (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) spring back into action when the infant son of single mother Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) becomes the target of a powerful demonic force. Reunited with the no-nonsense Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), nerdy, near-sighted Louis (Rick Moranis) and their ever industrious secretary Janine (Annie Potts), the heroes of the hereafter must put a stop to an enormous underground river ready to rot the roots of the entire Big Apple.
Feature: 102 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2 Channel
Format: Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 TV's)
Languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai