PAN & SCAN VERSION 4
Last Update : 13 June 99
Thanks goes to :
R.Haslewood: for writing the comparison between P&S1 and P&S 2 which I used for reference
From 1984 to day Ghostbusters has been reproduced on videotapes several times. As any movie released to theater , to fit the TV screen , which is smaller and , most important , has a different aspect ratio , the movie image has to be cut on the sides. Process called
Why should I care about the box?
Look below for details.
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The cassette that comes is Blue-Electric with the Copyrights of 1984. Unfortunately I haven't a screen shot actually; I'll add it ASAP.
Before going for the Pan&Scan test I've made some routine checks. I've checked sound and image quality The movie does not come from a blue tinted film as P&S 2. The quality itself did not changed , the tape did not suffer any restoration work. I run all the videotapes I have ( GB1 P&S1 3 moths old got from the Virgin megastore , P&S1 French got in 1988 and this) and difference were only visible between the 1988 tape and the rest of the test battery, probably because of its age. Sounds as well , have not been restored, additionally, SFX seemed worse in this version. I can't be sure however , this is a VCR/TV dependent result and he TV I got was not excellent, it did not even features dual speakers.
The real news there is the Pan&Scan editing. So what about it? To simplify we can state that this version is mostly a mix of P&S 1 and P&S 2 which some new cuts. There here presented here scene by scene.
The following scenes description are based on R.Haslewood work.Althogh his text lines are reported , only the infos for the P&S4 has been rewritten. For the complete document and Parallel P&S1 and P&S2 comparison visit Haslewood's DMZ site. Every description about the P&S4 are written by myself. P&S3 Characteristic has not been encountered during analysis process.
UNIVERSITY: Scene with people entering Weaver Hall
VERSION 4: Only one person is shown on screen. A little portion of the Waever Hall sign is visible. As shown in the bitmap It sounds strange , but t I've seen it this way!
LIBRARY: "This reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head." "That would've worked if you hadn't stooped me."
VERSION 4 : The Guys are always visible during this scene.
LIBRARY BASEMENT: Just after the bookshelf falls down and Peter says "This happened to you before? Oh, first time?"
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4 - Camera cuts directly to the next scene where the three men continue searching for the ghost.
Scene when the three men are walking back to the University - Egon is lagging behind, making calculations
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 - Egon is on the extreme left of the screen
First shot of the Firehouse interior. Camera starts on Egon & Peter, then Peter says "It seems a little pricey for a unique fixer-upper opportunity."
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 - Camera starts on Egon as he inspects the firehouse
DANA'S KITCHEN: Dana opens the fridge door to see the Temple of Gozer and the Terror Dog
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4- Terror Dog opens it mouth and says "Zuul!" The blinding light in its mouth occupies the entire frame
FIREHOUSE: Egon removing the "suction cup" wires from Dana's temples
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 - Egon is on the extreme left while he removes the suction cups
DANA'S APARTMENT: Peter asks "Just you? (living in the apartment)" and points to Dana with the arial of the Ghost Sniffer
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 - Camera stays on Peter for the duration of the lines
DANA'S APARTMENT: "What is that thing you're doing?"
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 - Both Peter and Dana visible in the frame
DANA'S APARTMENT: "That's the kitchen, huh?"
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4 Camera stays on Peter
SEDGEWICK HOTEL: Manager is informing the Ghostbusters of the history of his "problem". Egon asks "Did you ever report it to anyone?"
VERSION 4 : This may sounds weird but I've seen all the guys at the same time with no absence no pabn no camera changes.
ELEVATOR: The whole scene
VERSION 1/ VERSION 4 Camera stays on Ray and Egon throughout the scene
BALL ROOM: Ray seek Slimer with Ecto-Goggles
VERSION 1: An indicator of colors displaying shades of green is seen on the lower part of the screen
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4: The indicator is cut.
BALL ROOM: "I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean bad?"
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4: Both Peter and Ray are visible in the frame before Egon comes into view to explain the "crossing of the streams"
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4
Black "widescreen bars" appear at the top and bottom of the screen - USA Today frontpage appears and occupies half of the frame
New York Post enters the scene and occupies half of the frame on the right
Time Magazine stops at left
Omni Magazine stops at left
The "Atlantic" appears on the right of the screen as the Ghostbusters exit the Sedgewick
The "widescreen bars" disappear as Peter, Ray and Egon jog towards the screen with their particle throwers in hand
Widescreen bars appear again as the "Globe" slides to the right and pauses before exiting autographs
FIREHOUSE INTERIOR - Peter and Ray exit Ecto1
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 Ray not visible as Peter tells him he doesn't look good. Only Peter, Janine, the desk, and Winston are visible in the frame
OUTSIDE SYMPHONY HALL - After Dana says "I'll see you Thursday":
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 Peter is still visible as Dana walks towards the Stiff
SHANDOR BUILDING ROOF - Statue of Terror Dog:
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4 Almost full statue visible as the camera pans around
SHANDOR BUILDING - Corridor on the 22nd floor:
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 Camera stays on Dana as she walks past Louis' door
"I have a date coming":
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 Camera stays on Dana after her lines - Louis walks into the shot
FIREHOUSE BASEMENT - Con Ed man walks toward the shut-off lever:
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 Pete Venkman is on the extreme left of the frame
FIREHOUSE EXTERIOR- Louis is the last to exit after the storage facility explosion:
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4 Doors not visible - camera follows Louis as he walks away before he says "This is it. This is the sign"
INSIDE JAIL CELL - Before "So be good...":
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 Both Ray and Peter visible as Peter says "So be good, for goodness' sake"
ROOF OF THE SHANDOR BUILDING - After Dana and Louis turn into dogs:
VERSION 2 / VERSION 4 Venkman is on the left of the frame - Ray is also visible
ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF - As the Staypuft marshmellow Man walks down the street:
VERSION 4 Both the GBs and Stay visible during the scene as Egon says "Sorry Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought"
VERSION 1 / VERSION 4 "Widescreen bars" are thin
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Original document, scenes titles & VERSION 1 and VERSION 2 commenst are Copyright © R. Haslewood 5/12/97