- 4K Disc Released
- June 2016
- HDR10 | Dolby Vision
- Sound MIx
- Dolby SR
- Aspect Ratio
- 2.39 : 1 / 2.35 : 1
- IMDB Rating
I’ve always loved things that are timeless and get better with age, one thing that recently fitted entirely into that category is the movie “Ghostbusters II”. Allow me to explain. I loved this film, having watched it on TV when I was young on analog cable. I’ve viewed this quite a few times, and it was timeless for me, but now that it is out in 4K, it definitely has become better with age and hence checked both the boxes which make me love it even more. Being released five years after Ghostbuster I, the movie focuses on the discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and with supernatural activity on the rise again, the Ghostbusters are back in business.
The codec for the movie is HEVC / H.265 while the resolution that is now available in the native 4K which is 2160p, it comes with HDR10 while the aspect ratio is 2:40:1. The specs for the video are top notch but the stats for the audio are no slack either, with English audio being available in Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the French audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1, as for other languages like German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish are all available in Dolby Digital 2.0. The subtitles are available in English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish and Turkish. The pack contains two discs one is the Blu-ray Disc while the other one is 4K Ultra HD.
In the movie Bill Murray stars as Dr. Peter Venkman while Dan Aykroyd shines as Dr. Raymond Stantz, the beautiful Sigourney Weaver stars as Dana Barrett, Harold Ramis is seen playing Dr. Egon Spengler, Peter MacNicol plays Dr. Janosz Poha, and Rick Moranis plays Louis Tully. The film was directed by Ivan Reitman. It was released in 1989 as an American supernatural comedy. Despite a mixed reception from critics, the film was able to make $112.5 million in the US while $215.4 million was made from around the world.
It was somewhat strange revisiting the film after so many years but I’m glad that I did that because the 4K is a game changer for the film. It gives the film a new feel; although I’m sure that when I initially saw Ghostbusters II on analog cable, it was the best-known quality for me back then now that I’ve seen it in 4K, there is simply no going back now. Having never seen the cover of the original film, I was made curious by the complaints from others about the cover of the 4K edition. Upon research, I found that the original version showed poor Ernie Hudson’s head chopping off in the logo. My views on the two covers are that they are both ugly, I’ve seen much better but never judge a book by looking at its cover. Usually, when a remastered 4K edition of an old movie comes out, you expect a lot of special features but Ghostbusters II somewhat disappoints in that department, with a real lack of special features with the exception of an audio commentary. My guess would be that this is done to assure that the highest bit-rate is dedicated to the picture and audio presentation. Also included in this edition is “Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective” (this is mostly just Geoff Boucher moderating Q&As)
“Time is but a Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond” is the second part of the Geff Boucher moderation that contains discussion about the production and the response of the second film and also in it were talks about prospects for a third film (this is at a time when Paul Feig’s July release was unannounced.) The special features also include deleted scene including the cameo from Eugene Levy.
One of the best examples for the movie getting an extra edge from 4K is the opening scene, where the pink slime emerging from the street is a fine example of how the raw definition of street is noticeably improved. Finer textures that are in the material and the clarity of lose pebble is truly nothing short of magic. As for the enhancement in the audio with Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless core, it just blends very well with the enhanced video to give an overall boost to the film.
The movie begins with pink slime emerging from the cracks in the street which goes unnoticed by those around and it’s just an average day with a man fighting an officer over a parking ticket, while a woman walking with crunches is run into by a man who is clearly not watching where he is going. All of this happens while a woman is strolling a baby while carrying groceries, the woman (Dana Barret) sees the building super attendant and hands him over the groceries asking for help with those. As she is talking to the man, her baby stroller starts to move and stops just a few steps away from her. In turn, causes an alarm as she stops talking to look at the stroller, still confused she moves towards the stroller and it starts moving further away, she then begins to run after the stroller, but the stroller moves away faster and faster. The stroller avoids bumping into cars as it crosses a busy intersection and then all of a sudden, it stops. Dana is relieved to lift her baby, and the intro music for Ghostbuster II begins to play.
Ghostbusters are forced into early retirement because of being sued for the damages that they had caused as a result of which they are stopped from investigating the supernatural.
Five years into the future, Egon conducts experiments on human emotions in a lab, he observes a couple who think they are waiting for marriage counseling as Egon makes them wait while increasing the temperature of the room that they are in. Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz are performers at kids’ birthday parties, and quite frankly they suck at it. After the incident that had happened with Dana’s baby, she visits Egon Spengler to discuss what had happened. He tells her that he would like to involve Ray in this and Dana is ok with that, but she does not want to involve Peter Venkman, as they aren’t on the best of terms. Peter Venkman however now hosts a TV show called “The World of the Psychic,” Peter to isn’t very successful at what he does as there is a belief by the renowned psychics that he is a fraud. After a show, Peter runs into the Mayor and tries to talk to him, but is unsuccessful in his attempt as Mayor’s assistant Jack Hardemeyer stops him and tells Peter to stay away from the Mayor. In a heated moment, Peter expresses his disliking and tells him that he and the mayor owe it to the Ghostbuster for their public status and reputation.
Dana works at Manhattan Museum of Art, where it’s her job of restoring paintings while having to deal with unwelcome advancements from her boss, Jansoz Poha. It is at the same time when Ray and Egon are researching at Ray’s Occult Book, where Peter shows up and finds out about the incident that had occurred with Dana. The next day, the three visit Dana’s apartment which causes an awkward reunion between Dana and Peter. Ghostbuster examines the whole baby stroller saga when upon a very strong reading, they drill a hole in the street. After a while, Ray is shocked to find that there is a river of pink slime flowing under New York. Just as he obtains a sample of the slime, the slime attacks him. Ray panics and power of entire New York City goes out. Peter, Ray, and Egon are put on trial for violating the terms of their restraining order. Louis Tully poorly represents the three, and so naturally, they are found guilty. Judge Stephen Wexler angrily insults the three. It is at this moment that the slime starts boiling and explodes, this releases the ghosts of two murderers that the judge had executed. Wexler begs for the Ghostbusters to do something about it and so he dismisses their charges and rescinds the restraining order. They are successful in capturing the two ghosts. They are now free to operate business as usual, investigating the paranormal which leads Ray and Egon to find traces of the slime all over New York City.
It’s always a pleasure to watch Ghostbusters 2, as a kid the oozing slime and ghostly story was quite attractive and even as an adult I enjoyed the preposterously clever dialog delivery. The special effects were focused more on the comedy than they were in the first film. For some reason, this appears to leave more room for the sort of random funny business that Mr. Murray and his friends do best. This is one of those movies that leaves you wanting more. For me, Sigourney Weaver’s performance as Dana Barrett was the standout.