The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man visited – which is to say ‘towered over’ – the Today Show crew to wish Al Roker Happy Birthday. I mean, who you gonna call? Right?
That’s one heckuva way to set the stage for the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of Ghostbusters (August 29th) following National Ghostbusters Day (Thursday, August 28th) – not to mention the upcoming Blu-Ray Anniversary Editions of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on September 16th.
For more on the theatrical re-release and the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Editions, follow the jump.
“NATIONAL GHOSTBUSTERS DAY” TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014
Theatrical Re-release Hits Theaters August 29;
Blu-ray Anniversary Editions of “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II” Available September 16
CULVER CITY, Calif. (August 20, 2014) – Who you gonna call? On Thursday, August 28, 2014, grab your Proton Pack and hop in your Ecto-1 for National Ghostbusters Day! Celebrate the 30th anniversary theatrical re-release of the blockbuster classic with your fellow Ghostbusters, but beware of Slimers and menacing marshmallow men.
The original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen from Sony Pictures Entertainment, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).
Following the theatrical release of the film, on September 16, fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition, as that film makes its Blu-ray debut. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases of the films will also be available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray™ Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. This special gift set will only be available for a very limited time, with the collectible Slimer figurine being a true must-have for fans. Both films have been fully restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in high definition on Blu-ray from those 4K sources.
Both the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from Ghostbusters II and more. The Ghostbusters anniversary edition features the original music video of the Oscar® nominated song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., while Ghostbusters II includes the original music video for “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown. In addition, Ghostbusters will contain all previously released legacy content, commentary and an interactive Slimer Mode, offering fans a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience.
There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine and other select items to help celebrate the occasion. In addition, SPCP partnered with Gallery 1988 to create a once-in a lifetime experience, displaying original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures inspired by the film.
Finally, Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters soundtrack with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.
Fans can follow the action on social media with the hashtag #GB30 or visiting the following sites:
Directed and produced by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes), with the screenplay written by Dan Aykroyd (My Girl) and Harold Ramis (Knocked Up), GHOSTBUSTERS is listed as No. 28 on the AFI’s List of America’s Funniest Movies. Bill Murray (Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers), and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) star, along with Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day), and Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk the Kids). Ernie Hudson (TV’s “Oz”) and Annie Potts (TV’s “Designing Women”) also star in the films.
GHOSTBUSTERS: University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.
GHOSTBUSTERS II: Supernatural superstars Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) spring back into action when the infant son of Dana Barrett (Weaver) becomes the target of a powerful demonic force. Reunited with their industrious secretary Janine (Potts) and the nerdy, near-sighted Louis (Moranis), the ‘heroes of the hereafter’ must put a stop to an enormous underground river ready to rot the roots of the entire Big Apple.
GHOSTBUSTERS™ Blu-ray Special Features:
- NEW! Who You Gonna Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective – Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 1)
· NEW! Poster Art Gallery – Gallery 1988 artwork
· NEW! “Ghostbusters” Music Video – Ray Parker, Jr.
· Legacy Content:
· Slimer Mode – Picture in Picture and Trivia Track
· Commentary w/ Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck
· 10 Deleted Scenes
· 1984 Featurette
· Cast and Crew Featurette
· SFX Team Featurette
· Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
· Ghostbusters Garage: Ecto-1 Gallery Storyboard Comparisons
GHOSTBUSTERS™ II Blu-ray Special Features:
· NEW! Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters II and Beyond – Roundtable Discussion with Director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd (Part 2)
- NEW! Deleted Scenes
- NEW! “On Our Own” Music Video – Bobby Brown
GHOSTBUSTERS™ has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is rated PG
GHOSTBUSTERS™ II has a run time of approximately 108 minutes and is rated PG.
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