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Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script, but Bill Murray gets all the best lines and moments in this 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs). The three comics, plus Ernie Hudson, play the New York City-based team that provides supernatural pest control, and Sigourney Weaver is the love interest possessed by an ancient demon. Reitman and company are full of original ideas about hobgoblins--who knew they could "slime" people with green plasma goo?--but hovering above the plot is Murray's patented ironic view of all the action. Still a lot of fun, and an obvious model for sci-fi comedies such as Men in Black. --Tom Keogh
- As Light As a Marshmallow
The beauty of this film is that it's sole reason for existing is just to make you laugh. It's utter lack of pretense is downright refreshing. When this film was released in 1984 it must have hit some kind of nerve with the public who were in need for a good laugh because it raked in a domestic gross in excess of $200,000,000, an unheard of sum for a comedy at that time. Basically, this film is a throwback to the films of Abbott and Costello or the Bowery Boys where they find themselves in some supernatural setting and comic hijinks ensue. What differentiates these films is that "Ghostbusters" has the droll comic prescence of Bill Murray to comment on the proceedings and state-of-the-art special effects. Though "Ghostbusters" is an ensemble effort(and a good one at that)this is essentially Murray's show. This is not to diminish the fine work contributed here by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and William Atherton but they are overshadowed here by Murray's prescence. Enough cannot be said about the special effects here, that are both dazzling and funny. The reason I point this out is that the special effects technicians on this film lost the Academy award to what I feel was the lesser effects of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". My feeling about special effects are you can have the most impressive light show in the world but if they don't service the story, so what....more info
- What did I expect...
I remembered watching this in a theatre.
I didn't remember all the 'spirit' issues that they deal with. Not what we need in this home!...more info
- I would give it seven stars if I could. Buy It!
`Ghostbusters', produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, is probably the greatest single movie effort attributable to a Saturday Night Live ensemble. The principle perps responsible for this singularly great movie are the director plus writing by SNL alum Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, plus acting by another major comic talent, SNL alum Bill Murray and great performances put out by Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Ramis.
Like many other great comedies such as `Some Like It Hot', `Blazing Saddles', and `Animal House', this movie benefits from the excellent premise which posits that ghosts are real and just happen to be making themselves known after a long fallow period. Part of this premise is that a trio of `professional academic parapsychologists' can work out an effective method for trapping these ghosts, spirits, apparitions, and vapors without one wit of testing on a real phastasmic being.
Like `Some Like It Hot', but unlike `Blazing Saddles', writers Aykroyd and Ramis play it straight from those few premises, much like an excellent Science Fiction story by Robert Heinlein or Arthur C. Clarke. They don't play for cheap laughs in the style of Mel Brooks (not to say `Blazing Saddles' is not an immensely funny movie, just that it's writers and directors use different methods to get to the same end).
Much of the humor in the early part of the movie is generated by the struggles of our three heroes, the future Ghostbusters Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis with the real world, beginning with the university (to all who have been in Manhattan, this will be recognized as Columbia, but Columbia allowed the moviemakers to film there if they would NOT identify the campus as Columbia) and continuing with mortgage bankers and real estate agents. At this point, Annie Potts, in a minor role, appears and adds just the right amount of counterbalance to the serious / ethereal role to be played by Sigourney Weaver.
The story does not go into too much detail on how it is an 80 year old building build to act as `spook central' on Central Park East should suddenly come to life, but questions like this don't come to mind until after the third or fourth viewing. And, this is for sure the most important criterion for whether you want to buy a DVD. Does it survive rewatching and offer new things on a second or third viewing? As someone who has seen this flick at least six or seven times, I assure you that I certainly believe it is worth rewatching. I even get the giggles when I see the license plate on the tricked up hearse which takes our heroes to their first gig, but my hearty belly laugh on first viewing is just a fond memory.
Like all great comedies, going back at least as far as Shakespeare (and probably further, but I'm not up on my Aristophanes), the humor is made just a little more powerful by adding an element of danger to the story line. In the totally realistic `Animal House', it was the threat of our frat lads being expelled to the mercies of their draft boards. As the `Ghostbusters' premise is supernatural, the writers, director, and actors need to go just a little further than usual to make the peril believable. My hunch is that on this matter, the principles really hit the ball out of the park.
For starters, the peril is built up slowly with the brief appearance of the ancient spirits in Sigourney Weaver's refrigerator just after the appearance of the first successful ghost capture which establishes the spirits as a genuine danger to corporeal beings. Even after so many viewings, I can still sense the tension when Ghostbuster Murray is reluctant to open the refrigerator where the initial sighting occurred. The visceral high point that still thrills is the psychic kidnapping of Weaver's character by the gatekeeper beast. From that point, the danger expands to grip not only our brave lads, but also all of Manhattan.
It seems as if no movie which involves some civic, political, or financial organization can get to the finish without some nominal ally throwing a monkey wrench into the works and thereby making things worse. I just wonder why the authors picked the Environmental Protection Agency as the inadvertent heavy. I guess it was easiest to use a Federal agency as the dumbbell and leave the New York City government free to be saved with a clear conscience.
Oddly enough, the last `big joke' involving the form taken by the ultimate heavy is less effective than all the business it took to get to the final reel.
For being a pre-DVD era movie, this release has a very nice collection of special features, although the only two that mean much to me are the commentary track by Reitman and Ramis and the wide screen presentation. The commentary virtually doubles the number of times one can watch the flick with pleasure.
I recall that `Ghostbusters' ranked somewhere around 25th in the AFI list of greatest comedies. I would have rated it in the top ten at least.
- HORRIBLE LANGUAGE!
The movie is great and I was so excited to see it but they include horrible words not even for kids 10-! My family and I had to count how many we caught! It is PG and it sure did scare me!
It's about 4 friends that think they can fight ghosts... but one day they get this call from this lady that thinks she has a ghost in her frezer, she sees a small little world and the lady's eggs are cracking and boiling when they are on the counter not being watched or even toutched!
Only one of the ghostbusters come, thinking that is is small only needing one ghostbuster, he checks the lady's freezer and sees that nothing is there, he trys to make the lady think that her freezer is empty-noo ghosts! FINALLY the lady says ok I believe you but she really thinks something is there, but as h e is leaving he admits that he really likes her but the lady thinks he is VERY crazy so she doesn't want himm to like her!
Later they see eachother in a store and one of the ghostbusters asks to go on a date with the lady and of course she doesn't really want to but somehow she does.
When the date was planned the ghostbuster arrives at her house, but right before he comes the lady looks in her freezer and sees a small little world like last time!
She closes her freezer and hears the doorbell, it is the ghostbuster! He comes in but it is not the same lady she is a mean old something anything but nice lady like she was!
That's all I saw.....more info
- Central Park West was never funnier.
No need to tell anyone that GHOSTBUSTERS was the best comedy of the 80s (and probably better than anything in the 90s). Without resorting to adolescent potty humor (like PORKY'S or AMERICAN PIE), GHOSTBUSTERS relied on a super script, powerful directing, and the best acting jobs of the cast's careers. It did NOT rely on the special effects. As another reviewer perfectly put it, the special effects served the plot, not the other way around.
What I do need to tell you is that what makes this set worth the price is the gravy: all those extras, like the interviews, special effects demonstrations, and storyboards. The transfer to dvd is great and the enhanced soundtrack complete the value....more info
- Back off man, I'm a scientist
This film is at least as funny, if not more funny, as when it first aired in 1984. 3 parapsychologists of varied interest and sincerity discover there truly are ghosts. When they are kicked out of the university and forced to work in the private sector they are met with surprising success. It turns out a spirit assault is being leveled against humanity and these brave souls along with some hired help will stand against the forces of a nether world.
Some great lines include:
Back off man, I'm a scientist
Ok. So. She's a dog.
No human would ever stack books like this.
He slimed me.
- Definately a classic!
When I received my first ever DVD player, this was the DVD I bought. My parents loved Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd from SNL, so they had to get it on tape one day. And I got to watch it with them. Love the music, the comedy and, on the DVD, all the special additions, especially the dialouge from the directors.
This is worth the purchase!...more info
- Still One of the All Time Greatest
This film has held up for over twenty years and it is still every bit as good as it was in 1984. Bill Murray was in perfect form in one of his greatest performances ever, and the rest of the cast follows the lead and hand in equally good turns in this hilarious fantasy adventure. If you've never seen this you've missed one of the greatest and most enjoyable times at the movies you could ever hope to have, and if you are like me and have loved this movie since it came out, here's to hoping this film continues to inspire the new crop of filmakers into other great films such as the obviously inspired by Ghostbusters Men in Black. A perfect score for this movie no question....more info
- The KKK Busters?
This movie is soo offensive, that you can only hope that it was made as an experiment in 'reverse psychology'. I saw this movie years after it appeared in the movie theatres. And when I saw it, I was appalled. Not simply at the movie,
but remembering the reaction of teachers and classmates. What was with that token black guy? The movie is soo racist. There is even a scene where the black guy is ignored as they try to enter a restaurant. What really appalled me was the
lack of protest by "fellow" classmates, or classroom teachers who seemed to be of the opinion that this movie was "fun" to watch. It is simply sickening. Not simply because of the racist content, but the lack of protest by the movie-going
public. Reminds me of that scene from the movie, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, starring Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly, where they are sitting in a movie theatre watching Jerry Lewis make fun of Japanese people, while the white
audience laughs. FAIR is a word which appears in the Bible (KJV) and it means "feminine beautiful" and not white. But just as words are given definitions in dictionaries to suit a political economy, so are movies made to promote a
certain mindset. When will mankind evolve? Or will they remain "cowboys" (cattle) fit to be slaughtered for their sinful deeds? Maybe this movie was made to hit a chord in the audience, to suggest to them that white society is
damned for a reason: They judge others on the basis of skin colour, rather than behaviour. The KKK like to wear sheets, walking around looking like ghosts, and are monsters, sodomites really....more info
I've probably watched Ghostbusters fifty or sixty times since I was seven years old. I know the movie word-for-word and scene-for-scene. It's edited, ostensibly for length.
If this bothers you, avoid this disc. If it doesn't, enjoy a classic comedy on the go....more info
- Where's part three???
I love this movie!!!!!!!!
I love Halloween and ghosts, so of course I knew I'd like this move.
Spooky and fun without any being your typical horror gross fest.
Ghostbusters has a great story, great acting, and excellent directing.
What's not to like about this move?
It's fun, lighthearted, funny and is one movie I never tire of seeing.
It would be nice after all these years if they'd FINALLY make part three.
With the FX available now, I'd love to see what modern filmmakers would do with the franchise.
- Few funny moments in 90 minutes
It has some funny moments. Overall, there are too few enjoyable scenes in 90 minutes.
Fans of the cartoon series will certainly love it....more info
- The best comedy of all time.
"Ghostbusters" is my favorite movie of all time. I'd also rate it as the best comedy of all time.
There are no negatives here. I've seen it 60+ times, it holds up as well today as it did on that fateful day in May, 1984.
This is also one of the best DVD packages of all time. Well worth the money, even if you already own the VHS version. Check out that extra features list!
If you like comedies, if you like science-fiction, heck, if you like MOVIES, you have to own this one....more info
- Reservations about Ramis
He really wasn't that big an actor (still isn't to this day) to be billed as one of the top three ghostbusters of this movie. We got a lot of him and not enough of Ackroyd (who was and still is) in this horror comedy caper. Not quite Abott and Costello as this film is highy suggestive in it's humor but that's another point....more info
- "Yes it's true; this man has no dick."
Academic parapsychologists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) find themselves out of work due to budget constraints. They ban together to form a company that to perform a badly needed service. They become ghost busters. We follow them from their humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to new heights.
On the way we see what may be a blooming love story staring a possessed Sigourney Weaver (of "Alien" 1979 fame). There is also a token appearance by the Staypuff man. And who is the key master.
Lost of fun classic that was a first of its kind. There have been many stories similar but this combination of characters and actors is unique.
Even today you hear "Who ya gonna call?"
- "I know exactly what to do.On three.One, two, three...GET HER!"
Join Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Ivan Reitman and Bill Murry in the all time 1984 classic Ghost Busters! I saw this film what seems like eons ago in the theater and it is as funny to watch today as it was then. Three university scientists get kicked off of campus to do what Dr. Vankman believes they were meant to do, "go into business for ourselves". So begins the birth of Ghost Busters, the only paranormal exterminators in the state of New York, let alone the entire nation. The sultry Sigourney Weaver also makes her presence as the women having ghoulie ghost problems in her apartment refridgerator and the ghost readings they get in the city of New York only spell disaster. A little run in with an uptight EPA rep and the world coming to an end, the city of New York call on the only ones left they think can save them. An all out epic battle with a resurrected god in the form of the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man wreck havoc on downtown Manhattan. The climatic ending complete with laughs and the best FX of the day makes Ghost Busters a fun filled film for the entire family. Don't hesitate, this is a film that all can enjoy for years, don't pass up a winner like this one. I promise you won't regret it....more info
- "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
Still holds up after all these years.
Ignore the kids who rag on the effects. The effects are a tertiary concern. Heck, their cheesiness enhances the fun. The purpose of this movie is the humor - nothing else! It's not a sci-fi flick or an action movie. It's a comedy.
The famous gag lines are too numerous to count but include:
"It's true. This man has no __"
"What a wonderful singing voice you must have."
"Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon."
And (of course) "It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man."
- WHERE'S THE MUSIC VIDEO?
The dvd is fine, the film is a favorite, but i hoped the dvd would include the music video... Pity....more info
- A Classic you'll want to see over and over
I don't know how many times I've seen Ghostbusters. And the laughter was just as strong with each viewing. This is a movie you WILL want in your collection. It's good for multiple viewings...more info
- 2.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
Ghostbusters, though beloved, is not a terribly good movie--the special effects are no longer impressive so we're left only with the uneven comedy (weak beyond Bill Murray) and a goofy Rick Moranis--watch it if you must but don't expect a classic....more info
- I LOVE THIS FILM!!!
Ghostbusters was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so last week I popped my old VHS into the VCR. Here's a movie that never gets old. It's behavioral comedy at its best: you can love it at any age, you'll never forget it once you've seen it, and even after all these years of familiarity, my head nearly burst I was laughing so hard.
I'm a fan of movies in which normal people interact in a realistic manner. Those are my favorite types of comedy. Sideways, Being John Malkovich, Annie Hall, Clerks, This Is Spinal Tap, and (my personal favorite) Pulp Fiction all fall under this heading. Ghostbusters is one of the best executed of this style. They joke knowing they're joking. There's a spontaneity about the characters as they express their fears and desires through humor.
I don't care what fans of Lost in Translation say. This is Murray's best performance. It works because he's NOT sullen. He's just a regular guy we met one time at a university who went on to be a huge success. At one point, he sings his lines. It's not done in a showtune way. He just expresses that line by singing it. I've done that on rare occasions. Why, you ask? It's fun. The Ghostbusters may be brilliant scientists/bullsh*t artists, but really they just want to enjoy themselves.
The epic sci-fi comedy has been copied many time in recent years. Sometimes it works extremely well, as in the case of the Incredibles. Other times you get the wholly unremarkable Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Reitman Keeps up the energy in a way Jennings could only dream of.
This is a film in which nothing feels scripted. New York is attacked by a marshmellow, but we believe it. After the film ends, the characters shrug off the damage, inspiring Winston: "I LOVE THIS TOWN!!!"...more info
My 5 & 3 year old boys LOVED it, and now want to be Ghostbusters for Halloween. I wasn't sure they would like it as much as I did as a high schooler in the 80's....EXCELLENT!...more info
- Who Ya Gonna Call?
Ah. The paranormal. Just when you think its safe to write such things off for good, along comes a movie that will make you laugh at them.
Drs. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) work for the parapsychology department at Columbia University in New York. While Dr. Venkman doesn't really believe in the paranormal (he's really only in it for the chicks), the other two do. And just when the three do find proof that ghosts exist, the University revokes their funding and kicks the three off the campus.
Not to be held back, the three open their own business and call it, what else, Ghostbusters. Although business is slow at first, soon the three are up to their knees in ghosts. And before long, our ghostbusters are not only fighting ghosts, but also the EPA.
"Ghostbusters" was an immediate hit when released in the summer of 1984. It eventually went on to gross over $220 million and land at #7 on the all-time box office charts (at the time of this review, it is currently ranked at #40 with over $230 million). In addition, the movie has gone on to gross over $112 million in movie rentals.
There are many reasons why this movie has become a cult favorite with its fans. Some of the funniest lines in the movie were not written, but actually ad-libbed during filming. This is a testament to the comedic genius of Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis. The Oscar Nominated song "Ghostbuster" by Ray Parker, Jr., is still one of the best movie songs of all time. In addition, there is the always eating, green ghost who slimed his past Dr. Venkman and into our televisions sets as Slimer in the 1988 animated cartoon series of the same name. And who can forget the giant Stay Puff Marshmallow Man? Not before or since has there been a movie monster as great as this guy.
The DVD carries the standard extras that have become common over the years. What's missing are some of the outtakes that had to have happen during filming. There is no way you can convince me that these three comedians didn't find ways to crack themselves and each other up.
The best extra on this DVD is the commentary by Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, and one other person (sorry, I forget who). You have a choice of either listening to the audio commentary during the film or watching the "video" commentary. This "video" commentary is a lot like the old "Mystery Science Theater 3000" series, in which you can see black silhouettes of our three commentators sitting in front of the movie talking about it.
If you have never seen this movie before, you should watch it at least once. Chances are that you will become a fan of it.
- Fianlly Something good to watch on my PSP
One of the best movies to hit the 80's is now on the up and comming PSP. Who would have thought that ghostbusters would still be so popular 20 years later. Great movie. If you have a PSP its a must buy! Even if you don't have a PSP get the new double set they just released on DVD. It has both movies and some of the cartoons on it as well. ...more info
- THE MARSHMALLOW MAN
I haven't eaten or seen a marshmallow since 1984 that didn't remind me of the climax of this classic comedy. GHOSTBUSTERS still holds up twenty years later as a marvelous takeoff on ghost movies and the prime of the SNL's cast therein. Bill Murray is as droll as ever, interpreting his character and delivering his lines as only Murray can. Sigourney Weaver was a comic revelation in a slightly underdeveloped role, but who can forget that sexy demonness? Dan Aykroyd is perfect as the brilliant, if somewhat dotty, paranormal expert. And don't hash on Harold Ramis---his stone faced delivery is a perfect compliment to the other actors. Ernie Hudson is appropriately cast as the new recruit. And let's not forget Rick Moranis as the nerdy neighbor and the delightfully nasty William Atherton as the EPA man, nor the hilarious Annie Potts as the ghostbusters secretary.
The special effects are cheesy, but they are what makes this movie so delightful. And remember, 1984 didn't have CGI effects. All in all, GHOSTBUSTERS remains one of our finest film spoofs and set the trend for more such seriocomic thrillers of the future....more info
- A true classic from the SNL crew
This is a great movie that came from the minds of the SNL crew. Just like the reviews says, it's Poltergiest meets the Exorcist. I'm proud to say that this movie was apart of my generation. If you haven't check this out, please do so. It is so worth it....more info
- Like comfort food.
Ghostbusters is still a silly, feel-good film I can watch over and over again. I must admit this supernatural movie used to creep me out when I was little but I like the energy the cast brings to the film. Bill Murray sure cracks me up, love his sarcasm and body language. Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver also bring great strength to the film. You've got to see this '80s classic, what are you waiting for... buy it today!...more info
- A true masterpiece!
Peter (Bill Murray), Egon (Harold Ramis) and Ray (Dan Ackroyd) are college drop-outs create a unusual but successful business of paranormalist called "Ghostbusters" who uses proton-blasters and special traps to capture poltergeists and demons. Later a newcomer named Winston (Ernie Hudson) joins the squad, a lovely musician named Dana (Sigourney Weaver) lives in a apartment building that use to be the home of a cult of worshippers of ancient beings and it's haunted. Now a horde of spirits and demons with goblins appear in the city as the powerful Gozer will take over the world, now it's up the Ghostbusters to end it all.
Co-starring Rick Moranis and William Atheron, this movie is a brilliant mix of horror, comedy and fantasy all tied together in one serious crowdpleaser of a movie. This movie has became one of the greatest motion pictures ever and one of the most beloved yet successful movies of all time, it still holds up to many generations among kids to adults as it never grows old and remains fresh. The concept of the film itself is genius and has an H.P. Lovecraft-esque feel to it, the performances are just outstanding and the special effects still hold up in this digital age. I loved this movie since i was 3 back in 1985 when my mom bought me the movie and i became a fan instantly as i watched the TV show, collected the toys, watched the sequel in the theaters in 1989 and it's the coolest movie of that decade. The theme song by Ray Parker Jr. still remains popular today even at halloween parties and the film still delights audiences both old and newcomers alike, it's one of the most original and unique motion picture experiences ever.
This DVD contains great picture and sound with extras like Audio Commentary including an MST3K style video commentary, Trailers to this and other Columbia releases, Deleted scenes, Storyboard comparisions, conceptual art gallery, featurettes and photo gallery....more info
- Total blast
A childhood of my generation would not be complete without the story of "Ghostbusters". This is fun madcap adventures dabbling into the mocked up world of the occult. Here are the classic lines and scenes in all their glory. It's a comedic blast that just has to be kept around....more info
- If only it were true...
I went to see this back at the moving picture-drome as cinemas were known as in those days, we ate sweets as popcorn wasn't invented and we had to take a break half way through the film due to a Zeppelin raid.
This is the semi-autobiographical tail of 3 professors who decide to establish a business busting ghosts. Much hilarity ensues. The main thing I took from the film was a need to add Bill Murray to my list of people to model myself on. At the time, this list consisted of one. Hawkeye Pierce from MASH. Dr Venkman made 2 and David Addison (Bruce Willis) from Moonlighting completed this comic triumvirate. Secondly, the idea of adopting science "as some sort of dodge or "hussle" was born. Indeed enough so for me to become a scientist and enjoy some japes of my own. I believe the culmination of my early career was when my boss said "I reminder her of Bill Murray", in terms of demeanour, not looks I hasten to add. As my boss was entirely devoid of humour, although blonde and attractive, I took this as high praise indeed and a vindication of my decision to enter science for a living. Adam, one of my co-scientists took the idea to the extreme working though a succession of PhD's until I lost touch with him, and as far as I know, he still managed not to enter the real world. "Personally, I liked the University,. They gave us money and didn't expect results" was what Adam took from the film.
It was on a couple of nights ago, and although I have seen it a dozen times, I still find it a great and enjoyable film. Mind you, the bit at the start when the old lady ghosts turns into a skeleton and frightens the Ghostbusters had me covering my eyes until I was about 35. Really!
Murray is a joy, Dan Ackroyd enthusiastic, Harold Ramis Reitman serious, Sigourney Weaver sexy, Bill Moranis manic and hilarious, the bloke from the EPA, totally unrealistic and overly officious, what he really would have done was serve a prohibition notice and seek to bring the establishment into the licensing regime.