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Classic Funny

by George on 5/29/2012

Ghostbusters is a timeless classic. I really love Bill Murray in this film, but Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis are great as well and all of the supporting cast is equally as funny. If you haven't seen Ghostbusters, you need to climb out from under that rock and just buy it!

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Comedy Classic

on 5/29/2012

When I was a kid I thought this movie was actually serious. Now that I've grown up, I realize it is one of the funniest movies ever made. I think this is Bill Murray's defining role. The dead-panning jerk known as Peter Venkman is the best part of this movie. Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis provide the rest.

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A trio of university parasychologists lose their research grant and decide to open their own business, "Ghostbusters," and almost at once are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in a Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by other worldly demons.

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Studio Sony
SKU 210935348
UPC 043396249462
UPC 14 00043396249462
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/21/2010
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Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Golden Globe (1985) Bill Murray, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Ghostbusters, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Ray Parker Jr., Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Oscar (1985) Ray Parker Jr., Nominee, Best Music, Original Song,Richard Edlund, John Bruno, Mark Vargo, Chuck Gaspar, Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects
Grammy (1985) Ray Parker Jr., Kevin O'Neal et, al., Nominee, Best Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special
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ReviewSource Anthony'sFilmReview.com
Review Ghostbusters succeeds in being a movie with scary ghosts and monsters that barely frightens the audience. It's not intended to be a horror movie. That's a good thing, because a serious dark movie about professors turned ghost exterminators would not work as well. For one thing, the idea of these characters might not be taken as seriously in such a genre. Hence, Ghostbusters attempts to be a comedy, one that is funny but not over the top...If you ask me, I don't really consider this movie a comedy. I didn't laugh much but only because I didn't want to. I was much more engaged in the plot premise. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are university professors specializing in the paranormal. They are asked to investigate unusual activity in a library. At the same time, they are fired from campus for running a controversial academic department. It doesn't seem to shock them. Maybe they were expecting this to happen. In any event, they decide to start a business of removing ghosts wherever they are spotted...I do like how it's about a group of heroes without showing them as tough men from the start. We see the gradual process of starting from the bottom. Now, because the film is a so-called comedy, the four Ghostbusters never act macho at any point. Even in the face of the most dire situations, they are still making wisecracks here and there. Of course, the humor is still subtle compared to the amount I consider to be necessary for a true comedy. I would say that Ghostbusters maintains 20% humor and 80% sci-fi all the way through...Whether you call it sci-fi, action, comedy, or any combination of these, Ghostbusters is just good fun. That's all it is. You will likely find one of these elements to engage you and let you enjoy the ride. To top it off, the soundtrack delivers some upbeat music, especially the title song by Ray Parker, Jr. that I still like to hear from time to time. If you want a film with some campy fun, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Ghostbusters" is a head-on collision between two comic approaches that have rarely worked together very successfully. This time, they do. It's (1) a special-effects blockbuster, and (2) a sly dialogue movie, in which everybody talks to each other like smart graduate students who are in on the joke. In the movie's climactic scenes, an apocalyptic psychic mindquake is rocking Manhattan, and the experts talk like Bob and Ray...The plot, such as it is, involves an epidemic of psychic nuisance reports in Manhattan. Murray, Ramis, and Aykroyd, defrocked parapsychologists whose university experiments have been exposed as pure boondoggle, create a company named Ghostbusters and offer to speed to the rescue like a supernatural version of the Orkin man. Business is bad until Sigourney Weaver notices that the eggs in her kitchen are frying themselves. Her next-door neighbor, Rick Moranis, notices horrifying monsters in the apartment hallways. They both apparently live in a building that serves as a conduit to the next world. The ghostbusters ride to the rescue, armed with nuclear-powered backpacks. There is a lot of talk about arcane details of psychic lore (most of which the ghostbusters are inventing on the spot), and then an earthshaking showdown between good and evil, during which Manhattan is menaced by a monster that is twenty stories high, and about which I cannot say one more word without spoiling the movie's best visual moment..."Ghostbusters" is one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production. It is not a complete vindication for big-budget comedies, since it's still true, as a general rule, that the more you spend, the fewer laughs you get. But it uses its money wisely, and when that, ahem, monster marches down a Manhattan avenue and climbs the side of a skyscraper ... we're glad they spent the money for the special effects because it gets one of the biggest laughs in a long time.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews Dan Aykroyd's inventive comedy concept for Ghostbusters attracted an all-star comedy team to bust out an classic of mainstream '80s cinema.
Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic The perfect marriage of big-budget sci-fi spectacle and character-based comedy schtick.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson, RottenTomatoes.com Fantastic all the way.

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