These days studios are way too liberal when throwing around anniversaries for their various films. Seriously, I have a 27th anniversary DVD in my collection. Still, there are a few we can get behind. So far celebrating the 35-year mark for Ridley Scott’s Alien has provided some fun. And another that we’re totally on board with is the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s beloved Ghostbusters. There are all kinds of festivities planned for later this year, and Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a new trailer to mark the occasion.
Seeing Ghostbusters in the theater at seven years old was a formative experience in my young life. Not only did it totally cement my sense of humor, but it colored everything that would come after. This is some of the funniest men ever to live working at the height of their considerable powers, and no matter what any of them might have done after this (Dan Aykroyd in Crossroads), their legacy was totally secure.
If you don’t know the story, Ghostbusters follows a team of parapsychologists—Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis—who start their own ghost removal service, save Sigourney Weaver from possession, battle an ancient evil named Gozer, and take on a giant man made entirely out of marshmallows. It’s a pretty good time.
There are two big things to get excited about in regards to Ghostbusters, and the first is by far the best. Over the course of Labor Day Weekend, starting on Friday, August 29, the studio will release a special edition of the film into theaters, so if you’ve never seen it blasted across an actual movie screen, this is a chance you should not pass up. This version has been restored in 4K and reportedly even contains some new footage and deleted scenes. It’s only slated to play in 700 theaters, so hopefully this will come to a town near you.
Following after this limited theatrical run, there will also be a new Blu-ray release for those of you who prefer to watch movies from the familiar comfort of your very own couch. On September 16, you can buy a fresh copy of either Ghostbusters or Ghostbusters 2, or a set that contains both. Most of the bonus features will carry over from the Legacy Editions, but these latest offerings will each feature a new roundtable discussion between Aykroyd and Reitman—the first is titled “Who You Gonna: Call: A Ghostbusters Retrospective,” while the second is “Time Is But A Window: Ghostbusters 2 and Beyond.” While these may not be the most exciting features—and a rather limited collection considering the milestone—but if nothing else, the new home versions promise to look fantastic.
In theory, Ghostbusters 3 could begin production sometime this fall, without Murray’s involvement, or Ramis, who passed away earlier this year. If you think this is a terrible idea, you’re not alone, so do we, and we have our fingers—though not our streams—crossed hoping this falls apart before it can get going.