It must have been hard to imagine way back in 1984, that Ghostbusters - a movie involving a group of scientists deciding to capture ghosts for profit - would become so beloved within the entertainment community, if not the world itself.
But the movie that made busting feel good now celebrates thirty years in the public spotlight. With this historic event now under way, Geek has taken the opportunity to look at some of the ways companies are celebrating Ghostbusters and what will be available to film fans in the next few months.
We all know the story by now. Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis penned the script involving three parapsychologists becoming Ghostbusters, with Ivan Reitman taking on directing duties. According to Wikipedia the original concept Aykroyd had planned out would have had the Ghostmashers (as they were originally known) travelling the multiverse in their goal to eradicate ghosts. This idea was quickly dropped in favour of the version we know now, but the original line up for the movie had Aykroyd, John Belushi, John Candy and Eddie Murphy strapping on the proton packs. When John sadly passed away, the casting was changed, giving us the Ghostbusters we see in the movie. The eclectic comedy line-up of Aykroyd’s original casting would have given us a whole new movie.
Whether that would be good or bad we’ll never know. What we do know is that on its release Ghostbusters made $291 million worldwide and was nominated for two Oscars. The success of the film spawned a sequel, comic book series and numerous animated shows all covering the exploits of the Ghostbusters. A third film in the franchise has so far not materialised and with the sad death of Harold Ramis this year, may never happen. But we will always have the original film and now we have the 30th anniversary celebrations to look forward to as well.
Geek has already covered the fascinating artwork collection created by Gallery1988 showing numerous artist interpretations of the movie. But there is so much more out there for fans of all things Ghostbusters. One of the more exciting pieces of news is the re-release of both movies by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in a deluxe Blu-ray box set. Released on September 16th this set comes in collector’s box which includes a Slimer figure and brand new Ghostbusters artwork (standard edition will also be on sale).
Priced at $99.99, remastered in 4K and including the 30th Anniversary edition of the movie and the 25th Anniversary edition of Ghostbusters 2 (the first time released on Blu-ray), it is available for a limited time only and comes with a whole slew of extras which can be seen below.
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.
Slimer Mode – Picture in Picture and Trivia Track
Commentary w/ Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis & Joe Medjuck
10 Deleted Scenes
Cast and Crew Featurette
SFX Team Featurette
Ecto-1: Resurrecting the Classic Car
Ghostbusters Garage: Ecto-1 Gallery Storyboard Comparisons
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
What could possibly follow up this news, you may ask? Well, this new and improved version of Ghostbusters will, for a limited time only, be showing on cinema screens near you. Coming to 700 screens on August 29, people who missed the movie the first (and second time around after its limited showing at Cineworld in the UK in 2011) will now get the chance to see the movie on the big screen. Sony’s worldwide distribution president Rory Bruer had this to say on the film’s release.
“Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises. I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again.”
Both of these releases are accompanied by a whole website devoted to the 30th anniversary. Ghostbusters.com has a wide variety of information on the events and merchandise that are surrounding the celebration of the Ghostbusters movie. The website has a selection of behind the scenes stills which give you a backstage pass to some of the films more iconic scenes.
The site also has a selection of merchandise for sale which includes some new t-shirt designs priced from $19.99. Some of our favorites can be seen below.
Collectables are also included on the site, featuring Vinyl Pop figures (from $9.99) and a singing Stay Puft plush (from $24.99). There is also a variant of the Vinyl Pop figure with a very angry Stay Puft that can be bought through various websites.
With a tune as catchy as the Ray Parker Jr theme for the movie, it’s no surprise that one of the sites collectables is a limited edition glow in the dark vinyl of that very tune (from $16.98).
Moving away from the new website, there are a number of other companies who have gotten on board and created special editions just in time for the celebration. IDW, who own the Ghostbusters comic licence, have a new 8-part series out to celebrate called Mass Hysteria. Written by Erik Burnham, it follows the team as they try to tackle the problem of another God who, much like Gozer the Gozerian before, has an interest in Earth. It will also feature a Ghostbuster getting married and will be a fond fair well to the comic which will end after the conclusion of this series.
There is also a wide selection of collectables supporting the 30th anniversary also. Lego are now well known for their versions of pop culture characters and have added the Ghostbusters to this extensive list. Originally conceived by Brent Waller on the Lego Ideas website, he was able to get the 10,000 votes necessary for Lego to green light his figures. Costing $49.99, the set includes the Lego versions of the four Ghostbusters as well as Ecto-1.
Factory Entertainment revealed at the New York Toy Fair earlier this year a selection of items they were working on for the Ghostbusters’ 30th anniversary which are now available to purchase. The collection includes numerous bobble head variations (selling at $29.99 to $39.99) some of which even talk, and a nifty looking Slimer lunchbox. The Slimer based collectables are out now, but you will have to wait until October/November for some of the other bobble heads.
If you still want more Stay Puft collectables then you would be well advised to look at Diamond Select’s line. In October they have a Stay Puft bank which shows Mr. Stay Puft in all his burnt glory (priced $29.99). Slimer also joins Stay Puft in the collectable bank department. Diamond Select also have numerous other collectables for sale, but aside from the aforementioned Stay Puft, the most interesting ones are their line of Minimates ($17.99). If you really want to splash out then you can own your very own light up fire station for the price of $64.99.
For the collector who is looking for something a little bit different, Hot Wheels Elite have a collector’s diorama scaled at 1/18 and at a cost of $216.00, it is definitely geared towards a dedicated Ghostbusters fan, but you certainly get what you pay for when looking at the detail of this piece.
Finally, Mattel have released a superbly detailed collector’s pack of the four Ghostbusters in their 1984 uniforms. News of this set first came about at the New York Comic Con last year, but the set is finally soon to be released.
Four new figures from the first Ghostbusters™ movie arrive in late summer of 2014! Each 2-pack will include two 6″ figures featuring new torsos with two removable proton packs, two snap-on proton streams, and two “no ghost” logo stands. This 2-pack comes in window box 30th Anniversary packaging.
Pack 1: Ray Stantz™ and Egon Spengler™ Figures and Pack 2: Peter Venkman™ and Winston Zeddemore™ Figures
No price as of yet, but the four figures looks quite detailed and the removable proton packs add an extra element of realism to the collection.
The releases listed above are by no means a definitive list of what is available during Ghostbusters 30th anniversary. Other mainstream companies, independents and even fans themselves have and will be releasing their own products. The most important thing of all is the fact that the Ghostbusters movie has become such a big part of our lives for such a long time that we are happily celebrating it this year in as many ways as possible.
How will you be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters? Any pieces on this list you need to add to your collection? Let us know in the comments below or join the discussion at the GEEK Facebook page!
Images: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Ghostbusters.com, Vinyl Pop, IDW, Lego, Factory Entertainment, Diamond Select, Mattel