A review by Mike Shea Movie Rating: ( * * * · · ) DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )
Being one of the biggest movies of its time, it was important to see how well Ghostbusters held up 15 years later. Well, while it still captured the moment, much of the humor, costumes, hair styles and music really shows the date. The movie still has some great Bill Murray tag lines, but the movie has been so over exposed that the lines arent that funny anymore. The special effects also really show off how old this movie really is, unlike other special effect driven flicks like The Thing and Alien that hold up even today. Still, it is a classic film of that time, and deserves to be treated as such. The DVD is an excellent version with a full 16x9 enhanced 2.35 to 1 aspect ratio and a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack. There is also a bunch of extras including a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style commentary with silhouettes of the commentators over the screen (alas, this does not come up unless your DVD player is set to 4x3 which mine is not, so I did not get to see this feature but I still listened to the commentary). A plethora of other features also exists. Overall, while dated, this movie was a landmark film of the 80s. It is just unfortunate that it did not hold its own when compared with current special effects driven movies.