Columbia Home Video’s official announcement for the release of Ghostbusters was just coming. The title is slated for release on June 29 and it contains some of the most exciting and extensive bonus materials ever seen on DVD.
Apart from the film’s theatrical trailer and interviews with the film’s principals, the DVD version includes animated 3D action menus, a commentary track with Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman and Joe Medjuck, ten never-before-seen deleted scenes, three complete featurettes including Dan Aykroyd and the original visual effects team, split-screen comparisons of the film to the animated storyboards, “Before & After” comparison of special effects shots utilizing the multi-angle feature, an extensive production photo gallery, storyboard and concept art galleries, and more!
The commentary track on the disc will actually be a “live” video commentary, showing Ramis, Reitman and Medjuck as silhouettes watching the entire film and commenting on it. The viewer can chose between watching the commentary with or without these silhouettes.
This disc also contains selectable feature-length production notes, based on “The Making Of Ghostbusters” by Don Shay, which are placed into a subtitle stream, so that the viewer may choose to watch the film with anecdotes, trivia and bits of interviews that pertain to particular points in the film.
The featurettes for the film will be the original 1984 “Making Of Ghostbusters” with interviews of the cast and crew, a 1999 star featurette with new interviews with Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd talking about the origins of the film, and how it changed their lives, and finally a 1999 FX featurette with interviews with more than a dozen people from the original visual effects team.
The disc’s photo galleries will feature more than 50 original pencil and chalk conceptual drawings of ghosts and monsters, three of these have been selected to be given away in a Columbia Home Video contest. Also included will be many of the original storyboards sketches and hundreds of production photos taken of the SFX team sculpting monsters, creating and destroying sets, and generating animation.
With all these extras, it is almost needless to say that the release will feature a 16×9 enhanced widescreen transfer of the film and a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack.
Also coming on June 29 is the sequel to this spectacular film, Ghostbusters II in a 16×9 enhanced widescreen transfer of the film and a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack.