Aug 062010

Blu ray screencaps of Ghostbusters.  

You can buy the new ( no contrast boosting ) version by clicking the highlighted link – Ghostbusters (Mastered in 4K) (Single-Disc Blu-ray + Ultra Violet Digital Copy)

Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz and Egon Spengler are kicked out of university and set up their own ghostbusters business, cello player Dana Barrett see's a scary dog in her fridge so hires them, Venkman is interested in Dana from a romantic viewpoint and does not believe her story, meanwhile business is booming for the trio of ghostbusters who hire Winston Zeddmore to join their team, there could be an ancient Sumerian God named Gozer the Gozerian living in Dana's apartment and cats and dogs might start sleeping with one another, watch Ghostbusters and find out more.

Dan Ackroyd ( Ray Stanz ) wrote the film with Harold Ramis ( Egon Spengler ) Ackroyd originally wanted his friend John Belushi to play the role of Peter Venkman but Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982, in an inspired piece of casting Bill Murray got the part.​

The film itself is very entertaining and never takes itself too seriously. Sigourney Weaver looks beautiful in this film which is far superior to the sequel which came out five years later, it's fresher, the sequel felt a little contrived to me, i didn't like it so much, not bad in places but i don't feel it's a great sequel.

Image quality is good but there is an issue with contrast boosting, the film contrast has been boosted which results in detail being blown out and lost, film grain becomes more prominent and obscures finer detail, cinematographer László Kovács may have approved this transfer as he was working on it up to his death in 2007, whatever the case there is a problem with contrast boosting which affects some scenes badly, in screencap 7 the clouds in the sky are now gone and in screencap 19 the boosted contrast makes the scene far too bright and it no longer looks like fog running down the stairs, you can see more of that in the picture above, another consequence of contrast boosting is that the image takes on a slightly harsher less film like look.

The sound quality is front heavy but sounds good, i didn't have a problem with speech and i felt Elmer Bernstein's music score came across especially well. Ghostbusters had a blow up 70mm release with 6 track sound back in the eighties and i wonder if that soundtrack formed the basis of this 5.1 mix or whether it was just remixed from the original stereo track, for the most part the surround speakers do little but provide ambience although you can hear them when the containment grid is shut down and during the battle with Gozer, the subwoofer also comes alive occasionally and it enhances the movie just don't expect room shaking bass.

:EDIT: Sony has re-visited Ghostbusters and re-released without the contrast boost, it's part of the "Mastered in 4K" catalog, they all have an expanded colour gamut in the shape of xvYCC, that's the good news, the bad news is that Sony/Columbia have decided to drop the extra content on this new release even though there is ample space to include it.  View blu ray screencaps of Ghostbusters below. 

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsSigourney Weaver and Bill Murray in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsLibrary scene from Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsThe ghostbusters talk shop - Movie ScreencapsThe deadliest foe can be eaten in Ghostbusters - Movie Screencaps

This ghost doesn't like you making too much noise in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsBill Murray and Dan Ackroyd in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsThe ghostbusters discuss sequels - Movie ScreencapsDan Ackroyd gets a welcome visit in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsSigourney Weaver finds herself in trouble in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsThe ghostbusters find business is booming - Movie ScreencapsSigourney Weaver looking seductive in Ghostbusters - Movie Screencaps

The ghostbusters trash a hotel - Movie ScreencapsThats a lot of stairs to climb in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsCats and dogs sleeping together and now this in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsBill Murray wants better traffic management - he should sign up to a Talk Talk internet account - Movie ScreencapsBill Murray has just been slimed in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsSigourney Weaver shows a nice bit of leg in Ghostbusters - Movie Screencaps

Are you a God! No i'm a ghostbuster - Movie ScreencapsWanna get into a cab with his guy! - Call the ghostbusters first - Movie ScreencapsSigourney wants Bill Murray bad in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsVenkman is about to get slimed in Ghostbusters - Movie ScreencapsRay and Egon from Ghostbusters - Movie Screencaps Sigourney Weaver is no dog but she might become one in Ghostbusters - Movie Screencaps