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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators". When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters, later hiring Hudson on. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties and long-legged beasties. Tight-lipped bureaucrat William Atherton regards the Ghostbusters as a bunch of charlatans, but is forced to eat his words when New York ...


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Mar 26, 2010

Go On, Cross Streams

TITLE: Ghostbusters
GENRE: Paranormal/SciFi Comedy
CAST: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson
PLOT: As three scientists develop a method of capturing wayward specters and poltergeists, the evil Summerian god Gocku tries to re-enter this world. A zealous EPA bureaucrat causes all the Ghostbuster caged entities to be released all at once onto New York City. While this is going on the portal that looked like a building created by a turn of the century cult facilitates the emergence of the evil. Only one step remains to complete the event when our heroes show up to save a confection coated Big Apple.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9 of 10; This unique concept is wonderfully executed through the character development, the dialogue, costumes, the sets, the artwork and animation (Both done pre-Computer Graphics). Background music seems to be missing but this movie is the source of the hit "Who Ya Gonna Call?"
DVD BONUS: Lots of effort in this part of the package. Overdubbing by a couple of different groups (director w/ writer, and artwork supervisor and effects people). Behind the scenes looks at all the modeling, sculpting cel frame work and matte work and camera and... There's almost too much of it, but no , it's good! This aspect took this movie from an 8 to a 9 for me.
ADDED NOTES: The casting of the meek Moranis opposite the bigger-than-life Weaver was a fortuitous fluke. John Candy had been cast to play the nosy neighbor but circumstances prevented that. As a result, we get to see Weaver untruthfully deny doing it, while the great comic Moranis does the slow, quiet fade of "That's weird because I thought...". Potts also utters some great dead pan lines in a voice one step removed from that of Carol Kane. Brilliant!

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