Summary: The franchise makes its long-awaited return with Director Paul Feig’s unique and hilarious take on the classic supernatural comedy, led by the freshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that engulfs the city.
Directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL is based on the 1984 Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal and executive produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ali Bell, and Michele Imperato Stabile.
Dolby Atmos, TrueHD 7.1
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
October 13, 2016
But many aspects of the film are enjoyable and I’m glad they made it. It’s not something I’m going to come back to over and over again, as I did with the original as a kid, but it was an enjoyable watch. It also has lots of promise for a sequel, where they’re free of trying to do all the establishing scenes that really slowed the movie down as a whole.
Technical Review: After watching the UltraHD version, I threw on the Blu-ray copy that is included to make some comparisons, and it was easy to do. The UltraHD version looks much crisper than the Blu-ray counterpart, despite being sourced from a 2K digital intermediate. The expanded color gamut and dynamic range are easy to see. The clearest example you can find is with the proton blasters. On Blu-ray, the beams are basically a solid color and they max out the dynamic range of non-HDR displays. With HDR, there are distinct parts to the beam, offering far more detail because highlights are dynamic range limited.
The patterns and textures of Kristen Wiig’s clothes come across far better on the UHD version, while hair and faces are far more detailed as well. Even when your source isn’t perfect, the UltraHD version can still offer a large improvement over the comparable Blu-ray version. I didn’t test the 3D version as I don’t have a 3D display in my testing room.
The Atmos soundtrack also improves upon the 7.1 channel soundtrack on the Blu-ray. In a movie filled with ghosts flying around and over the characters, Atmos really helps to bring that immersion across. Why they don’t use the Atmos soundtrack on the standard Blu-ray disc is what I don’t understand, but if you have the UHD disc you will hear the benefits.
Special Features: Ghostbusters Extended Edition & Theatrical Version, 2 Hysterically Haunting Gag Reels, 4 Unearthed deleted scenes, 11 Totally Possessed Alternate Scenes and more than 60 minutes of additional extended and alternate scenes with Ultraviolet download, 6 Jokes-A-Plenty alternate take reels, 5 Supernatural Featurettes: “Chris Hemsworth is ‘Kevin’”, “The Ghosts of Ghostbusters”, “Meet the Team”, “Visual Effects: 30 Years Later”, “Slime Time”, Filmmaker Commentaries, Photo Gallery
|Title:||Ghostbusters (2016) UltraHD Blu-ray|
|Pros:||Image really benefits from UltraHD, Atmos soundtrack is good, includes 3D disc as well|
|Cons:||Movie can be hit-and-miss on some of the jokes|
|Summary:||Ghostbusters is an enjoyable two hours, though I expect a sequel to be better, but the image and audio of the UltraHD disc offer a serious improvement on the Blu-ray version.|