Ghostbusters (2016) UltraHD Blu-ray Review

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.

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Sony
Title: Ghostbusters (2016)
Audio: Dolby Atmos, TrueHD 7.1
Negative Formats: ARRIRAW (2.8K)
Digital Intermediate: 2K
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 134 Mins.
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Review Date: October 13, 2016
Price: $19.20

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Movie Review: Many people were unhappy to have a Ghostbusters reboot come out, much less an all-female one, instead of another Ghostbusters film with the surviving members of the original cast. I was looking forward to seeing what they would do and then end result is a mixed bag. The movie starts out strong with the mansion scene, but then stumbles a bit trying to put together the back story of everyone involved. While there are plenty of good jokes throughout the film, many things also fall flat. The bad guy isn’t developed nearly as much as you’d want to see, as I’ve got almost no idea why he was evil in the end.

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

Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, KEF R300 fronts and surrounds, KEF R600C center, KEF R50 Atmos modules, Onkyo TX-NR555 Receiver, Samsung UltraHD Blu-ray Player

Review Summary
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.
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Movie: 4/5

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  • ray

    4k tv owners are loving how this turned out. Most agree that overall it’s a top 5 4k film based on PQ. Just beautifully done. The hdr is terrific and many scenes look native 4k.

  • Michael Smith

    I love how many people ranted how this wrecked their childhood. First off, if a movie you don’t like is your only childhood trauma, you’re a winner, grab your toys and go home.

    Secondly, did you watch Ghostbusters 2. How the steaming pile of film ever made it to the screen is mindboggleing.