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Comedy Movies - Ghostbusters


Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd
Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson
Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Sony Pictures Home Video 2006
105 minutes

Some twenty years after its original theatrical release, the scary comedy Ghostbusters still rocks. In an age where special effects made before computer graphics took over everything all look cheap and are hard to buy for the viewer, the various creatures and screen illusions come across very nicely and have not aged at all. Originally released in 1984 and a smash and surprise hit at the time, Ghostbusters, the best horror comedy of all time according to many, features a great cast of comedians from either Second City or SCTV, some excellent writing, and, most important of all, Sigourney Weaver in her first comedic role and a hell of a sexy gown.

Doctors Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are doctors in parapsychology who are fired from their posts just when really weird stuff starts happening in New York City. They decide go into business together as the Ghostbusters and business immediately picks up because the forces of darkness are preparing for some kind of final showdown. This allows for some really scary scenes and great special effects (the horror movie part) and, because the chemistry between these comic actors is so great, some very funny scenes and great, witty dialogue.

Sigourney Weaver plays a woman who lives on the 22nd floor of a weird looking building who definitely should clean out her fridge more often. She calls in Bill Murray, the two fall in love, but, of course, the guy has to prove himself by rescuing the damsel in distress. Rick Moranis is excellent as her nebbish neighbor and future mating partner.

As the final showdown nears, things get creepier and creepier, culminating in the coolest and most endearing creature to ever try and overtake NYC: the Stay Puft man.

Ghostbusters is really good as a DVD release. The picture is crisp and the commentary by the filmmakers is actually quite interesting and quite fun to listen to while you watch the movie again with the subtitles on. Other special features include some deleted scenes, some making of featurettes, and a storyboard thing. This is a family friendly movie that all can enjoy. The theme song by Ray Parker Jr will definitely bring many fond memories to many baby boomers.

Richard Lanoie

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