|Category||Comedy/Horror||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 4:3, Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono)|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - Ghostbusters II|
|Year Released||1984||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Ivan Reitman (Director/Producer), Harold Ramis (Writer/Actor), Joe Medjuck (Associate Producer)|
|Running Time||100:55 minutes||Other Extras||Menu Animation & Audio
Scene Selection Animation & Audio
Deleted Scenes - 10
Featurette - On The Scene With The Ghostbusters (9:29)
Featurette - Meet The Special Effects Team (15:24)
Featurette - Special Effects-Before And After
Gallery - Concept Drawings
Photo Gallery - Ghostly Gallery
|RSDL/Flipper||RSDL (?46:43 ?52:53)||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was very sharp and clear at all times. Shadow detail was the only giveaway to the age of this movie since it simply wasn't there to the extent that I am used to seeing with contemporary transfers. Shadows tended to be simply plain black rather than revealing any detail. However, in the overall scheme of things, this is quite a minor complaint. No low level noise was noted.
The colours were well rendered, with just a slight hint of a dated look about them. Generally, however, the colours were remarkably fresh and vibrant.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Virtually no film-to-video artefacts were seen, save for a very small amount of aliasing in one scene. Film scratches and nicks were few and far between, but were present more often than in contemporary transfers. Again, this is a very minor complaint, and one that will go unnoticed by most viewers.
This disc is an RSDL disc, but I am unsure as to where the layer change is actually placed. There are two possible places that it could be; between Chapters 15 and 16, at 46:43, or between Chapters 18 and 19, at 52:53. At both of these points, there is a small pause in the video and audio, neither of which are particularly disruptive.
Dialogue was clear and easy to follow.
There was a minor audio sync problem with the EPA inspector during Chapter 15 where his dialogue was marginally out of sync, but other than this there were no major sync problems.
The score by Elmer Bernstein suited the on-screen action, in conjunction with some now very dated disco songs. The music tended to be mixed into the left and right front speakers, with dialogue only in the center speaker.
The surround channels had limited use, with some music and the odd remixed special effect finding their way into the surround channels. All-in-all, this was basically a front soundstage mix.
The .1 channel got some minor use during some of the special effects sequences, but basically did very little during this movie.
As a commentary track, this one is quite good, and very informative.
As regards to the video silhouette feature - nice gimmick, excellent authoring technique (the silhouettes are encoded onto one of the subtitle streams), but not a particularly useful feature, and one that I certainly would not encourage Columbia Tristar to try again.
The video quality is remarkably good for the age of the movie, and you could easily be fooled into thinking that this was a contemporary film transfer rather than a transfer of a 15 year old film.
The audio quality is good but not great, but certainly far superior to how it would have sounded originally.
The extras are magnificent.
© Michael Demtschyna
7th October 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|