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Director Ivan Reitman, writer/actor Harold Ramis, and associate producer Joe Medjuck ("visual" commentary with silhouettes)
Rating:8.4/10 (34 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on August 29th, 2005
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This is a spirited track with the three men joking and clearly enjoying themselves and the movie after all these years. They impart a lot of good factoids and anecdotes about making Ghostbusters. For example, John Belushi was originally supposed to play Venkman (Bill Murray's role) with the film being set in the future but he died and this idea was scrapped. This is an excellent track and a must for any fan of the movies.
If you have the original edition also included is a video commentary which gives the track a funky Mystery Science Theater 3000 vibe. This is gone from the new Double Feature Gift Set.
Reviewed by UncleJohn on February 8th, 2007
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One of the best. An excellent, very funny commentary. Especially when played along with the "Trivia and Tricks" subtitle track. Lots of great stories about how simple some the special effects were to do, and the ideas behind various character interactions. I wish more commentaries followed this one as an example.
Reviewed by Agressor on February 24th, 2008
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I dont rate this commentary as highly as the two reviewers above me. It's not a terrible track at all, it'f informative, and funny at times. I just felt that there should've been more, they talk to much about irrelevant things.
But they do seem to enjoy themselves and they deliver some funny anecdotes. Worth a listen but nothing spectacular.
Reviewed by sedna on February 26th, 2014
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Entertaining and informative as they should be.
Reviewed by Station51 on April 22nd, 2016
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This is a very entertaining commentary. It's full of info, funny stories and jokes told by three guys who enjoy each others company, Not much technical but some really good bits of insight into the films writing and creative development. I always thought this was a very odd picture, combining sci-fi, the supernatural and comedy in a weird and wacky way that barely worked. I remember seeing it in the theater as a kid and thinking it was ridiculous and kind of stupid. They admit to as much here. Nobody knew what the hell they were really making but somehow, in the end, it sort of fused and worked. All from Ackroyd's fevered brain with some good comedy treatment from Ramis. Financially of course, it did a lot more than just sort of work...
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on August 2nd, 2016
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One of my favorite audio commentaries for a film. I rarely re-watch an commentary, but I have seen this one four times. The film is extremely fun - and the commentary is equally as fun. Ramis and Reitman do a great job of constantly giving useful information aout the film, or simply telling funny anecdotes. The Columbia executives picked the right people for this (it helps that we have a rare "video-audio commentary" here, since the silhouettes of the three speakers can be seen on the screen), and it pays out royally, at least to me. 10/10.
Reviewed by Uniblab on October 15th, 2016
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An OK but pretty mediocre track ported from the 1999 DVD (somebody mentions the "upcoming millennial celebrations") - and I've listened to it the normal way; didn't find the silly "silhouette" gimmick on the "4K Mastered" Blu-ray.
It's good to listen to te late Harold Ramis but the commentary is too much laid-back and disjointed; there's some interesting trivia information but also many uncovered stuff - for example, there's only a 10-second mention near the very end of Elmer Bernstein's "really wonderful" score...
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