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Sony releases Ghostbusters 1 & 2 30th Anniversary Blu-rays!

There is no question that short of cultural phenomenon like Star Wars, Ghostbusters has an amazing amount of home video releases. Actually, I can’t think of anything other than Star Wars that has seen so many offerings as Ghostbusters. Starting with the half-dozen VHS releases and going from there, you’re looking at a lot of home video editions of the smash hit of 1984. And that’s before you add in the sequel! So, it’s not hard to understand if a person didn’t want to get yet another one. But with today’s release of the Ghostbusters 1&2 Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Blu-ray, here are a few reasons you might want to consider it. 1) For starters, the price for the two disc, two-movie Digibook is basically the price of a single new release Blu-ray. Add in a short, but loving booklet, giving a small overview on the production of both films, and this set is en par with the 2005 Double-Feature gift set. In fact… 2) It has more extras. While the Ghostbusters disc contains a certain amount of materials fans have seen before, it has a new discussion between director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as the never before released Ray Parker Jr. music video for the Ghostbusters theme song. The Ghostbusters 2 disc takes things even further, with more chat between Reitman and Aykroyd, the never before released video for Bobby Brown’s On Our Own music video (tho the Run DMC theme would have been nice, Bobby Brown’s song was THE Ghostbusters track of 1989), and deleted scenes. Ghostbusters 2 deleted scenes are akin to unicorns, if you’re wondering what the big whoop is. Furthermore, there has been no Ghostbusters 2 blu-ray release to date. Sony almost released one for the 25th Anniversary, but that was quietly retracted, and fans have had to wait five years. FIVE YEARS! 3) Sony has released a $5 off coupon for select real world retailers, for those of you who don’t want to shop online. http://woobox.com/38yk77 4) This is the best looking home video release of either film to date and likely will be the best for a few years yet, at least until 4K becomes common place. What is 4K?...

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Sony announces 4X better resolution remaster of Ghostbusters!

With a wash of new 4K TVs at CES this past month (think of 4K as super HD, at roughly four times the resolution of a Blu-ray), people started asking what the hell they could watch on them. Sony jumped up quick to announce they were working on a host of 4K titles, from the recently wrapped five seasons of Breaking Bad to older titles in the catalog, including Ghostbusters. With 50 models of 4K TVs shown at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, it looks like a decent gamble and if it pays off, Ghostbusters fans will get home video version of Ghostbusters that is basically equal (if not slightly better than) the theoretical resolution of the 35mm negative. S’up to Tyler Foster for the tip! [VIA Hollywood...

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Club Ecto-1 members get email revealing thank you gift – Glow-In-The-Dark Slimer!

Club Ecto-1 members get email revealing thank you gift – Glow-In-The-Dark Slimer!

By on May 24, 2012 in FANS, GB, MERCH | 0 comments

Club Ecto-1 members get email revealing thank you gift – Glow-In-The-Dark Slimer!

Going by a post made by the Ghostbusters of the Ozarks, it looks like Mattel has been emailing Club Ecto-1 members to let them know what their promised thank you gift will be – based on a Slimer figure produced to go along with an SDCC exclusive Egon from 2009, those holding a now defunct membership will receive a glow-in-the-dark Slimer. He’s about 2.5 inches in size and comes with a stand. As previously mentioned by Mattel, he’ll come loose in a bag, not boxed or carded. Screenshot of email posted by the GBotO after the...

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Mattel ready to refund owners of yellowing Stay-Pufts

In fairly short order after their release and sale at last year’s San Deigo Comic-Con, a percentage of Mattel’s squishy Stay Pufts started to yellow in spots. This was an unfortunate chemical reaction that Mattel wasn’t aware of, as it took months and months to become apparent. But as promised, Mattel is making good on their offer of refunds. Head here for more...

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Mattel confirms end of 6″ figure line, but still looking at new products in 2013 [update]

Mattel confirms end of 6″ figure line, but still looking at new products in 2013 [update]

By on May 10, 2012 in GB, MERCH | 0 comments

Mattel confirms end of 6″ figure line, but still looking at new products in 2013 [update]

It was pretty much a given, once Mattel announced that they were canceling Club Ecto, the subscription based service that provided fans with first crack at unique figures, but Scott “ToyGuru” Neitlich, Mattel’s brand manager in charge of the license, confirmed a lot more details today, outlining exactly why the line was shut down. You ready…? There aren’t enough of us. After we did not receive enough sub holders in 2012, we could not get additional development resources for more figures so we move the most fan demanded figure that was already in development to the SDCC slot. Fans really do vote with their purchase and the sub not selling was a big red flag that we don’t have enough customers for the 6″ GB line right now. Mattel was already worried about the line when sales of the figures showed that the main interest was in the original four busters, and of those, Peter was the most popular. None of them – the later figures (which would be of more interest to more serious fans) were worse – sold anywhere near the numbers of Mattel’s best two licenses, Masters of the Universe and DC Universe. Honestly, had GB sold in the realm of MOTUC or DCU we could talk more figures, but at the end of the day, we just don’t have enough customers to keep the line going. Only the core movie 1 figures sold at the numbers we needed, and really of these, only Peter did well. After that, all figures, including fan demanded figures like Vigo, just did not sell the number of units we needed to produce more figures. We can only make figures when their is a customer base buying them. There’s a lot of fan recrimination over the whole affair, with a lot of them pointing at the increase in figure prices (from $20 to $22 dollars) and corner cutting (variant heads on recycled bodies), but going by what Neitlich says, that’s not exactly fair. Production costs have been increasing dramatically over the last four years, and when you combine that with soft sales and a negligible profit margin, you begin to see why Mattel opted to reduce costs as much as...

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