Has the new Ghostbusters theme been recorded?

It’s been a long time since we dusted off the old blog page for a news item, but then, this is a bit more than the average Facebook or Twitter entry can handle. Here we go;

Does the new Ghostbusters film have a theme already recorded? Has a soundtrack composer been chosen?

Well, we know, or knew rather, two things – firstly, session guitarist extraordinaire (and Paul Feig favorite) Phil X tweeted in July that he was doing some recording for Ghostbusters. That didn’t tell us much, other than work had begun on the film’s music, at least to some degree. Around the same time, filming had begun on a Heavy Metal concert scene in the film, so it was conceivable that he was working on music for the fictional Beasts of Mayhem band.

Then music mixer and sound engineer Chris Fogel was listed as part of the production. Again, not indicative of much, other than he might be working on the film in general, or had specifically been involved in the same recording as Phil X, which still didn’t add up to any particular piece of music.

But now we have a third name – Henry Jackman has two tracks named “Ghostbusters” registered with ASCAP (Work ID: 370265053 ISWC: T9150249459 & Work ID: 372214390 ISWC: T0106641499). Jackman has an incredible CV of movie soundtracks, including Captain America: Winter Soldier, Big Hero 6, all the way back to the Elmer Bernstein-esque Monsters Versus Aliens. It would be something if he were doing the soundtrack to the new Ghostbusters film, but currently that would just be a guess. He’s also (as was pointed out to me by the very clever Ghostbusters HQ) currently working on Marvel’s Civil War, which comes out next year – not a lot of time to be doing two Summer blockbusters, though not impossible.

He also has a background in covers and remixes. A bit of a classical prodigy, he discovered, like most UK teens in the 80s, dance music. With two titles named Ghostbusters registered with the Music House (International) Ltd label, it seems a fair bet he’s working on something with a modern flair.

Music House is associated with EMI who in turn is owned by… Sony. So, it appears we have a new theme. But it also begs a lot of questions until we find out more; Are Phil X, Fogel, and Jackman working together or on different parts of the film? Perhaps Fogel is working with both separately. Is it even the final theme or something in the running, or perhaps just for promotional purposes? And what can we expect to hear – a cover/homage/remix of Ray Parker Jr.? Something new in a similar vein? A modern fusion cover?

No idea! But this just keeps getting more and more exciting!

Ghostbusters Pinball app coming before Halloween!

From today’s Farsight (makers of Pinball Arcade) newsletter;
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“Farsight is very excited to soon be releasing its first stand-alone pinball table app, Ghostbusters™ Pinball! We started building the table with the basic layout of the appropriately themed Haunted House™. As we continued development, and since this is our first table released that isn’t a simulation of a real world classic, we feel like it deserves even more than being featured in the Pinball Arcade collection.

Our Ghostbusters themed table will be free to download and free to play. Tokens are needed for each game, but you get 10 to start with and you earn at least one token each day. People with the Pinball Arcade installed earn two tokens per day!

The table is based on the hit movie released in 1984 and its sequel. This game puts you in control of the Ghostbusters crew, featuring Egon, Peter, Ray and Winston, as they battle paranormal foes in New York City. The Playfield is divided into three levels representing iconic settings from the movies: the city, rooftop and subway. Use eight flippers to move the ball through the three levels by shooting up and down ramps, tubes and a manhole as you build up a huge Ghost Bonus. Raise the Slimer Pop Bumper to reveal a ball lock for Multi-Ball and then cross the streams on the roof to destroy the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

We’re proud of how it turned out. Our hope is that people enjoy it and that this type of stand-alone app will introduce fans of Ghostbusters to pinball and to the Pinball Arcade.

The Ghostbuster app should be available before the end of October.

We hope you like it!”

Big ups to Santos for the tip (feels like old times)

4K resolution, re-mastered Ghostbusters Blu-ray goes on sale May 7th!

It was announced in February that Sony would be releasing a selection of Blu-ray films that had been remastered for the new 4K TVs and players. 4K, in short, is double the current resolution standards on a HDTV (1080p), and is likened to being IMAX / near original resolution.

But I don’t have a 4K TV or Blu-ray player, you are saying? No, few do – they are very very expensive, BUT so were HDTVs not so long ago, so we’ll get there, eventually. In the meantime, there are two very good reasons to get this disc set; The first is that it doesn’t require a 4K system – you can still watch it on your HDTV set-up and should get an improved picture regardless (just not the full 4K.) Secondly, given the color/contrast mess of the DVD-Blu-ray releases of Ghostbusters to date, Ghostbusters is one of only three that Sony is going back to source materials on, and using a new master print. This is very exciting!

The disc is out May 7th and retails at $19.99, but Amazon is selling it at $13.99.

Live Read, directed by Jason Reitman

Happen to be in LA on Thursday, December 13th? Might as well try getting a ticket for the final installment of that ungrateful yuppie larvae (aka Jason Reitman)’s Live Read series taking place on the Bing Theater Stage.

With only standby tickets available, this event still sounds like it would be worth getting a chance to be a part of.

Ticket prices are $15 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and The New York Times Film Club members; $25 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (62+); $40 for the general public

However:

STANDBY ONLY: Tickets for this event are no longer available for advanced purchase. A limited number of standby tickets will be available to members and the general public starting at 6:30 pm on the night of this event. Guests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

…at least Jason assures that he has his dad’s permission for this.