Empire makes Dr. Venkman their #44 favorite character

Speaking of Empire Magazine, they have their 100 top characters, and it was a safe bet at least one Ghostbuster was going to make it in. And if you have to pick one, it’s probably going to be the wise-cracking one.

“Back off, man. I’m a scientist.” Peter Venkman

Played By: Bill Murray
Film: Ghostbusters

Why He’s On The List: Empire’s Nick De Semlyen summed up Peter Venkman – the leader of the Ghostbusters and Bill Murray’s finest character – perfectly in this month’s magazine when he said that Venkman is the ultimate New York hero: cynical, sarcastic, secretly sweet-natured. From his relentless and devilishly charming attempts to hit on Sigourney Weaver’s Dana to his aversion to anything resembling work, Venkman is the template for virtually every character Vince Vaughn has ever played.

Finest Hour: Venkman works his powers of persuasion on the Mayor Of New York – and the Ghostbusters are back in business.

Empire has GB3 info?

John DiBiase sent in a heads-up that the latest issue of Empire Magazine (who recently put Ghostbusters inside the top 200 of their top 500 films of all time) have a bit of a tease on their front cover – “Ghostbusters 3: News That Makes You Feel Good”

Now, there’s been a lot of chatter out there about Ghostbusters 3, all of it amounting to, “Great idea, but nobody’s said yes.” It could be that the game getting re-picked up, plus all the positive talk about a third movie (including no-more-sequel stalwarts like Bill Murray) are the only thing this article has to say. But then, maybe they’ve got a little more to add to the discussion – if anybody finds the article, let the rest of us know what the deal is!

Sony and Microsoft kiss and make up for Netflix sake

With the recent update of the Xbox 360 dashboard, which now allows Xbox users to stream Netflix films to their gaming system, a small hitch arose. Netflix had a distribution agreement with Sony and their Columbia-Tristar film catalog and now those films would be available to consumers who bought the competitor to Sony’s PS3 system.

Well, money talks, and as fast as it began, the issue is mostly resolved – older Sony titles, including Ghostbusters, are now available to Xbox users, while newer titles, such as Superbad, are not. Which, if you read between the lines and take a good guess, means Sony wants to hold their newer, hotter titles for their own potential PS3 use (or want people to buy on Blu-Ray/DVD), but older titles, particularly one that will soon have a game one EVERY gaming system (and thus creates more revenue for Sony), are there for the taking.

Slow playback on certain RGB DVD episodes NOT from PAL masters

Andy Mangels, cartoon DVD wizard and the mad genius behind the RGB DVD sets post on PC to clarify that the slow, surreal playback on some episodes/discs from the set, are not because the came from PAL masters;

I can guarantee you that they are not, and I don’t know why Paul thinks they are different.

I spent 10 days at Technicolor going through over 600 1″ Master NTSC tapes, finding the most complete and best set of ORIGINAL masters I could.

These are 100% from NTSC masters, and AS ORIGINALLY AIRED, unless the labels were lying. Some of the ABC shows even had the original commercials in place.

Andy Mangels

Which then begs the question, is it a problem with the encoding the discs themselves? Is it a problem with the whole disc or just certain episodes? Are those episodes affected consistent in all sets? As usual, the comments are there for everyone to help provide feedback.