Proton Charging exclusive: Ghostbusters.com heavily overhauled. Heck. Yeah.

Continuing to demonstrate a strong investment in the past history, present anniversary, and future prospects of the Ghostbusters franchise, Sony has revealed a new, completely overhauled, and highly interactive new website to go with their Ghostbusters.com domain.

A billboard site for the first release of Ghostbusters on DVD (for a decade!) and recently a billboard for the Ghostbusters mobile game and Blu-ray edition of the film, the new site promises things even the hardest core, longest term Ghostbusters fan has never seen. And as Sony explained to Proton Charging, they will continue to release materials every month for the foreseeable future.

And yes, it’s pretty much what you think – while there remains no firm plan for a third movie and details still to be worked out before it’s even possible, this site overhaul was conducted not only to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the first film, but with the intention that it help promote a third film, provided that pans out. Like us, Sony is looking upon 2009 as the closest we’ve seen to a franchise revival in years.

Why are you still here? Ghostbusters.com.

[UPDATE] The site contains, so far;

– A messageboard
– a video vault that currently shows videos for the video releases
– a products page that features all the current licensed products, and where to buy them
– signing up for updates
– a link to the video game website (I’m assuming I just haven’t found or they will soon add a link to GhostbustersIsHiring.com)
– a massive photos collection (as hinted at in the post)
– a lot of little in jokes and easter egg surprises, which will hopefully do something at some point.

PS Try clicking and holding a non-hot spot.

Confirmed: More Ghostbusters assets for PS Home throughout June

LootGear has posted another video of their Playstation Home Ghostbusters goodies, this time showing the 11 items released today, as well as giving us a look at all the big goodies to come (like the jumpsuits, Ecto-1, and firehall.) These items, plus additional shirts, are due
for release “throughout June”. Stay tuned.

Ghostbusters content for Playstation Home
Ghostbusters content for Playstation Home

Of important note – the Ghostbusters items currently out are only available for a limited time, according to the video, so if you think you might want them later, even if you don’t want them now, you might want to toss in that two bucks.

[UPDATE] Sony just sent me more details on the assets – One we didn’t know about? A Stay-Puft costume head! It sounds a lot like the additional assets will be released the same week as the Blu-ray and video game. And we have more pricing, with individual items being as low as 49 cents and all the way up to $4.99. It definitely sounds like fans won’t have to buy a full cost set, just to get one or two items, if that’s their preference.

CULVER CITY, CA – May 28, 2009 – The cult-classic sci-fi movie Ghostbusters is coming to PlayStation®Home, thanks to “Loot,” a group of innovative developers dedicated to creating branded interactive entertainment products and experiences for Sony Computer Entertainment America’s PlayStation Home, and Sony Pictures Consumer Products. Loot (http://www.twitter.com/lootgear) will provide PlayStation Home with an array of interactive Ghostbusters-branded items – such as figurines, t-shirts, costumes and more – in conjunction with the worldwide release of Ghostbusters on Blu-ray the week of June 16, 2009 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the simultaneous launch of “Ghostbusters: The Video Game,” the highly anticipated videogame from Atari, celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary.

“Ghostbusters is one of our most popular franchises and, thematically, it was a natural fit for the social gaming world of PlayStation Home,” said David Sterling, VP of Business Development for Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center and General Manager of Loot. “We’ve created an experience where fans can virtually participate in the movie environment.”

Starting today, Ghostbusters figurines – including mini-Stay Puft Marshmallow man, Slimer ghost, Ecto-1 car and ghost trap – go on sale individually or as a Fan Pack, followed by Ghostbusters regular and logo T-shirts and Ghostbusters Proton- Pack Costumes in the coming weeks. Among the products to be released is the Ghostbusters Firehouse On-Location, which is a replica of the three-story firehouse from the movie featuring a fireman’s pole, a full-size Ecto-1 car, a flying Slimer ghost and exclusive furniture as well interactive stage set cameras. With the purchase of the Firehouse, users get a bonus Stay Puft Marshmallow man costume head.

All of the Ghostbusters-branded interactive items, created by Loot and offered in conjunction with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, and selected by Sony Computer Entertainment America will be available for purchase in the coming weeks from the PlayStation Home Mall. Prices range from US$.49 to US$4.99.

GhostbustersIsHiring.com

Why try and explain, when the press release says it all?

Enter a Sweepstakes to Win a Trip for Two to Comic-Con 2010 and Have a Puft-load of Fun Submitting “Job Applications” to Become Part of the Ghostbusters Team …

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (May 27, 2009) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has created a new interactive Web site for Ghostbusters fans worldwide. GhostbustersIsHiring.com, launching today, offers fans the opportunity to be a part of the Ghostbusters 25th anniversary frenzy this summer, including the Blu-ray release of Ghostbusters on June 16.

Visitors to the site will be greeted by Harold Ramis, the movie’s co-writer/star, who invites them to participate in a number of activities. First, GhostbustersIsHiring.com is offering fans the chance to win a trip next year to the ultimate comic book convention, Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego, by simply filling out an online sweepstakes application. (No purchase is required for any aspect of the site.)

Fans can also submit their own personalized video for a chance to be featured on BD Live and GhostbustersIsHiring.com. “Candidates” are asked to submit a “job application” by showing that they have what it takes to be a part of the Ghostbusters team. Fans can post their content to a video site and submit their link to GhostbustersIsHiring.com for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to select its favorites to be featured.

Fans can also check out what they look like as part of the Ghostbusters team by participating in the photo upload option. Additionally, fans will receive a $5 “trainee discount” towards the purchase of Ghostbusters on Blu-ray.

Ghostbusters arrives on Blu-ray on June 16, 2009. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the sci-fi comedy stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson. The high-def set oozes with special features and interactivity, among them, the Slimer Mode, a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience; and a featurette on the refurbishing of Ecto-1.

[UPDATE]

FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT, SONY PICTURES, SCREENING SERVICES GROUP, and ATARI are calling YOU to a GHOSTBUSTERS 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Premiere!

Fans will be among the first (and possibly only) to experience the high-def version of this timeless classic on the big screen at this EXCLUSIVE (and FREE) GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-ray Premiere. We’ll be screening the high-def movie in its entirety, along with all of the Blu-ray bonus features – all in the company of SURPRISE CELEBRITY GUESTS!

While waiting in line, a SONY video crew will be available for fans to record their “job applications” for www.GhostbustersIsHiring.com and FANGORIA readers will be able to be among the first to play Atari’s GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3 @ Midnight (line up starts at 9PM)
WHERE: Ticket PICK UP at 8760 Wilshire (Press check in and line start at 9 PM) – Corner of Wilshire and Willaman
COST: FREE!

FANGORIA’s MIDNITE MADNESS SCREENING AT THE FINE ARTS THEATRE
8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 90211
Phone: (310) 360-0455
One block west of La Cienega

In Russia, ghosts bust YOU!

There are times when the indomitable spirit of a true fan leaves me speechless. This is one of those times, as some Russian Ghosthead has done his level best to approximate an Ectomobile (skip the Sony Ecto-1 photo from GBFans – it’s the two afterwards you want to have a gander at.)

Frankly, if this were a television show, following a group of Russian Ghostbusters – one is ex-military, one is a Soviet scientist, one is a mechanic, and the other is a slightly dodgy con-artist – and they drove this around, I’d watch it. Religiously.

Atari and Intel to release Ghostbusters:TVG web widget!

Atari and Intel have come together to produce a widget designed with a dozen functions to achieve one simple goal – tell the world about Ghostbusters the videogame. And trust me, I’ve been reading Twitter, there are still people not in the know. Or maybe you just want to show your friends that you’re no mere fan. You are a fanatic…
Well, get ready. Soon, perhaps next week (the widget is undergoing final testing), Atari will be releasing the widget, which will feature excellent game art, a photo gallery, trailers, links to places to buy the game, and a host of other little features, like how to post your GB love on any number of social networks and a countdown clock (WOOHOO!) Check out the full-size version of the image above and stay tuned for more information on where and when you can grab the widget.

Also, keep your ears on. Atari has something else in the works, besides this widget, but I can say no more.

* On Facebook, we are launching a Virtual Ghosthunt where users earn points for posting ghosts to their profile, finding ghosts on their friends’ profiles, and even sending ghosts to infect their friends’ profiles and walls. At the end of the competition, highest scorers will be awarded prizes like an ultimate gaming PC rig with a custom Ghostbusters paint job, Dell Laptops, Intel Processors and Free copies of the game.

After users enter the application, fans will earn points for selecting and posting a ghost in their profile, inviting friends to use the app and slime their friends, which posts a ghost in their profile… similar to a facebook poke type function. The highest scoring players will be awarded prizes like an Ultimate Gaming PC with a custom Ghostbusters paint job, Intel core i7 Processors and free copies of the Ghostbusters game!

* We are also launching an Ultimate Fan Widget that will allow Ghostbuster fanatics to show their support by posting to one of 60 different sites like their Facebook/MySpace pages or even to their iGoogle homepage to receive Ghostbuster updates as soon as they’re released.