Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters are now Available in 4K
by Stephan Jukic – July 18th, 2014
One of the most popular and well known comedies of the 1980’s is coming back to wide release and as part of its 30th anniversary, Sony Pictures will be unleashing the Ghostbusters on the public in remastered 4K resolution. This effort also benefits Sony’s general efforts at marketing 4K display since the company is the world’s single largest seller of 4K TV screens by market share.
Ghostbusters will be available on 4K Blu-ray along with its sequel Ghostbusters II. And in addition to these Blu-ray releases, Sony will also be showcasing the first movie across over 700 different theater screens across the U.S.A and Canada, also in remastered 4K UHD clarity starting on the 29th of August, which is the Labor Day weekend.
Commenting on the release of the movies, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Rory Bruer explained, “Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises –I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again”.
After the August 29th release of the movie in theaters, audiences will then be able to buy both Ghostbusters I 30th Anniversary Edition and Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition films fully restored, remastered and transferred from their 4K releases to Blu-ray disc.
Specifically, the Blu-ray release of the Ghostbusters films will come in the form of a two disc anniversary edition Blue-ray Digibook including both films and a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine, to commemorate the now world famous blobby green ghost that loved to gorge himself on food in the original movies.
Additional bonus features that come with the Digibook Blu-ray release of the two films also include exclusive materials such as conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never before seen deleted scenes from the second Ghostbusters movie. Also, fans will receive previously deleted legacy content, commentary tracks and an interactive picture-in-picture slimmer mode graphical experience for fans watching the movies.
The Ghostbusters re-releases on the big screen in 4K restoration are part of a larger effort by the company to expand public awareness of the 4K resolution technology which they sell in their TV sets, display monitors and DSLR/film production cameras. Sony has done even greater promotion of 4Kvia its filming and live broadcasting of select World Cup games to audiences in assorted parts of the world in the last few weeks.
While the 4K resolution format, which offers 3,840 x 2,160 pixels of resolution over the standard 1920 x 1080 pixels of normal HD, is growing at a steady pace in popularity, a lot of public awareness is still lacking and Sony is one of the chief players in the promotion efforts to let consumers know of what UHD can offer them.
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