While Sony Home Entertainment’s June 2009 Blu-ray release of Ghostbusters somehow won a “Reaper Award,” I was sitting at home scoffing at how badly I felt ripped off. The transfer was absolute garbage; not to mention an insider explained to me that they actually used an old, damaged upconverted transfer, instead of doing it right.
Almost 4 years later, Sony is making amends (at the expense of our pocketbooks) with their 4K release of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 horror comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver.
Our friends at DVDTalk pointed us to the blu-ray forum where they shared some screengrabs of the new 4K Master. According to @TylerFoster of DVDTalk, Sony actually created brand a new transfer this time. He explains, “They actually did it over, from the negative.” Unfortunately, there are no extras, “All of these discs have no extras and are encoded at 1080p — it’s like a flashback to the days of Superbit DVD. Should be $14.99 apiece.”
Still, isn’t it enough to finally get a crisp, clear transfer of the ghost bustin’ quartet on Blu-ray? You can pre-order now on Amazon for the May 14 release!
Specs via Amazon: The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection will set a new standard for Blu-ray HD picture and sound, creating the ultimate 1080p home entertainment experience. Created from the highest quality 4K source materials with new expanded color*, consumers can enjoy a brilliant picture with exquisite detail using their existing Blu-ray player or PlayStation®3. The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection is optimized so that 4K Ultra HD TV owners can take full advantage of the new 4K upscaling technology, delivering an outstanding near-4K experience. “Mastered in 4K” Blu-rays also work with all 1080p HDTVs for spectacular high definition picture and sound.
*Expanded color requires xvYCC-compatible TV and Blu-ray player
Why “Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray?
• Get the best Blu-ray picture possible, mastered from 4K source materials
• Push your TV to the limit with a high bitrate digital transfer for an immersive visual experience
• Ideal solution for new 4K TV owners and great for Blu-ray collectors