We’re probably not going to get a Ghostbusters sequel, so I suppose the next best thing is to just make the existing movie longer. Sony has announced that Ghostbusters: Answer the Call will be coming to Digital HD on September 27th and to 4K/Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 11th. The extended edition of the film will contain more than fifteen minutes of new footage. Whether this footage makes the film any better remains to be seen. Comedies rarely benefit from being made longer, and while I enjoyed spending time with these characters, I’m worried that the extended edition could rely more on the distracting cameos that diminished the overall film.
Thankfully, the Blu-ray will contain the theatrical version either way, and it’s jam-packed with special features. The Blu-ray will contain over three hours of extras including two gag reels, four deleted scenes, eleven alternate scenes, and over an hour of additional extended and alternate scenes “with Ultraviolet download” (not exactly sure why you need an Ultraviolet download, but that’s what the press release says). When Steve interviewed director Paul Feig, we learned that the original cut was 3.5 hours, so it’s not surprising that there’s a wealth of deleted and alternate scenes.
Here’s the full list of bonus material available on the 4K UHD/Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, and Digital:
- Ghostbusters Extended Edition & Theatrical Version
- 2 Hysterically Haunting Gag Reels
- 4 Unearthed deleted scenes
- 11 Totally Possessed Alternate Scenes and more than 60 minutes of additional extended and alternate scenes with Ultraviolet download
- 6 Jokes-A-Plenty alternate take reels
- 5 Supernatural Featurettes: “Chris Hemsworth is ‘Kevin’”; “The Ghosts of Ghostbusters”; “Meet the Team”; “Visual Effects: 30 Years Later”; “Slime Time”
- Filmmaker Commentaries
- Photo Gallery
Here’s the official synopsis for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call:
The franchise makes its long-awaited return with Director Paul Feig’s unique and hilarious take on the classic supernatural comedy, led by the freshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that engulfs the city.
Directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL is based on the 1984 Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal and executive produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ali Bell, and Michele Imperato Stabile.