In honor of the first film’s 30th anniversary, Sony Pictures have announced that 1984’s Ghostbusters will return to theaters for a limited run starting August 29th, while both it and 1989’s Ghostbusters II will be released on Blu-ray on September 16th.
In the release, Rory Bruer, the President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “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.”
The original film has been restored and remastered in 4K, and will appear on 700 screens across the country.
Following the theatrical run, Sony will release Ghostbusters on Blu-ray, Ghostbusters II on Blu-ray (which marks the first time it will be released in this format), a two-fer of both movies, and a limited collector’s edition of both films that will include a statue of Slimer.
Along with the movie, and the previously released extras — which includes deleted scenes, a commentary, and making-of featurettes — the Ghostbusters Blu-ray will also include a conversation between Director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd, as well as the music video for Ray Parker, Jr.’s theme song.
Similarly, the Ghostbusters II Blu-ray will include deleted scenes, the music video for Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own,” and a second conversation between Reitman and Aykroyd.
Along with the Blu-rays, there are a number of other Ghostbusters products slated to be released this year, including fun (but as yet undetailed) stuff from Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine, and others, as well as a 30th Anniversary edition of the Ghostbusters soundtrack on vinyl from Legacy/Sony, and a show by Gallery 1988 that will include paintings, sculptures, and limited edition prints inspired by the movie.
Lastly, the studio has also just launched a new Ghostbusters website.
While no prices for any of the Blu-rays have been announced, Amazon does have a pre-order page for the two-fer here.