Ghostbusters Bits : Reviews, Extended DVD, Sequels

With the polarizing remake out this week, no surprise to see a lot of “Ghostbusters” bits and bobs doing the rounds.

Firstly, there’s a lot of emphasis on reviews. While most wrote off the film based on that original, poorly-cut trailer, critics seemed to be genuinely pleased by Paul Feig’s remodeling of the classic Ivan Reitman movie. While most are quick to point out that there’s quite a few hit and miss moments, it’s widely reported that the stellar cast (particularly scene-sealers Chris Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon), some great jokes, and some impressive visual effects make up for the film’s fairly standard script and sometimes too over-the-top brand of comedy.

Regardless of whether a sudden barrage of negative reviews kick down that Rotten Tomatoes rating (which at last check was somewhere around 74%), Sony Pictures are still pushing forward with their plans to continue the franchise. Producer Amy Pascal tells THR that there’s more to come : “I have waited for this moment for a year. It’s going to be endless. People are going to love this movie so much that’s they’re going to demand more and more.”

In an interview with DVD Talk, Feig says we can expect an extended cut of “Ghostbusters” when it hits the home entertainment market later this year.

“We are literally, as I talk to you, I’m on lunch break from doing our extended cut of the movie. There will be one, and it will be a good 15 to 17 minutes longer than the theatrical feature.”

One moment that will be restored for the extended cut is a dance sequence featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Kevin.

The filmmaker tells Cinema Blend, “We repurposed it into the end credits: [the dance sequence]. I loved it, and it’s actually going to be in the extended version of the movie. But there’s some babies that you just have to lose. That’s the hardest thing about doing comedy. You have so many funny things, but if you stack up too many, or it comes at a time when the audience wants to be moving forward… if you hang on to them you slow everything down. So that was a really tough one.”

Word has it that Feig’s original cut of the film clocked in somewhere around the 4-and-a-half-hours mark.


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