Ivan Reitman’s classic film Ghostbusters premièred in theaters on June 7, 1984, 30 years ago this week. To mark the anniversary, Columbia Pictures announced today they’re going to re-release a new 4K digital restoration of the beloved blockbuster in theaters. And because there are too many new and exciting blockbusters crowding multiplexes right now, they’re going to wait to do it until the dog days of summer, when studios are dumping all their least promising projects.
TheWrap says the 4K Ghostbusters will open in over 700 theaters around the U.S. and Canada on August 29. After that, the film, along with its less-liked (but secretly kind of good) sequel Ghostbusters II, will both hit Blu-ray in anniversary editions on September 16. Each contains new bonus material, including never-before-seen Ghostbusters II deleted scenes. There will also be a limited edition “gift set” that pairs both films with “an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine.” Y’know, September 16’s only like three months before my birthday. Just saying.
This is a lovely way to celebrate this great film, and I’m looking forward to checking out the 4K restoration. But what I’d really love is to see the 70mm print of the film that’s floating around and has screened a few times in the last couple years at repertory houses like L.A.’s Egyptian Theatre and the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. If Columbia wants to do something that would generate mass hysteria of the dogs-and-cats-living-together variety among film nerds, touring that print around the country would do it.