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'Ghostbusters' gets the call for theatrical re-release

By Jeff Labrecque, EW
updated 6:34 PM EDT, Thu June 5, 2014
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in the 1984 film
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in the 1984 film "Ghostbusters."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • This weekend is the 30th anniversary
  • The film will be re-released in 700 theaters
  • There will be other special events

(EW.com ) -- This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of "Ghostbusters," which came, saw, and kicked Mr. Stay Puft's a** in the summer of 1984.

The hilarious, special-effects-laden adventure about Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis' trio of disgraced academics, who luck into the paranormal extermination racket just as supernatural creatures try to bring about the end of times, dominated the box office and had virtually every American humming Ray Parker Jr.'s theme song and asking the rhetorical question, "Who you gonna call?"

Well, the answer is still loud and clear, and a restored and remastered Ghostbusters will return to more than 700 movie theaters on Aug. 29.

The theatrical re-release is the centerpiece of a "Ghostbusters' anniversary celebration that will also include special events, collectible merchandise, and a new home-entertainment release. The "Ghostbusters" 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, as well as the "Ghostbusters II" 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray will be available on Sept. 16. It's the first time the 1989 sequel has been released on Blu-ray, and special features include new conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Aykroyd, as well as deleted scenes from the sequel.

"'Ghostbusters' is still one of our studio's most beloved franchises," said Rory Bruer, Sony's president of worldwide distribution. "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."

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