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Blu-ray Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

February 1, 2022

By John Corrado

The long-awaited legacy sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which serves as a direct continuation of the two classic 1980s films (and fully retcons that misguided 2016 reboot), is being released on Blu-ray this week.

Directed by Jason Reitman, taking over the mantle from his father Ivan Reitman, Afterlife introduces us to a new generation of Ghostbusters led by Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), who discovers her connection to the original team when her grandfather dies and she moves into his spooky old farmhouse with her older brother (Finn Wolfhard) and single mother (Carrie Coon).

I made it a point to see Ghostbusters: Afterlife on opening night when it was released in theatres back in November, and as a fan of the first two I thoroughly enjoyed it. While some have found it to be too much in terms of “fan service,” for the most part I think it strikes a good balance between offering references and callbacks while forging its own path.

It’s carried on the shoulders of Mckenna Grace, who does a nice job capturing the mannerisms of her forebearer, and also features the amiable presence of Paul Rudd as a laid-back middle school science teacher studying the town’s seismic activity. The film serves as a love letter to the fans, but also as a tribute from Jason Reitman to his father, offering a very satisfying continuation of the series. It’s one that I’m happy to be able to add to my collection, and I think other fans will be as well.

For more on the film itself, you can read my full review of Ghostbusters: Afterlife right here.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray comes with a generous amount of bonus features, about an hour of material in total. A regular DVD and code for a digital copy are also included in the package, which ships with a non-embossed slipcover.

I was sent the standalone Blu-ray for review, but the film is also being released as part of a 4K Ultimate Collection, that includes restored versions of the 1984 and 1989 films as well alongside a ton of bonuses, and comes in collectible Ghost Trap packaging.

Summoning the Spirit: Making Ghostbusters: Afterlife (19 minutes, 50 seconds): The longest of the bonuses, this featurette made up of cast and crew interviews offers a very good overview of Jason Reitman’s inspiration for the story, how he approached carrying on his father’s legacy, and the actual production of the film.

The Gearhead’s Guide to Ghostbusters Gadgets (6 minutes, 12 seconds): A look at how they brought back classic gadgets like P.K.E. Meters, Ghost Traps and Proton Packs, and built new ones in the same vein as the original, with cast members choosing their favourites.

Spectral Effects: The Ghosts of Afterlife (6 minutes, 29 seconds): A look at the visual effects work in the film, from the mini Stay Pufts to new ghost Muncher, and how they pulled off that ghostly cameo.

Bringing Ecto-1 Back to Life (4 minutes, 49 seconds): A look at how they rebuilt the iconic car for the film, using three old Cadillacs.

We Got One! Easter Eggs Revealed (7 minutes, 49 seconds): A guide to some of the many Easter Eggs and callbacks to the original films that are worked into the movie.

Ghostbusters: A Look Back (10 minutes, 37 seconds): Ivan Reitman and original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reflect on their roles in the first two films, the enduring legacy of the franchise, and how fans have kept the series alive and given it a life of its own.

A Look Ahead (3 minutes, 44 seconds): A continuation of the previous featurette, with the elder Reitman and the remaining cast members talking about the new film and getting to continue the story over thirty years later.

Deleted Scene – Is It Ever Too Late? (1 minute, 24 seconds): An extended version of the scene with Annie Potts when the family first moves into the farmhouse.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 124 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: February 1st, 2022

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