The History of the Ghostbusters

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On June 8, 1984, Columbia Pictures released the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters which went on to become one of the most successful film of the year and an indelible part of the pop culture lexicon. But where did it all come from? Who made it happen? What ways could it have gone and who was responsible for all the spinoff media like the toys, cartoons, sequel and comics? With the 30th anniversary release of the film to theaters nationwide this week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on the history of the Ghostbusters franchise.

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Win a Ghostbusters Prize Pack from Diamond Select Toys!

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Just in time for the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters Week we’ve got a selection of great prizes from Diamond Select Toys to give away. We’re going to give away a Ghostbusters silicone tray, a Slimer gelatin mold, and a big old Stay Puft Marshmallow Man bank!

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The fabulous prizes.

And how do you win these awesome prizes? By commenting below telling us why you love Ghostbusters! Be sure to leave your email address so you can be contacted if you win. One entry per person and the winner will be randomly selected. Contests only open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends 9/5/2014 at 11:59 pm Central. Winner will be picked ASAP and notified. If winner doesn’t respond to email within a week a new winner will be selected. Watch your inbox!

I’ve previously written about the tray and the Slimer Gelatin mold here, but if you’re too lazy to click, the tray is awesome because you can make things like Ghostbusters logo ice cubes… but an even better use of them is Ghostbusters logos chocolates! The Slimer Gelatin mold makes some cool Slimer gelatin aka Jello. And the bank? I haven’t yet had the chance to check out the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man bank, but it’s a pretty damned cool way to save money.

What are you waiting for? Tell us why you love Ghostbusters!

Hustler – This Ain’t Ghostbusters XXX – This is a Parody: The Review

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As a fan of all things Ghostbusters and with it being Ghostbusters Week I’d be remiss in not using this time to review another Ghostbusters remake, so it’s time to check out This Ain’t Ghostbusters XXX! The last Ghostbusters remake I reviewed was Nutbusters and it was a big disappointment. This one promised a lot more and it’s even in 3D. Did it live up to it’s own hype? Let’s find out!

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The not really Ghostbusters.

The first thing of note is the cover is a lenticular 3D cover, like a real 3D blu-ray. It also features the 3D and non-3D blu-ray versions. It also has a regular DVD version as well as an anaglyphic 3D version on the DVD. (That’s the old red/blue 3D.) And what’s funny about that is they included red/blue 3D glasses that are custom printed for this movie. It also came with an Egon trading card. Huh, I wonder if there are other trading cards? Now I kind of want them all.



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Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary: Falling in Love All Over Again.

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This past week I had the chance to check out Ghostbusters in the theater thanks to the 30th Anniversary re-release. As a big fan of Ghostbusters, I was super excited for the chance to see it again in a theater, but I’m proud to report that it was a better experience than I had anticipated for a couple of reasons.

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I hadn’t really thought about the fact that the times I have viewed Ghostbusters since I was 5 that my perceptions of it were distorted by distractions. Think about it. If you’ve seen a movie a few times and you’re watching it at home, especially in our mobile device age, your movie watching experience is marked by distractions. Going to the bathroom, checking your texts, all of it contributes to a less than ideal movie watching experience. However, being able to completely focus on it allowed me to fully experience Ghostbusters for the first time since I was a wee lad.



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Ghostbusters The Video Game aka Ghostbusters 3

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Want to see Ghostbusters 3 featuring the original cast of Ghostbusters? Well just watch the below video from Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

In 2009 the unthinkable happened: Ghostbusters: The Video Game was released and it didn’t suck.

But the most amazing thing of all was that it had the entire cast of Ghostbusters returning (sans Louis Tully/Rick Moranis and Dana Barrett/Sigourney Weaver). This was and still is a big deal, especially with Bill Murray on board. Murray has had an off again/on again relationship with Ghostbusters and the fact he was willing to reprise his role and be a voice in a video game was a huge get. (Read here for some more tidbits on Murray from one of the makers of the game). Bonus appearances include Bill Murray’s brother Brian Doyle Murphy as the Mayor of New York and William Atherton returning as Walter Peck.



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Friday Round Up: Mini Round Up

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The Thing Book and Record: This retro book project is one of the coolest projects ever. Space Monkey X Audio Workshop has created a retro style book and audio recording based on The Thing. That’s based upon the old school book and records/tapes that used to be everywhere. These things were super popular for a long time. I think it’s pretty much due to the fact that it wasn’t super easy to get a copy of your favorite movie, VHS tapes were really expensive for awhile and even then it took forever for a movie to come out on VHS. Also, kids didn’t have their own TV or a portable way to watch their favorite movies so these books with an audio component helped fill the gap.

 
 



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Transformers: Victory Episode 27 Recap – “Fight!! Victory Leo”

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The islands actually have names.

Last episode, the Autobots were in bad shape. Their leader Star Saber was too injured to fight and so was his second in command, Blacker. To top it all off, God Ginrai, leader of the Autobots out in space came to help them and got critically injured. Permanently crippled, he decided to engage in a risky operation that would turn him into a new being that would be able to power up Star Saber. So basically, this kid’s show is nothing but fun and games. The episode had ended with God Ginrai dying as the operation took place. As we start this one, the procedure is ending and somehow their base is in Hawaii now. The base is on tank treads so I have NO idea how it moved to an island. Read on to see how the Autobots handle the death of God Ginrai.



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Star Wars Armada is Going to Destroy Me

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I got into the table top space war game X-Wing miniatures in a bad way. Right now I’ve got a pretty large fleet of fighters. I’ve gotten my tiny space ship buying obsession pretty well under control now, and while the new expansions announced by Fantasy Flight Games are pretty intriguing, they’re not really grabbing me, thankfully. However, the announcement of Star Wars Armada might be a real problem.

You see, Armada is basically X-Wing, but on a larger scale. Though it looks like there’s a lot more to do, command wise, to make sure your fleet is successful. From Fantasy Flight Games:

In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. You assemble your fleet and engage the enemy. Using the game’s unique maneuver tool, you steer your capital ships across the battlefield, even while squadrons of starfighters buzz around them. Then, as these ships exchange fire, it’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.



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Voyager Torture: Cold Fire (Episode 26 Season 2)

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Welcome back, Star Trek fans and fans of self flagellation! I put myself to the test and fired up another episode of Star Trek: Voyager. This time around we get to follow up on a big lead from the end of the premier of Voyager, Caretaker.



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Chris Reviews Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

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The short version (TLDR as the kids say) is that Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is funny. Really funny. Last night, my fiancee and I saw the movie in a sold out movie theater in Seattle, surrounded by other fans. And while that’s the ideal way to see it, this is one I can see really taking off once it hits home video and people can rewatch for all the silly little one-liners and slapstick. That said, I went into this film with some trepidation. Before we saw the film, I’d read a few online reviews that claimed it was only “okay” and some saying it wasn’t completely professional. I strongly disagree. Read on for my spoiler-free review.



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