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‘Ghostbusters’ to Get Theatrical Re-Release This Summer

Also, the film’s stars and creators go inside the making of Eighties classic to celebrate 30th anniversary

Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters.

Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters.

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Ghostbusters will cross streams once more, when it returns to over 700 movie theaters across America on August 29th to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The classic Eighties comedy about a bumbling team of failed academics turned paranormal exterminators will also be available as a special 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on September 19th, as will the 1989 sequel, which turns 25 this year. The latter includes special features like a conversation with director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd, and deleted scenes. You can get more details, and watch some never-before-seen clips from the movie over on the new Ghostbusters website.

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While you’ll have to wait a few more months for the theatrical re-release and new Blu-ray editions, Ghostbusters actually celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend. And to mark the occasion, Vanity Fair published an in-depth feature on the making of the movie, including anecdotes from Aykroyd, Reitman and Sigourney Weaver (though, tragically, nothing from Bill Murray).

Vulture has collected a handful of the best tidbits, including one about a cut scene that would have featured “the moping spirits of famous dead people” and another about how the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which famously ravages NYC at the end, kept catching fire. Also, Aykroyd confirms that everyone’s favorite gluttonous ghost, Slimer, was indeed based on John Belushi, and Weaver recalls the first time she met Murray outside the New York Public Library: “I went over and I introduced myself and he said, ‘Hello, Susan.’ [Then] he picked me up and put me over his shoulder and walked down the block with me. … It was a great metaphor for what happened to me in the movie: I was just turned upside down and I think I became a much better actress for it.”

Meanwhile, the long-awaited Ghostbusters III continues to move on, though the passing of the original film’s co-star and -writer, Harold Ramis caused Reitman to bow out of the director’s chair and forced writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky to revamp a scene in which the original threee Ghostbusters pass the torch to the next generation. 


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