GHOSTBUSTERS GETS “MASTERED IN 4K” FOR BLU-RAY RELEASE has listed a 4K Blu-Ray release for the original Ghostbusters film. Here’s a quick look at the cover art + “special features”:

Special Features:

The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection will set a new standard for Blu-ray HD picture and sound, creating the ultimate 1080p home entertainment experience. Created from the highest quality 4K source materials with new expanded color*, consumers can enjoy a brilliant picture with exquisite detail using their existing Blu-ray player or PlayStation®3. The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection is optimized so that 4K Ultra HD TV owners can take full advantage of the new 4K upscaling technology, delivering an outstanding near-4K experience. “Mastered in 4K” Blu-rays also work with all 1080p HDTVs for spectacular high definition picture and sound.

*Expanded color requires xvYCC-compatible TV and Blu-ray player

Why “Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray? 
• Get the best Blu-ray picture possible, mastered from 4K source materials
• Push your TV to the limit with a high bitrate digital transfer for an immersive visual experience
• Ideal solution for new 4K TV owners and great for Blu-ray collectors

No mention of any difference when compared to the previous Blu-Ray release aside from the 4K optimization.

Ghostbusters on Blu-Ray (Mastered in 4K) is expected to release on May 7th, 2013.

Thanks to Ghostbusters Wikia for the heads up!

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  1. Death Wizard // May 5, 2013 at 12:49 am // Reply

    LOL Dylan “If you like grain, just admit you’re a hipster & pop in your Ghostbusters VHS & grain it up.”

    Gain is not noise. Removing gain is like removing “skin pores” from a photo. Would you consider Smearing a portrait and removing facial pores as “higher detail”? It may look attractive but “HD” should mean “more detail” and not false sharpness.

  2. it was’nt long ago when they came up with the ghostbusters steel book
    collectors tin but the disc content remained apart from the rating pg
    to 12 in the uk but now months later they are revamping the disc
    to make it twice sharper and clear than the previous blu ray print
    hdmi is the best results for picture clarity and sound but in composite
    you only get have of the clarity and sound and sometime it’s depends
    on the picture settings on your hdtvs so with the new blu ray print
    i cant wait to see it .

    frankie (cool rider) smales

    frankie smales tv and movie review uk)

  3. I was kinda shocked when I first saw GHOSTBUSTERS on bluray, was like “what happened to the 1999 DVD?”. That was actually part of the reason I bought a blu ray player, thinking the 1999 DVD of GHOSTBUSTERS looked noticeably less stellar on my HDTV than it did on my mother’s old-style TV. But a year or so later I revisited it and the detail is a lot sharper. It does look a lot murkier, which, especially compared to GB2, the film always has, although, like I said, the 1999 DVD made the film look like was made with the same modern equipment that was used to make films like ID4 and Jurassic Park. It was like “wow”, but, as bigevilworldwide says, the grain is part of the film’s character. If it bothers you, you can always stick to the 1999 DVD and just forget about the current BD disc. I’d check customer reviews on Amazon or post a question on a forum to find out if this upcoming Blu ray release has less grain. I’d rather a film be grainy than watch a bunch of movie stills running into each other. I noticed that on the 1999 VHS of GHOSTBUSTERS, had no idea what was up with that. From what I’d read online though, it was probably a result of DNR, which I guess they applied more heavily on the VHS since VHS tapes can seem grainy if they just sit on the shelf for a couple years, even if they’re “brand new” – trust me, I bought the 1990 “Collector’s Edition” boxed set of GB1 & 2, factory sealed on ebay around 2001, and opened it (pls don’t shoot me), and the PQ on GB2 was no better than what you’d likely find at a movie rental store. If only there was a way to get the 1999 DVD to look as grainless on an HDTV (the only kind being made these days) as it did on my Mom’s oldschool TV.

  4. It says in the description that you can use a regular BD player to play the 4K edition, but there’s no sense in buying it for playback purposes unless you intend to upgrade soon. Not sure if Amazon just doesn’t have any or I’m using the wrong search terms, but when I searc “4K” under electronics, there’s only like 5 TVs that show up and all of them are well over $500. If you’re just collecting GHOSTBUSTERS’ various home video releases, then I’m not sure the question really needs answering anyhow…

  5. The listing visible from the link on this post does not show up when I search “Ghostbusters” in the Movies & TV category @ Amazon. I search by release date and the only thing showing up as a pre-order is the Beetlejuice cartoon series. I remember about a month ago there was a blu ray of GB that was listed under the “First To Know” section, but the FTK section is not visible, not sure if it’s just not showing up b/c of my often-considered-outdated Microsoft browser or if Amazon just retired that search-narrowing feature.

  6. it wasn’t long ago when they delivered us an steel book
    collectors tin for ghostbusters and now months later and
    digital remaster print no doubt that it will have the same content
    on the new disc like the previous blu ray has only difference was for the uk
    blu ray was the new rating from pg to 12 that’s only difference and if you playing
    the current print via composite on your player and hdtv you will not have the full
    hd advantage the best results is through hdmi and maybe a picture issue on the tv
    so guys watch it through hdmi for best results

    Frankie (cool rider) smales

    Frankie smales tv and movie review uk

  7. Will this movie look that good on a 1080p LDC tv? I don´t want to buy a new tv everytime Sony decides to release an “improved version” on BD

  8. But what the heck is “4K”?

  9. Next year is the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters 2. Think we’ll see a blu-ray for it? Maybe with some deleted scenes. I would enjoy that.

  10. bigevilworldwide // April 6, 2013 at 12:36 am // Reply

    Hows about if we focus on putting Ghostbusters II on blu-ray before we start worrying about getting like the 4th edition in the last 5 years of part I out

    • as i can not reply on your comment RE film grain and it being symptomatic of the movies production year

      You sir are very correct, another ideal example would be Aliens (also pointed out by Cameron in the directors cut comentairy), although i haft o say Ghostbusters has the worst (most) grain I have seen in a high budget (for the era) movie

  11. I seriously doubt the “EXPANDED COLOR” claim, the Blu-ray format is locked at 8-bit color, it doesn’t matter if your HDTV has the ability to accept 10-bit or higher, 8-bit only on BD. I guess this is Sony’s new snake oil like their “Superbit” DVDs. And film grain is natural and beautiful.

  12. personally I find the current bluray edition to be utterly hideous – the print and it’s grain is beyond excessive – if the 4K remaster eliminates the visual flaw – I’m all for it!

    • bigevilworldwide // April 6, 2013 at 12:33 am //

      So then you know absolutely NOTHING about picture quality then….That grain your complaining about that is supposed to be there. That isn’t some flaw that is actually for all eternity meant to be in the picture….It all has to do with the year and the particular type of film used during that period….That DNR or Digital Noise Reduction, that you must love so much that is a FLAW. That is practically going in and smearing gasoline all over the movie then watching it. Film grain is good

  13. I’m technology illiterate, I just have a regular 720 tv and blu ray player. Will this play on that?

  14. That fugly cover only makes me fear that Sony isn’t willing to pull in new special features… so close to the 30th anniversary, I would say it’s embarrassing.

    • I understand people loving film grain, but I’m just not a fan of it being heavily present like it is in this movie. It’s distracting at times. It’s redundant to say a film is now in high def but when watching it, the only thing enhanced is the grain that blocks clarity & detail. Pretend to be a sophisticated film buff all you want & defend grain, but it shouldn’t be so heavy on a bluray. If you like grain, just admit you’re a hipster & pop in your Ghostbusters VHS & grain it up.

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