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Filmation’s Ghostbusters – Volume One (Animated/1980s)

 

Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Episodes: B-

 

 

As a recent addition to the 1980s animation television library, Filmation’s Ghostbusters: Volume One is now available on DVD.  The animated series was loosely based on the 1970’s live action television series The Ghostbusters.  This volume contains 32 of the 65 total episodes the series ran for in its 3 season run.  Filmation’s Ghostbusters is often confused with Columbia Pictures animated series The Real Ghostbusters, which was based on the popular 1980s Ghostbusters films that starred Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.  There actually was a quite extensive legal battle over the name rights of the series and film, which is too complicated to get in to but let’s just say it was ghastly.  The two series have their own merits and are both uniquely distinct.  Filmation’s Ghostbusters centers on the sons (Jake and Eddie) of the original Ghostbusters from the Live Action Series as well as their furry counterpart Tracy the Gorilla, who also appeared with their fathers in the original Live Action Series.  The series also stars a strong willed news reporter named Jessica and a time hopping female ghost named Futura, who both bring flare to the series.  Not only do the boys hop through time and capture every ghost that comes in their path, but they always regroup at their Haunted House headquarters.  The series is very interesting and really stands the test of time as a fun and innovative animated series.

 

Not only does the series maintain a constant sense of humor and manages captivate audiences of all ages, but each episode always ended with a positive message.  Though the messages are often corny and a bit much, nevertheless the messages portrayed are a true and strong testament to that great 1980s flash we all love.

 

The series comes in a nice cardboard slipcase with 6 Discs in 3 slim cases.  Also included (as BCI always does) is an excellent 7 page booklet explaining each episode and the special feature included in the set.  The booklet even goes a little above and beyond in that under each episode description there is a tid-bit of episode trivia that is very refreshing.  This trivia could range from “this episode was inspired from…” too “In the original script…,” no matter what being fun.

 

The technical features on this Filmation Classic Series are quite good.  The picture is in the original aspect ratio of a 1.33 X 1 Full Screen.  The picture remains clear, crisp, and color balanced throughout surprisingly.  BCI studios has been putting out of a plethora of great 1980s animated series but they often contain light/dark issues, off balance color, and a ton of debris, by no fault of BCI.  The picture issues that surround most 1980s animated series (and many live action series as well) is that studios simply did not take good care of their film and cel masters.  The 1980’s had an explosion of TV series that only lasted a few seasons, where as in past years (70s) many shows may have been running for as much as 9 (Little House on the Prairie), 11 (M*A*S*H), or even 20 seasons (Gunsmoke)!

 

With the 1980s containing so many series, studios did not see the worth in properly storing many video masters; never expecting anyone would ever want to own entire television series.  Moving along, the DVD’s sound is presented in a simple Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that is clear for the most part but does occasionally sound distant.  The extras, as on most BCI animated sets, are pretty darn good.  The extra features include Creator Interviews that give much insight into the series, a Ghostbusters anti-drug TV spot, the series promo pilot that is definitely fun to see as a how the series evolved, Storyboard slideshow for episode 22 (a little boring), and image galleries.  Also found on this set an exclusive BONUS EPISODE of The Ghostbusters Live Action Series that is very interesting.  Overall, a nice set.

 

This reviewer personally loves all the 1980s animated series BCI is releasing; if they keep this up 80’s animation fans will have a full and practically complete DVD library.  LET’S GO, GHOSTBUSTERS!

 

 

-   Michael P Dougherty II


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