Special anniversary
edition Blu-ray of the restored Ivan Reitman comedy released on September 16

Culver City, Calif. — Colorworks provided
picture restoration and re-mastering services for a spectacular new 4K version
of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters.
Sony Pictures re-released the feature, one of the most beloved comedy titles in
its library, over the Labor Day weekend to theaters across the U.S. and Canada
in celebration of its 30th anniversary.  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release
the restored film in a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray special edition on
September 16.
Restoration at Colorworks began by scanning the original
35mm camera negative at 4K. Scanned elements then went through a scrupulous 4K
restoration and color grading process resulting in a new 4K master. Extreme
care and attention was employed to restore the film. “As with all restoration
projects, our goal was to reflect what was shot and the intent of the
filmmakers,” said Rita Belda, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Vice President of
Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering.

Belda added, however, that the restored 4K version exhibits
a level of image clarity and color fidelity that has not been seen before. “You
see more detail in the backgrounds, in skin and hair,” she said. Sony Pictures
Entertainment Technical Specialist James Owsley oversaw the restoration.
Colorworks’ Christian Lamie was the restoration colorist.
The extreme clarity of the 4K medium can be a challenge to
restoration specialists. Belda noted that scratches, dust and other
imperfections too fine to be noticed in HD are apparent at higher resolution
and therefore need to be addressed. Special effects techniques, previously
obscured through intermediate steps of film duplication, were more apparent in
the 4K scans from the negative. As a result, additional care was required to avoid
revealing any of the tricks of the trade.
“The negative was in very good shape for a 30-year-old
film,” Belda recalled. “Still, dirt and damage had to be removed to restore the
film to a pristine state. 4K takes you much closer to both the details and the
defects.”
“Taking advantage of 4K technology, we were able to go back
to the source photography—the original negative—to access the artistry and
craftsmanship that filmmakers used in creating this timeless entertainment,”
said Owsley.  “The 4K scanning allowed us to use all the imaging and
information that were in the original film to provide a viewing experience even
better for today’s audience than those who saw the film on opening night thirty
years ago.”

About
Ghostbusters
University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond
Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their
experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into
business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After
struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange
happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they
discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly
demons through a portal in her building.
About
Colorworks
Colorworks is a digital intermediate facility located on the
Sony Pictures lot in
Culver City.  It
provides color grading, mastering, restoration and related services for film
and television and serves a client base that includes major film studios,
television networks, independent producers and filmmakers worldwide.
The Colorworks facility was built from the ground up to
perform post production work at the highest level. It operates the industry’s
most advanced 4K pipeline and employs the most sophisticated digital imaging
technology, allowing it to set new standards for quality, efficiency and
creativity.
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