Originally posted on January 2, 2020 at Ghostbusters International.
Ghostbusters International and an affiliated franchise are most likely already in your city. And easily accessible through your internet or telecommunications provider. As its been a number of years since GBI as a company and club has had a domain name, the time is right for GBI to not just have a dot wordpress dot com url.
It’s 2020, twenty twenty. Let that sink in. The GHOSTBUSTERS™ franchise celebrates it’s 36th anniversary by welcoming a continuation and a sequel of the original films with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Obligatory plug: Coming to theaters on July 10, 2020. Directed by Jason Reitman. And all a new Ghostbusters film will bring to ghostheads.
I’ve wanted GBI to have a new domain name, it had to be the “right one.” And personally it had to feel right as well. I didn’t need to just celebrate the 35th anniversary by also having a domain name again for GBI.
This year it’s better early on to have a new domain name for Ghostbusters International, for Ghostbusters: Afterlife premiere, theatrical releases, and home video releases. With that, in digital text Ghostbusters International new dot com is:
Full Disclosure: I don’t own any apparel from Naked & Famous Denim. I basically wanted to talk about their licensed products with my opinions.
On October 21, 201.. (different franchise) Canadian apparel company Naked & Famous Denim released their line of at times Japanese inspired (I think) Ghostbusters apparel. “That’s cool.” I had never heard of them and shrugged them off as another expensive brand kinda slapping Ghostbusters on their jean jackets.
The expensive part is true unless you own two televisions. The designs where applicable are Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters inspired. I love that licensed Ghostbusters apparel exists, why (like non character clothing) does owning a certain look I like have to be out of reach?
Of course one could buy a less expensive pair of jeans and sew a GB patch into it. Or customize it (please, no bedazzling) until you’re happy.
That’s the non original idea I’ve had forever for a Ghostbusters black trucker style denim jacket I’ve owned for years. My version would basically have a large “no ghost” logo on the back and a Ghostbusters personal name patch (probably) somewhere on the front.
Naked & Famous offers that Club Jacket in a way for nearly $400 USD. After the jump, a description of Naked & Famous Ghostbusters collection with their Ghostbusters apparel.
On August 6, 2019, posted at Ecto-Containment on August 7, Ghostbusters International was able to recreate (Ecto-Containment Blog Post) part of the original Official International Ghostbusters Club, thanks to Robert Maxwell Barbieri. (Facebook)
I figured that would be it unless TECHPAC or “No Ghosts,“ the quarterly newsletter surfaced. On Halloween and into early November (“that’s my fault”) Robert reached out with a couple of new pieces around the Official Ghostbusters Fan Club.
An article about the club, written by Rick Lyman, Inquirer Movie Critic and a letter (more like a note) from the Ghostbusters Fan Club so Mark Lister and Jim Garvey could send “qualifying applicants” club items once they or their parents paid $8.95 USD.
Over at GBI I’ve added these 2 new photos to the Official International Ghostbusters Club page.
If you have one or more of the quarterly newsletter “No-Ghosts” or something else from the original fan club, please contact me at: spengs @ ecto-containment . com.
I haven’t written that much about Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, (Facebook) the once ultimate Ghostbusters/II documentary. I had shared both here and at GBI about the former Kickstarter campaign. Ever since I’ve shared and supported on my Ghostbusters social media accounts updates from Bueno Productions. Including more recent premieres/screenings for Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remember Ghostbusters.
Today, the Buenos posted the final trailer for Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remember Ghostbusters.
As a quick aside, the once Ghostbusters II part of “Cleanin'” will be released as its own documentary movie.
Twelve years in the making and with over forty cast and crew interviews Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive documentary that charts how Ghostbusters came to fruition and how the film was made by the people that made them. Interviews include actors in the film Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver Annie Potts, David Margulies, William Atherton, Director Ivan Reitman, Producer Michael C. Gross, Visual Effects crew including Richard Edlund, Terry Windell, and Steve Johnson, musicians Ray Parker Jr and The Bus Boys.
For updates about screenings, digital distribution, and physical media like Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Facebook page and follow other social media accounts.
Maybe a coincidence. :p Reckless Abandonment Pictures produced and published their stop motion tribute (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, October 8, 2019) to The Real Ghostbusters. Ten days later in time for Halloween Playmobil has released their animation version (naturally in the Playmobil style/universe style) of the iconic The Real Ghostbusters opening.
Like with Playmobil’s Ghostbusters animation, (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, February 2, 2017) ghostheads wonder if Playmobil and Sony Pictures Animation will ever make a full length Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters animated movie(s).
Before the internet was a kid, movies like Ghostbusters would have a novel attached to it. In the United States, the novelization of Ghostbusters was written by Richard Mueller. Mr. Mueller would also write 23 episodes of The Real Ghostbusters over the course of 7 seasons.
Ghostbusters II also had a novelization when the internet was text based and required a landline. The US version was written by Ed Naha.
Both (or all versions) physical Ghostbusters novelizations are long out of print. Thanks to ghostheads preservation of out of print material, digital copies are available at Spook Central.
What if you want to own a new book smell copy of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II novelizations together? For the first time (probably) in 35/36 years Titan Books in plenty of time for Rust City has ghostheads covered in black slime, uh ink.
This news isn’t completely out of left field. It makes sense with Ghostbusters 2020 aka code name Rust City on the spectral horizon that Sony and a publisher would put together a new making of Ghostbusters book.
Nothing can replace Making Ghostbusters by Don Shay. It’s decades out of print, a physical copy can be pricey, and fortunately for ghostheads is available digitally…for free. (Spook Central PDF file)
Their isn’t a making of Ghostbusters II book like for Ghostbusters. Outside of out of print magazine articles from the 1980s.
During and after Ghostbusters 30th anniversary Insight Editions published Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, October 24, 2015) by Daniel Wallace. That coffee table book pretty much covered every aspect of the Ghostbusters franchise. Both with words and visuals. 8)
It may not be out of print, I haven’t checked. I know within the last month I’ve seen multiple copies at Barnes & Noble.
Not everybody can, does, or will own either excellent book. What will Ghostbusters Legacy bring to the Ghostbusters franchise in 2020?
Eaglemoss/Hero Collector press release after the break.
Kyle Roberts, from Reckless Abandonment Pictures sent over an electronic email to let me know about one of their stop motion videos. It isn’t any stop motion video, it’s a tribute to The Real Ghostbusters intro, “starring” Diamond Select Toys The Real Ghostbusters figures!
It’s that time for all things spooky, and we ain’t afraid of no ghosts! 💚👻💚Oklahoma City animation studio, Reckless Abandonment Pictures, got their start producing fan-made stop motion intro videos; notably X-Men and Ninja Turtles. Since then, DreamWorks, LEGO, Mattel and other major brands started reaching out to them for commercial work. As a labor of love the team is back at it again with a stop motion tribute to the nostalgic 1986 ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ cartoon introduction! With over two months of work and 2,500 individual pictures, Kyle Roberts and crew brought this fan made tribute to life. Artist Nathan Poppe crafted over 30 hand-drawn doodle images to establish a bright and vibrant backdrop to complement Roberts’ use of action figures. The team used a mixture of Ghostbusters toys over the years, from the 1980s nostalgic Kenner figures to the newly released Diamond Select line. They also fabricated their own clay puppet for the walking/dancing ghost! The original RGB theme song was covered by composer Nicholas Poss, vocals by Sean C. Johnson. The whole idea of this labor of love us to feel like all of this is kind of made by kids in their imagination! As kids of the 80s, now with kiddos of our own… it was only fitting that we recorded several of our own kiddos voices shouting “Ghostbusters” in our tribute!
Ghostbusters: The Video Game was officially remastered (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, September 6, 2019) on Friday, October 4. I know some ghostheads have already completed the Ghostbusters game which turns 10 this year!
What if you’re stuck somewhere and need a helping hand, so to speak? Maybe need a gaming manual? Or also want to relive (maybe for the first time) the journey or reviews for Ghostbusters: The Video Game?
Ecto-Containment has ghostheads covered.
Diamond Select Toys has revealed their New York Comic Con “Scared” Mr. Stay-Puft exclusive. Ghostheads would immediately recognize that while this figure is being marketed under The Real Ghostbusters brand, the only time Mr. Stay-Puft was scared is right before the Ghostbusters ruin Gozer’s night.
Opinion: I don’t own the “regular” non exclusive version. I really like the idea behind this affordable toy and collectible. I’m not sure why (other then deceiving a fanbase) Diamond Select Toys couldn’t market this under the Ghostbusters brand.
I safely presume as an exclusive ghostheads who aren’t attending NYCC will have no chance of buying “limited to 500 pieces” Stay-Puft at $20 USD.
That’s toy collecting for you. =/
Near Labor Day in the states Sony Pictures announced that GHOSTBUSTERS™ is returning to “select” movie theaters on October 6 and October 10. What makes these screenings different then just showing the movie is the added “unearthed and rarely seen alternate takes.”
If you own the 35th Anniversary 4K/Blu-Ray, I presume the same content is featured on the discs.
Press release after the break.