1989 Criterion Collection master of Ghostbusters is the official release on Laserdisc of Ghostbusters (the first film). It was released in 1989 by Criterion Collection in North America.

List of Releases

CLV Laserdisc (Blue Label)

One disc version which contains the film in widescreen. Lacks the features of the red label except for the theatrical teaser and the original theatrical trailer

CAV Laserdisc (Red Label)

Features: This edition was transferred from Columbia's 35-mm intermediate positive and was digitally mastered from a 2-track screen Dolby-encoded magnetic soundtrack.


  • Release Date: 1989
  • Sound: Dolby Surround -- Digital Sound CX
  • Languages: English
  • Format: 4:3 Letterbox (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio)
  • Discs: 2 Double Sided
  • Sides: 4 Total
  • Video Format: NTSC
  • Criterion Catalog Number: CC 1181L
  • ISBN 1-55940-027-7

Special Features:
In total, there are 570 still image frames and 452 frames for the screenplay.

  • Side 1
    • Storyboards
    • Screenplay
  • Side 2
    • Storyboards
    • Screenplay
  • Side 3
    • Deleted Footage: Janine and Egon
    • Storyboards
    • Screenplay
  • Side 4
    • "Making of Ghostbusters" excerpts
    • Special effects
    • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
    • Improvisation
    • Insider notes
      • An insider look at the making of the film with quotes from the director, actors, and principals
    • Storyboards
    • Complete Screenplay

Exclusive Features:
The following features are exclusive to this Laserdisc:

  • Side 1
    • Deleted Scene: The Stairway
    • Special effects comparison: Library Ghost
      • A split-screen before and after comparison without and with special effects inserted
  • Side 2
    • Special effects comparison: Ballroom
  • Side 4
    • Theatrical Teaser
      • The Theatrical Teaser is a trailer shown in theaters before the movie was complete, before final music pieces was implemented, and has footage not used final version of the movie.
    • Original Theatrical Teaser
      • Unlike the DVD version, the Laserdisc one is in Letterbox format and has "Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You" at the end.
    • Ruth Oliver's Library Ghost Scream Test
      • Ruth Oliver, the actress who portrays the Library ghost practices her "Quiet!" scream.

Videodisc Production Credits:

  • Produced by Aleen Stein and Morgan Holly
  • Assistant Producer, Isaac Mizrahi
  • Special Effects Documentary Don Shay
  • Film-to-tape transfer supervised by Maria Groumbos
  • Film-to-tape transfer by Lou Levinson, Modern Videofilm, Hollywood, CA
  • Supplement design by Kathryn Kanehiro
  • Still frame photography by Julia Jones
  • Special Thanks to Michael Gross and Joe Medjuck, Boss Films and photographer Virgil Mirano
  • Manufactured by 3M, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55144


Notable the Red Label was released there as well.


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