With the upcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot on the way, it is time to take a look at some of the merchandise that is available for us Ghostheads to get us in the mood. So grab your nearest Ecto-Cooler beverage and lets get busting!
First off, we have “Ghosts from our Past: Both Literally & Figuratively: The Study of the Paranomal,” a tie-in book that will be featured in the upcoming reboot of the franchise. The book is divided into three sections. The first section focuses on the stories of Dr. Erin Gilbert (played by Kristen Wiig) and Dr. Abby L. Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and their experience with ghosts and why they chose to study ghosts. The second section focus on their research and a history of the research that goes into understanding ghosts. The third section focuses soley on the methods of ghosting hunting and conducting paranormal examinations. I will admit that before reading it I was concerned. How could they make a book that examines the basis of the study of ghosts and ghosting hunting a fun read? In short, Andrew Schaffer was able to successfully convey a “science” of ghosts while infusing it with the banter that I am expecting from Melissa and Kristen in the movie, which was funny and informative. Additionally, it does leave little nuggets about the story and some basic ideas on ghost busting, which were enjoyable as well.
For those of you want to enjoy your “classic Ghostbusters” and everything from the other Ghostbusters worlds (such as “The Real Ghostbuters” and “Extreme Ghostbusters”), we have the often referenced book “Tobin’s Spirit Guide.” The book was “written” by Dr. Egon Spengler and Dr. Ray Stantz (as well as Erik Burnham) and gives notes about each spirit, how they are classified, and how they dealt with the particular ghost. The book does a really good job of unifying the “classic Ghostbusters universe” and give each ghost from each iteration a chance to shine. Additionally, the artwork by Kyle Hotz for each ghost is fantastic.
From the creater of GhostbustersCollector.com comes “Ghostbuters Collectables,” a book that collects some of the unique merchandise related to Ghostbusters over the years. The book does not cover every item that was ever released but does highlight some of the unique and interesting Ghostbusters items ever made (and each chapter introduces the era and gives a little history of the merchandise of that era).
My first experience with the Ghostbusters was watching the movies as the Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening film on Channel 11 (WPIX). Wanting more, I naturally made sure to find “The Real Ghostbusters.” Sure, Egon’s hair color had changed and Ray looked….nothing like Ray from the movies, but it was Ghostbusters and it was fun! For those hardcore Ghostheads out there who, for whatever reason, do not have the DVDs for this already, I highly recommend this.
Finally, if you are as excited as I am about the new reboot to “Ghostbusters,” make sure to go to Netflix this Friday (07/15/16) as well for the release of a new documentary film “Ghostheads.” The documentary explores the history of Ghostbusters fandom over the past 30 plus years. Along with all the other awesome books and the DVD box set above (available at all major book and DVD sellers online or near you), make sure to watch “Ghostheads” this Friday on Netflix! Here is the trailer for the documentary:
Busting makes me feel good!
Greg was born and
raised with a love for wanting to
understand how life, the universe and
everything worked, so you can say his mind would always want to be in
far, far away. He also has a love for most things nerdy, including Ghostbusters,
Lord of the
Rings, Marvel, DC Comics and Harry Potter. He is very excited to
have found a “home” to express his various
views on Star Wars and everything
else that can be found on Jakku. Hope it earns him more than one quarter
portion. Darn you Unkar Plutt!