Ghostbusters: Afterlife appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. I thought the transfer replicated the source well.
Sharpness worked fine for the most part. A few oddly soft shots materialized, but the majority of the film appeared accurate and well-defined.
I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also caused no concerns.
Afterlife went with a mix of amber, yellow and teal. That was fine for the movie’s visual design, so I found the hues to seem appropriate.
Blacks were dense and deep, and shadows fared well. Low-light shots delivered appropriate delineation and clarity. All in all, this became a satisfying presentation.
Even better, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Afterlife. A solid soundfield, it boasted the ambition to reach “A”-level.
Not surprisingly, the mix came to life best during the many action sequences. Ghosts, vehicles, explosions and the like zipped around us and made sure that we felt as though we were part of the events.
Even during more passive sequences, the film offered a good soundscape. Music showed nice stereo presence, while environmental elements popped up in logical, natural locations. This was an active and involving soundfield.
From start to finish, the flick boasted excellent audio quality. Speech was crisp and concise, with good intelligibility and no edginess.
Music sounded bright and dynamic, and effects were very strong. They demonstrated fine clarity and accuracy, and the mix also featured positive bass response. This was a consistently engaging track.
The disc includes a bunch of featurettes, and Summoning the Spirit lasts 19 minutes, 50 seconds. It brings comments writer/director Jason Reitman, producer Ivan Reitman, writer Gil Kenan, director of photography Eric Steelberg, 1st AD Jason Blumenfeld,, production designer Francois Audouy, costume designer Danny Glicker, and actors Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver.
“Spirit” examines the film’s roots, development and goals, various effects, story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, and costumes. “Spirit” mixes happy talk with useful data to become a good but fluffy reel.
The Gearhead’s Guide to Ghostbusters Gadgets runs six minutes, 12 seconds and provides notes from Jason Reitman, Blumenfeld, Coon, Ivan Reitman, Grace, Rudd, Audouy, Kim, special effects supervisor Elia Popov, and propmaker Ben Eadie.
As implied by the title, we find notes about various mechanical devices here. This offers a decent take on how the crew updated the old movies’ gizmos. Like “Spirit”, it varies between insights and praise.
With Spectral Effects, we locate a six-minute, 29-second reel that features Jason Reitman, Coon, Grace, Wolfhard, Ivan Reitman, visual effects supervisors Sheena Duggal and Alessandro Ongaro and on-set dresser Alex Smith.
In this reel, we cover creature design and various effects. Expect another blend of puffiness and facts.
Bringing Ecto-1 Back to Life goes for four minutes, 49 seconds and presents info from Jason Reitman, Wolfhard, Audouy, Popov, Grace, Kim, Ghostlight president Cyril O’Neil and special projects manager Josh Erb.
Unsurprisingly, this show examines the franchise’s iconic car and its use in this film. We get a decent view of the subject matter.
Next comes We Got One, a seven-minute, 49-second reel offers a summary of the movie’s many Easter eggs. Some will seem obvious to fans, but others prove obscure, so this turns into a fun reel.
A Look Back lasts 10 minutes, 37 seconds and involves Potts, Weaver, Ivan Reitman, and actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.
This offers a nostalgic view of the 1980s movies. Nothing substantial emerges, but it’s nice to see the old gang together again.
Finally, A Look Ahead fills three minutes, 44 seconds with Hudson,. Ivan Reitman, Murray, Aykroyd and Jason Reitman. They talk about how awesome it is to be back in a new Ghostbusters movie. It’s still cool to see these four veterans together, but this piece exists as little more than torch-passing praise.
Called “Is It Ever Too Late?”, one Deleted Scene runs one minute, 24 seconds. It shows more of Callie as she and Janine explore Egon’s house. Nothing substantial emerges, but since it gives Potts more time on screen, it’s enjoyable.
The disc opens with ads for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, A Journal For Jordan, Morbius, Uncharted and Alex Rider. No trailer for Afterlife appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Afterlife. It includes the “Summoning” featurette and previews but lacks the other Blu-ray extras.
A mix of reboot and sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife offers reasonable charms. However, the movie tries too hard to pay homage to he original films and does not form its own identity as well as it should. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with a mediocre set of supplements. Parts of Afterlife work but the movie feels less satisfying than I’d like.