4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review: Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

Synopsis

The happy team of Ghostbusters has been converted. Everything is going well until the day when Dana’s baby is the victim of a strange phenomenon: her pram moves by itself and wreaks havoc in the streets. No doubt: Vigo is back and will do anything to take over New York. Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston return to service..

Test carried out since the edition (2022) of Ghostbusters 2 (1989). This edition is integrated into the new collector’s box collection 3 filmsand now benefits from Dolby Vision color grading and VFF DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

DISC EXCLUSIVE TO THE COLLECTOR’S BOX. Standard box includes 2016 UHD discs (without Dolby Vision and with VF Dolby Digital).

NB: Image comparisons (.jpg compression, 8-bit) are strictly for illustrative purposes and are not representative of what Ultra HD Blu-ray will display on your calibrated UHD HDR screen.

Video Quality

Released five years after the first part, Ghostbusters 2 (1989) benefited from a 35mm filming carried out with cameras Panavision Panaflex Gold. As early as 2013, the film benefited from a supervised restoration in 4K at Sony Pictures, with the release of a second Blu-ray edition. (mastered in 4K) fully superior to the first iteration of 2009. For this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc (2022), we start on a similar basis (2013 4K scan, ratio 2.40). With this time a new color calibration supervised in Dolby Vision. And of course HEVC compression.

Ghostbusters 2 (1989) benefits from modern HDR values. This Dolby Vision calibration is far from conservative. It is reflected on the screen by a significant contribution in luminous radiance. Dark scenes are unearthed too (the discovery of frost in the sewers, the scenes of nocturnal panic in the city). Note that maximum brightness peak of 8289 nits and a peak average measured at a very solid 1289 nits. In other registers, the superior visual quality of Ghostbusters 2 (1989) also catches the eye. The usual assessment criteria are green again. With nevertheless a clear improvement compared to the first Ghostbusters. This second opus develops much more finely detailed images. The sharpness is superb. And the 35mm grain turns out to be much finer than on the first title. The UHD version thus widens the gap with a more authentic filmic structure, more eye-catching close-ups (the face of secretary Janine Melnitz) and improved finer details (excellent urban textures, museum interior).

In HDR10, the brightness level of the brightest pixel in the entire stream (MaxCLL) comes in at a stunning 8289 nits. An average peak brightness value was measured at a very solid 1289 nits. Similarly, on the entire feature film, 98.67% of the shots are composed of highlights (with a median of 174 nits). Regarding HEVC video compression, the average bitrate was measured at 77881 kbps and 79976 kbps (with Dolby Vision overlay)

Audio Quality

Ghostbusters 2 (1989) enjoys a solid Dolby Atmos remix. In any case much more ambitious than that offered on the first title. The VO is thus to be rediscovered in Dolby Atmos, core TrueHD 7.1 (24 bit, 5069 kbps). The sound stage is ample and balanced with a solid orchestrated part signed by Randy Edelman. We then note a magnificent low register. It plays a key role on several passages such as the roar of the rivers of viscous frost or the displacements of the Statue of Liberty. Air channels are also put to good use during paranormal passages (the release of the Scoleri brothers, the shots of proton flux, the echo voice of Vigo). For a 1989 movie, it’s a solid experience. Sony Pictures incorporated this same VO in its two previous mixes: 5.1 and original 2.0 stereo. These two additional tracks are presented in DTS-HD Master Audio (under 16-bit).

Another good point: unlike the first UHD edition of 2016, the VF gets a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 version (under 16 bits, 2188 kbps).

Prime

– Audio commentary by Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Joe Medjuck (VOST)
– Complete bonus Blu-ray disc

Conclusion

Undeniably a more solid visual experience than the first title. Ghostbusters 2 (1989) benefits from a solid 4K edition, and on all registers: VO, VF, 4K master, Dolby Vision calibration and bonus. Highly recommended!

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