HD in January, Blu-ray in February


A cutout of the DVD cover for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Image: Sony Pictures

If you wanted to see a big blockbuster coming to theaters for most of 2021, there was some kind of home option. You don’t have to watch this week either The Matrix Resurrections in theaters; it will be streamed on HBO Max. However, as the year went on, some options started to disappear and one of the biggest movies that you simply couldn’t have seen if you hadn’t gone to a theater was Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was released by Sony, one of the few studios dedicated solely to the theatrical experience. It’s a strategy that has worked really well for the studio, not just on Ghostbusters, but Venom: Let There Be Carnage and something called Spider-Man: No Way Home at. Nevertheless, fans who may not have felt comfortable going to the cinema have not yet been able to see Afterlife in their own homes and that is about to change.

Sony just announced that Afterlife will be released for digital download on January 4, followed by a physical media release on February 1. The January 4 release will be available in SD, HD, and 4K UHD versions, while the physical release will be Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, and DVD versions.

And when that happens, you really need to look into it. I am a huge fan of Ghostbusters and was eagerly awaiting the film, especially since it was co-written and directed by Jason Reitman. Not only is Jason a talented filmmaker, he is also the son of original director Ivan Reitman and I didn’t think Jason would jeopardize his father’s legacy in any way. Then I saw the movie and it didn’t – but the movie also feels like it’s trying to please every audience member imaginable, and it sacrifices some of the interesting story that is told as a result. You can read a lot more about that both in my review and the interviews I did with Reitman And his co-writer, Gil Kenan.

Anyway, the movie is right above the Fresh line on Rotten Tomatoes, so most people like it more than I do. That means when the movie gets home, you’ll have to watch it for yourself. Plus, then we can talk about that wild, spoiler-filled ending.


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