Oliver and Company: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Details

Oliver & Company is a movie that came out when I was really young. I slightly remember seeing it in theatres. I also had the soundtrack on an audio cassette (it feels weird typing that word). Disney had released the film on DVD before, but it wasn’t exactly a great release even though it was a “Special Edition.” On February 3, 2009, they’re going to correct that by releasing an all-new 20th Anniversary Edition DVD.

Oliver and Company 20th Anniversary DVD Boxart
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Ghostbusters: The Other Side #1: Review

This week, the first issue in the new Ghostbusters comic book mini-series, Ghostbusters: The Other Side was released. It is being published by IDW.

You may be aware that there was another Ghostbusters comic book mini-series a few years ago, published by 88mph, called Ghostbusters: Legion. I enjoyed that series a lot. The art was really good, and the characters felt familiar even though they are different from both the film and the cartoon.

In the new series, the character designs have again been revamped. As you read though, you start to learn the reasoning for it all. The characters have progressed quite a bit since we last met them. For instance, Winston has a great new character developments that came as a surprise, and a pleasant one at that.

The Other Side #1 starts with the introduction of the antagonists for this miniseries: a group of gangster spirits. The story very quickly progresses, putting the ‘busters through the wringer and making the rest of the series a necessary purchase. How they’re going to get out of this one is beyond me.

It was a very shocking and entertaining first issue, with a pace that is unlike the films. One things for sure, though: I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to see where it goes from here.

Bill Murray’s talking Ghostbusters 3

It’s about time that Bill Murray said more than, well nothing, about Ghostbusters. Up until the last month or so, Murray hasn’t really said anything with regard to Ghostbusters, at all. But since recording dialog for the video game, and the writers being hired, Murray seems to have a lot to say.

“I think it’d be funny to have a girl Ghostbuster. We don’t have a girl Ghostbuster. I mean, they say like, ‘What if you passed it to Chris Rock?’ And I go, ‘Well, I dunno. Is Chris Rock gonna save us?’ You know, I guess. He’s funny.”

He adds, “I just think there’s some funny girls I’d love to see be Ghostbusters.”

Just to be clear, one site I read went well beyond what I thought of, when reading this. The route that I went was more along the lines of Tina Fey. The only real problem is that there isn’t a girl that I can think of, at the moment, that would realistically play a Ghostbuster. One person that came to mind, however, is Janeane Garofalo. She tends to be negatively sarcastic though, and no Ghostbuster was mean-spirited in the films, which I think is what helps make it work.

“We didn’t have a lot of special effects in it. There were just a couple. It was just the funny characters in that world, and I like that movie because of it. The first movie had like 60 plate shots. The second movie had like hundreds. Those guys got their hands on the script early, and it was GONE. It went away. It was hard to wrangle because it was tied all around the effects without the story or the characters coming first. So, they are hard movies to write, and Dan really caught it with that first one.”

That’s absolutely correct. Dan Aykroyd seemed to catch lightning in a bottle. Having a third Ghostbusters film in this day will mean that it’ll have some pretty great special effects. But keep it to a minimum, be smart with the effects and don’t do things just to do them. Story and characters need to be taken care of before any effects shots are considered. In doing this, the effects can support the story, not the other way around.

Thank you, Bill Murray, for re-instilling hope of a great new Ghostbusters film actually seeing the light of day. I’ll leave you with this hilarious quote:

“The characters are fun to do. We did the video game this summer and it was fun to do it again. I found myself walking down fifth avenue singing the song. People were like ‘wow that actor is really full of himself.'”