The first reviews for the new Ghostbusters movie are in and at time of writing it stands at a perfectly respectable 78% on RottenTomatoes. And despite a concerted, deliberate attempt from certain corners of the internet who have not seen the movie to bury and de-legitimise every positive review out there, audiences seem to be responding well to it.
In an interview with Collider, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig announced that the Blu-Ray release of the movie will be getting an extended cut. Not only that, but Sony gave Feig and his team additional funds to complete the special effects work on those sequences.
“We actually just finished [the extended cut] so it’s about another 15 minutes longer, but I will also include a lot of the deleted scenes and extra material that we have on the DVD. It’s actually some stuff that we finished the VFX on just because we wanted to have this nice-looking extended cut too, so it was very kind of the studio to let us finish all of that.”
Feig also elaborated on the process of cutting the movie down from what was originally a 4+ hour version.
“The editor’s first cut was 4 hours and 15 minutes, and I trimmed that down to a slim 3 and a half hours. We generate a lot of stuff and I always wanna have all the underpinnings of a big, emotional story, and because of that it just added a lot of extra scenes that as you’re going through, you know you have to make a lot of choices because I knew I had to bring this down under two hours. You just start weeding and saying, ‘What do people want to delve deeper into and what do we wanna just kind of skirt through and get to the fun parts?’”
Have any of you folks seen the new Ghostbusters, yet? Did you ignore the poor marketing and the “fan” backlash and judge it for yourself? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Ghostbusters is already out in certain territories and opens in the U.S. July 15.
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