Friday, September 4, 2015


This one is purely for fun.  My parents took me to see Ghostbusters in the theaters, when it originally came out; I was very young, but the film left a very vivid impression on me and has since been one of my very favorites.  Few films so effortlessly combine spectacle-driven effects work and biting, cynical humour: Ghostbusters today is a cinematic anachronism, a memory of a now-dead style of classical Hollywood production, a reminder that even the simplest of films could still have thematic heft.
There's nothing remarkable about the score or the soundtrack; it's pretty standard fare, with Elmer Bernstein's orchestral themes complemented by Ray Parker Jr.'s cultural marker of a title track and augmented by a selection of lesser, far more forgettable cookie-cutter pop songs.  In reworking these pieces, i've sought to drag out some stasis and darkness; the result is a truly engulfing set that explores the film's more shadowy implications and moods.
This set consists of the score/soundtrack reworked in empty ambient mode across 10 discs, another 10 discs of the score/soundtrack reworked in HNW/noise mode, and three additional discs of ambient material crafted from various elements of the score/soundtrack.  Also included is an HNW "Totality" rework of the film's audio track.  The entire set is housed in 10 double DVD cases and 4 single disc DVD cases, each with their own unique artwork utilizing images from and ephemera associated with the film.
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $175 ppd. in the United States, $188 rest of world.


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