CLEANIN’ UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters – Review
At A Glance
The definitive retrospective making of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters. With heartfelt interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and the late great Harold Ramis. Hallmarking the extraordinary achievements made by the filmmakers working in the photo chemical era. Revealing a story of ingenuity and innovation.
Directed by Anthony Bueno
Written by Anthony Bueno and Claire Bueno
Released by Screenbound Pictures
2020, 128 minutes
Available on Digital Download
Available on Blu-ray from 22nd June
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Dan Aykroyd as Himself
Ernie Hudson as Himself
Harold Ramis as Himself
Annie Potts as Herself
Sigourney Weaver as Herself
Ivan Reitman as Himself
Bustin' Makes Us Feel Good All Over Again
By Scott J. Davis
Who are you going to call? Well, that depends on what kind of service you need but for millions across the world, those words will always be synonymous with 1984's classic sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters, a groundbreaking moment in pop culture that has rarely been equaled.
From the first few moments of the film, as we trawl through the New York City library following a librarian carrying out her daily tasks and she is set upon by a ghastly ghost, followed by Ray Parker Jnr's immortal theme song, Ghostbusters was destined for greatness.
One sequel later - 1989's criminally underrated Ghostbusters II - as well as 2016's reboot directed by Paul Feig and a hit cartoon series, the terms ghostbusters and ghostbusting have never died and over the years, new generations have embraced its silliness, its bravado, its ground-breaking effects, and its oh-so-catchy song.
We've seen many behind-the-scenes documentaries and interviews about the film - good and bad - but finally, we have what will go down as the definitive celebratory documentary that dives deep into the extensive folklore like never before.
Director Anthony Bueno and producer/sister Claire have been fans for decades and that feverish obsession - in the healthiest way possible - bleeds all through the film and sucks you up like a ghost trap, taking you on a whirlwind, rollercoaster adventure through the history and showcasing every crevice of the art and craft that went into the film.
Following such infectious and thoughtful docs such as Electric Boogaloo, Lost Soul, and Dangerous Days, this goes deep on information but doesn't let that get in the way of entertainment, of which there are oodles. There are a few holes in the armour, as Bill Murray and Rick Moranis don't feature in new interviews but there are many reasons for that, while its long runtime may be slightly too flabby for some.
But you don't get short-changed as everyone involved is part of the incredible ensemble here that tells us all the secrets of the film, its success, and its incredible legacy that shows no signs of dying just yet - sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife arrives in March, of course.
As a documentary, it does everything you would hope: tells us things we didn't know, takes us on an adventure anew, and cements Ghostbusters' indelible place in the cinematic firmament. Thoughtful, frenetic, and exciting just like the film it embraces, Cleanin' Up The Town is as enjoyable a film documentary you could possibly want.
CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters - Crew Interviews
Claire & Anthony Bueno - interview
CLEANIN' UP THE TOWN: Remembering Ghostbusters - Special Features
· 20 Page Making-Of Booklet
· Filmmaker Introduction
· Deleted Scenes
· Additional Tales
· John DeCuir Extended
· Fan Art
· European Premiere Interviews