The planned February 1st release of the Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection may be exciting for some fans, but they may be disappointed to learn that one well-known installment from the franchise won’t be included. Screen Rant reports that the eight-disc set from Sony Pictures does not have the 2016 all-female reboot Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.
Director Paul Feig is not happy about that, tweeting his surprise: “Um … @SonyPictures, I know this must be a mistake. We do have a lot of fans and Bill, Dan and Ernie were in it and it won the Kids Choice Award for Best Feature Film the year it came out. So, I guess this was just an oversight? #weareallghostbusters.” Though series star Dan Aykroyd did feel that Feig overspent on his version of the film and didn’t take the notes he was given, he, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson do appear in cameos.
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was released in 2016 and starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Though it did gross $229 million worldwide, it was not considered a success and received mixed reviews. A post-credits scene suggested the possibility of a sequel, but that has not yet been commissioned. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was directed by Jason Reitman, has had a much more positive reception, taking in $174 million in just one month since its release in mid-November.
The Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection is coming to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD in conjunction with the home release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife on February 1st. It reportedly includes the first Ghostbusters, released in 1984, and its sequel Ghostbusters II, from 1989. Those two films will be wrapped in Ghost Trap packaging, along with two unknown discs with Neutrona Wand and Proton Pack cover art. A reprint of Making of Ghostbusters is also part of the set. Some defenders of the snub of Feig’s film have indicated that it does take place in an alternate timeline and universe, but other box sets, like a 24-film James Bond collection, have featured such films in their editions.