A reboot of the 1980s spectral comedy franchise tops the DVD releases for the week of Feb. 1.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”: A third sequel to the slacker comedy about busting ghosts, this time with the next generation tackling the spectral presence (and intergenerational legacies) in rural Oklahoma.
Helmed by Jason Reitman, son of “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman, the reboot “brings a new family into the ghostbusting dynasty, which includes a single mom, Callie (Carrie Coon), and her two kids: brainy tween Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and gawky teen Trevor (Finn Wolfhard),” Tribune News Service critic Katie Walsh writes.
“Callie is a bit of a loser, bad with money and down on her luck. When her estranged father dies and she inherits his property, she hauls her kids off to rural Oklahoma to investigate the value of his ramshackle old dirt farm,” Walsh continues. “As one might surmise, said ramshackle old dirt farm is bursting with mysterious artifacts and ghost-hunting gear. With Phoebe’s round glasses, mop of dark curly hair and skill with numbers, anyone with even the most casual passing interest in ‘Ghostbusters’ can see where this family story is going.”
Also new on DVD
“Clifford the Big Red Dog”: New movie adaptation of the beloved children’s books by Norman Bridwell about the adventures of Emily Elizabeth and her big red dog Clifford, romping about New York City.
“Deadlock”: Bruce Willis leads a group of mercenaries who hold a nuclear power plant for ransom, with a military veteran who works at the plant being the only person in a position to stop them.
“The Spine of Night”: Animated ultra-violent fantasy film set in a magical realm where heroes from across the ages are fighting to stop a malevolent force.
“Superhost”: Horror thriller about two travel vloggers who decide to create content around their most recent “superhost” in a last-ditch effort to gain viral internet fame, unaware of the woman’s sinister intentions.
“Wayne’s World”: Limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBook celebrating the 30th anniversary of the comedy classic that chronicles the adventures of slackers Wayne and Garth.