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This Ain't Ghostbusters XXX

Review by: 
Sinferno
Release Date: 
2011
Studio: 
Hustler
Genre: 
Adult/Parody
Format: 
Blu-ray
Region: 
A
Aspect Ratio: 
1.85:1
Directed by: 
Axel Braun
Cast: 
Evan Stone
Lily Labeau
Ron Jeremy
Movie: 
5
Extras: 
5
Bottom Line: 
5

What is there to say about GHOSTBUSTERS except to say that this film was inarguably a commercial success in every sense of the word for all possible audiences both mainstream and cult? This is the summer 1984 flick that spawned countless video games, two animated series and a top forty theme song which everyone can still recite the chorus to, some thirty years later.  Despite its laurels, one question still rages among critics. What genre does it best belong into? The $32,000,000 special effects budget alone rivaled most action movies of the day yet no one could say it was serious enough to be a supernatural thriller.  Additionally, while the laugh factor element was pervasive and ever-present, the violent destruction of New York is not a fitting topic for a proper comedy, even perhaps less now than it was back then thanks to 9-11.  Of course the friendship and loyalty expressed between the Ghostbusters themselves could elevate this film into some kind of “Buddy Picture” except the fact that fighting a 30 story marshmallow man with futuristic flame throwers is hardly a suitable, serious cinematic allegory for unlikely friendship among brothers in arms.  Thankfully, Hustler films has listened intently to film geeks everywhere who still debate the true genre identity of this classic film and has decidedly answered it once and for all with this release, That answer of course, (as always) is…

“Who cares, it’s a porno now. Shut up!”

Let’s take a look at THIS AINT GHOSTBUSTERS XXX and see if it contains the wacky “spirit” of the original?  Gee, I wonder what they will use for slime?

As for the film, it makes sense and by that I don’t mean that it is logical. GHOSTBUSTERS largely had a non-linear plot that was more about madcap, individual bombastic scenes than creating a taut, chronologically storyboard driven experience. This lack of seriousness of an original film usually often makes for a pretty decent adult film parody, and it has certainly done so in this case.

Evan Stone (naturally) plays the part of Dr. Peter Venkman and Stone’s imitation of a young Bill Murray is so reflective of the original actor’s trademark oblivious awkwardness that it made me long for the days of vintage Saturday Night Live.  Additionally, almost of the players are eventually involved in a thematic sex scene that actually makes sense according to their character and the result is somehow satisfying.  For example, Venkman has relations with the pretty coed from the beginning of the film as well as Dana (played by a young Raven Alexis) an actress who looks just like a slutty, twenty something Sigourney Weaver right down the black and red dress she wore at the time of her “becoming”.  Additionally, the characters Egon, Louis and Janine have a geek three-way on her desk at the firehouse that fogs up everyone’s glasses.  Finally, it should said that the uniforms are perfect, even and including the proton packs themselves which look no more implausible than those from the original film.  Digital graphics are used to simulate the some of the more fanciful ghost attacks where physical props would be impractical including a transitional moment using a CGI depiction of their trademark white 1963 hearse pulling out of the firehouse and toward the camera…its license plate?

“ERECTRO-1”

Muahahaha!

As always in an Axel Braun picture, the budgetary attention given to wardrobe, actor and plot doctrine is immensely meticulous and the film couldn’t be a better adult film sendup of the original. Suffice to say, everyone who remembers the seeing the original film in theaters back in 1984 is surely adult enough to appreciate this today (if not at least legally view it).

In closing, it should be stated that this is a 3D product and as such, it offers you a multitude of different viewing options including old-school 3D DVD with a couple pairs of anaglyph glasses (enclosed) or “active” 3D on Blu-ray which is decoded through the appropriate equipment. Normal DVD and Blu-ray versions are included as well. The 3D versions are high end, incredibly fluid and may finally provide some secret, untold delight for mommy’s and daddies as they gleefully realize for themselves that their 3D home theater is capable of so much more than the fiftieth Disney movie involving a troupe of needlessly singing animals or still yet another Pixar tale of inanimate objects with neurotic personalities that make up 80% of all “native” 3-D releases for the home market.  The level of sexual, screen detail on the Blu-ray 3D version is as appalling as it is awesome. The old-school DVD version is less so (obviously). Yet admittedly, there is something about the nostalgia of those old cardboard red and blue glasses which takes one back to the mid-eighties and a simpler time when this film ruled the box office.

Besides the four versions of the film enclosed in this two disk set there is a photo slide show, trailers collection and a snazzy lenticular “motion” cover. I can’t imagine any conceivable extra that was left out here.

Additionally, for the first time in history I am giving an openly XXX film a perfect score. It’s funny, filthy; staying true to the goofy, ghostly gambits of the original while being everything you want in a mainstream adult film for consenting adults who routinely enjoy such fare.  In the words of the poet and songwriter Ray Parker Jr:

“Bustin’ makes them feel good”.

You will enjoy it too. 

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