With the new Ghostbusters remake just around the corner, fans of the classic comedy have one important task that should be taking priority on their to-do lists: watching the original 1984 movie, stat. To be able to accurately judge Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon's take on the classic, you'll have to refresh your memory first. Where does one find a 32-year-old movie, though? Fortunately, I've already figured out where to watch the original Ghostbusters, since I'll definitely be giving it another viewing before heading to theaters for the remake.
I'll give you the bad news first: unfortunately, Ghostbusters isn't on Netflix. Once you've gotten over that inconvenience, though, prepare yourself for good news — there are other (relatively cheap) ways to watch the classic film, and they're all pretty convenient.
Your first option is to go with the great digital provider of Amazon. For $1.99, you can watch and re-watch the original Ghostbusters for a full 48 hours — or, if you're feeling particularly dedicated, you can spend $9.99 to own it forever. If you're not already an Amazon customer, but you frequently make purchases on iTunes, you can also head over there instead to rent or buy the movie. (A rental will put you back $3.99, and buying Ghostbusters will cost you $12.99 on iTunes.)
In celebration of the Ghostbusters remake, project your iTunes- or Amazon-sourced movie onto a blank wall and invite friends over for a viewing before you head to see the revamp. If you're in luck, you might even find a few theaters playing the original ahead of the 2016 Ghostbusters release. (Check out drive-in theaters and movies-in-the-park summer series, where the original Ghostbusters movie tends to be an oft-replayed hit.)
Once you've prepped with a viewing of the 1984 classic, prepare for the new Ghostbusters to hit screens near you. It's coming to theaters July 15, and it's looking promising: It got rated "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics' reviews being 78 percent positive. A New York Times review weighed in positively, as well, with writer Manohla Dargis writing:
Part of what makes 'Ghostbusters' enjoyable is that it allows women to be as simply and uncomplicatedly funny as men. ... It’s at once satisfyingly familiar and satisfyingly different, kind of like a new production of 'Macbeth' or a Christopher Nolan rethink of Batman.
Not to mention, it's also got the token theme song ("Who you gonna call?"), a fresh 2016 update (featuring selfie sticks!), and four hilarious ladies. I know I'll be watching.