The Death Chill (of this Franchise)

“While its story-led elements impress, the rest drags. It’s a wonder why Patton Oswalt is even here other than deliver a paunchy exposition dump that stops the film cold (the character is never seen again). There’s no reason Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) couldn’t handle this on his own knowing the character. Bit parts come and go for the same reason, including a fun idea to expand the research division, but again, those characters exist to explain things, not become the lore itself.”

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Pristine, sharp, defined digital video is peak UHD. Texture pops up everywhere, the fidelity generous whether it’s a wide shot of the city or a close-up. There’s no noise or simulated grain, but also a general blandness to the cinematograohy that gives Frozen Empire a made-for-Netflix aesthetic.

In Dolby Vision, brightness hits a substantial peak. Proton streams sizzle across the screen, and light filtering through ice produces a vivid intensity. Black levels perform a satisfying service.

Well rounded color grading keeps the primaries bright. Saturation runs high. Flesh tones won’t deviate from their natural levels.


Atmos performs stellar work, with proton streams sweeping through the soundstage, heights included. Surrounds across the New York exteriors, even general ambiance when on the streets, keep a persistent level of activity.

Various earthquakes and the containment unit meltdowns produce incredible weight in the low-end. Frozen Empire keeps rumbling throughout, intense and deep. It’s just short of reference, but no less impressive.


Director/co-writer Gil Kenan provides commentary on the UHD, with deleted scenes joining a generic fleet of five EPK featurettes over on the Blu-ray.

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Overcrowded with both characters and exposition, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is forgettable but fun nostalgia bait.

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