"Ghostbusters" Headed Back to Theaters in August for Classic Comedy's 30th Anniversary

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    Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray in a scene from the film "Ghostbusters"

    If you collect spores, molds and fungus, then we have the summer movie recommendation for you.

    "Ghostbusters" is returning to about 700 big screens on August 29 for what can only be a too-brief theatrical run in honor of the seminal comedy's 30th anniversary.

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    "'Ghostbusters' is still one of our studio's most beloved franchises," gatekeeper Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony, said in a statement. "I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it's a real thrill for me to see that it's still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again."

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    The 1984 film – directed by Ivan Reitman, cowritten by Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis, and starring Akroyd, Ramis and Bill Murray as university-based parapsychologists forced into the results-expecting private sector along with Ernie Hudson – was made for $30 million and ended up grossing nearly $300 million worldwide.

    Now, this theatrical rerelease can work either of two ways: to remind enthusiasts that a third "Ghostbusters" film not featuring Ramis, who died in February, or Murray, who never agreed to do it, is most definitely not needed; or it can get folks all hopped up on the idea that of course another film is needed because look at how magical the first one was.

    A third installment is reportedly in production.

    As if we needed reminding, 1989's "Ghostbusters II" has its moments, nearly all of them featuring Murray and/or Peter MacNicol, but it wasn't nearly as cutting-edge as numero uno.

    The theatrical rerelease of "Ghostbusters" will precede the film's Sept. 16 release on Blu-ray in a brand-new 30th-anniversary edition special package and the 25th-anniversary edition of "Ghostbusters II," on Blu-ray for the first time.

    Meanwhile, June 8 marks exactly 30 years since the original hit theaters, so feel free to yes, have some, on Sunday from the comfort of home before there's mass hysteria.