This summer will be a special one, with the 20 year anniversary of ‘Forrest Gump’ and the 30 year anniversary of ‘Ghostbusters’. Paramount announced today that Forrest will once again be running across the silver screen…well, in this case, a ginormous-screen, starting September 5th. ‘Forrest Gump’ dominated the Academy Awards in 1995, with six total Oscars. The film won best picture, while Tom Hanks won for best actor, and Robert Zemeckis won for best director.
Paramount’s ‘Forrest Gump’ announcement came on the heels of Sony announcing that ‘Ghostbusters’ would be re-released in theaters on August 29th, in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. ‘Ghostbusters’ will be restored and remastered, and will have a limited engagement. On September 16th, the movie will be released on Blu-ray, in a special 30th anniversary pack, which will include ‘Ghostbusters 2′.
Thanks Sony and Paramount, because now I feel really freaking old. It’s hard to believe that Forrest Gump is 20 years old…that’s an actual lifetime. And, don’t even get me started on Ghostbusters!
Although I appreciate the homage being payed to both of these fantastic movies, I don’t really see the necessity of re-releasing them to theaters. I actually like what Sony is doing with Ghostbusters, because I would be much more inclined to buy a special edition Blu-ray of the movie, than going to a theater to watch a film I’ve seen 12,334,455,679 times.
As far as Paramount is concerned, re-releasing Forrest Gump in IMAX, just reeks of “gimmicky sales tactics” to me. While I absolutely love Forrest Gump, there is no reason (for me at least) to pony up the extra bucks to see that movie on the extra-large IMAX screen. Besides, I’m sure I can just tune into TBS on any random Sunday, to watch Gump in all his glory, back to back to back to back…you get the picture.
Honestly, the only people I actually see attending the re-release of Forrest Gump in IMAX, is the entire Alabama Crimson Tide fanbase. Nothing says ROLL TIDE! more than actual “Gumping”
Will you be making plans to see either of these movies during their limited re-release? If so, tell me why in the comments section below.