Ghostbusters: the afterlife, the surprising sequel to the famous’ 80s film franchise, is coming to digital streaming in the UK, less than two months after its theatrical release.
And, unlike similar films (like Dune and No time to die) which arrived on digital streaming platforms earlier than expected – it seems Ghostbusters: the afterlife will not be a Premium rental, but will instead be available for purchase and digital possession, at a lower cost than previous Premium rentals.
The film is expected to be available in the UK on January 10, 2022, and you can already pre-order it on Amazon’s first video platform (see full details below).
In the US, the film will be available to stream one week before the UK – January 4, 2022.
Ghostbusters: the afterlife was directed by Jason Reitman, the son of Ivan reitman (who made the two originals ghost hunters films in the 80s, and is also a producer of Life after death).
The film is a nostalgic reboot / sequel to the originals and takes place 32 years after the events of the first film in the series.
It follows the story of a single mother and her two children, who move to a new town, only to discover that they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy left by their grandfather. And soon enough – ghosts appear …
Movie stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace, with several of the original cast members – including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, reprising their roles from the original franchise.
Ghostbusters: the afterlife Originally slated to hit theaters in July 2020 – but has been delayed four times, like many other pandemic-era films.
Eventually, it hit UK theaters on November 18, 2021 (and a day later in the US).
How to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife online in the UK
UK, Ghostbusters: the afterlife will be available for purchase and digital streaming on January 10, 2022, just 53 days after its theatrical release.
While this window isn’t as short as some other recent movies (Dune arrived to streaming 46 days after its theatrical release, and Wonder Woman 1984 only took 28 days), it’s still a much shorter home exit window than the months we were used to in the past.
Ghostbusters: the afterlife Apparently not be a Premium digital rental (these typically cost £ 15.99 for 48 hours of viewing) – instead, it will be available for purchase and possession (digitally) from the start.
The price will be £ 13.99 (although things may change until the actual release date), and you can already pre-order on the Amazon VOD store.
Upon launch, the film will be available on most digital VOD platforms in the UK, such as Apple TV, Rakuten TV and Google Play Store.
At the moment, it looks like there are only HD (1080p) and SD versions of the movie available to pre-order for streaming – we don’t know yet if a 4K version will be available (other than on the Blu-ray). ).
A few weeks after the streaming release, Ghostbusters: the afterlife will also be published on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray.
You can already pre-order physical editions on Amazon, and while a final UK release date has yet to be announced, in the US DVDs and Blu-rays are expected to drop on February 1st – we can therefore assume that it will be close to that date in the UK.
Ghostbusters: Will Afterlife hit Netflix in the UK?
Unlike Disney + or HBO Max (in the US), Sony Pictures – which produced the sequel – doesn’t have its own streaming service. Hence, they rely on other digital streaming services.
Usually, movies tend to switch from digital VOD stores to subscription streaming a few months after release for purchase (although this sometimes takes even longer).
UK, Ghostbusters: the afterlife could end up on Netflix (where the original movie is currently playing), or, potentially, on Amazon’s Prime Video, The sky is NOW or even Disney +.
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