‘Tis the season for candy canes, gifting, regifting, and…the dreaded ugly sweater, which just got ridiculously cool in WalMart’s latest Blu-ray collection.
Yes, I just said WalMart. Their most recent stroke of marketing genius has dressed up Blu-Rays like Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania, Step Brothers, 21 Jump Street, The Night Before, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Stripes, The Fifth Element, Talladega Nights, Pineapple Express and This Is the End in holiday-appropriate ugly sweater covers to regenerate interest in these titles. Not that there is anything in this realm or any other that would ever make someone like me, who grew up with the Ghostbusters movies and animated series, lose interest in blasting disembodied spirits with proton packs.
You’ve got to admire the kitsch factor of the Ghostbusters cover even if you’ve seen it so many times you know how to summon the Gozer. It looks like your grandma’s embroidery got a hold of the signature anti-ghost symbol and decked it out in red and green zigzag patterns. It’s something you can imagine Venkman wearing. Stantz, not so much.
The other covers will either make you awww or cringe depending on your kitsch tolerance. 21 Jump Street is “embroidered” with a pair of tuxes on either side of a police badge. 22 Jump Street features a police helmet-mobile which is the kind of thing you might have wanted to find under the tree when you were about 9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs features a powder-blue umbrella being bombarded with precisely stitched meatballs, while the smiling strawberry on the sequel is admittedly a little creepy.
The ugly sweater slipcovers are literally the only thing different about these Blu-Ray editions (only available in-store), so if you already have the deluxe extended version of every single one of these movies, it might not be worth it—but go for the delightfully tacky aesthetic if you’ve been meaning to get Ghostbusters on Blu-Ray forever.