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Ghostbusters Available On USB


Ghostbusters Available On USB

I've often wondered how long it would be before games, music and films were distributed on flash media, so thanks to PNY and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for answering that questions, with the answer: until now. The important question, of course, is: when you need a USB-based film, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters of course!

Bundled on a 2GB USB drive, with plenty of space spare apparently, the film is played from a simple plug and play interface, compatible with Windows PCs, Macs and Linux. Presumably the file itself is on a hidden partition, restricting access to it except via this tool in order to ensure people do actually buy the USB drive to get at the file.

PNY and Sony claim this as the first full length film release on a USB drive, and it hopefully won't be the last. Although at £29.99 from Argos, seemingly the sole UK retailer, I can't see many being tempted.

The major reason for that is that for a mere £4 numerous retailers will sell you the DVD version of the film. While the legality of doing so is debatable, it is a simple process to then transcode that DVD into a digital format which can also be played on any PC.

An interesting taste of things to come? Maybe. A worthwhile purchase now? Almost certainly not.


Argos - Ghostbusters 2GB Pendrive.


September 3, 2008, 10:33 pm

It's not even an ectoplasmic green glow in the dark USB stick.


September 3, 2008, 11:24 pm

Obviously this is just a viability test. But where the hell do they think this is going to go??

Do they imagine people will have a draw full of usb drive movies? Given the ease in which you can just download the film from itunes or whereever, or get the DVD.. this is a complete waste of time. Maybe they are curious how much people will actually pay for Ghostbusters.


September 4, 2008, 12:36 am

Can't think of any reason to buy this over the DVD version, except for novelty. Even then it seems like the movie has been compressed (My DVD rips usually end up at 4-6GB) to get it on a 2GB stick.

Matt G Baish

September 4, 2008, 3:16 pm

Would be nice to know what the video quality is like and (hence) how much space it takes up (or vice versa). Would this also work if plugged into, say, an Xbox360/PS3 (I doubt it by the sound of the PC/Mac requirement).

Anyway I agree with all - totally overpriced - I would say a &#1632 premium (tops) over the price of a blank 2GB stick would be the tipping point for me (for an old, and presumably pretty compressed version).

Any chance of a review? :)

Tony Walker

September 5, 2008, 12:24 pm

You can actuall buy the film, a DVD player *** AND *** a 2Gb USB stick for less than &#16329.99

Just found you can get it on a 128mb MMC card for &#16315.00 - bargain!!!

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