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Ghostbusters 2 [VHS] [1989]

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
  • Directors: Ivan Reitman
  • Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis
  • Producers: Ivan Reitman, Bernie Brillstein, Gordon A. Webb, Joe Medjuck, Michael C. Gross
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Jun. 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The boys in the boiler suits have hit harder times having been sued by municipal authorities, and they are now reduced to doing the circuit of kiddies parties. However, it turns out that there is a physical embodiment of evil slurping around beneath the city, and the men find themselves re-employed once again.

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Much less fun than its predecessor, this 1989 sequel starts off on a bleak note by telling us our heroes from Ghostbusters have been on the skids for five years and Bill Murray's lead character never did hook up with Sigourney Weaver's lovely symphony-musician character. What's more, she has a kid by somebody else. Everybody's on an uphill climb, and Ghostbusters II never soars the way the first film did, despite having the same director, Ivan Reitman (Dave, Kindergarten Cop). The lame plot finds the boys attempting to prevent a disaster on New York City caused by too many bad vibes in the Big Apple. Yikes! Fortunately, screenwriters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis have penned enough good one-liners to keep Murray busy, and if the ghostly special effects no longer surprise as they did in Ghostbusters, they're at least inventive. -- Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
Five years after the events of Gozer, the Ghostbusters have been plagued by lawsuits and court orders, and their once-lucrative business is bankrupt.

However, when Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement only to be promptly arrested.

The Ghostbusters discover that New York is once again headed for supernatural doom, with a river of ectoplasmic slime bubbling beneath the city and an ancient sorcerer attempting to possess Dana's baby and be born again.

Can the Ghostbusters quash the negative emotions feeding the otherworldly threat and stop the world from being slimed?......

So Ghostbusters 2 works, but there are lots of similarities to this and the first one.

Dana gets in trouble again, and thats what brings the boys together.

There's a weird guy coming on to Dana, who eventually gets possessed.

Stantz once again prove to be the bridge between the living and the paranormal.

And of course, the Ghostbusters cause something huge to walk through the streets of New York again.

But who cares when the first one was so great? why not just rehash the first movie and instead of putting the spook in a fridge, put it in a painting? The cast as always are fantastic, and ramis in this movie is more of the one liner spouter than the serious Egon we had in the first one. Hudson gets a little short changed in this as he really doesn't get much to do.

The last fifteen minutes ruins the film a little though with all the good will and singing, and then after all the possession and trouble with stealing Danas baby, Vigo just walks out of the painting intact and picks up the baby.

But you can forgive the films short comings, because the element of nostalgia is still there,and it's just good to see the cast back together again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "Woody" on 27 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
Because the Original was such an "original" this suffers a little from the "son of" syndrome but is still very good. The cast is brilliant and the special effects are well up to the standards of their day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Length: 6:52 Mins
First of all...where are the ghosts? We have the Scolari Brothers and Slimer but there is an agonizing lack of spooks and spectres in this sequel and the bustings of required. Ghostbusters II should have opened with a huge set-piece (ala James Bond) and then launched the title screen. We have seen these guys set-up, we have had the origin story, they were cheered by the city after saving the world from 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together mass hysteria!

Get the point?

Instead the movie stumbles over the starting line by announcing that they were sued by everyone in New York for blowing-up Spook Central and were labelled as frauds. Yeah, because conjuring up a very tangible Marshmallow Man and Gozer's voice booming all over Manhattan is easy to pull off when you're a conman. Not only that but the team have disbanded and Dana has married someone other than Peter. In five years she dumped him, married someone else, had a kid with him, and was dumped herself when he left to go to Europe. That timeline seems a little tight.

A portrait of a gruesome medieval warlord being brought to a New York museum coincides with a viscous, psycho-magnatheric river of slime materializing beneath the streets. All of the hate and anger in New York has became tangible and is giving Vigo the Carpathian power from his painting. He wants to inhabit a newborn on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve and thus take over the world some time later. He's hardly Gozer. Vigo does pretty much nothing for the whole movie and his motivation to become a 90s baby doesn't exactly frighten us.

Where is the darkness?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Boris on 6 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
The DVD came very quickly. The sound quality on the DVD however is very bad. We have to turn the volume up to the highest number to hear anything.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Day VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
... and who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! They're back! Well, not quite yet.
In the opening scenes of Ghostbusters II, we see the guys out of business with only Winston and Ray still clinging onto the forgotten 'Ghostbusting' business (which is basically them trying to amuse eight-year-olds at kids' parties). We learn that the Ghostbusters have been broken up for five-years since the original Ghostbusters film after getting sued by half of New York for their Stay-Puft-slaughtering antics. But strange things are a-brewing under the city: mainly a river of slime generated by all the 'bad vibes' of the citizens of New York. That, and the appearance of a rather haunting painting of a long-dead Carpathian ruler called Viggo means that the world needs our heros again; the world needs the Ghostbusters!
The film is often considered inferior to it's the first Ghostbusters movie, but I beleive they're both classics and both brilliant in their own ways. Ghostbusters II has better special effects, features more on the relationship between Peter Venkman and Dana Barratt, has a catchier soundtrack and just feels more modern (it was created five-years after the original Ghostbusters but it could have been easily made in the 90's). The characters of Wintson and Egon (my favourite character) also have more to say and do in this installment even though poor Ernie Hudson (Winston) still doesn't have his name on the front cover.
GBII has always been considered to be less funnier than the first, but it has a lot more laugh-out-loud moments than the first film which featured a more subtle approach to humour that some people may not find to their taste.
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