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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbusters 2
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.
Published on 27 Feb 2009 by "Woody"

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbuster 2
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.
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Boris


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbusters 2, 27 Feb 2009
This review is from: Ghostbusters 2 [DVD] [2008] (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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbuster 2, 6 Jun 2009
This review is from: Ghostbusters 2 [DVD] [2008] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes s*** happens... someone has to deal with it..., 5 Jan 2003
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J. Day "Swift" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ghostbusters II [DVD] [1989] (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. GBII is also bursting with original ideas (the hilarious 'mood slime' scene, the Statue of Liberty section and diversity of the new spooks) and can hardly be accussed of having exactly the same themes as the first film.
Where the movie does fall down slightly though, is the ending. There's the climax of the Statue of Liberty scene (I'm trying not to give too much away here!), then a few minutes of nothing, followed by the physical appearance of Viggo, and I have to say he was far scarier when he was in the painting.
But that's only a minor niggle in an otherwise classic comedy film.
As for the features of the DVD it's no-where near as good as the original Ghostbusters 15th Anniversary one. It features the usual scene selections and the theatrical trailer (which was on the GBI DVD anyway) and some 'filmographies', which are basically two pages dedicated to each actor on their background information such as other films they've been in, how many Golden Globe nominations they've had, etc. Not the most interesting features in the world and if you've watched all the extra clips and features on the first film's DVD you'll know most of this.
So this is not one for the DVD buff (I suggest you knock off one of the five stars I've given it if you are) but this is a great film nonetheless. I think even people who haven't seen the first movie would enjoy it. Brilliant.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tepid sequel that should have been much better, 2 Oct 2014
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Inspector Gadget "Go Go Gadget Reviews" (On the trail of Doctor Claw) - See all my reviews
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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? This movie is far too light-hearted, helped none by Randy Edelman's lame score which is absolutely no match for the power of Elmer Bernstein from the first movie. Lazlo Kovac's is gone, but Michael Chapman does a fine job in his place, with some truly wonderful wide shots and camera blocking featuring up to six characters at once. GBII has great anamorphic photography but the darkness is not there and it is needed.

It satisfied me as a kid, but I can't help but be disappointed at the numerous missed opportunities when I watch it as an adult. It should have been more. It should have been much, much more.

I also find it odd that for a film that has a climax set on New Year's Eve there is not one mention of Christmas. And what's twice as weird, or just plain lazy, is the fact that the real life building that became Spook Central in the first movie is visible during the montage scene. All the had to do was point the camera in another direction or use a matte painting to alter it back to its fictional appearance.

The Blu-ray looks excellent in 2.40:1 1080p mastered in 4k with DTS HD-MA sound, you can really appreciate the brown-ness of Sigourney Weaver's incisors. There is a small amount of extras, including a 16-minute (why bother) chat with Ivan Reitman and Dan Ackroyd. The interviewer seems out of his depth and appears almost in tears when he asks about the river of slime. What's the deal with that? Ackroyd is not as energetic about the subject as Ray Stantz, mainly because he's had a lifetime of people telling him that there is no such thing. Poor guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Busters 2, 9 Jun 2014
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An old favourate. Bought this for my Grandson who absolutely loves it. I have also bought Ghost Busters 1 which is another old favourate
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5.0 out of 5 stars more spookiness, 8 May 2014
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a follow up to the first and another hilariouse one as an evil 18th centurie warlord tries to regain life through danas baby,a good film for all the family
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5.0 out of 5 stars very happy, 31 Mar 2014
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very happy with this purcghase as it was to compleate our ghoast busters collection as we had no1 this compleated it and the kids r well happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars No this is the best sequel ever made (I did not purchase this film off of amazon), 16 Mar 2014
This review is from: Ghostbusters 2 [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Hugely fun, wildly entertaining, undeniably good and brilliantly over the top action fantasy sci fi comedy hit spectacular. Sigourney Weaver is as dazzling as ever. The entire cast shine. Ernie Hudson is a joy to watch. Whilst obviously nowhere near as excellent as the peerless original this film stands in its own right as a downright entertaining film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now is the season of evil...., 5 Feb 2014
This review is from: Ghostbusters 2 [DVD] [2008] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars kids love it, 25 Jan 2014
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bought this for my children (ages 6, 8 and 11 years) as they loved number 1. they enjoyed this one just as much and have watched it many times now
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