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Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

Bill Murray , Dan Aykroyd , Ivan Reitman  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000J11I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Sequel November 19, 2000
"Ghostbusters II" recieved a fair amount of bad press when it was first released, but it is a charming, well produced and yes, funny sequel to the first blockbuster. The film picks up five years after the original. We find the Ghostbusters out of business and broke, Bill Murray is hosting a bizarre cable access show called "World of the Psychic" and Ackroyd and Ernie Hudson are performing at children's parties. Aren't the parents nervous about the GB's wielding their proton packs around thier youngsters??
The story speeds up when the Ghostbusters reunite and discover the soul of an ancient tyrant resides in a portrait in a museum. The tyrant, named Vigo has decided to take possession of Sigourney Weaver's child so he can live again to rule the world. This plot seems more disturbing than the plot in the first film, but director Ivan Reitman gives us plenty of humor to counter balance.
While not as funny as the first film, "Ghostbusters II" proves to be an entertaining follow up to the first classic film. After years of viewing, "Ghostbusters II" reveals itself to be a classic in it's own right.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S JUST A MATTER OF SLIME April 13, 2005
In all likelihood, a sequel to the enormously successful and entertaining GHOSTBUSTERS was not necessary. In this whimsical, but often tedious, sequel, the ghostbusters are back, after being banned from ghostbusting! Which makes no sense as everyone hailed them as heroes after the defeat of the Marshmallow Man! But for plot purposes, that's what they decided to move this movie. Although the original cast and director are back, they don't seem as inspired or "in to it" like they did in the first. Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver seem to be going through the motions; Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are pretty much what they were in the first; and Rick Moranis & Annie Potts, who were so much fun in the original, don't seem to be a part of the story as much in this one. Peter MacNicol as the crazed museum curator is excellent in his role, and we get some fun support from Harris Yulin as the Judge and Janet Margolin as the prosecuting attorney.

The effects this time are fairly similar to the original, but the use of the Statue of Liberty in the climax is a little too far-fetched even for this kind of film. We also don't know how they get her back in the harbor after the cataclysmic ending.

I enjoyed watching the movie, but I can see why they never went for any more entries. Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By P. Opus
Not much can top the original Ghostbusters movie, at least for me. That was the defining film of my childhood (I was 7 when it came out). After I saw it, my list of career goals instantly took shape: (1) be a Ghostbuster. I put in some serious practice time running around the house with a backpack and an umbrella or toy gun (makeshift proton pack) shooting at invisible ghosts. I probably scared my parents quite a bit. Although I failed to become a Ghostbuster, the film stays with me and is one of the most potent pick-me-ups in existence (just pop it in the player and under most normal circumstances, my mood gets better).

So when news of a second film came out a half-decade later, I was of course very excited. By that time however I was also not 7 anymore, my career goals were somewhat more nuanced, and what I expected from a film also reflected a bit more personal development. Plot, characters, all of this was a little bit more important now. The second film delivered...sort of. The same great characters were there but the plot seemed a bit more contrived and forced. The ghosts didn't seem as threatening this time out and Bill Murray didn't seem as engaged in the whole thing. I recall mild disappointment (although what can compete with a walking Statue of Liberty when you're 12?) and didn't see the film again for many years.

I recently bought a copy on DVD to see whether my 12-year-old critical judgment had any merit or whether I was just a jaded pre-teen given to quick dismissal of pop culture items that didn't measure up to expectations. I found that I was both right and wrong. As a 34-year-old I can say that the plot is very contrived.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Imagine for a moment that in 1944 MGM decided to make a sequel to "The Wizard of Oz". They managed to reunite the entire original cast: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan and Billie Burke. The production values were as high as in the first film, and Victor Fleming once again provided capable direction. There was only one problem: the script was deeply flawed and far inferior to that of the previous film.

For those of us who remember the original "Ghostbusters" as an all-time classic from our childhoods, "Ghostbusters 2" is the precise equivalent of that hypothetical "Oz" sequel. For an hour and forty minutes we get to see the characters from one of our favorite movies, played by the same actors, in another movie. The only problem is that it isn't a *good* movie. "Ghostbusters 2" is painfully derivative of its predecessor; it's far less well structured; and Randy Edelman's score can't hold a candle to Elmer Bernstein's for the first film.

As a child I avoided seeing "Ghostbusters 2". I knew it would probably be painful to watch, given my love of the first film, and I was right. As an adult I can now derive some degree of enjoyment from the film. I love the characters, and I love seeing them again. But if you ever find a DVD of "The Wizard of Oz 2" that has dropped in from a parallel dimension... you know who not to call.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
GHOSTBUSTER'S II first time blu-ray release and in beautiful 4K mastering
i guess Columbia pictures decided to release the sequel on blu-ray this time
for the 30th... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Ben30
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything looked good thank you
Published 5 days ago by P. Shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Ya Gonna Call, Part II
Ghostbusters II, while really good and often quite funny, didn't pack the punch of the original. It's hard to fault the movie. The original was, well, ORIGINAL. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Happy Camper
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's movie!
I love this movie!
Published 24 days ago by M. Stefanides
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sequel
Good movie. I forgot how funny it was.
Published 1 month ago by David H. Dunkle
4.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated sequel ever.
Review of anticipation of Bluray.
Sorry folks I don't have it yet, but I am definitely buying, unless they drop the ball and it looks no better than the DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cornelius Fortinbras III
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 2 months ago by Lyndall Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostbusters 2
This is a awesome movie. ghostbusters 2 is as good as the first movie and better yet the original cast is in it. this is a great movie and a great addition to the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I like that it is coming to Blue ray But what is 4K remastered??
Does it just play on a good Blue Ray player,
If you do not have BD Live and more does this mean it will... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon44
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good of a movie as Ghostbusters was...
I will give the original Movie Ghostbusters Movie *5* stars but alas no sequel is as
good as the original. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Pylant
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