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Two in the Box is the twelfth chapter on the DVDs of Ghostbusters II. This chapter the Scoleri Brothers are captured by the Ghostbusters. This chapter also features the first montage of the movie.

Cast

Equipment

Vehicles

Items

Environmental

Locations

Plot

Ray, Egon, and Peter suited up with the Proton Packs laid out on the exhibit table. Ray helped put one on Egon's back. Peter stumbled around with his pack on to oversell the weight of it. Peter remembered he always hated that part of the business. Egon helped Ray put on the third pack. Peter noted it had been a couple of years since they last used the equipment. He hoped it still worked. Egon stated the packs should still work since the power cells had a half-life of five thousand years. Ray pointed out there was no time for a bench test and cued everyone to turn on the throwers. Peter turned on the switch on his thrower and in reaction to the sound, sang "Do," Ray followed with his thrower, sang "Ri," Egon turned on his, and sang "Egon!" Peter looked at Egon in disbelief. Egon grinned. The chairs in the gallery started to bounce around. Egon, Ray, and Peter stood their ground waiting for the ghosts to reappear. The Scoleri Brothers popped up. The three fired wildly at them and missed. The Scoleri Brothers flew away through the wall behind the judge's bench. Peter yelled. Peter, then Ray, then Egon all laughed. Louis started to calm down but freaked out when the Scoleri Brothers came back. Peter fired at Nunzio in the gallery. He walked past the bar and snagged him. Peter goaded him and declared he was going to take him home to his private zoo. Ray exclaimed, "You got him!" and asked Egon to bring over the Trap.

Egon got the Trap off the exhibit table. Tony Scoleri came through a wall cackling. Egon warned Ray and ducked as he fired. The glass partition shattered and the shards rained down on Judge Wexler's back. Ray soon wrangled Tony Scoleri. Peter backed out of the gallery with Nunzio. Egon instructed Ray to hold Tony and then told Peter to start bringing Nunzio back. Peter continued teasing Nunzio's figure. Egon told Ray to hold Tony and to keep pulling to the right. Egon placed the Trap on the floor and signaled Ray and Peter. He pushed the Trap across the floor. Ray encouraged Egon to hit the pedal. Egon waited then stomped the pedal. They all turned away. The Scoleri Brothers were pulled into the Trap. Their eyeballs were the last to be seen as the Trap closed. It beeped. Ray declared, "Two in the box!" Egon followed with, "Ready to go!" Peter started with, "We be fast..." and all three shouted, "...and they be slow!" Louis came over and looked at the Trap in awe. Peter, Egon, and Ray triumphantly strode out of the courtroom. Louis held out the Trap. The Prosecutor was tended to nearby. Reporters swarmed around them. Cameras flashed. Peter announced they were the best, the beautiful, and the only Ghostbusters. Ray declared they were back.

Run-D.M.C.'s take on "Ghostbusters" began playing for the montage.

The phone rang in the Firehouse. Janine Melnitz answered the phone at the reception desk like no time had passed. She confirmed to the caller that the Ghostbusters were back.

Egon, Peter, Ray, and Winston jogged down a street suited up as Ghostbusters again.

A workman wiped down the new Ghostbusters II sign up on the Firehouse exterior. A Santa Claus rang his bell nearby.

Ecto-1a, the new car, drove off. Louis walked out the Firehouse after them. He yelled out to them to only accept certified check, cash or money order.

In the evening, Ecto-1a sped past stores at 532-536 Columbus Avenue (at West 86th Street) and turned at the corner of East 76th Street and First Avenue, past the 3-Star Diner at 1463 First Avenue.

The Ghostbusters jogged out of Record Explosion at 2 Broadway with Santa hats on and in charcoal jumpsuits. Egon held a smoking Trap. Peter held the Latent Image Sensor.

Ray and Egon collected more Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm from a set of stairs of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle at 8-10 Columbus Avenue. Ray ladled some into a clear jar.

A ghost jogger ran the jogger's route around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Reservoir in the northern part of Central Park. Living joggers screamed in fright and hopped out of its way. Ray, with his Ecto Goggles on, gave Peter the signal. Peter, who sat on a bench reading the newspaper, stomped the pedal. A Trap was buried in the ground just barely visible for it to open. The ghost ran right over it and was trapped. Peter bid the ghost goodbye.

A new Ghostbusters commercial played on a Sony television set in Jack Hardemeyer's City Hall office. A ghost prop swung by the bed of a couple. The couple was portrayed by Janine and Louis. Janine screamed. Louis asked her what was wrong. She replied it was the ghost again and conceded they were going to have to move. Louis picked up the phone at their bedside. He stated the ghost was moving, not them. She asked him who he was going to call. The Ghostbusters stood in front of their bed in pose and stated "Ghostbusters!" Jack Hardemeyer buried his head in his crossed arms.

The Ghostbusters slid down a pole in the Firehouse. Winston was in the tan coverall. Egon and Peter were in the charcoal. Peter shouted, "Yee-ha!"

A traffic light was on red. Ray drove Ecto-1a way too quickly and erratically. Ecto-1a made a hard left turn heading north on Hudson Street, turning west onto Barrow Street near 460 Hudson Street and 93 Barrow Street. He shouted something. Peter and Egon exchanged worried looks. Peter looked at him from the back.

The Ghostbusters, in their charcoal coveralls, ran into a store named Orrefors on 58 East 57th Street. They had several cases. Egon had the Giga Meter. Inside, they wore Ray Ban sunglasses. Peter looked over at a female employee. Several mounted devices bearing the caution stripe motif were placed around floating fine crystals. Egon gave the signal. The devices were triggered. Purple beams were projected. They turned away. The fine crystal coming came crashing to the ground and cases below and shattered.

Slimer ate food out of Louis's lunch box in the Firehouse garage bay and made a mess. A Fritos bag was open. A chocolate snack was eaten. Only a red apple was untouched. Louis walked to the bay area. He shouted to Janine it was lunch time then remarked to himself it smelled like someone took a dump. Louis and Slimer saw each other and paused. Louis dropped his files. They both screamed and fled in opposite directions.

Ray and Egon collected more Psychomagnotheric ectoplasm from the phone of a phone booth on West 59th Street across from the 910 9th Avenue side of Coliseum Park Apartments a block over from the Church of St. Paul. Egon held up the phone and slime dripped down into a clear jar held by Ray.

Ecto-1a drove along FDR Drive between East 36th & East 37th Streets.

The Ghostbusters, in their charcoal suits, returned to Ecto-1a at East 57th Street and Park Avenue. Winston and Peter held a Trap each. Ray and Egon still had their throwers drawn.

Dana Barrett fed Oscar while she saw the same commercial Jack Hardemeyer saw earlier. Winston mentioned the Ghostbusters' special half-price service plan. Peter feigned surprise at such an offer. Ray added that was not all. He cued Egon. Egon presented the Ghostbusters hot beverage thermal mug and free balloons for the kids. A caption flashed on screen reading, "LIMIT ONE PER FAMILY." Dana grinned and shook her head in reaction to the caption.

Trivia

Ghostbusters II

  • In the August 5, 1988 draft:
    • On page 39, Egon admits they never tested the Proton Packs to find out how long the fuel cells last without recharging.
      • In the movie, the ghosts are absent when the Ghostbusters put on their Proton Packs then the chairs in the gallery are thrown around.
    • On page 40, Ray handles the Trap that captures the Scoleri Brothers.
      • In the movie, Egon traps the ghosts. Peter aims at the Trap and barks at it.
  • In the September 29, 1988 draft:
    • On page 41, Egon admits they never tested the Proton Packs to find out how long the fuel cells last without recharging. Ray tells everyone to switch to full stream. Peter asks the ghosts to pick on someone their own size.
    • On page 42, Ray traps the ghosts. They pose for photographs inside the wrecked courtroom.
  • In the November 27, 1988 and February 27, 1989 drafts:
    • On page 47, they put on their Proton Packs while the ghosts tear up chairs in search of the Judge. Ray tells everyone to switch to full neutronas. Peter asks the ghosts to pick on someone their own size.
      • In the movie, the ghosts are absent when the Ghostbusters put on their Proton Packs then the chairs in the gallery are thrown around. No setting on the Particle Thrower is spoken. Egon gets the Trap.
    • On page 48, Ray traps the ghosts. Peter declares, "Occupado." Egon tells The Prosecutor she made a brilliant summation as she is tended to by the Bailiff and county clerk. They pose for photographs inside the wrecked courtroom.
      • In the movie, Egon traps the ghosts. Peter aims at the Trap and barks at it. Egon doesn't talk to the Prosecutor. She is seen in the end credits being tended to by a paramedic. They pose after they step out of the courtroom.
  • The courtroom is a set on one of the Burbank Studios sound stages.
  • The Scoleri Brothers were filmed separately at the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) special effects studio.
  • Egon mentions the fuel cells of the Proton Pack have a half-life of 5000 years.
    • The radioactive isotope closest to 5000 years is Curium-246. It has a half-life of 4730 years.
  • Peter, Ray, and Egon do a version of the "Do-Re-Mi" show tune.
    • It was improvised during filming of the scene.[1]
  • At first, the team at ILM attempted to duplicate the Proton Streams from the first movie. Dennis Muren and Mark Vargo encouraged animation supervisor Tom Bertino and the crew to go in a new direction in order to surprise the audience. John Armstrong and Peter Crossman came up with designs that evolved the Proton Streams to act like cowboy lassos and fishing lines. Muren and Vargo approved then the designs were brought to Ivan Reitman. Reitman loved them and gave the go-ahead to continue. The lasso idea turned out to work very well with the mylar squash and stretch effect used on the Scoleri Brothers. When the streams were supposed to wrangle them, the mylar would be utilized to constrict the ghost.[2][3]
  • Only 14 chairs would be thrown around because the rest were rented, only four pillars could be blown up, and only one wall of glass could be broken.[4]
  • Jim Fye and Tim Lawrence filmed separately as the Scoleri Brothers in wire rigged suits in front of blue screen at the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) special effects studio. The footage would later be projected onto flexible mirrorplex then rephotographed.[5] Meanwhile, in place of the actors, full-scale cutouts were used to aid the cast and crew during filming.[6]
  • Whatever was slated to be blown up was made of balsa wood: the railing, the walk through hinged doors, the judge's box and defense table. [7]
  • In order to reset the scene easily, parts were made for three takes of everything.[8]
  • Peter alludes to the Containment Unit, calling it "his private zoo."
  • Ray calls Egon "Spengie" when he tells him to get the Trap.
  • The ILM animation department also expanded on the Trap and its interaction with ghosts. Instead of just having the ghosts disappear into the Trap, the team animated the ghosts coming apart and added comets and lightning to the inside of the trap cone field. Mike Lessa devised a staggered effect where Nunzio was sucked into the Trap head first and his shoes would be left behind for a few seconds. Dennis Muren suggest Tony Scoleri's eyes to be left behind for an instant.[9]
  • When Peter, Ray, and Egon emerged and declare they're back, the female reporter holds up her microphone to them. The microphone logo indicates she is from WKRR.
  • In the September 29, 1988 Draft:
    • On page 43, Peter, Ray, and Egon go to the old Firehouse, boarded up, still wrecked, and the gaping hole in the roof is still there. Peter concludes they got too big too fast and their liability insurance didn't cover saving the world.
    • On page 44, Egon thinks the continued integrity of the biosphere is everyone's responsibility. Peter thinks they should charge more for saving the world. Ray thinks the damage to the Firehouse is superficial.
    • On page 45, Egon admits he doesn't find quantum theory that challenging anymore. Peter proposes they keep the business small this time. They hear a strange sound emanating from the basement.
    • On page 46, they encounter Slimer and get slimed.
    • On page 46, the full commercial is shown.
      • In the movie, the role of the husband and wife are portrayed by Louis and Janine instead of a nameless man and woman.
    • On page 48, the Firehouse's old logo comes crashing to the ground then the new one is put up. Peter goes into the Firehouse. Janine tells a caller the Ghostbusters might be in the area later in the week. She tells another caller it sounds like a Free Roaming Vaporous Phantasm if it isn't the landlord.
      • In the movie, the new logo is already up and being wiped. Janine tells a caller the Ghostbusters are busy until the New Year and tells him not to go in there.
    • On page 49, Janine mentions the weekly special is $199.95, which includes trapping, removal, and a 1 year ghost-free guarantee. She talks to Peter while he walks to the basement with a smoking Trap. He notes she left a great office temp job and informs her they only have unisex restrooms then notes they have to go to the World Trade Center before the Murray Hill case. Janine sighs and hits the alarm button.
      • In the movie, this is omitted.
    • On page 50, Louis slides down a pole after the guys. He tells them because he refiled as a New York Corporation, he needs their Social Security numbers for their W-2 forms. Winston tells him his is 322-36-7366. Louis notes his is 450-27-2149 then mentions he has Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune games on one floppy disc.
      • In the movie, this is omitted.
    • On page 51 to 54, the Ghostbusters go to Drexel, Burnham, and Lambert at the World Trade Center and enter the office of Ed Petrosius, a super successful, very tightly wound and highly charged bond salesman with pyrogenesis.
      • In the movie, this case is omitted.
    • On page 55, Petrosius is successfully treated with bio-feedback. He sits in a chair and watches a videotape recording of tropical fish in an aquarium while electrodes are attached to his head, chest, and fingertips.
      • In the movie, this case is omitted.
  • In the November 27, 1988 Draft:
    • On page 49, Peter states they are back in business. The Firehouse's old logo comes crashing to the ground then the new one is put up. Peter goes into the Firehouse. Janine sets up her desk with family photos and a Garfield doll. Janine tells Louis her Social Security number is 129-45-8986. Louis tells her his is 322-36-7366. Janine notes according to numerology, he is a person with a great appetite for life and has a deeply passionate nature.
      • In the movie, Ray exclaims, "We're back!" The new logo is already installed. This rest of the scene is omitted. In the August 5, 1988 draft, Winston's Social Security number was 322-36-7366 and Louis's was 450-27-2149.
    • On page 50, Peter asks Louis about the bank loan. Louis reports the bank hung up on him. The other come downstairs in ridiculously overdone and over-decorated with military berets, topping off the whole ensemble. Peter sees their unhappy looks. Peter bluffs they look incredible. Winston thinks they look like the Bronxville High School Marching Band. Peter claims it is all part of a new plan-higher visibility, lower overhead, deeper market penetration, and bigger profits.
    • On page 51 to 52, Peter tells them out his Ghostbusters Gift Boutique idea-tee-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, visors, beach towels, mugs, calendars, stationary, balloons, stickers, Frisbees, paperweights, souvenirs, tote bags, party supplies, motor oil, toys, video games, then thinks of breakfast cereal. He then thinks of getting cheap junk from Taiwan or Korea and slapping the logo on it. Egon interjects that their primary concern should be the continued integrity of the biosphere. Peter claims that's what he said. Ray states they don't have time for it and votes they stick to the old coveralls. Peter relents but asks them to still think about the boutique.
      • In the movie, it is omitted. When Peter hugs the Animated Toaster, he thinks it would make a great Christmas boutique item.
    • On page 52 to 53, the full commercial is shown.
      • In the movie, only part of the commercial is shown.
    • On pages 54 to 58, Peter visiting Dana at the Manhattan Museum of Art is part of the post-courtroom activity.
    • On page 58, the new car is identified as Ecto-2.
      • In the movie, Ecto-2's name is changed to Ecto-1a.
    • On page 59, Ray sits on a bench across from Peter in Central Park. After the trapping, Peter notes the Jogger Ghost ran his last lap in under six minutes. Ray thinks he could have been an Olympic prospect. The Ghostbusters emerge from a jewelry store wearing Santa hats. They pull up to the World Trade Center.
      • In the movie, Ray is standing nearby. After the ghost is trapped, Peter waves "Bye bye." The World Trade Center case is omitted.
    • On page 60 to 63, the Ghostbusters go to C.J. Whittaker and enter the office of Ed Petrosius, a super successful, very tightly wound and highly charged bond salesman with pyrogenesis.
    • On page 63 to 64, a case takes place in a Steuben Glass Store. Ray and Peter talk to the manager while Egon and Winston set up an array. Ray tells the manager the case is a straight polarity reversal and some kind of P.K.E. storm had blown through and affected the silicon molecules in the glass. After the crystals crash on the floor, Ray asks the manager if he will pay by cash or check.
      • In the movie, the Orrefors case takes place on East 57th Street. The only part of the case seen is the crystals crashing to the floor.
  • In the February 27, 1989 draft, some scenes have been omitted from the November draft and now have the Louis and Slimer antics:
    • On page 49, the old logo comes crashing to the ground then the new one is put up. Peter goes into the Firehouse.
    • On page 50-51, the full commercial is shown. Louis coming out the door after the Ectomobile and meeting Slimer is one scene.
    • On page 52, Ray and Peter catch the Jogger Ghost
    • On page 53, after the Ghostbusters emerge from the story wearing Santa hats. The glass store is now Orrefors. Louis sets a chicken on a string trap for Slimer.
  • Run-D.M.C.'s take on "Ghostbusters" plays during the montage.
  • The first montage has scenes that were deleted from the movie.
  • Janine's debut was filmed inside the Fire Station No. 23 in Los Angeles.
  • Peter, Ray, and Egon did a similar jog down a sidewalk in the first montage of the first movie in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard. This time, Winston is included.
  • The new sign scene was filmed outside Hook & Ladder Company #8 at 14 N. Moore Street in New York City.
  • The Hook & Ladder 8 sign was left up during shooting of this movie. It was removed during production of the first movie.
  • The sign-maker's phone number "(516) 374-2340" is visible on his crane. This is the phone number for Five Town Neon Service Inc. The "Five" can be see on the crane as well.
  • Ecto-1a's first scene was at 532-536 Columbus Avenue (at West 86th Street) in New York City.
  • The Ghostbusters' phone number has changed to (212) 555-2020.
  • For the first montage a night shot of Ecto-1a was filmed at the corner of East 76th Street and First Avenue, evidenced by 3-Star Diner, located at 1463 First Avenue.[10]
  • The montage scene where the Ghostbusters exit Record Explosion, a home entertainment store, in Santa Claus hats was filmed across the street from the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 2 Broadway.
  • There are several items in the Record Explosion store display:[11][12]
    • Below Winston's right hand, as he waves while exiting Record Explosion, is a display in the shop window for $3.99 children's videos.
      • Row 1: "Educational Favorites: Learning Your Letters", "Daffy Duck and Friends" from Great America Cartoons, "Our Gang featuring Follies of 1938, Vol. 1", "The Adventures of Superman: The Man of Steel" Volume 1, and "Educational Favorites: Learning Your Numbers"
      • Row 2: "Little Audrey" Starring in "Tarts and Flowers" and "Goofy, Goofy Gander," Donald Duck starring in "Spirit of 43," "Cinderella," and "Casper The Friendly Ghost and Friends"
      • Row 3: "Raggedy Ann" Starring in "The Enchanted Square", "Bugs Bunny and Friends", "The Best Of Popeye The Sailor Vol. 3", "Foghorn Leghorn Starring in Crowing Pains - Plus 2 Other Cartoons", and "Porky Pig and Friends"
      • Row 4: "Mighty Mouse" Color Cartoons, "Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad and... Ali Baba and the Fourty Thieves", "Mickey Mouse" Starring in Mad Doctor and Minnie's Yoo-Hoo, "Casper the Friendly Ghost" Vol. 2 Starring in Boo Moon, and "The Best of Shirley Temple".
    • To the right of Egon, in Record Explosion's shop window are a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and NES Advantage Controller. The latter would be used to operate the Statue of Liberty at the end of the movie.
    • Right above the NES box is a box for the Curtis Game Caddy.
    • Right above the Advantage Controller box is Super Mario Bros. 2.
    • Next to to Super Mario Bros. 2 is Ikari Warriors.
    • Up above the NES box:
      • On the second to last row of games are Xevious, Hudson's Adventure Island, and Donkey Kong Classics.
      • On the last row of games are Karate Kid, Legend of Zelda, and Excitebike.
  • For the first montage, Egon and Ray collect Psychomagnotheric Slime from the steps of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle at 8-10 Columbus Avenue.[13]
  • The Jogger Ghost was captured on the jogging path that goes around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Reservoir in the northern part of Central Park by 85th-96th Street in New York City.
  • The scene in Central Park was shot on a dolly with a gearhead and an 85 mm lens.[14]
  • Jim Fye filmed his Jogger Ghost scene in front of blue screen in January 1989.[15]
  • Initially, the Jogger Ghost was photographed to look very white and extremely bright. But it was decided he would be toned down and more contrast would be added. The jogger became a study in how to use contrast mattes and how to extract contrast from the negative when it wasn't there. The crew had to figure out by themselves how to balance the background plate and the action in the scene just right.[16][17] Jim Fye also portrayed the Ghost Jogger in Central Park. He was covered in white makeup and photographed against a bluescreen for subsequent compositing into a live action plate.[18]
  • Jack Hardemeyer had a Sony TV in his City Hall office.
  • Elements of commercial originated in the commercial in pages 17-18 in the October 7, 1983 draft of the first movie. It featured a frightened family. One of the mother's lines, "It's that darn ghost again," is spoken by Janine. One of the father's lines, "I guess we'll just have to move," is spoken by Louis. Read excerpt here.
  • In the Ghostbusters commercial, Janine is reading the Cosmopolitan magazine November 1988 issue.
  • The shot of the firepole was done at Fire Station No. 23 in Los Angeles.
  • Ecto-1a's hard left turn was shot heading north on Hudson Street, turning west onto Barrow Street (roughly 460 Hudson Street / 93 Barrow Street) in New York City.
    • This and the following scene of Egon and Peter making faces in the back of Ecto-1 was from a deleted scene that entailed Ray being possessed by Vigo as he drove off from the investigation of the Manhattan Museum of Art later in the movie in Chapter 16: Vigo 101.
  • The shot of the Ghostbusters jogging into Orrefors was the exterior of Orrefors Crystal Gallery was at 58 East 57th Street in New York City.
  • The Orrefors scene took a "really long" time to film.[19]
  • The Orrefors case was added to feature a case that showed the Ghostbusters dealt with other supernatural occurrences, too, rather than just ghosts. In practical terms, it also helped save on the budget.[20]
  • The psychokinetic energy storm at Orrefors was devised by Chuck Gaspar. Initially, Gaspar wanted to drill holes but the process cracked the crystal. Instead, he glued pieces of piano wire to the backs of 16 crystal objects. Joe Day and other crew pulled the crystal off-screen with a pulley system. In order to test the system, pieces were set up a week prior to scheduled shoots and left hanging. The biggest issue was the pulleys squeaking. Gaspar went up to the scaffolding and sprayed them with lubricant.[21][22]
  • The Ghostbusters are wearing classic Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.
  • In the movie's original trailer, at the 2:04 mark, Egon uses a device to scan a pieces of floating crystals inside Orrefors. It was deleted from the actual movie.[23]
  • In the movie's second trailer, available in the Ghostbusters/Ghostbusters II 4K release, at the 1:49 mark, there is a slightly longer snippet in the Orrefors scene not in the movie when Egon says, "Now," then the tripods are triggered.
  • The shot of Louis and Slimer meeting was filmed at the Fire Station #23 at 225 East 5th Street in Los Angeles.
  • A copy of the 1985 "Nostradamus Into the Millennium" by Erika Cheetham and Glamour magazine March 1989 issue are on Louis' desk when he first meets Slimer.
  • A Fritos Original Corn Chips bag was in Louis's lunchbox.
  • For the first montage, Egon and Ray collect Psychomagnotheric Slime from a pay phone on West 59th Street across from the 910 9th Avenue side of Coliseum Park Apartments a block over from the Church of St. Paul.[24]
  • For the first montage, Ecto-1a was filmed driving on FDR Drive between East 36th & East 37th Streets.[25]
  • The shot of the Ghostbusters jogging back to Ecto-1a was filmed at the East 57th Street side of the building across the street from Orrefors in New York City.[26]
  • Dana's apartment was filmed at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles.
  • A hardcover copy of the book "Breathing Lessons" by Anne Tyler sits on top of Dana's TV.
  • In Chapter 16: Vigo 101, on Peter's office wall in the Firehouse are frames of:
    • Row 1, Left: A LIFE magazine issue whose cover photograph is a still from a discarded part of the montage when the four Ghostbusters run down the street.
    • Row 1, Right: New York Post spotlighting Peter, Ray, and Egon's "We're back!" declaration after capturing the Scoleri Brothers. The article headline is "They're Back! Ghostbusters Save Judge."
    • Row 2, Right: A TIME magazine issue uses a promo shot of the Ghostbusters in dark jumpsuits and Santa hats.
  • In Chapter 28: World is Safe Again:
    • There is a shot of Louis walking back into the Firehouse through the inner doors, finding himself outside again, and walking back inside. appears with the Rick Moranis end credit.
    • There is a shot in the Firehouse garage bay of Janine Melnitz being handed two smoking Traps. The Ghostbusters, in the charcoal flightsuits and wearing Ray-Bans went back to Ecto-1a.
    • In the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, Judge Wexler stood in the wrecked courtroom. Outside in the hall, The Prosecutor was treated for her injuries by a paramedic. Another paramedic checked a man's pulse nearby.
    • The Ghostbusters jogged through traffic at a stand still with their throwers ready.
    • Peter and Ray danced in Central Park after they trapped the Jogger Ghost.

IDW Comics

  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #10:
    • On Page 3, next to the bag is the unnamed device Peter held in part of the montage from Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #12:
    • On Page 9, Peter switches to the charcoal jumpsuit, from Ghostbusters II, in the comic.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #13
    • On Page 1, Peter's "You got him! You got him!" parallels the scene from Ghostbusters II when Peter confines Nunzio Scoleri and Ray exclaims the same line.
  • In Ghostbusters: Times Scare!:
    • On Page 2, Peter uses the "We're the best..we're the beautiful...we're the only...Ghostbusters!" quote.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 1 #15:
    • On Page 13, Peter dons his shades from the montage in Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #1:
    • On Page 7, Kylie is wearing Ray's charcoal jumpsuit from Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #2:
    • On Page 1, the jogger is visually based on the Jogger Ghost from Ghostbusters II.
    • On Page 8, the New Ghostbusters end up by the reservoir like in Ghostbusters II. Based on landmarks, the Ghostbusters are searching for the ghost in Central Park near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The South Gate House at the edge of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is visible in the foreground and the Belevedere Castle is visible in the far-right background.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #6:
    • On Cover A, to the left of the TV is a Ghostbusters Mug and Balloon set from Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #9:
    • On Page 1, the Ghostbusters commercial uses the free hot beverage thermal Ghostbusters Mug and Balloon from the commercial in Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 #12:
    • On Page 2, the Polarity Rectification Tripods from Ghostbusters II debut on the ongoing series.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #2:
    • On Page 20, there is a Ghostbusters Mug and Balloon from Ghostbusters II on Janine's desk.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #4:
    • On Page 4, still on Janine's desk is a Ghostbusters Mug and Balloon from Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters International #8:
    • On Page 17, in panel 2, a Polarity Rectification Tripod from Ghostbusters II, as seen recently up for auction in June 2016, on top of the wooden closet.
  • In Ghostbusters International #11:
    • On Page 20, behind Egon as he takes off the analyzer colander is the Latent Image Sensor, a piece of equipment seen briefly in the first montage of Ghostbusters II.
    • On Page 21, Winston alludes to the Ghostbusters Mug from Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters 101 Issue #2:
    • On Page 6, in panel 2, the prop ghost from the commercial in Ghostbusters II appears.
    • On Page 8, in panel 2, Kevin is holding a Ghostbusters Mug from Ghostbusters II.
  • In Ghostbusters 101 Issue #4:
    • On the Regular Cover, on the right side of the map is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, where the Ghost Jogger was trapped.
    • On the Subscription Cover, Ray is wearing a charcoal flightsuit.
    • On Page 23, Egon's lines about the Proton Packs' power cells having a half life of 5000 years is quoted.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #5:
    • On Page 17, Ray wears Ray Bans sunglasses and Egon wears flip down shades on his glasses like in the first montage of Ghostbusters II during the Orrefors case.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2018:
    • On Cover B, Ray and Winston are in the charcoal flight suits.
  • In Ghostbusters Crossing Over #1:
    • On Page 18, in panel 2, on Janine's desk are Ghostbusters II business cards.
  • In Ghostbusters Crossing Over #8:
    • On Cover B, Ray, Egon, and Peter are in the charcoal flightsuits.
  • In Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters:
    • On Page 15, in panel 1 is a Ghostbusters balloon.
  • On the solicit version of the Cover RI of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #4, Egon is holding the Ghostbusters Mug.

Quotes

[proton pack being turned on]

Peter: Do ...
[proton pack being turned on]
Ray: Re ...
[proton pack being turned on]
Egon: Egon ....

Ray: Two in the box ...

Egon: Ready to go ...
Peter: We be fast ...
All: And they be slow.

Peter: We're the best ... we're the beautiful .. we're the only ... GHOSTBUSTERS.

Ray: We're back!

Also See

External Links

References

  1. Ivan Reitman (2022). Ghostbusters Home Video Releases- "Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection, Ghostbusters II Reitman Squared" (2022) (Blu-ray ts. 04:40-05:12). Sony/Columbia Pictures. Ivan Reitman says: "Improv on the set."
  2. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 18. Cinefex, USA. Tom Bertino says: "The animated nutrona beams in the first film looked really good and initially we tried very literally to duplicate that look. But then Dennis and Mark Vargo encouraged us to have fun with the beams. We all figured that since people have already seen what the beams could do in the first film, the surprise was off. We needed to take them in a new direction. For instance, in the courtroom, the beams act like cowboy lassos or fishing lines, reeling the ghosts in. The beams catch the Scoleri brothers around the ankles, then the ghosts slip through and and beams wrap around their necks. John Armstrong and Peter Crossman did a great job of animating these shots so that the beams almost seem to have a consciousness of their own. When first suggested these ideas to Dennis and Mark, they liked them. Then we sent pencil sketches down to Ivan and sat with our fingers crossed because we really wanted to get these ideas into the movie.."
  3. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 20. Cinefex, USA. Dennis Muren says: "I think the lasso was a pretty neat concept that worked well with the squash and stretch effects we were creating with the mirrorplex. Then we thought that if we could line up the mirrorplex and squeeze the ghosts when the nutrona beams wrapped around them, it would show a more direct effect from the beams. One of our animators came up with the next step on that, which was a very obvious lasso that starts wrapping around one of the brothers and then pulls him tight, squeezing him in the middle. It was just wonderful. Anything that had that kind of character was something we really liked."
  4. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA. Chuck Gaspar says: "We also had to throw fourteen visitor chairs across the room, explode the jury box, shatter a glass partition and rig walls and pillars with explosive charges to simulate strafe marks created by the Ghostbusters' guns. We had parts made for three takes of everything so we could reset easily."
  5. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13 footnote. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "The footage thus recorded would later be altered by projecting it into flexible mirrorplex and then rephotographing the distorted imagery."
  6. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "To aid actors and crew in the courtroom, full-scale cutouts of the ghosts were placed in appropriate positions around the set."
  7. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA. Chuck Gaspar says: "Everything that was blown up inside the courtroom was made of balsa wood. The railing, the walk-through hinge doors, the judge's box and even the defense table were made so they could easily be blown up or moved."
  8. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 13. Cinefex, USA. Chuck Gaspar says: "We had parts made for three takes of everything so we could reset easily."
  9. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 20. Cinefex, USA. Tom Bertino says: "Instead of just having ghosts get sucked into the traps and disappear, we wanted the audience to get the feeling that everything that happened to the ghosts happened for a specific reason. So when these hunks of unearthly ectoplasm get sucked into the traps in this film, we created animation of them coming apart. We also added comets and lightning inside the trap cone field that appear to have a direct effect on the ghosts. For the scene when Tony and Nunzio finally get sucked into the trap, Mike Lessa devised a great staggered effect where Nunzio went in head first, leaving his shoes behind for just a second before they too dropped in. Then at Dennis' suggestion, we had Tony leave his leave his eyeballs behind for just an instant so that the last thing we saw were these two glowing orbs. We wanted to suggest that the ghost trap was literally pulling these guys apart."
  10. Spook Central First Avenue
  11. Spook Central "All Images Redone From Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Blu-rays" 9/23/2015
  12. Spook Central "Ghostbusters II - How Much Is That Casper In The Window? (It's $3.99)" 7/10/2021
  13. Spook Central Shot on Site 1/30/19
  14. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 10-11. Cinefex, USA. Mark Vargo says: "On the second show, we were able to move the camera quite a bit and use a lot of different focal lengths. For instance, for one shot we were on a dolly in Central Park with a gearhead and an 85 mm lens and we were tracking an invisible subject that would later be added in optical. Our camera move was very crude and we did it in a very low-tech way--but optical can handle such situations today in ways we could not have done easily five years ago."
  15. Wallace, Daniel (2015). Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History, p. 166. Insight Editions, San Rafael CA USA, ISBN 9781608875108. Jim Fye says: "The jogger was the first thing I shot, in January of 1989."
  16. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 21. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "Among the entities they encounter in a rapid-fire montage is a ghostly jogger checking his pulse as he runs around a track in Central Park. In reality, the jogger was another incarnation of actor Jim Fye, who was covered in white makeup and then photographed against a bluescreen and matted into the live-action plates ."
  17. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 20-21. Cinefex, USA. Tom Rosseter says: "Developing the look of the ghost jogger was difficult, take him down a little and add more contrast. The ghost jogger became an interesting study in how to use contrast mattes and how to extract contrast from the negative when it is not really there. We fooled around with it quite a bit until we got a look that balanced just right with the background plate and the action in the scene."
  18. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 17 footnote. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "Playing the ghost, Jim Fye was covered with white makeup and photographed against a bluescreen for subsequent compositing into a live-action plate."
  19. Joe Medjuck (2019). Ghostbusters II- Commentary (2019) (Blu-ray ts. 38:25-38:28). Sony Home Entertainment. Joe Medjuck says: "I remember this took a really long time to do. "
  20. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA. Harold Ramis says: "One reason we had the scene in the crystal shop, was that--with the exception of Slimer--we did not want to repeat any of the imagery in the first film. We wanted a scene with something other than an apparition or a materialized being of some kind. Another reason we did it was for the budget. Ivan said, 'Gee, can we come up with something that's mechanical and doesn't involve elaborate opticals?' So we thought, 'Yes, the Ghostbusters can encounter other things besides just spirits,' and we came up with just a straight polarity reversal."
  21. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA. Chuck Gaspar says: "Originally I wanted to drill a little hole through each piece and tie the wire through that, but we found that the crystal would immediately start to crack if we tried to drill through it. So we put the piano wire down through a little plastic disk and then formed that disk to each individual crystal piece and glued it to the back. That supported the weight. The piano wire ran up to a piece of monofilament which was attached to a cord that ran up a pulley overhead. Off-camera, Joe Day and other members of my crew pulled on the cords to make the crystal float in the air. We taped a bullet effect to the monofilament so that when it exploded, the monofilament would cut and drop the piano wire causing the crystal to fall to the floor. We had sixteen pieces floating in the scene and all of them were triggered together. When we were filming it, I kept my fingers crossed that one would not fall prematurely. In fact, we suspended the pieces a week prior to shooting and just left them hanging on the set to see if they would stay. We did not want the production crew to get ready to roll and then have the pieces fall through the glass cabinet before their cue."
  22. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA. Line reads: "The biggest problem Gaspar had to contend with was that the overhead pulleys tended to squeak. To remedy this, he went up into the scaffolding above the set and sprayed the individual offenders with lubricant."
  23. Ghostbusters YouTube "GHOSTBUSTERS II - Original Trailer (1989)" 6/16/2020
  24. Spook Central Shot on Site 1/30/19
  25. Spook Central Shot on Site 7/30/12
  26. Spook Central Shot on Site 3/13/19

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Screen Caps

From Raw Scenes Footage in Ghostbusters II

All screen caps from William Forsche upload of raw footage scenes.

Discarded Material

Behind the Scenes

Storyboards of Final Version

Storyboards of Previous Drafts

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