This movie is pure amusement and I can’t see how any kid would not enjoy it (or any "big" kid, for that matter). The film also touches on all of the realities in the lives of most pre-teens, including their insecurities, puberty, the bullies, the babes, the nerds, along with their unstoppable sense of adventure, inventiveness and fun!! It's all about having fun, discovering clues to a hidden treasure, needling through caves, jumping through hoops and pulling together to make it all happen. It’s a film that still comes through after all of these years, and definitely one to pick up if you haven’t seen it before.
The main things that I personally took away from the commentary were the fact that Corey Feldman, still seems to be looking for attention in his life, Ke Huy Quan, was sadly very quiet throughout the entire thing (Data…talk to me, dude!), Sean Astin left about 1/3 of the way through (unexplained, for some reason) and director Dick Donner remembers absolutely nothing about the movie (“So what scene came after this one, kids?”). Age getting to ya, Dick? A couple of cooler things to watch for are the very obvious blue screen shot which they point out near the beginning of the film, the scene in which one of the kids actually calls Josh Brolin’s character “Josh” instead of Brand and a pretty funny moment in which you can see Martha Plimpton’s character actually nodding off in the background (when she wasn’t supposed to be!). Fun times and an excellent addition to the DVD.
Some pretty decent extras compliment the amazing commentary track including about six minutes worth of outtakes, which aren’t really outtakes, as much as they are just deleted scenes (outtakes, are usually goofups, right?). But they're cool to see especially the one scene featuring a really fake-looking octopus monster, which is a keeper. You also get "The Making of the Goonies", which a 7-minute grainy look at the behind-the-scenes of the movie, featuring a very young Steven Spielberg hanging around the set, Richard Donner busting the kids’ chops for their scenes (but in a nice way) and mostly just fluff. Fun to see for fans, I suppose, but nothing truly informative.
You also get the Cyndi Lauper music video for “The Goonies R Good Enough”, which despite annoying the heck out of me back in the day, is actually a pretty cool mini-movie video in itself (and 12 minutes long!), featuring the gang of kids from the Goonies, as well as many famous wrestlers from the day (what ever happened to the Iron Sheik?!?). You also get the film’s original movie trailer as well as a list of the cast and the filmmakers, and very cool-looking menus, which look like the underground from the film and take you through some sights and sounds when you switch around.