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The Goonies
DVD disk
Sep 14, 2004 By: JoBlo
The Goonies order
Director:
Richard Donner

Actors:
Sean Astin
Josh Brolin
Corey Feldman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A bunch of nerdy kids from the neighborhood discover a map leading to an underground cavern beneath their small town, supposedly harboring a pirate ship full of treasure. Of course, some bad guys notice and it isnt long before the kids have some uninvited company on their adventure.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is what happens when you give Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and Richard Donner (Superman) reigns over a kids movie. You get a flick packed with action and adventure, laughs, fun rides, and an overwhelming spirit of irresponsibility, wonder and amazement. What a cool movie! I cant believe that even as an adult, I loved this movie so much. I dug pretty much everything about it, starting with its extra cool opening shot of the camera passing through a skulls eye, all of the kids in it, who were perfect for their roles (how Chunk didnt get nominated for an Oscar is beyond methe kid was hilarious!), the amazing adventures strung throughout (can anyone say Indiana Jones Jr!) and even the cute romance developed between some of the characters.

This movie is pure amusement and I cant 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. Its a film that still comes through after all of these years, and definitely one to pick up if you havent seen it before.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary track: Its funny because as soon as I finished watching this movie, the first thing that came to my mind was I wonder what happened to all of these kids? Well, a super-nice surprise was in store for me (and you, if you check out the DVD), as the whole troupe gets together for the commentary track here. And not only do you get to listen to all of their set stories (its not a technical track by any means, and features a lot of remember when we type stories), but you also get to see the whole group sitting at a table watching the film along with their commentary every now and then. And damn, is Kerri Green (Andy) still looking sweet or what?!

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 (Datatalk 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 Brolins character Josh instead of Brand and a pretty funny moment in which you can see Martha Plimptons character actually nodding off in the background (when she wasnt 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 arent 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 films 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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, I would whole-heartedly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a fun ride a la Indiana Jones, but featuring kids. The DVD is also pretty stacked with coolness, especially its commentary track, which is particularly significant and the video and audio, which are remarkably solid for a film this old. So rent it, buy it, steal it or trade for it, but do whatever you need to do in order to add this cool flick to your collection. And yeah, dammitIm a Goonie, too!!
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