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The Goonies (SE)
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11.09.2010 By: Jason Adams
The Goonies (SE) order
Director:
Richard Donner

Actors:
Sean Astin
Josh Brolin
Corey Feldman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of misfit kids go on one final adventure hunting for lost pirate treasure and cross paths with escaped Italian convicts, deformed creatures and deadly booty booby traps.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There’s been something of an online backlash against THE GOONIES recently, with many attributing the film's enduring popularity to nostalgia as opposed to actual quality. Hogwash, I say! The things that still make THE GOONIES great to this day are the young cast and the film's unwavering spirit of fun and adventure.

I’ll admit that years later there are certainly parts of the film that are cheesy, lines that come off corny, and acting that feels stilted. But if you dwell too much on realism or logic in a movie filled with elaborate Rube-Goldberg pirate traps and an Asian kid strapped with gadgets like a living cartoon, than you may be out of your comfort zone. This is an adventure movie and a family film in the broad, grandiose tradition of the 1980s, carefree and reveling as a product of its time—a time when kids could act like real kids (cursing included) and there could be darker subject matter and adult themes in family movies. And THE GOONIES doesn’t hold back. The treasure hunting aspect is thrilling with a number of memorable set pieces and moments. And the Fratellis make for some scary villains, the kind that you believe would actually kill children.

The young cast is also lighting in a bottle, not only for the talent they all display but also for their immeasurable chemistry together. The four main kids just feel effortless as a group, as if they’ve really been friends for years and their personalities still shine through even when they’re the manically yelling over top each other. There’s little moments of humor, funny reactions, and line readings that I can’t imagine working with any other group of actors. And yes, you’ll see the work of a young Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, and Corey Feldman but special mention goes to Jeff Cohen who played Chunk, which could’ve been a very annoying, one note character yet emerges in to a relatable and likable half of a very odd couple.

Along those lines, the addition and execution of Sloth is a great example of the kind of creative and unique touch that’s helped the film to live on. THE GOONIES would’ve been completely fine as a movie without the character, but the bizarre existence of a “creature,” apparently just a guy who was dropped as a baby, isn’t really an obvious choice to be the emotional knockout punch to the movie, yet still adds something inexplicably endearing to the proceedings. I don’t know anybody from my generation with a functioning circulatory system that doesn’t feel utter joy when Sloth emerges triumphantly in the end, Superman shirt blazing amidst John William’s iconic score, to save the day.

Is that nostalgia? Probably in some small way. But if you can’t at least see why these qualities appeal to so many people, than you’re not Goonie material.
THE EXTRAS
Aside from the video commentary segments, the actual special features on this disc are all old bonus material taken from the previous DVD release. However, this 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray set also contains a bunch of new tangible extras, including a Board Game, an in-depth Booklet from the film’s release, a set of 10 Storyboard Postcards, and supposedly a Reprint of Empire Magazine’s fantastic 2009 article celebrating the anniversary of the film, although my review copy was missing this element. The whole thing is a sizable package (that’s what she said) with some great cover art in and out that will look great on your shelf. (I have yet to actually play the board game, but its inclusion makes sense given the treasure hunting nature of the film.)

Commentary by director Richard Donner and the cast: Taken from the previous DVD release, all seven grown up Goonies turn up for this and the result is one of my favorite commentary tracks ever. It’s obvious everyone’s having a blast rewatching the film and reminiscing and their chemistry is again apparent with the constant jokes and complete lack of silence for the entire two hours. A lot of great trivia and stories are shared, some that are even new to everyone else; just make sure to pay attention as there’s naturally lots of people talking over each other.

Hidden Treasures: You can watch the same commentary above but in sporadic video pop ups that show the cast hanging out in the studio. Not only is it fun to see what everyone looks like now, but watching everyone talk helps you discern who’s saying what in a very busy track.

The Making of THE GOONIES (6:49): It’s fun to see not only the kids, but also a very young Steven Spielberg on set in this original 1985 piece. There’s some nice vintage behind the scenes footage from the more iconic scenes, as well as interviews with cast and crew, including Anne Ramsey who seems like the opposite of her onscreen persona. Directed by future horror filmmaker Mick Garris, this has the feel of a PR publicity video, but a really well done and entertaining one.

Additional Footage (6:53): Three scenes, including more set up that shows the group as social outcasts, more Data gadgetry, and the long awaited giant octopus scene that’s mentioned at the end by Chunk but was cut out.

You also get the Cyndi Lauper music video for “The Goonies 'R' Good Enough” and a Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Hey you guys! The movie that never says die is now on Blu-Ray and looks fantastic. While the Collector’s Edition set has some nice bonuses like a board game and reprinted publicity materials, the actual special features on the disc are pretty much the same as previous releases. So if you’re a Goonies completist or haven’t picked up the 80’s classic yet, this is definitely a must buy.

Extra Tidbit: The actor that played Chunk had chicken pox when he filmed the truffle shuffle scene. If you pause the Blu-Ray you can actually see them
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3:12PM on 11/09/2010

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First of all I love the movie but I refuse to buy it until the octopus scene and convience store scenes are put back in. I actually still have a VHS copy off the Disney channel from back in the day that those scenes were included and mouths Spanish scene was cut for drug references. Come on donner if Disney could have those be included in the movie why can't we have a complete cut. I refuse to buy it until it does.
First of all I love the movie but I refuse to buy it until the octopus scene and convience store scenes are put back in. I actually still have a VHS copy off the Disney channel from back in the day that those scenes were included and mouths Spanish scene was cut for drug references. Come on donner if Disney could have those be included in the movie why can't we have a complete cut. I refuse to buy it until it does.
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7:17PM on 11/10/2010
I totally remember that scene, they included it in the tv version that is shown around Thanksgiving time usually.
I totally remember that scene, they included it in the tv version that is shown around Thanksgiving time usually.
9:17AM on 11/09/2010
Finally! I always wondered what Chunk was talking about when he mentioned the giant Octopus. Now I know it was a deleted scene. I used to think I had seen it before, but I realized it was just the octopus from the movie Popeye. I don't have this movie so I'll probably pick it up.
Finally! I always wondered what Chunk was talking about when he mentioned the giant Octopus. Now I know it was a deleted scene. I used to think I had seen it before, but I realized it was just the octopus from the movie Popeye. I don't have this movie so I'll probably pick it up.
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9:16AM on 11/09/2010
Finally! I always wondered what Chunk was talking about when he mentioned the giant Octopus. Now I know it was a deleted scene. I used to think I had seen it before, but I realized it was just the octopus from the movie Popeye. I don't have this movie so I'll probably pick it up.
Finally! I always wondered what Chunk was talking about when he mentioned the giant Octopus. Now I know it was a deleted scene. I used to think I had seen it before, but I realized it was just the octopus from the movie Popeye. I don't have this movie so I'll probably pick it up.
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