Hey you guys! It’s The Goonies 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray released in glorious high definition. Geek Syndicate finds out it if this release is worthy of The Goonies.
Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.
A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, “The Goonies” is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timbers thrills!
This is a review in three parts with the first being the actual film itself in Blu-ray then the extras on the disc and finally what else you get in your box.
If you have never seen The Goonies then you are missing out as this was one of those lightning in a bottle moments where cast and crew created something special in 1985 that has shown now 30 years later that it has lasted the tests of time.
The story of young friends who go on a adventure to find some lost pirates treasure is pure Steven Spielberg but with the added bonus of being directed by Richard Donner (Superman The Movie, Lethal Weapon) so making this not just a children’s film but a action adventure for all ages.
The quality of this disc is amazing and shows that if you care about the project any film can be brought up high definition. The cast were perfect in their roles and will forever be known for them but no one is complaining. Such up and coming stars as Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Joe Pantoliano all showed real potential alongside veterans like Robert Davi and Anne Ramsey. The cast was rounded out by Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green, Corey Feldman and Jeff Cohen.
Director Donner did not let the pace of the film slow down as the gang go from one scene to the next and using Dave Grusin’ music to perfect effect with swashbuckling action. Then do not forget the soundtrack which included Cyndi Lauper and The Goonies R Good Enough.
SPECIAL FEATURES ON BLU-RAY
• Commentary (with hidden video treasures) by director Richard Donner, and selected cast members
• ‘The Making Of The Goonies’ featurette
• Deleted scenes
• Cyndi Lauper The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough music video
• Soundtrack remastered in Dolby TrueHD 5.1
• Theatrical trailer
So as you would expect from a anniversary disc this comes with a whole host of extras on the disc. First is the commentary track with all the main Goonies gang in attendance and director Richard Donner. This is really wonderful to listen to throughout the whole film as they make jokes and tell stories about the filming and you can hear in their voices that they shared a bond making the film.
To make this track even better you can watch the film with video treasures on which is basically the same commentary but now you can see them all in the room together recording it. I cannot tell you how much fun it was to watch it this way.
The Making of featurette I found fascinating as it shows them filming and making the film but most of the footage was and locations they used for this feature did not actually make into the finished film. Talking of which…
Deleted Scenes on this disk are actually really important as they are not just fillers or extended scenes they are whole scenes that were cut but made an impact to the rest of the movie. The main two are the shop scene where the Goonies meet some bullies who set light to the treasure map which is why it is burnt for the rest of the film but no one ever knew why.
The other big scene is the giant squid which was mentioned a few times especially at the end when the gang are reunited with their families and they tell their parents about a giant squid. Wait what…. Yes as they reach the pirate boat there was battle with it but I will leave that for you to see why it was cut.
Other extras are the Cyndi Lauper music video and trailers.
30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION SPECIAL MERCHANDISE
• Art Cards
• 1985 ‘Making of’ mini magazine
• Empire’s ‘Cast – Where Are They Now’ mini magazine.
The final part of the this package is what else you get in the box. What can I say but WOW…
The first is a mini magazine reprint of a Empire magazine feature for the 20th anniversay to show Where are they now which was kinda cool.
The next was a reprint of the official Goonies Magazine from 1985 which was a great read and so cool to see them putting stuff like this into a package.
The last was my favourite which was the art cards. You get a envelope with about 10 postcards on one side scenes from the movie and the other side the actual storyboards for those scenes. It was like peeking into Richrad Donners mind to see how the magic works.
Check out the gallery below and see all the goodness or gooniness this package has to offer then order it RIGHT NOW..
Blu-ray Rating: 5/5
Disk Extras Rating: 5/5
Physical Extras Rating 5/5