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You may be surprised to discover that the director of the Lethal Weapon movies and scary horror flick The Omen, Richard Donner, also produced and directed this classic children's adventure (which, by the way, was written by Donner's screen-wizard friend Steven Spielberg). Then again you may not. The Goonies, like Donner's other movies, is the same story of good versus evil. It has its share of bad guys (the Fratelli brothers and their villainous mother), reluctant-hero good guys (the Walsh bothers and their gang of friends), and lots of corny one-liners. Like in an old-fashioned Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew plot, the Goonies need to solve a problem: a corrupt corporate developer has bought out their neighborhood and plans to flatten all their homes. Luckily, the beloved gang stumbles on a treasure map. In the hopes of finding the treasure to buy back their houses, the Goonies embark on their quest through underground passages, aboard pirate ships, and behind waterfalls. This swashbuckling and rollicking ride was also a great breeding ground for a couple of child actors who went on to enjoy numerous successes in adulthood: Sean Astin (Rudy, Encino Man) and Martha Plimpton (Pecker, 200 Cigarettes). --Samantha Allen Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Anyone who grew up in the ‘80s will no doubt have a very special spot in their hearts for this beloved film, and be eager to revisit, or even pass the experience on down to their own kids. The combined imaginations of storywriter Steven Spielberg, screenplay writer Chris Columbus, and director Richard Donner offer up the type of adventure kids of all ages can get lost in.
The Goonies arrives on Blu-ray with very good (although sometimes a bit soft) video quality and a great audio presentation. Special features on the regular release include a cast & director audio commentary (with an optional pop-up version), a 1985 behind the scenes featurette (7 min), deleted scenes (7 min), Cyndi Lauper’s ‘The Goonies R Good Enough' music video and an original theatrical trailer. The 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition also includes a board game, souvenir booklet, reprint of an article by Steven Spielberg and an envelope of storyboard prints.
Although parents should know there is a bit of coarse language in the film, The Goonies is an innocent and timeless family classic that captures a childlike spirit of adventure and friendship. With good video & audio, a nice collection of special features and lots of ‘80s charm, The Goonies comes recommended.
Take note before buying this for kids: Some of the humor from the 80s is probably more risqué than would be expected. This would probably get a PG-13 were it released today. The kids joke about sexuality and drugs in a way that many might be surprised about. Parents with small children, proceed with caution. That said, the movie remains kid friendly enough that it should be fine for most kids over 10.
This DVD looks very good; while not state-of-the-art, it is an improvement over the VHS versions that have kicked around for years. Great sound, good picture. All very nice.
The extras really stand out here. We have a Making Of documentary that covers all the bases, with plenty of on set footage and interviews. Informative and well done. An array of deleted scenes was surprisingly good - some of this footage is excellent - though not complete. Finally, the DVD commentary brings the cast back together for a very funny gathering as they swap stories from way back when. Good viewing for longtime fans.
The only downer on this DVD is that it comes in one of those awful Warner's snapcases. This reviewer hates those cases; if you have no such hatred, then there is nothing to worry about. A nice buy for the price.
THE GOONIES, an adventure story conceived by Spielberg himself, tells the tale of a "ragtag" band of kids from the wrong side of the docks who call themselves "The Goonies". The Goonies find their friendships threatened when their homes (a lower income section of town known as "the Goondocks") are in danger of being purchased to create a country club in their places.
In desperation, the boys, hanging out in one of their soon to be demolished houses on what they believe their last day together, go upstairs to an old attic filled with oddities and relics (the boys' father happens to be a curator at a local museum). The boys find a pirate treasure map in the attic, which causes Mikey (the key Goonie) to recite information about a local pirate legend his father filled his head with, a tale of hidden pirate treasure and high adventure. In hopes of obtaining the money their parents need to stop foreclosure on their home, the boys decide to follow the map and it's clues to where the fabled "rich stuff" lies.
Concurrently, a trio of ne'r-do-wells, the Fratellis (two convict sons and their equally tough-as-nails mother) perform a daring jail break and after a high-speed police chase through town, the trio hide out in a derelict restaurant. The Goonies' treasure map happens to lead them to this very same restaurant which is the entry-way to the subterranean caverns (below suburbia) that the pirate treasure lies within.Read more ›
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I really wish I had known about this movie when I was a kid. It was an 80's movie, and that is probably why being barely born in that decade made me miss this movie at its peak. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jay Robitaille
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