on November 1, 2012
When a group of best friends discover a map to the long lost treasure of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willie, they set out on an action-filled adventure in a desperate last-ditch effort to save their neighborhood from greedy land developers. Complicating things are the fact that a gang of criminals (lead by a tough-as-nails mama) are pursuing the kids in an attempt to get their hands on the loot first.
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.
on March 19, 2004
This is a great movie that Speilberg and Donnar have made here! A town under threat of beeing bought out by a company who want to make it a golf coarse seem to have lost the battle and are about to pack up, untill a group of kids who call them selves gooneis find a tresure map and go hunting for pirate gold!
Along the way they meet some bad guys and recruit some members of various ages and is filled with comedy, suspence and wont leave your bored out of your brain!
The bonus features are pretty good, tho mind you, i'm not a fan of Cindy Laupher, and her video clip seems to go forever filled with not just the actors of the movie, but a bunch of 80's pro wrestlers as well! IF you have never seen this movie before, then i recomend buying it! If you have seen it and dont have it on DVD, you wont regret buying it if you liked it!
It would be nice to have a directoers cut that showed the deleted scenes within vewing of the movie like on some TV showing of the film, but there still there as a bonus feature on there own!
on June 1, 2004
One of the 1980s' most enjoyable romps, this fun adventure throws together a group of kids spending their last days with one another into a quest for hidden treasure, all with escaped criminals on their tail. What follows is a movie filled with spills, chills, chases, action, awesome set pieces and obstacles, and plenty of humor. All very predictable, and all very fun. Think The Little Rascals in the world of Indiana Jones and you have the right idea.
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.
on March 3, 2004
Pirate ships, buried treasure, secret tunnels, disfigured monsters, gun wielding bad guys- everything from a kid's imagination. Spielberg's Goonies is a great movie to spend a rainy afternoon with, reminding you of those childhood escapades to the Nth power.
A gang of kids- The Fat Kid, The Techno Whiz, The Spiked-Hair Dude, The Exercise Buff, The Earnest Kid, The Geeky Girl and The Pretty Girl- all refer to themselves as Goonies, and a contracting group is preparing to destroy many of the houses in that area to make room for its country club. The Goonies' only hope is to find enough money to buy off the group, but they're just kids. When all the Goonies but the last two are rummaging through their attic, they discover a mystical amulet and a treasue map. Using instructions on the map, they find their way into the underground network of tunnels made by "One-Eyed Willie," an infamous pirate. They are chased by several ruthless bandits and their even more ruthless mother, who are also interested in the deceased pirate's treasure. When one of the Goonies named Chunk (hint hint) is captured by the villains, he makes friends with a deformed giant named Sloth. Sloth was apparently the victim of the verse in Rock-a-Bye Baby referring to the cradle falling, for his face is rather contorted. Chunk and Sloth save the Goonies as the bad guys corner them on the pirate ship. The Goonies escape, of course, and bring the treasure with them. All is saved, and the credits roll.
This movie is great for any day, and I recommend it.
on May 15, 2004
After the success (and controversy) of GREMLINS, Spielberg began one of the most fruitful periods of his producing career with the 1985 summer releases of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's BACK TO THE FUTURE and Richard Donner's THE GOONIES.
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. Inevitably, the boys tangle with the Fratellis and from therein, the film is a high-tension chase to get to the pirate treasure before the bad guys by passing through treacherous traps and numerous danger-filled situations. The young friends band together to overcome all odds in the name of saving their home and friendships.
To draft a screenplay from his original story idea, Spielberg turned to Chris Columbus, a young writer who had written the previous year's hit GREMLINS for Amblin. For directing duties, Spielberg drafted veteran TV and film director Richard Donner, who previously had two enormous hits in the late 1970's with THE OMEN and SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. As a director, Donner had his hands full with the ensemble cast of six rambunctious child actors, as well as the film's various gags and physical effects. Donner had proven his hand with child actors in 1982 with the film THE TOY, and the director developed a great rapport with his child stars in THE GOONIES, evidenced in behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the children in which they sing the praises of working with the director.
Of the six young actors who portray the Goonies, a number of the kids come from notable backgrounds. Sean Astin, who plays 'Mikey', is from a showbiz marriage between TV stars John Astin and Patty Duke-Astin. Josh Brolin, who portrays Mikey's older brother 'Brand', is the son of star James Brolin (who previously worked with Spielberg in an episode of MARCUS WELBY, M.D. that Spielberg directed in 1970). Corey Feldman, the talkative Goonie 'Mouth', was quite a successful and popular TV and film actor in the early to mid 1980's, having appeared the year before in GREMLINS. Ke Huy Quan, the inventive Goonie called 'Data', debuted the previous year as Short Round in Spielberg's INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. Martha Plimpton, who portrays the tom-boyish 'Stef', is also from showbiz parents, Keith Carradine and Shelly Plimpton. Finally, Jeff Cohen, who portrayed fan favorite 'Chunk', he of the "truffle shuffle" had previously acted in a few television programs, and Kerry Green, the cute cheerleader-cum-Goonie 'Andy' made her professional debut in THE GOONIES (it was also Astin, Brolin, and Cohen's theatrical film debuts as well).
As for the film itself, it was not a rousing success, bringing in only $61.4 million domestically at the time of it's release. The film did, however, go on to have a huge following on video with youth in the 1980's and it now enjoys a nostalgic cult status. To fans who grew up with the film, THE GOONIES can bring memories of a more innocent time and film (innocent in memory, but in viewing THE GOONIES as an adult now, I have to admit great surprise at the reliance on profanity, drug and S&M humor, and even a running joke about a ceramic penis in a PG rated children's film!). Overall, from a more mature perspective, the film plays as a noisy, sometimes sloppily directed (performance-wise) kid's adventure that can easily grate on an adult's nerves and try one's patience, despite great production design and some exciting set pieces. But for children seeking a fun adventure with counterparts one's own age, the film does have a lot to offer, so much so that talk of a very belated sequel has surfaced with director Donner in the press lately. The proposed sequel idea is said to reunite all of the original Goonies, now grown up, with Goonie children of their own...
on April 29, 2014
This Goonies Blu Ray Box Edition is great!
It comes with a mini board game, maps and in a collectible box.
The movie itself is a nice upgrade from the DVD version.
Sound and picture is up to par.
on August 23, 2001
The Goonies DVD surpassed my expectations. Ranging from its easy-to-navigate 3-D menus to its extra features, this is certainly one of the most well-realized DVD's yet. The bonus features themselves make up for the long delay in its release. The commentary was undoubtedly the best part of the DVD: 17 years down the line, all seven main characters ("Mikey", Sean Austin; "Brad", Josh Brolin; "Chunk", Jeff Cohen; "Mouth", Cory Feldman; "Andi", Kerri Green; "Data", Ke Huy-Quan; "Stef", Martha Plimpton; and the director & producer of the film, Richard Donner) gather together and all sit viewing the film in a recording studio, reminiscing about their experience along the way. Most of the cast have changed beyond all recognition, as is evident by the brief "hidden video treasures" which are periodically shown throughout the film in its commentary-enabled mode. All four of the deleted scenes which were shown on the Disney Channel airing, but left out in the final cut, are included as "outtakes", and high-quality ones at that. It would have been great if, as an extra option, they could be incorporated in the film, but perhaps that's asking a little too much. Both parts of Cyndi Lauper's video, directed by none other that Richard Donner, are included. Along with a trailer which conveys absolutely none of the film's sense of adventure and charm. And last but not least, a 7-minute behind-the-scenes "Making of" which is quite interesting. Speaking as a layman, I found the sound & picture quality of the film absolutely extraordinary, given the time period when this film was made. There are very few negative aspects to this DVD; those there are range from the (minor) fact Warner Bros. opted for a cardboard snap case instead of the more traditional full-sleeve plastic case, to the more significant event of Sean Austin's mysterious "walk-out" in the middle of the commentary feature, to the (even more significant) fact that there weren't any bona fide "outtakes", nor other unearthed scenes, beyond what was included on the uncut Disney Channel's airing. When all's said and done, nothing beyond a 2-Disc Criterion Edition, is good enough for this film.
on June 24, 2002
What if your home were about to be torn down and turned into a golf course? You are worried that you will never see your friends again. Wouldn't it be cool if you could find some way to stop it? You decide to look for a treasure. You look with your friends so that you will all be able to find the gold and stay together. This is the main plot of "The Goonies"
"The Goonies" was a great movie. It had a simply great plot that will blow you away. There were quite a few funny parts. There were some amazing obstacles and you didn't know if the boys would get away past them. The action was incredibly tense. The climax was very exciting, and the denouement was a good relief. The screenwriter did a terrific job with the screenplay. The cast put a lot of effort into their performances. Overall, we really enjoyed this movie.
In spite of our enjoyment, there were some flaws with "The Goonies". We noticed a few small plot holes, but they weren't that bad. Also, there was inappropriate language, and it just wasn't necessary. Some of the humor was a little inappropriate, too. This movie is scary in a bad way because things suddenly jump out at the characters. We think that children under the age of six should not see "The Goonies".
We recommend "The Goonies" for kids and adults who like adventure movies. Even though it has flaws, we think it's a great movie. We hope you enjoy this movie as much as we did.
on June 17, 2001
I've read some of the bad reviews about the Goonies, and it's sick to think that these people are allowed to live in our society. The first of their problems was that the (Statue) and the Rosalita (Mouth speaking spanish) scenes were too vulgar for a kids movie! KIDS HAVE TO LEARN ABOUT THINGS LIKE THAT SOMETIMES YOU DUMMIES! Atleast their is genuine comedy in this film. If you don't like it then go and watch Pokemon and a Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen film and be enlightened by all their cheesiness!
THE 2ND Thing people critisized was the fact that any kid would have ditched out on the adventure once that they saw that there was a way out through the well. DIDN'T YOU PEOPLE EVEN WATCH THE FILM! MIKE QUOTES, "THE NEXT TIME YOU TAKE A TEST IT WILL BE IN SOME OTHER SCHOOL, THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE SKY IT WILL BE OVER A DIFFERENT TOWN, DOWN HERE IT'S OUR TIME!!!" THESE KIDS WERE HEROES, if any of you viewers would have bailed out in that situation then I KNOW that you PROBABLY HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED AT MANY THINGS IN LIFE DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOU'RE SCARED!
The last thing is the fact that Data mentions the Octopuss scene even after it was cut out of the film! DO YOU THINK RICHARD DONNER, SPEILBERG, AND CHRIS COLUMBUS ARE THAT STUPID! They knew they had a cult hit on their hands when they put out this film, and they knew everyone would be wondering about the octopuss, and they knew that everyone would pay more money one day to see the deleted scenes because of that (Hence the DVD VERSION, and previously when it was released on the Disney Channel in '87 with the deleted scenes). THE GOONIES R NOT JUST GOOD ENOUGH, THEY WERE THE BEST. A TRUE REPRESENTATION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT THAT PROVED THAT IF YOU WANT TO FLY, YOU CAN!
on July 4, 2002
This movie was the best movie I've ever seen! I watch it over and over again and I'm still not tired of it. It has a ton of action, comedy and adventure, along with really unique characters. Also, the kids actually act like-- kids. Not like those movies like "Hey Arnold" where the elementary school kids act like middle schoolers and the sixth-graders act like high- school gyps, and the little kids and adults are just babyish. Well, not in here-- the kids are just like real life kids, and the adults speak in intelligent sentences-- like real life adults. It's just as funny as it is exciting. It's a non-stop roller coaster ride all through the film-- even the conversations have a hiliarious touch to them. And Chunk is the most HILARIOUS kid I've seen all my life! In the scenes with the Fratellis I couldn't stop laughing! Especially where he says all those things about the bad moments that happened in his life ...! And I love that scream he does whenever he sees a corpse.
My little sister loved it, too-- she loved the part where they play that skeleton piano thing. And she loved the part with the dead body in the freezer. I loved every bit of it.
All in all, I recommend the Goonies to anyone who loves humor, adventure and fun-- all built into one movie. ...