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The Goonies (25th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
8 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Sean Astin as Michael 'Mikey' Walsh
Josh Brolin as Brandon 'Brand' Walsh
Jeff Cohen as Lawrence 'Chunk' Cohen
Corey Feldman as Clark 'Mouth' Devereaux
Kerri Green as Andrea 'Andy' Carmichael
Martha Plimpton as Stephanie 'Stef' Steinbrenner
Jonathan Ke Quan as Richard 'Data' Wang
John Matuszak as Lotney 'Sloth' Fratelli
Robert Davi as Jake Fratelli
Joe Pantoliano as Francis Fratelli
Anne Ramsey as Mama Fratelli
Lupe Ontiveros as Rosalita
Mary Ellen Trainor as Harriet Walsh
Keith Walker as Irving Walsh
Curtis Hanson as Elgin Perkins

Directed by Richard Donner

Special Features:
Commentary (With Hidden Video Treasures) by Director Richard Donner and Selected Cast Members
Outtakes
New Featurette The Making Of The Goonies
Cyndi Lauper The Goonies 'R' Good Enough Music Video
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 114 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, 'The Goonies' plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! 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!"

"The Goonies" is rated G.

Mini-Review:
Like any child of the '80s, I am a fan of "The Goonies." It's the adventure that every little kid wishes they could have. Throw in the amazing cast, fun score, Richard Donner, and Steven Spielberg and you see why it's appealing. I showed it to my kids the other day and they loved it. "The Goonies" still holds up today.

So when the "25th Anniversary Collector's Edition" arrived, I was quite happy. But when I opened it, I was surprised by what I found. Inside was simply the DVD that was previously released in 2007. The only thing you'll find on it is a recently recorded commentary, a vintage 'making of' featurette, some outtakes, and the Cyndi Lauper music video. There's nothing new here. No retrospective, no deleted scenes, or any other goodies. It's a real disappointment.

What you will find in the massive box is a Goonies board game, a reprint of the original movie magazine, a reprint of an Empire magazine 20th anniversary interview, and some cards with storyboard images on them. Those storyboard cards also have some deleted scene art on them. So yes, it's interesting, but not stuff I want taking up the limited shelf space in my entertainment center.

So if you're a "Goonies" fan, you're going to be disappointed. Getting the movie on Blu-ray may be the only thing making this set worth buying.

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