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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF



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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Timothy E

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Posted May 05 2009 - 06:18 AM

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FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF





Studio: Paramount
Year: 1986
Rated: PG-13
Film Length: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1080p High Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Release Date: May 5, 2009

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a fun film about high school (and escaping high school) that resonates with some true human experience in spite of its broad comedy and fantasy elements. The video and audio qualities on this Blu Ray probably could not be better on this transfer but the special features are disappointing, not for what is included, which is great stuff, but for what has been left out. There are no trailers for the film nor any deleted scenes. If you have the 1999 DVD version, that version is worth keeping for the excellent director’s commentary provided by John Hughes, which would have been a nice inclusion on this disc. In spite of the special features that should have been included but were not, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a great comedy that has never looked or sounded better than it does on this Blu Ray edition.


#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 05 2009 - 06:59 AM

Paramount seems to be very bullish (or perhaps license restrictive) in porting over extras that were on the DVD release to the Blu-ray version. I just commented on a similar situation with their Blu-ray release of Saturday Night Fever.

 

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#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Paul Sandhu

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Posted May 05 2009 - 07:06 AM

Is it worth upgrading from the SD release just a few years ago?

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Paul Arnette

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Posted May 05 2009 - 07:52 AM


I think you mean bearish. Posted Image
Universal Blu-ray Discs I will not be buying while they're offered only as Blu-ray + DVD 'flipper' discs:

The Jackal
, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Terry Hickey

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Posted May 05 2009 - 08:43 AM

Also, it would have been nice to include the original English Dolby surround audio track. There are some of these redone for 5.1 sound that I just don't care for and having the original audio track gives the individual an option.
 

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Timothy E

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Posted May 05 2009 - 08:50 AM

The 1080p video and Dolby Digital 5.1 TrueHD audio are a big improvement over the 1999 and 2006 DVD editions. I agree with Terry that it would be nice if the studio had ported over the original English Dolby Surround Sound track for those viewers who prefer the original experience. The special features are identical to those found on the 2006 DVD. It is worth the upgrade for me because this is one of my favorite films but it might not be worthwhile to the next person, especially since there are no new special features.

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted May 06 2009 - 11:30 AM

What? No deleted scenes? That sux; fans know about the deleted scenes and want to see them. If they're so serious about getting people to upgrade to BluRay, then by gum, let's see some deleted scenes!!!
 

 


#8 of 9 OFFLINE   David Deeb

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Posted May 07 2009 - 02:30 AM

I'm really surprised that all the early John Hughes films (Bueller, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club) haven't received jam-packed, 2-disc, top-notch special editions on Blu-ray. It seems like a no brainer to me. These Hughes comedies seem to have been ignored in the special features department over & over again, and I'm not sure why. His films certainly seem to hold up well and continue to make new kids laugh.

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 07 2009 - 04:54 AM

I could be wrong about this, but perhaps...perhaps...the studio is looking at another double-dip for these titles.

 

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