THE GOONIES: Review

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE GOONIES

    I had hoped to have had a review for all
    of you over a week ago, but Warner Brothers
    accidently forgot to get a copy shipped out
    to me.
    It with great feeling that I sit here and
    write a review of The Goonies, a movie
    that has sat on everyone's most requested list.
    It took 4 years for Warner Brothers to finally
    bring this title out to DVD. After 4 years,
    however, I have mixed feelings about the end
    result.
    Watching THE GOONIES is as fresh today
    as it was back in 1985. The film has not aged
    at all, and I couldn't help but think that in
    the year 2001, with a crop of horrible Summer
    theatrical releases, a movie like THE GOONIES
    would be just the kind of entertainment we need.
    It's an astounding Indiana Jones type of adventure
    starring a bunch of kids known as GOONIES.
    GOONIES is a term for kids who are nerdy rejects
    and don't just quite fit in.
    This film reflects the amazing creative team
    of Director, Richard Donner (Superman) and
    Executive Producer, Steven Spelberg. It is an
    amazingly fun Summer flick full of adventure,
    secret passageways, whizzy gadgets, inept
    criminals, a hideous monster --- and lots of
    humor that will have you smiling ear to ear.
    It is no wonder that fans have been petitioning
    Warner Brothers for years to release this film.
    But was the wait worth it?
    For the most part, THE GOONIES looks
    good on DVD. However, age has not been good to
    the film elements. There are definately noticeable
    flaws in the print quality, most noticeable in
    the beginning scenes when Rosalita, the spanish
    speaking maid, is introduced to the household.
    You can see quite a bit of color shifting and
    an unbalanced brightness/darkness in the picture.
    You'll also notice a considerable amount of grain
    in some of the dark scenes. It is my guess
    that Warner just didn't want to put the money
    into a full restoration, and perhaps I can't
    blame them for that. Overall, fans will be
    quite content with the picture quality.
    The sound is quite good. I was impressed about
    how good the stereo mix was in this DVD, and
    how strong the audio sounded. Although the DVD
    boasts a 5.1 audio soundtrack, the rear speakers
    rarely came alive at all except for effect audio
    such as thunder. I was rather impressed that my
    subwoofer kicked in during major rock falls adding
    some nice THUMPS to the soundfield.
    Let's talk a little about the added extras....
    For years I had heard about a giant "octopuss"
    sequence that was removed from the film. I
    never knew if this was just a fabricated rumor
    or not. The GOOD NEWS is that after all these
    years of hearing about it -- we finally get to
    see it.
    In a short 6-minute sequence, there are 3 or
    4 outtakes presented. The outtakes are in
    perfect finished condition, which tells me that
    Donner probably cut these at the very last minute.
    Most noticeably, there is a scene in a candy
    store where the Goonies meet up with the bully kid.
    Another scene involves Chunk and Sloth in the cave.
    Another involves Data and his binocular
    invention not working quite right. None of
    these scenes add anything to the film except to
    slow the pacing and it is obvious why they were
    removed.
    The heralded OCTOPUSS scene is very disappointing.
    I can imagine it was never included in the final
    cut because it looks very phony. Even worse,
    the Goonie's final solution to getting rid of the
    menacing creature is very poor. Had Donner left
    that sequence intact, it would have ruined the
    film.
    Still, after all these years, it is great to
    see the extra added scenes.
    There is also a really cool featurette on
    THE MAKING OF THE GOONIES that was filmed
    on the various sets. It was real fun watching
    Donner interact with the child actors. Even more
    (uhm) interesting was watching the actress who
    played "Mother". I would NEVER guess the actress
    had real tattoos on her body. [​IMG]
    I didn't have time to look for the hidden
    "Video Treasures" that the DVD packaging boasts.
    I am not one that believes in Easter Eggs on DVDs.
    For that reason, I may have an invalid complaint
    that nowhere on this disc are there pictures or
    interviews with the now grown cast members.
    They do participate on the audio commentary, but
    nowhere on the disc do I see any pictures of them
    as they are today. If someone finds anything on
    this disc, I would sure appreciate knowing about it.
    The menus are very well done on this DVD.
    Clicking on any of the choices takes you through
    winding caves and down waterfalls to the next
    submenu choice. It was nice to see that Warner
    put some effort into the DVD menu.
    Overall, I have no major complaints about this
    DVD release of THE GOONIES. It is probably
    the best job that Warner afforded itself to do.
    It certainly is great to have this film on DVD
    after all this time. It certainly is a MUST BUY
    film for the ENTIRE family.
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    Glad you finally got a review posted Ron. This should be a great addition to any collection. The outtakes and commmentary sound like fun to have, and it is too bad no pictures or updated bio's of the kids were included on disk (unless there are easter eggs). Can't wait for this one.
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    I'm looking forwrad to being able to sit down and enjoy this movie in widescreen. [​IMG]
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    Isn't there a VIDEO commentary with all the kids? Reviews I have read show the kids as they are today commenting on the film as they are watching it ala picture in picture.
    Also how was the Cyndi Lauper videos. I remember seeing these back in 1985 and haven't seen them since.
    I can't wait to get this disc! [​IMG]
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    If you go to http://www.dvdfile.com
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    [Edited last by Tino on August 15, 2001 at 06:02 AM]
     
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    Here you go:
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    So its on there.
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    Whew! Thanks Tino, I got a little worried their for a moment. The video commentary is what I was looking forward to the most. I really love the approach they used for the video commentary for 'The Goonies' as opposed to the one on the 'Glory' dvd. I love seeing EVERYBODY in the commentary at once. I can't wait for Saturday(when my local dvd store will have them)!
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    quote: In a short 6-minute sequence, there are 3 or
    4 outtakes presented. The outtakes are in
    perfect finished condition, which tells me that
    Donner probably cut these at the very last minute.
    Most noticeably, there is a scene in a candy
    store where the Goonies meet up with the bully kid.
    Another scene involves Chunk and Sloth in the cave.
    Another involves Data and his binocular
    invention not working quite right. None of
    these scenes add anything to the film except to
    slow the pacing and it is obvious why they were
    removed.[/quote]
    These are exactly the same scenes that were cut back in to the television version of the film. This probably explains why they're as polished as they are, as well as why only these scenes and none of the other three or four sequences that were shot but cut are on this disc.
    Still, it would have been nice to at least include the bit where Stef offers to help Mouth breathe underwater... like the octopus scene, it's referred to on the beach at the end of the film, despite being excised.
    = Derek =
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    [Edited last by Derek Miner on August 15, 2001 at 07:30 AM]
     
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    Cant wait for this one either!! For those who havent seen it in widescreen ITS SO MUCH BETTER!! This was a horrific P&S. I had the laserdisc long ago.
    From what I see about the deleted scenes; It doesnt show Andi taking the Goonie oath!! I thought this was filmed and deleted. I want to see it!!
     
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    quote: Still, it would have been nice to at least include the bit where Stef offers to help Mouth breathe underwater... [/quote]
    Was this scene in the cable TV version of the film? I seem to recall it quite clearly, and I grew up watching (over and over) a copy taped off of First Choice (sort of Canadian HBO).
    [Edited last by Aaron Reynolds on August 15, 2001 at 10:05 AM]
     
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    My wife is the Goonie fan in the family, always enjoyed it myself but she promised divorce if we didn't buy it the instant we can.
    Glad to hear it will be worth it.
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    It's great to see Kerri Green again. She still looks good.
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    Thank God AOL/Time-Warner does not consider The Goonies a "family" title. [​IMG]
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    I'm completely puzzled...
    A bunch of friends of mine (8-10)and I got together on opening night of this movie back when it first opened (we were in our early 20's at the time). We were all very eager to see this flick.
    After it ended and the lights came on, we all looked at each other at amazement at how incredibly aweful the movie was. Nothing but a bunch of anoying kids running around a big "Disneyland wanna-be-ride of a movie set". It seemed (at the time) that most people around thought it was pretty lame as well.
    When and why did this movie all of the sudden end up on everyone "MUST HAVE!!" list?
    I'm just curious what everyone finds so amusing about a movie with one of the Corey's and that god-awful annoying kid from the almost equally aweful "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"??
    Did you all see a different movie than us, help me understand [​IMG] ??
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    Are you kidding man. This movie is a classic. Since you were 20, i'm sure it wasnt the type of a movie a 20yr old would go see. I saw this movie when i was young and loved it. Its a entertaining family favorite. I'm buying this because it makes me feel like a kid again.
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    Alf s, Have you even seen any of the movies today? For the most part they're all shit. Most of them are pathetic rehashes or follow a formula used by a lot of other films. Now I'm not saying that Goonies didn't follow a formula but it had a certain magic about it and it was a lot of fun to watch. I'm personally looking forward to this DVD over any of the new movies.
     
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    I never realized this until I watched the DVD tonight, but Curtis Hanson, director of LA Confidential and Wonder Boys was in Goonies!!! Talk about cool!!
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