Hey you guys! The Goonies are back! Just in time for the launch of their 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD set, too. The set will be available in Standard DVD and Blu-ray November 2, 2010 from Warner Home Video, and both collector’s editions come with oodles of special features and goodies, so fans of the movie will definitely have plenty to dive into for days to come.
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.
The first thing you notice about “The Goonies” is that it has quite the young cast, including Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, and Martha Plimpton. There are also great pedigrees behind the camera. The story is by Steven Spielberg, and the script is from Chris Columbus, who would go on to direct the “Home Alone” and “Harry Potter” films. The director is Richard Donner, no slouch himself when it comes to big-time studio movies.
The film is one of those grand adventure tales that Spielberg did so well back in the ’80s and ’90s, about four close friends who call themselves the Goonies. Determined to save their family’s houses from foreclosure (evil country club bozo alert!), the boys seek out pirate treasure after running across an old map. During their search, the boys run afound of an outlaw family, led by Anne Ramsey as the big bad momma, and her bickering boys, Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano. The murderous trio realize that the kids may be onto something and are soon on their trail, which, as it turns out, leads through a series of underground catacombs filled with booby traps. Just think of it as the kiddie version of an “Indiana Jone” movie.
Sean Astin, who plays the adventerous Mikey, would go on to star in the “Lord of the Rings” films, and you know where Josh Brolin ended up. But for my money, Corey Feldman steals every scene he’s in as the mischievious Mouth. No wonder so many people were so high on Feldman back then. The kid was a natural.
“The Goonies” is a fun movie, and kids will get a real kick out of it. I didn’t get the chance to see the movie when it first opened in theaters way back in the ’80s, but I have to admit, there’s a very charming quality to the movie that remains decades later. I guess when it comes down to it, the film is about family and friends, and not so much the booby traps and crazy monsters that turn out not to be so monstrous after all.
25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Box Review:
You like “The Goonies”? Hell, you’re gonna love this box set, then. Besides the movie (a standard DVD disc if you buy the standard version, a Blu-ray if you’re a fancy pants), there are special treasures galore inside, including:
- A fully playable “Goonies” board game
- Ten envelope-sized storyboard artwork with the actual scenes as they appeared in the movie, along with a handful of ideas that never made it into production
- A reprint of a 1985 souvenir magazine that, if you’re a fan of the movie, may take you days to finish reading
- A reprint of a 2009 Empire Magazine article with cast photos and “Where are they now?” updates on all the actors. I’m guessing you probably know all about Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, and Corey Feldman, but what about cutie redhead Kerri Green?
The standard DVD comes with its own special features, including:
- Cast commentary with director Richard Donner and all the actors sitting around at a big ol table cracking wise about the movie. Well, mostly the other actors try to get a word in over a very enthusiastic Corey Feldman, which is amusing in itself.
- A 7-minute “Making of the Goonies” documentary featurette, with introduction by Steven Spielberg himself
- Cyndi Lauper music video “The Goonies ‘R Good Enough”, ’80s hair and all
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- 7-minutes worth of outtakes from the movie