So I get home from work the other day and my wife tells me there’s a big box waiting for me. I go into my office and grab this thing. Upon opening it, I stick my hand in it and feel what I figure is a copy of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 3. I pull this object out to see a box set as thick and heavy as a large-print reference Bible or hardcover copy of one of the Harry Potter books.
Behold The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition! I’m very rarely impressed with DVD box sets or collector’s editions but this one had me gawking. I hurriedly opened it up to see what all they had stuffed in this monstrosity.
Warner has spared no expense with their anniversary treatment of The Goonies. Why would they? The movie is one of the most beloved action years of the 80s. It features an all-star “who’s who” of 80s child actors including Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton, Kerri Green, and Ke Huy Quan (now Jonathan Ke Quan). Not to mention the powerhouses behind the making of the film. The film is wonderfully directed by one of the masters of campy comedy action / adventure films – Richard Donner. Then you’ve got Steven Spielberg as a producer and writer. Add to that combination the writing stylings of Chris Columbus and you’ve got the ingredients for huge success. What we got was a now classic adventure film that appealed to teens and their parents at the time because of it’s honest focus on every child’s coming of age.
Now let’s get on to the goodies in the box set. I don’t even know where to begin. The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition includes the Blu-ray (and / or) DVD of the film which features Cast commentary with director Richard Donner and all seven actors; The Making of The Goonies documentary; Cyndi Lauper music video “The Goonies ‘R Good Enough;” Theatrical trailer; and Deleted scenes. Now we get to the really good parts of the set. The first item is a reproduction of the original 1985 64-page souvenir magazine which features behind-the-scenes stories about the actual filming in Astoria, Oregon as well as the production design that transformed the city into the “Goon Docks.” Next is a reprint of a 2009 Empire Magazine article entitled “Where Are They Now?” that has updates on the entire cast, producer Steven Spielberg, and director Richard Donner. Wait! There’s more! You also get these cardboard collectible storyboard prints all tucked nicely in an envelope. Calm down, calm down! There’s one last item. All this is topped off with a new “Escape from One-Eyed Willy’s Cave” board game. Now if all that doesn’t impress you then I don’t know what will.
I have to tell you that any fan of The Goonies absolutely HAS to pick this up. The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is worth every bit of the $30 you’ll dole out for it. Believe me when I tell you that I very rarely say that about ANY DVD or Blu-ray product but you can quote me on it for this. I can pretty much guarantee your satisfaction.
The regular format DVD specs are Color, Widescreen, NTSC; English, Spanish, and French Languages; English, Spanish, and French Subtitles; and 1:33.1 Aspect Ratio. The Blu-ray version has Color, Widescreen, NTSC; English, Spanish, and French Languages; English, Spanish, and French Subtitles; and 1:77.1 Aspect Ratio.
You can buy the Blu-ray here.
You can buy the regular DVD here.