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The Goonies 4K UHD Review

“The Goonies” has never looked better.

In “The Goonies,” a group of kids in the Goon Docks area of Astoria are extremely bummed out as their homes are about to be foreclosed on in place of a country club (unless a seemingly insurmountable amount of money is raised). Kid buddies Mikey, Data, Mouth, Chunk decide to embark on one potentially last adventure together as they attempt to search for the buried treasure of a pirate named One-Eyed Willy. With a map in hand, they’re led to a rundown old restaurant where they encounter the criminal family (The Fratellis). The group of adventurous kids decide to risk it and continue their search for the treasure with Mikey’s older brother Brandon, Andy and her friend Stef joining in later. Alas, once the Fratellis get wind of what they’re doing, they follow them with the hopes of finding the treasure themselves.

35 years after its release, “The Goonies” has become an 80s movie that is held in high esteem with nostalgic adults and kids alike. Even as a child of the 80s and 90s though I never truly connected with “The Goonies” myself which is odd since it seemed up my alley as an Indiana Jones esque kidventure film with pirates and treasure, a talented cast (I’ll get to that shortly), and an all-star creative team with Steven Spielberg (producer and story creator), Chris Columbus (writer) and Richard Donner (director). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike “The Goonies.” It’s humorous, the Astoria location shooting adds so much to the movie, the cast has great chemistry, Sloth steals the entire movie, and there are quotes and moments forever cemented in pop culture history (the Truffle Shuffle and “Hey You Guys!”). Despite all of that though, it lacks the type of magic and heart that classic kid adventure films like “The Sandlot,” “The Monster Squad,” “The Neverending Story,” “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids,” “Home Alone,” and “E.T.” have.  There are too many moments that are a cacophony of loud noise with characters screaming, shouting, and bickering over one another in a seemingly endless fashion at a very rushed pace. The movie never takes much of a breather and it suffers for it.

Going back to the cast, even though they may be annoying at times, the movie is undeniably stacked with talent like Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Jonathan Ke Huy Quan, Anne Ramsey, Jeff Cohen and John Matuszak. While some of these cast members were known already at the time of its release, many would go on to bigger things (namely Josh Brolin who is everywhere these days). The main thing is the cast has so much chemistry together from the Goonies themselves to the dysfunctional Fratellis.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? The 4K transfer is deeply impressive. I’ve seen some dreadful looking prints of this movie over the years and I was blown away by the clarity.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A top notch audio track that provides rousing action and music.
Extras (on the Blu-ray only):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “The Goonies” theatrical trailer
* A music video for Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies “R” Good Enough”
* A vintage making of featurette
* Nearly 7 minutes of deleted scenes.
* “Hidden Treasures”- A video commentary with cast members and Richard Donner.
* Commentary by Richard Donner and 7 actors. Same track as “Hidden Treasures” minus the video component.

September 16, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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