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Planes, Trains And Automobiles Blu-ray Steelbook Review

The best Thanksgiving movie.

After creating teen movie classics, John Hughes went a different route with this R-rated comedy about 2 men trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. The men couldn’t be more different. There’s the uptight family man with a marketing career (Neal) and the lower class curtain ring salesman (Del). Both of them are having terrible luck on a road trip from hell as they take various modes of transportation back home that don’t quite pan out.

There aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving movies (let alone good ones), but “Planes, Trains And Automobiles” just might be the best. It’s a hilarious comedy full of one-liners and sight gags, but at its heart, it’s a touching story about loneliness, family, and an unlikely friendship. It’s the type of movie that has everything you need.

The movie is made better by the two leads- Steve Martin and John Candy. Martin makes the character his own and plays so well off of Candy. However, John Candy steals this movie. From the obnoxious sinus clearing to his Ray Charles groove, everything he does is comedic gold. 

Note: This is just another re-release for the holidays only in Steelbook form this time. Can we get a 4K release next time?


Presentation: 1.78:w 1080p. How does it look? A nice cleaned up hi-def print.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the music to the sound effects, this is an effective track.

Extras include a DVD copy, Digital copy, a deleted scene, an emotional tribute to John Candy, a featurette titled “Getting There Is Half The Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles,” a featurette that is part interview, part behind-the-scenes featurette (“John Hughes For Adults”) and a 2 part extra about John Hughes artistry and legacy titled “John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast.” 

November 25, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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