Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
I have to admit something shameful. After watching The Goonies over 20 times during my life (sue me, I was an 80s kid) I sort of got burnt out from to much of a good thing. I watched the Blu-ray back when it came out 10 years ago (I still have the massive “box-o-swag” edition” as soon as I got it home, then I haven’t watched it in the last decade. So needless to say I felt it an obligation to watch the new 4K UHD release when it comes out and see if my burnt out self was up for seeing it again. Luckily a 10 year period to cool off has gotten me back into the spirit of the fun little flick and I felt like a teenager once more watching it for the very first time. The new 4K UHD disc is also nothing to sneer at, as it took a fairly soft Blu-ray release and fine tunes it with some excellent use of HDR and even re-releases the film in another massive “box-o-swag” edition that’s even a little neater than the Blu-ray collector’s edition.
35 years later, it’s still one of the best Richard Donner movies to date. While Lethal Weapon will probably be my favorite Donner movie of all time (Sorry Superman), The Goonies is definitely his best kid friendly film in my opinion. Teaming up with story master Steven Spielberg, it just oozes that sort of iconic 80s fun and infused it with a typical classic adventure tale that sparked the careers of half a dozen well known actors who are still around today.
Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brand (Josh Brolin as a teen) are living in the reality of bank foreclosure. Their parents have tried to keep a good face, but the reality of the situation is that they are going to lose their family home and be out on the streets. That is until Mikey and his friends Chunk (Jeff Cohen) and Mouth (Corey Feldman) find a treasure map to the infamous One Eyed Willy’s buried treasure (the 12 year old in me still giggles at that name), a treasure that everyone and their mother in the small coastal town have searched for over the course of decades. Despite being told to stay indoors while their mother is at the store, Mikey and his friends (much to the dismay of Brand) high tail it out to the coast with the map to find the treasure.
The Goonies has held up so well because it hits all of the proper check boxes for a good adventure movie, and then some. The film taps into that innate desire for adventure and excitement, fueling the fantasy that every single kid has at that age. The fantasy to be the hero who discovers sunken treasure, saves the girl in distress, kisses the hot guy/girl, and saves their family in the process. It’s something that’s been time tested and replicated for countless decades. Books like “Nancy Drew”, “The Hardy Boys” and “The Boxcar Children” were the basis for these modern day adaptations, and films like The Apple Dumpling Gang, Treasure Island and countless more have followed in it’s wake. The Goonies is a great film, but technically one in a long line or stories telling the same tale.
The real saving grace of the movie is the non stop adventure (seriously, the movie doesn’t slow down after the first 20 minutes) and has a host of fantastic actors and child actors backing it up. The movie’s effects and the portrayal of the pirate ship is pretty dated, but for some reason you’re still able to look past the 1980s back drops and just revel in the fantasy of playing sleuth for a day while dodging criminals trying to kill you, AND getting a pirate treasure. It’s all there, and it’s there in spades
Rated PG by the MPAA
4K Video: Video:
• Hidden Treasures Pop-Up Track
• "The Making of The Goonies" Vintage Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Cyndi Lauper Music Video - "The Goonies R Good Enough"
• Theatrical Trailer
The Goonies is a fun flick that has been the staple of every 80s kid’s childhood to my personal knowledge (seriously, I don’t know of a single 80s kid who hasn’t seen this), and has stayed relevant even today. The upgrade to a 4K UHD disc was a welcome addition, and the new increase in visual quality as well as a handful of different purchase options (a steelbook, a “box-o-swag” special edition and the bare bones release that I’m reviewing here today) makes this a very tempting upgrade. My only grip is that once more the basic extras are just the ones from the Blu-ray that we’ve had for 10 years, and that we didn’t get an Atmos track like we did with Beetlejuice. Well worth checking out in my humble opinion.
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi
Directed by: Richard Donner
Written by: Chris Columbus, Steven Spielberg
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1,
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Italian SDH, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional), Romanian, Thai
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 114 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Recommendation: Solid Upgrade