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The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Collector The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
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Josh Brolin
Corey Feldman
Sean Astin
Martha Plimpton
Joe Pantoliano
Robert Davi
Mary Ellen Trainor
Steve Antin
Anne Ramsey
Kerri Green
Jeff B. Cohen
Ke Huy Quan

Special Features:
* The Goonies 25th-Anniversary Exclusive Board Game - Escape From One-Eyed Willy's Cave! (2-4 Players)
* The Goonies 1985 Souvenir Magazine 64-Page Reproduction
* The Goonies "Where Are They Now?" Empire Magazine Article Reprint
* 10 Awesome Storybook Cards

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Surround
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 114 min
Rating: PG

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
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! A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, The Goonies is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timbers thrills!

Quick Review:
How can I possibly review "The Goonies" with anything approaching objectivity? At this point it's less a film than it is a cultural touchstone for millions of thirtysomethings who grew up in the 1980s with John Hughes and the Coreys and this film, a harmless and fun treasure-hunt adventure featuring the requisite ragtag band of misfits, an external threat (foreclosure of their parents' homes, in this case) and a suitably dastardly villain (the evil Fratelli family). It's a bit of an oddball film, but how do you evaluate the Truffle Shuffle critically? You can't. You just can't. It's like constructing a thoughtful review of one's favorite childhood cartoon. You're too mixed up in the feeling of what it was like to watch it as a kid.

Many of the stars of this film went on to active and praiseworthy adult careers (Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, most notably, although both spent many years toiling in obscurity before breaking out in the last decade) and others...didn't. Some things about the film are a bit weird, but overall it's just as fun today as it was in 1985, when it was one of the highest grossing films of the year. It's worth noting that the film received mixed reviews at the time of its release, and its enduring popularity is at least partially attributable to sentiment and my own generation's seemingly inexhaustible nostalgia for the 1980s, our formative decade. That being said, I still get a kick out of the movie, even though the whole Sloth thing is a little off-putting and the plot isn't exactly free of cliché. It's just fun. Full stop. Oh, and Goonies never say die.

The extras from the US DVD release have been ported over to this edition, including the actor commentary, the Cyndi Lauper videos, the outtakes and deleted scenes. It's also virtually the same release as the UK DVD. As with many of these specially-packaged Ultimate Super Platinum Extra Special Collector's Editions, marketing has taken the existing video release and wrapped it up in a spiffier package with some throwaway trinkets as extras. In this case, there's a board game of the film, some storyboards, and some reprints from magazines featuring the cast.

In Conclusion:
Even if I were buying this film for the first time, I'd balk at buying this one over the pre-existing DVD. The difference is almost entirely in the packaging. The video content is the same. But nobody who'd even consider buying this edition could possibly be buying it for the first time. If you're enough of a fan to want the collector's edition, odds are that you already have it on DVD, in which case this offering doesn't provide much extra content.

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