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Review of the Blu-ray viewed on a PS3 and a 40" 100z 1080p TV.,
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This review is from: The Goonies [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)I guess everyone's first question is How does it look? Well, it looks good. Really good. Perfect? No. I'll list the poorer aspects of the transfer first.
To me, a lot of shots with close-ups of actors don't look as vivid as those without. This might simply be because flesh tones have less variance when filling a large portion of the screen, and therefore maybe it's an unfair comparison. But it's definitely not as clear as I've seen on other movies (Blade Runner is an obvious example, and that has the highest definition HD master so far, scanned in at 4K resolution). One scene that looked particularly grainy was where Mouth is telling Rosalita she'll be locked in the cupboard. I think this can only be down to the original negative, because there are other scenes with lower light levels that have absolutely no grain at all. One thing that the HD mastering hasn't done much of is make the visual effects looks worse, as is the case with a lot of FX-heavy movies. One thing I did notice more was when the kids land in the pirate ship cavern and we get the big reveal, the flow of water on the right looks really bad - it's way too fast and looks composited.
On the positive side, it really does look good in wide shots, and there are many in this film. The shots of Astoria look great, I definitely noticed the backgrounds look sharper in some of these shots, like shot of Chunk doing his truffle shuffle - when you get the reverse shot of Chunk standing on the box, look at the houses on the hillside in the background. The attic scene looks surprisingly good, considering it's shot in low lighting. The plasma ball and lightning tube look really vivid here, I liked that. I was happy with how good the whole scene looked because it's got some great rain-diffused lighting and cinematography.
Another shot that jumped out at me is when Mr Perkins and his associate walk away, the tankers at sea behind them are really clear now despite not being in the field of focus. Later, when the kids get off their bikes at the top of the hill and look out to the beach, it's incredibly crisp, and shortly after that when they drag their bikes to the top of the hill, you can see every wave hitting the rocks in the distance. Quite stunning.
I must say, one scene I was really looking forward to seeing was the wishing well/coins scene. I always thought it was beautifully shot, whatever I was viewing it on. Well, it looks crystal clear, as it should with such vivid lighting.
The miserable Astoria weather is more vivid than ever, both visually and the crystal clear audio. And in some shots, the map is clear enough to read yourself.
Oh, and Chunk's Hawaian shirt looks better than ever! Or worse, depending on your taste.
The audio is crisp, although one problem with this movie has always been the noise of too many characters speaking at once. That can't really be fixed, but given those in-built limitations, it sounds great. Dave Grusin's score is always lovely to hear as well.
As for the rest of the Blu-ray, the special features are straight from the DVD. The famous commentary is one of the best ever made for a DVD, so if you didn't get the DVD, you will love it. But at the end of the day, the film is what matters most, and let's face it, this one is a gem.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2008 20:08:38 BDT
B. Scott says:
can't wait to buy this in the US. thanks for the review!
Posted on 10 Oct 2008 17:12:49 BDT
Does this blu-ray contain TrueHD or just Dolby Digital @640kbps? Are the special features in PAL or 480p? I've ordered from the US so I'm curious as to whether I can play the special features.
Also. does anyone know if this is on a BD-50 or a BD-25.
My guess is that Warner released this to get more titles available before Christmas. I'm willing to bet that in 2010, they will release a 25 yr anniversary edition with brand new transfer, etc. Knowing me, I'll buy it yet again.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2008 01:42:37 BDT
Mr Ghostface says:
It is Dolby TrueHD.
The format of the special features is not specified, but they don't appear to be in HD. The commentary showing the group looks fine, though. I don't know about the rest, I haven't watched them as I'd already seen them all on the DVD release.
If they do release it again I don't imagine the transfer will be much better than this. It's certainly an above average HD master, and of course without very extensive, and very expensive restoration (like Blade Runner), it's limited to the original source material.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2008 19:17:36 GMT
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Posted on 26 Jun 2009 19:38:29 BDT
Michael Owens says:
Thank you for the review.
Was a little disappointed with Ghostbuster's recent release, too much old detail still apparent, but it seem's The Goonies is a much better adaption to Bluray.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009 00:36:37 BDT
N. C. Thomas says:
HI, great review. Can someone explain the difference between this and the 'special edition'? It has 'full length version' written at the top. Available in the market place, not from Amazon itself. Would it be worth buying that?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2009 14:11:34 BDT
Mr Ghostface says:
They're exactly the same. The Full Length version is a little confusing, as the movie wasn't cut in all markets yet the packaging was the same. The UK DVD and Blu-ray are both the full theatrical versions.
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