The Goonies – Now Available in HD!

The Goonies
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Richard Donner
Warner Bros.
Rated PG

The 1985 classic The Goonies is finally available in the format it always deserved to be—in HD. The epic adventure has never looked so good, thanks to a beautiful remastering done by the Warner Bros. team. In addition to this, for its 25th anniversary, Warner Bros. held a massive fan appreciation gathering in Astoria, Oregon (where the movie was filmed) featuring a tour of filming locations and guest appearances by the cast and crew. Now you can relive the greatness that is The Goonies, now available to own for under $5 or to rent on VUDU in SD, HD, and HDX.

The Goonies are a group of friends who derive their name from the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon where they live. All their families’ homes are facing foreclosure due to the expanding Astoria Country Club. Knowing they’re about to be split up across the country, they set out on one last adventure. After discovering a treasure map, they go in search of the long, lost treasure of pirate One-Eyed Willie in the hopes of using the riches to save their homes. However, their journey forces them to cross paths with the criminal family the Fratellis. Now, they must elude the Fratellis and work their way through an intricate maze of underground tunnels, caves, and booby traps in order to save their lives and their futures.

One of the major highlights of The Goonies is Dave Grusin’s iconic and memorable soundtrack. Inspired and influenced by the pirate and swashbuckler films of the 1930s and 1940s, the soundtrack emphasizes adventure, danger, mystique, and suspense. The score utilizes a full orchestra with added electronic elements. Grusin has stated he didn’t want the score to be another symphonic clone, so he added the electronic music to highlight the adventure involving children. The Goonies score has become as an unforgettable as the movie itself.

Sequel? There have been talks of a sequel to The Goonies since the movie debuted 25 years ago. All original parties are ready-and-willing to participate, but no one wants to dive into something that won’t do justice to the original. Fans have been clamoring for a sequel for equally as long, but since as it has taken so long, many now feel things should be left alone to allow The Goonies to always be remembered the way it is. One thing for sure is that the movie holds up and is as good today as it was back in 1985.


Data refers to an octopus being one of the scariest things he and the Goonies encountered in their journey. As anyone who has seen the movie knows, there is no scene with an octopus. Many fans were confused by the line until it was revealed that there was a deleted scene in which Data had to fight off an octopus. The scene would have occurred just before the Goonies boarded One-Eyed Willie’s ship.

The Ultimate Question: Edward or Jacob?


Over the last two years, one question has torn apart friendships and families (while simultaneously selling a lot of t-shirts):  “Edward or Jacob?”

Beginning Dec. 4, you can make your choice! With every purchase of a physical copy of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at Walmart or (including Movie-only DVD, the Two-Disc Special Edition, Twilight Eclipse / Destination Forks two-pack, Blu-ray Movie Only or Blu-ray Combo Pack), customers will receive an offer for a $5 movie credit on VUDU. Once again, Walmart and VUDU are joining forces to deliver an awesome value to movie lovers!

Yes, you heard correctly. You can grab the physical DVD or Blu-ray disc (so you can drool over the cover art) AND get the digital copy to stream to your VUDU enabled PS3, Blu-Ray Player, Connected TV, or computer (via Boxee) . Or, you can use your credit to stream any other available movie on the service -– including the original Twilight or The Twilight Saga: New Moon (for those of you who aren’t caught up on your romantic vampire saga viewing) or other hot new releases like Knight and Day, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, or Grown Ups. VUDU aims to provide you with the movies you want to watch, when you want to watch, without limits tied to how you got the content.

So put in your vampire teeth and join me in Forks . . . and let’s get ready for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse!

Film Review: Going the Distance

Going the Distance
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate
Director: Nanette Burstein
New Line Cinema
Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity

Going the Distance isn’t your standard cookie-cutter romantic comedy—and that’s a good thing. It’s full of adult content and language that is usually censored from romantic comedies. The inclusion of this kind of content speaks to a new generation of movie goers, and adds a new kind of realism that many couples deal with. Of course, they go to the extreme in some cases, but overall, the relationships in Going the Distance are more believable than what most films portray. Unfortunately, Going the Distance came and went from movie theaters so quickly that few people got the chance to see it, as box office results show. It’s a shame, too, because this quirky and offbeat romantic comedy is a welcome and fresh addition to the genre. Now Going the Distance is available to own on VUDU for under $10, and is available to rent in SD, HD, and HDX.

Going the Distance stars Drew Barrymore as Erin, a grad student hoping to make it in the world of print journalism. Justin Long is Garret, a talent manager at a small record label. Erin and Garret have a chance meet up at a New York area bar where they discover a mutual attraction to each other. They hook up back at Garret’s apartment, but the following morning, Erin reveals she wants to keep things casual. She’s only in New York for six weeks while she interns at a newspaper before she has to go back to school in California. However, their relationship over the next six weeks gets more serious than either of them thought it would. They are both heartbroken on the day Erin has to leave, but rather than giving up on a good thing, they agree to try a long distance relationship. With a country between them, they do everything they can to stay in touch, but each other’s respective profession keeps getting in the way of them being together. Now, they have to decide if they should take the risk of sacrificing their jobs for love.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have amazing chemistry that is reminiscent of the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan films of the 90s and the Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn films of the 40s and 50s. They play off each other so well that it adds a layer of believability to their relationship. The cast and crew and both said there was a heavy amount of improvisation that went into filming the movie, but because they play off each other so well, it comes off as seamless and natural. Improvisation requires a great deal of trust for it to be convincing. Their improvisation is flawless, making their emotional highs and lows that much more impactful on the audience.

The supporting cast features up-and-coming comedy stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as Dan and Box, Garret’s best friends, as well as comedy veterans Christina Applegate and Jim Gaffigan as Corinne and Phil, Erin’s sister and brother-in-law. The scenes featuring them offer great wacky and awkward humor, including a great scene where Garret first “meets” Corinne and Phil during an amorous encounter with Erin. The scenes featuring the supporting cast may seem tangential at times, but they provide a deeper look into the lives of Garret and Erin. They also help ease (and sometimes amplify!) the anguish Garret and Erin feel when they are apart from each other.

Drew Barrymore is quickly becoming Hollywood’s go-to actress for romantic comedies. Having starred alongside a long list of A-list actors (e.g. Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates, Hugh Grant in Music and Lyrics, Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch), Barrymore has more than proven she has the comedic chops to hold her own with them. Going the Distance is further proof that Barrymore is destined for comedic greatness. Justin Long is finally getting his due as the funny leading man, having previously mostly taken supporting roles. Here’s hoping that more films featuring the tandem of Barrymore-Long are in store for the future.


The indie band featured in the film, The Boxer Rebellion, is a real band based out of London. The band got the movie gig after a performance at Hollywood’s famous Troubadour club caught the attention of director Nanette Burstein. They have already promised to be in the sequel, should there be one.

The Dependable “Expendables”

The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout, and for some language

The Expendables is the movie that action fans have been waiting for for almost 40 years. For the first time ever, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and more share the screen in a star-studded adventure that unites many of the big name action stars from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. The Expendables is an action-packed thriller with a healthy dose of guns, knives, and explosions, enough to tide over any fan of the genre. Now The Expendables is available on VUDU to own or to rent in SD, HD, and HDX.

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross, leader of a ragtag group of mercenaries dubbed The Expendables who have the skill and proficiency needed to solve any crisis—as long as the money’s right. Ross meets up with the mysterious “Mr. Church” (Bruce Willis) to accept a job of overthrowing General Garza (David Zayas), the corrupt dictator of the island of Vilena. With his second-in-command Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Ross heads to Vilena to do reconnaissance on General Garza and his army. They meet their contact, Sandra (Giselle Itie), who gives them intel to take down Garza. During the mission, however, Ross and Christmas discover that the true threat to Vilena is ex-CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts), the mastermind behind Garza’s evil doings. Things go wrong, and Ross and Christmas are forced to make an explosive escape. They try to bring Sandra with them, but she chooses to stay behind to fight for her people. Guilt-ridden over leaving her behind, Ross and the rest of The Expendables set off to Vilena to rescue Sandra and take down Garza and Munroe.

Another entry in the “aging action stars” genre, The Expendables doesn’t play off the fact that the heroes are past their prime. In fact, there is little (if anything) that can stop The Expendables from carrying out a successful mission. They are more “seasoned veterans” than “aging action stars” which makes it even more impressive during all the fight and action scenes. Stallone, pulling triple duty as actor-writer-director, has crafted an excellent film that keeps the viewer craving for more. As people saw in his last directorial effort, Rambo, Stallone isn’t afraid to play things down to appeal to a wider and younger audience. Like Rambo, The Expendables is full of blood, gore, and what has to be one of the highest body counts in cinema history. It is a welcome throwback to the action films of the 70s and 80s where muscle men with big guns and bigger attitudes didn’t let anything get in their way.

Other big name action stars were approached to be in The Expendables, but for one reason or another, they couldn’t be in the film. Had they been able to, then The Expendables would have also included Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, Kurt Russell, and Jean-Claude Van Damme to name a few. When The Expendables premiered in August 2010, audiences flocked to the theaters, eventually contributing to over a $100 million domestic box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme immediately stated his regret for turning down the movie, but he is hoping to rectify this, as he is in early negotiations to appear in the sequel. Other action stars said to be interested in the sequel include Wesley Snipes, Bruce Willis (this time in an expanded role), and Mr. T, though it is less likely that Snipes will appear given his recent legal troubles. As long as The Expendables can continue to unite the greatest action stars of the silver screen, then it has the potential to be a very successful film franchise.

The Expendables doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. It is an action film, plain and simple, full of explosions, car chases, gun fights, explosions, knife fights, fist fights, and explosions. The stunts and action sequences that are pulled off are remarkable and definitely get the adrenaline pumping. The seaplane escape sequence alone is well-worth the price of viewing, but thankfully, there are so many amazing moments that The Expendables in its entirety is worth it. Don’t miss The Expendables, as action movies like these only come along once in a great while.


Plans for a sequel to The Expendables were put in place seven months before the movie even premiered in theaters! It is rumored the Bruce Willis’s “Mr. Church” character will be expanded, and will potentially serve as the film’s villain.

What’s Missing from Your Black Friday Shopping List? VUDU!

As you prepare your assault on retail this Friday, make sure you check out the amazing deals from Walmart and VUDU.  Don’t  keep waiting to buy yourself a new Sony PlayStation®3, especially when you can receive $10 in free movie credits on us with purchase.

As of today VUDU is available on all PS3™s, streaming HD and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound for an optimum in-home cinema experience. If you already have a PS3™, click here to find out how to download the VUDU application and add the PS3™ to your VUDU device list (then run out to Walmart & pick up another one for that special someone). You can also receive $10 in free movie credit with the purchase of select Blu-ray player and Wi-Fi adapters. See all the VUDU holiday specials here.*

VUDU brings you (and everyone on your gift list) the best HD movie experiences, direct to your living room. So get ready for that 5 am wakeup call on Black Friday 2010!

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