Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Richard Donner
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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.