Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - Bueller... Bueller... Edition [Blu-ray]
|Paramount || PG13 - 102 minutes - $29.99 || May 5, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-28|
Writer(s): John Hughes (written by)
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones
Theatrical Release Date: June 11, 1986
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Synopsis: “Bueller... Bueller...?” Sorry, not here! Instead high-schooler Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) are off on the spontaneous romp through Chicago known as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Their antics takes them from a snooty restaurant, the Chicago Stock Exchange and an exploration of their futures. Meanwhile, Ferris also must contend with his high school principal, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), as Rooney is out to catch Ferris and make him take his senior year over again.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is another classic 1980s John Hughes movie that has remained in the culture in the past couple of decades and while I don’t feel it’s one of Hughes’ best films (I’m still partial to The Breakfast Club and to a certain extent, Planes, Trains and Automobiles), it is still one of those movies you can never get enough of... Thanks in no large part to the charisma and charm of a young Matthew Broderick with the awkward Alan Ruck and strangely gorgeous Mia Sara in tow (not to mention Jennifer Grey pre-plastic surgery).
And it’s because of the cast and a charming script that has placed Ferris Bueller as a quintessential 1980s movie because otherwise it could’ve been just another lame teen movie with scenes that absolutely make no sense: A parade in the middle of the day while school is in session? Pizza parlor jammed pack? Although, I guess that could be explained as being the lunchtime crowd. But because of the cast and the comedic moments, it allows us to ignore some of the film’s shortcomings.
Not sure how exactly to view this film compared to others in the comedy genre (or even in the John Hughes’ subgenre). Is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off a classic? Absolutely. Is it one of the best comedies ever made? Not really but it is one of the few films that I can watch over and over and over again... and it never gets old. If for some odd reason you have not seen it yet, perhaps this would be a good opportunity to so now.
All features from the special edition DVD have been ported over (all in SD of course). However, that commentary from John Hughes is still only available on the initial DVD release (or the “I Love the 80s” edition), so be aware of that.
Getting the Class Together: The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (27:45) – Most of the cast are back with new interviews in this retrospective featurette (minus Mia Sara). But we do get thoughts on the classic status the film has received from Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Ben Stein, Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward (plus archive interview footage with John Hughes and Mia Sara).
The Making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (15:28) is another featurette that goes into how the project came about and has more interviews with various members of the cast and crew mixed in with archive behind-the-scenes footage.
Who is Ferris Bueller? (9:12) is a profile on our favorite title character with archive interview footage with John Hughes, Jeffrey Jones, Matthew Broderick and some new interviews with Broderick, Jones, Jennifer Grey and others.
The World According to Ben Stein (10:51) covers our favorite economics teacher and the man known for one of the best lines. This has a mixture of archive and new interviews with Stein himself explaining how he got the part (and all thanks to Richard Nixon!).
Finally there is the Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes (10:16), a fun “interview” between Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck on the set of Ferris Bueller and Class Album (photo gallery).
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off comes to Blu-ray with a 2.35 aspect ratio and indeed compared to the DVD (which I put in my player immediately afterward), the Blu-ray is a step up. The picture is clearer by comparison but it’s fairly obvious that the video was taken from the master used for the DVD that was released a couple years back. There was quite a bit of grain, dust and scratches and some noise during darker portions.
The audio side fares a bit better, but even when comparing to my DVD version, it’s not leaps and bounds superior, comparing it to other Blu-ray releases. Now, given this is a 23 year old film, I will say the Dolby TrueHD track sounds decent enough with what’s there. The movie does feature some great 80s music, which comes through my side speakers nicely enough with the center channel reserved for dialogue.
There is no doubt that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a classic film and for some, one of the quintessential 1980s teen comedies. Compared to other John Hughes’ movies, I still prefer The Breakfast Club, but when it comes to repeat value, not many can beat Ferris Bueller.
The Blu-ray release isn’t anything special but the video quality, though not fantastic, is certainly a step up from the DVD version. That said, this is pretty much a straight port of the DVD special edition so while the picture is better, it still contains some dust and scratches.