Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Bueller Bueller Edition

DVD Reviews | Jan 15th, 2006

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Starring Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, Mia Sara, Edie McClurg, Richard Edson, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stein
Written By: John Hughes
Directed By: John Hughes
Studio: Paramount
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off could be, arguably the best movie to come out of the 80’s and now it gets a Special Edition DVD. The original Ferris Bueller DVD was pretty bare bones and didn’t contain anything besides the movie and John Hughes commentary. Big whoop, but now it gets the proper treatment it deserves with some cool extras.

If for some reason you never saw Ferris Bueller before, well go outside..take a hammer and bash your skull in because you’re a moron! But anyway, the movie is about a high school senior named Ferris Bueller, who’s taken too many days off from school, but wants to make his last day off very special. He scams everyone including his Parents and the Dean of Students but his sister never falls for his shenanigans. The Dean of the school starts to realize something strange is going on and he personally wants to take down Ferris for making him look bad. So Ed Rooney leaves campus and ventures off to Ferris’ house, while Ferris is in Chicago having a good time with his best buddy Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane. Ferris finally makes his way back home but he has to get a move on before everyone finds out he’s missing and not in bed dying like everyone thought.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the perfect 80’s movie. The acting, the jokes, the story, the memorable lines and the awesome soundtrack. All those things people still remember, and I don’t think a day goes by where I’m not quoting this movie. Too bad John Hughes doesn’t make movies anymore, what the hell happened to him anyway? He made some great 80’s movies and then fell off the face of the earth, I don’t get it. I remember seeing Ferris for the first time in theaters, when I was a young kid in the 80’s and thinking it was the greatest movie since Gone With The Wind. Ok, I didn’t say that but I thought the movie was great. Still think that way. I remember crying with laughter for the Star Wars Music scene, with the car flying in the air. I still almost piss myself from laughing so much when I watch this movie. I try not to watch this as much now since it was played constantly on TV & Comedy Central. Plus I try not to watch those versions because they are so badly censored. Instead of having bleeps, they re-word phrases and it just sounds so fucking awful. I don’t know why they even did that, it ruins the movie. So now when I see these movies like Ferris or Weird Science, I think of the bad TV versions of the movies. I really hate censorship sometimes. But Ferris Bueller still holds up today and doesn’t feel outdated at all.

What makes the updated DVD so buyable is the extras. The featurettes are interesting and a lot of the interviews are brand new (mostly with Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey and Jeffrey Jones) but John Hughes & Mia Sara are missing from the interviews. They use old footage from 1986 and mix them with new & old interviews. Not sure why they are absent from the DVD, not like they have anything better to do. The best featurette is “Getting the Class Together” which is about a half hour long, and features a lot of the people mentioned above, along with the producers, Ben Stein and actress Edie McClurg. She had a lot of great stuff to say about her acting, and how Jeffrey Jones and her improvised a lot of their material. That whole office scene, where they are panicking and running around, was all done in one take. You find out a lot of things like that when watching the featurettes. The rest of the features were ok but not as good as the Getting the Class Together one. All the extras are still worth watching though.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is probably one of my favorite comedies ever and i’m glad it was re-released on DVD. The original DVD had that commentary with John Hughes, and i’m sure Bueller fans are bitching that the Hughes commentary wasn’t included on here. This is definitely worth buying if you don’t already own Ferris Bueller; but if you already own the movie on DVD and don’t care about extras, then save your money.

Getting The Class Together – The Cast of Ferris Bueller
The Making Of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Who Is Ferris Bueller?
The World According to Ben Stein
Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes
Class Album

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Grace & Rooney together in the office, Cameron in the car to get Ferris, Star Wars music scene, Abe Fromen scene, The end montage
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 102 minutes
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