Ferris Bueller's Day Off
By Lando Da Pimp
John Hughes wrote some of the best films in the 1980's including The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. My favorite John Hughes film however has always been Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Paramount has been on this kick of re-releasing special editions of their catalog. It is now time for the Bueller...Bueller...Bueller...Edition.
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has decided that it is too nice of a day to go to school and fakes being sick to enjoy a day off from school with his girlfriend Sloan (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck). Together they joy ride into downtown Chicago where they see a baseball game, eat at a fancy restaurant, and visit the many sites of Chicago.
What Ferris doesn't know is that his school principle Rooney, believes that Ferris is not sick and is skipping school, and he is intent on catching him. Ferris' sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) is also upset that her brother is able to fool everybody and get away with what ever he wants. She also in intent on exposing Ferris's lies.
John Hughes' characters are always rebelling against something. Cameron finds the nerve to finally stand up to his father. Sloan is finally able to see that her relationship with Ferris is solid while Jeanie discovers that there is no reason to be jealous of her brother. So what is Ferris rebelling against? My guess is boredom. Like most of us, Ferris, just needs a day to enjoy life. Nine times.
The previous bare bones release can be now laid to rest. This version has a lot of great features:
- Getting the Class Together
New footage of the cast (minus Mia Sara and John Hughes) and crew discuss how the film came about and how it was cast. Old interviews of John Hughes, is used for his input. The other fun thing is to see Jennifer Grey who looks nothing like what she used to since her nose job.
- The Making of Ferris Bueller
The same cast and crew discuss the making of the film. Included are discussions on stories from the set about the principle office scene and how the car was destroyed at the end of the film. Its fun to discover that a lot of my favorite moments from the film were not actually scripted, but were improvised as they were shooting.
- The Lost Tapes of Ferris Bueller
Old interviews with Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, and Alan Ruck from the set are put together.
- Who is Ferris Bueller?
A discussion on who is Ferris Bueller with the old footage of the cast and crew.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is easily in my top ten films of the 80's. This new special edition is not great. I would love to have seen outtakes, deleted scenes, and a commentary track. However compared to the previous barebones version that available, I can easily recommend upgrading.
The bonus-laden, Ferris Bueller's Day Off Bueller...Bueller...Bueller edition will be available January 10th on Amazon.com.