Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Overview

One of the perennial teenage films of the 1980s, Ferris Bueller's Day Off inspired dozens of films, made stars out of Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, and Ben Stein, and even influenced a rock band (Save Ferris). Besides The Breakfast Club, John Hughes will undoubtedly be remembered for this classic piece of filmmaking. That's why the commentary with writer/director John Hughes on the disc makes it so appealing. Hughes is incredibly informative and insightful and gives away every casting secret anyone ever had about...
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Overview

One of the perennial teenage films of the 1980s, Ferris Bueller's Day Off inspired dozens of films, made stars out of Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, and Ben Stein, and even influenced a rock band (Save Ferris). Besides The Breakfast Club, John Hughes will undoubtedly be remembered for this classic piece of filmmaking. That's why the commentary with writer/director John Hughes on the disc makes it so appealing. Hughes is incredibly informative and insightful and gives away every casting secret anyone ever had about the making of the film. He's one of the more articulate directors to do commentary of a film. The downside to this disc, unfortunately, is that it is not a new film transfer. Sporadic dirt can be seen in the widescreen frames, though it's not too offensive and won't detract from viewing pleasure. The audio is excellent -- offered in Dolby Surround, 5.1 Surround, and French-language. There are also English subtitles for the hearing impaired. The most glaring omission on this disc is the lack of a theatrical trailer, which seems like a standard extra. Overall, however, the commentary more than makes up for any weaker aspects of the disc.
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Special Features

Commentary with John Hughes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Before graduating to more adult-oriented films, writer-director John Hughes capped his high school quartet with this 1986 comedy that, like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, has become an era-defining touchstone. But new generations can join the all-inclusive legions of sportos, motorheads, geeks, bloods, wasteoids, and dweebies who consider eight-time truant Ferris Bueller “a righterous dude.” Who cannot relate to such teenage logic as Ferris’s rationalization of day off No. 9: “How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?” Substitute the word “job” for “school” and you can understand why this liberating comedy continues to strike a chord. As Bueller famously observes, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around, you could miss it.” Matthew Broderick’s immense likability goes a long way toward saving Ferris from coming off as an obnoxious spoiled brat, or, to quote Rooney Jeffrey Jones, the dean of students determined to catch Bueller, “a snot-nosed punk.” The film’s many classic scenes still make the grade, including Ben Stein’s career-launching “Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?”; the “Sausage King”; and Ferris’s parade rendition of “Twist and Shout.” But what puts this edition in a class by itself are the new bonus features, including the nearly half-hour-long “Getting the Class Together,” featuring new and archival interviews with Hughes, Broderick, Stein, and the rest of the lightning-in-a-bottle ensemble, including Jennifer Gray as Ferris’s resentful younger sister, Alan Ruck as Ferris’s neurotic best friend, Cameron, Mia Sara as Ferris’s girlfriend, Sloane, and Edie McClurg as Rooney’s secretary. Subtract half a grade for the exclusion of Hughes’s audio commentary, which was included on the 1999 DVD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • UPC: 097360189025
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 89,416

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Faking Out The Parents [8:14]
2. Faking Out Rooney [9:26]
3. Emancipation Of Sloane [8:11]
4. The Car- 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California [5:34]
5. Downtown [8:58]
6. Lunch With Ferris [7:04]
7. Rooney On The Trail [3:21]
8. Bueller Residence vs. Rooney [1:21]
9. Parade- Ferris Style [5:44]
10. Jeanie Encounters Rooney [7:35]
11. Cameron Goes Beserk [5:42]
12. Kill The Car [8:24]
13. The Race Home [9:40]
14. 150% Better [7:02]
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   Menu Group #1 with 15 chapter(s) covering 01:42:53
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