Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Goonies 25th Anniversary (and more)
The Goonies has been released on Blu-Ray Nov 2, 2010 as the 25th Anniversary Edition!
Varèse Sarabande finally released the score in it's entireity, only 25 years after the fact, on March 2010 in a limited edition of 5000 copies.
You can download the score from soundtrackzone.blogspot.
Pay no mind to the fact that he has it listed as being from 1995. It is clearly the 34-track 25th anniversary edition.
The Goonies soundtrack was re-released in Japan on July 22, 2009. The soundtrack was digitally remastered and includes 2 additional tracks not found on the original release; the vocal mix of "Eight Arms To Hold You", and the dance remix of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough".
From Wikipedia on Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough";
Before its inclusion on 'The Essential Cyndi Lauper' in 2003, the song was considered a rarity among fans, having never appeared on any of Lauper's albums or the 1994 compilation 'Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some'. Lauper admitted in an interview that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it on her first compilation.
The song has been covered by a few artists, such as Bombones, New Found Glory, The Advantage, and Haruko Momoi.
The song was featured in several iterations of Konami's Goonies video games, most notably the popular NES game Goonies II. It was also featured as an instrumental version in Pop'n Music 10 by Tomoyuki Uchida (as "Mr. T").
There were also numerous video games released based on The Goonies.
The Goonies for the NES/Famicom was never released in the USA outside of the arcade in the form of Nintendo's Play-Choice 10 cabinets. The game is similar to The Goonies II, but with a far greater focus on arcade-style action. Watch the speed run.
The Goonies II, a fictitous sequel, was released for the NES in 1987. You played as Mikey, your weapon of choice was a yo-yo, and your main goal was to save a Mermaid. Yeah, I don't get it either. I seem to recall renting this game back in the heydey of the NES and probably didn't get too far, and after watching the walkthrough, I can see why.
I am somewhat surprised that Konami didn't follow suit and release these games on the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console service for the Goonies 25th Anniversary.
The Making Of A Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story Of The Goonies
The Goonies Reunion
The Goonies Vacation
Be sure to check out the funny new sitcom "Raising Hope" , featuring Martha Plimpton, who is terrific in it.
As for the possibility of a Goonies 2?
"The possibility of a film sequel has been confirmed and denied many times in recent years by the original cast and crew. Donner said that he had a story he liked and Spielberg behind him, but in 2004 several of the actors from the original revealed that Warner Bros., the film's owner, had shown no interest in a sequel.
Sean Astin told MTV in October 2007 that Goonies 2 is an "absolute certainty.... The writing's on the wall when they're releasing the DVD in such numbers."
Donner has expressed doubt that the sequel will ever happen, as many of the actors had not shown interest in returning for a sequel.
Also in October 2007, Josh Brolin talks "Goonies" Sequel with Marcus Leshock said there was a script and shooting was to begin the following summer.
On October 15, 2008 in Variety, Richard Donner said' "We tried really hard, and Steven (Spielberg) said, 'Let's do it.' We had a lot of young writers submit work, but it just didn't seem to call for it.”
Corey Feldman stated in his November 25, 2008 blog post, "NO! There is no Goonies 2! I'm sorry but it's just not gonna happen.... Course now that I've said that they'll do it."
On the July 2010 release of "The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of The Goonies" DVD, Richard Donner states a sequel to The Goonies is a "definite thing" and will involve as much of the old cast as possible. "It will happen," says Donner. "We've been trying for a number of years."
So the only thing for sure is that they've thought about it and tried, and they've gone back and forth on whether or not it will happen.
Other old school goodness being released on Blu-Ray;
The Back To The Future Trilogy was released on Blu-Ray Oct 26, 2010 as the 25th Anniversary Trilogy
The 2010 Scream Awards shot-for-shot remake of the original Back To The Future teaser trailer.
Alien Anthology was also released on Blu-Ray Oct 25, 2010
TRON was originally supposed to be released in November 2010, with no firm release date ever given, the month prior to Tron: Legacy being unleashed in theaters. Apparently the remastering process for the hi-def format has been completed, but it seems as if it's now more likely to see the release of the Tron Blu-Ray sometime around the release of Tron: Legacy on Blu Ray - probably around Summer 2011.
Now we just have to get the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Indiana Jones trilogy and TRON released on Blu Ray, and Blu Ray will be in like Flynn.
It was announced back in August 2010 that all six Star Wars movies will be coming to Blu-Ray in a Box Set in Fall 2011. That's great, but I don't want the three prequel movies stinking up my movie collection, and I sure as heck won't accept being forced to pay for them! Hopefully they'll sell them separately at some point.
As for Indiana Jones, there is no release date at this time. At one time it was said that the orignial Indiana Jones trilogy was to be released on Blu by the end of 2009. And as seen here, remasters have been done. So I'm sure it's only a matter of time. Here's to hoping they don't pack The Crystal Skull in, forcing you to purchase it to get the original trilogy.