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Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Blu-ray DVD / comedy DVD review
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 1/2 stars
Featuring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Ben Stein
Director: John Hughes Studio: Paramount
DVD release: 05 May 2009 Runtime: 103 min.
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 2.35:1, Audio tracks (DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French; Mono - Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, English, Spanish, French, Portugese), Getting the Class Together: The Cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Making of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Who is Ferris Bueller?

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it. This is the mantra of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), a high school senior with a cocky attitude and enough charm and charisma to get him far in life. Ferris is popular with the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads. His popularity crosses cliques - they all think he's a righteous dude.

When Ferris decides to skip school for a day, he doesn't just sit around playing video games and watching MTV; he makes the day count. First he needs his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), whose piece of sh*t car will be required (as Ferris has no car, he must envy Cameron's piece of sh*t). This accomplished, he must spring his girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), from school with a convincing report of a death in the family.

Ferris is clever, and Principal Ed Rooney is aware of that. It's a constant go-'round of one-upmanship between these two. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is sick of Ferris always getting the better of him, and today he sees an opportunity to finally bust Ferris ditching school. The game, as they say, is afoot.

Ferris's sister, Jeanie (some guys call her Shawna), is miffed that Ferris can ditch and not get caught. She does her best to take him down, skipping school herself to check to see if he's laid up in bed at home or out raising hell.

Ferris's day is packed with all sorts of diverse activities, from the Art Institute to a Cubs game, from the Sears Tower to the Chicago Board of Trade, and finally finishing up the day performing during the Von Steuben Day Parade (whoever that is).

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is full of excellent characters, from the iconic Ben Stein as an economics teacher (Bueller... Bueller...) to Del Close's English teacher. Edie McClurg is fantastic as Rooney's administrative assistant. All these characters and more combine to make Ferris Bueller's Day Off an excellent film. It's not just the characters, but also the interesting edits, easily forgotten between viewings but absolutely brilliant.

John Hughes put together a lot of great films in the '80s but has since all but vanished from film today (save a writing credit for Drillbit Taylor). We need you back, John Hughes. You have a rare talent, and it is incumbent upon you to share it with greedy fanboys like me.

Paramount give Ferris Bueller's Day Off the deluxe Blu-ray treatment here. The picture is beautiful and sharp - it's easy to take a look at the vanity plates used in the film (Easter eggs). The extras (unfortunately none Blu-ray exclusive) include retrospective interviews with many of the leads, historical interviews with all, and some extra time spent with Ben Stein. Life moves pretty fast. You should take some time to watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off again. It's even better than you remember it.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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