Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released four new films on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and digital: “The Goonies,” “Beetlejuice,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” We’re here to break down all the special features on each new release.
“THE GOONIES” ($24.99)
In 1985 Richard Donner, Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg gave us one of the best family adventures of all time. Swashbuckling and treasure hunting was the pastime of every child – or child at heart – for many a summer. Tapping into that child-like nostalgia is the reason that “The Goonies” has had such staying power with physical releases. There may not be anything new added to the bonus features, but if you watched and loved this movie this as a kid, upgrading this in your collection is an absolute must.
Synopsis: Old-fashioned yarn about a band of adventurous kids who take on the might of a property developing company with plans to destroy their home and build a country club. When the children discover an old pirate map in the attic, they follow it into an underground cavern in search of lost treasure, but come up against plenty of dangerous obstacles along the way.
“The Goonies” Special Features
- Commentary (with hidden treasures) by director Richard Donner and select cast members
- The Making of “The Goonies” featurette
- Cyndi Lauper “’The Goonies’ ‘r’ Good Enough” music video
- Theatrical trailer
Tim Burton shot out of the gate in 1985 with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” a film beloved by many that kicked off Burton’s cult following. To further cement his cult status, he followed up with his sophomore feature in 1988’s “Beetlejuice.” Full of whimsy, dirt, and the ever-present “Burton aesthetic” we have all come to know and love. This 4K release doesn’t come with any new bonus features compared to previous releases, so it’s only recommended if you’re looking to update your collection.
Synopsis: After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetz family (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.
“Beetlejuice” Special Features
- Three episodes of the animated “Beetlejuice” TV series
- Music-only audio track
- Theatrical trailer
“SHERLOCK HOLMES” ($24.99)
Sherlock Holmes is a staple throughout film and television history. Over the course of the many adaptations there have been both hits and misses. Guy Ritchie’s 2009 and 2011 action-thrillers are most definitely two of the hits, as they explore the physicality of Holmes as a hero and a fighter. Robert Downey Jr. brings the perfect blend of muscle and sophistication, and stellar co-stars like Jude Law’s dashing Watson, Jared Harris’s dastardly Moriarty, and Rachel McAdams as the temptress Irene Adler are just an added bonus. Both films are fun and action packed. The 4K release is definitely upgrade worthy simply to experience the sights and sounds. Hans Zimmer’s score for both films may be worth the price alone.
Synopsis: When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn’t take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his crime-solving partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), to find the killer, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). A devotee of the dark arts, Blackwood has a bigger scheme in mind, and his execution plays right into his plans. The game is afoot when Blackwood seems to rise from the grave, plunging Holmes and Watson into the world of the occult and strange technologies.
“Sherlock Holmes” Special Features
- Maximum Movie Mode: Sherlock Holmes
- Focus Points: 9-Part Exploration of Sherlock Holmes
- Behind The Story: “Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented”
- Warner Bros. BD-Live
“SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS” ($24.99)
Synopsis: When Austria’s crown prince is found dead, evidence seems to point to suicide. However, detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) deduces that the prince was murdered and that the crime is but a piece of a puzzle designed by an evil genius named Moriarty (Jared Harris). Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson (Jude Law), are accompanied by a Gypsy (Noomi Rapace) whose life Holmes saved, as they chase Moriarty across Europe in hopes they can thwart his plot before it can come to fruition.
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Special Features
- Maximum Movie Mode: Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes hosted by Robert Downey Jr.
- Focus Points
- “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Movie App
The Nuts and Bolts
4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.
For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR , a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player and a high-speed HDMI (Category 2) cable are required.
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