ferrisbuellerbluStudio: Paramount
Year: 1986
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Run time: 102 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 DL
Region: A

Ferris Bueller (Mathew Broderick) is an innocuous fast talker; he knows how to handle every situation that is thrown at him. One school morning he fakes an illness convincingly to his loving but simple-minded parents and convinces them to let him stay home. He enlist the help of his hypochondriac best friend Cameron, (Alan Ruck) working together they con their high school principle Ed Rooney (Jeffery Jones) into excusing Ferris’s girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) from class. The three of them, plus a priceless Ferrari, which happens to be owned by Cameron’s short-tempered father, embark on a downtown Chicago adventure.

We come to realize that Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron might not get away with playing hooky. Ferris’s sister, Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), is determined to prove that Ferris is faking sick and make him pay for it, while Rooney does not want his reputation tarnished, he knows that Ferris has got something up his sleeve. What we get is a hilarious comedy that is well acted, well written, and confidently directed.

What is remembered in this story is the characters; they all have personalities that every person can identify with, the “know it all” teen, the uptight friend, the angry sister, the simple-minded parents, and the incompetent but determined principle. All the characters are complete opposites and Hughes compounds each element of personality real well. The writing is certainly not forgettable; it is still quoted today in high schools especially during role call. ” Bueller…Bueller…Bueller?”

What happens to the audience is that a form of sophistical pleasure evolves from the film; they know it’s wrong what Ferris is doing, but they can’t help themselves laugh in what he is accomplishing. This credits to good film making, and any age group can enjoy Ferris Bueller’s day off. No matter if you’re 12 or 60 this story will affect you in someway, and most of the audience will see it differently just like the characters in the film.

In today’s teen comedies, teenagers are likely getting drunk, breaking laws, or doing wrong things with pies. What emerges in Ferris Bueller’s day off is a hilarious plus emotional experience about life, watch carefully the surprising scene of Cameron’s character going through a phase where he has to prove that he stands for something, also from the scene is typical John Hughes humor that is blended perfectly. Hughes proves that teen comedies don’t have to be idiotic.
Movie Content: 9.5/10

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Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Given the age of the film I was quite surprised how good ‘Ferris Beuller’s Day Off’ looked in high definition. Paramount engineers have been on a roll since last fall with multiple catalog releases. Colors are strong throughout the entire film especially when they take a trip to Wrigley Field. Being a huge Cubs fan, it was like the beauty of the park coming to life. Flesh tones were natural and lifelike looking. I found the black levels to be deep almost inklike. The one area where the print falters a bit has to do with the fine details as they are lacking in several key scenes. Much of this has to do with the softness of the image. Overall I was rather happy with the image quality when compared to my previous DVD.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. This is a decent mix when the soundtrack peers into the soundfield adding to the experience. If anything with the audio, I found the soundtrack to shine the most here. Dialogue is clear and crisp. There was a perfect balance between the sound and dialogue, providing a nice mix.
Audio Quality: 8.5/10

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Special Features

  • “Getting the Class Together: The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  • The Making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • “Who Ferris Bueller”
  • “The World According Ben Stein”
  • “Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes”
  • “Class Album”

All features are presented in standard definition. All the features from the previous DVD release have been ported over for this release.

Special Features: 8/10

The Final Word

‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is one of those comedies from the 80’s that went on to become one of the most popular in its genre. The film holds up rather well nearly 23 years later. On Blu-ray the video and audio are really good for a catalog title which is worth an upgrade for those that own the previous DVD release. I highly recommend this film for those that have never seen it and tired of the same old, same old comedies of today.
Overall Rating: 9/10

Review by: George Theofanopoulos