The Good

I think this might be the very best of all the films in the John Hughes canon.

The Bad

The double-dip nature of this release.Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is one of those people who lives a very charmed life. He does what he wants, gets away with everything, and the fact that many people love him only serves to upset those who don't. So when he decides to take a day off and galavant all over town with his best friend (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend (Mia Sara), all under the auspices that he's dying, you can bet that there are going to be a few people out to get him. These people take the form of the Principal and his sister. As we see them plotting to take down Ferris, we see Ferris showing his friends the time of their lives. Then, just when it seems like he is about to finally get nailed for everything that he is done, this brilliantly crafted movie takes a different turn completely.

So... if you have ever taken a day off just for the hell of it, or if you've ever ditched school, work, or any of the other things that make us responsible people... you need to have this DVD.


As this release seems to be essentially a repackage of an older DVD release, I am simply going to list the extras out and not actually comment on them.

Commentary by Director John Hughes


Widescreen Version enhanced for 16:9 TVs. This movie looked good. The problem in my home is that I have an HDTV but not a Blu-ray player. So when I review a movie like Ferris Bueller's Day Off only able to watch it in the standard format. This is fine but my eyes are getting trained to see the difference in standard and high definition programming. As I saw this movie numerous times in the theater, on VHS and now DVD... I must say that I don't think any of those standard formats looked that bad.


English 6.1 DTS Surround. Dolby Digital: English 5.1/ English 2.0 Surround/ French 2.0 Surround. Subtitled in English and Spanish. The audio for this release was good but I probably should have tested it out on a better system. All told this release is well put together. While there isn't anything new about it, it still retains an air of freshness that I enjoyed.


Matthew Broderick is seen on this front cover in the classic shot with his arms behind his head and a smile from ear to ear. The back cover gives us the three main characters in the red Ferrari, with the Chicago skyline behind them. There is a Special Features listing, a description of what this movie is about, a cast list and technical specs.

Final Word

My brother, who was a big fan of this movie and took me to see it many times when we were younger, no longer supports it and doesn't have anything good to say about it. I was afraid that when I watched it I would feel the same way, but that wasn't the case at all. In fact, there's a lot of about this film that I don't even think feels dated. So as I watched this movie trying to figure out how it slipped in esteem in my brother's estimation, I guess it really comes down to that special thing about moviemaking. There is something about the subject matter in this movie that makes it highly entertaining and relevant. I don't care how old you are, this movie is bound to resonate. Granted, I did see it when I was 12 so maybe the fact that I have grown up with it might have something to do with my opinion, but all in all I really think that John Hughes has made a film that will live forever.