In the summer of 1986 John Hughes unleashed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off into theaters and it wound up becoming one of the highest grossing films of the year. It made Matthew Broderick into a movie star and has since become a staple in pop culture. A short-lived TV series was produced and some of the film’s cast have revisited the characters in recent years for various national commercials. Despite The Breakfast Club being my favorite of Hughes’ high school films, it is easy to see why Bueller is the one that has stood the test of time more over the others. If you have never seen the film, the story is simple. Ferris (Broderick), his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) play hooky from school for the day.
While the three of them take to the streets of Chicago, Ferris’ sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and his school vice principal Ed Rooney (Jeffery Jones) separately try to catch Ferris in the act. They are both tired of him getting away with everything. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is pretty much a fantasy and the audience is just as jealous or envious of Ferris as most of the main characters in the film. What makes Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are the unforgettable characters all around. This is not just Broderick’s film. Each of the main characters have plenty of moments that stand out.
Paramount has delivered a brand new 4K restoration that features Dolby Vision and HDR-10. This is a massive improvement over the old Blu-ray and everything that you would expect to pop in a 4K presentation does. Cameron’s father’s red Ferrari absolutely shines. The streets of downtown Chicago look incredibly detailed and the skin tones look natural. We also get a Dolby Atmos track, which scenes like Ferrer’s Twist & Shout parade performance takes full advantage of. It’s even more noticeable in scenes that take place in a crowded high school hallway.
Paramount did a great job with this restoration and if you are a fan, I highly recommend upgrading your Blu-ray or DVD.
- Commentary with Director John Hughes
- Getting the Class Together: The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- The Making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Who is Ferris Bueller?
- The World According to Ben Stein
- Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes
By: Marc Ferman