Next up is The 'Making of' featurette, this combines archive behind the scenes video along with interviews with cast and crew, all filmed at the same time as the above feature. Similar in tone and content but at least there is not as much film footage here.
On to the Who is featurette that again uses film footage and interviews filmed at the same time as the first feature, are we spotting a pattern here? These three features could have been made into one all encompassing 'making of' documentary, it would have been a lot more satisfying, rather than breaking it all up to give more listings on the back cover.
The Word According to Ben Stein, for me, is the best feature; it is an extended interview with Stein (of course filmed at the same time as all the rest) but in it he just talks about his life and experiences, also includes some archive footage. The man has in incredible dry wit, his anecdotes and stories are a hoot, the unofficial star of the film!
The lost tapes are a series of mock interviews conducted by Broderick with his fellow cast members videoed on the set of the film; extremely light on information but never the less quite fascinating to watch. Questions are all standard “what's you motivation” type stuff, but it is nice to see some interpersonal relationships between the actors on set.
The Class Album is a selection of wardrobe and publicity photos for the main cast members, use the remote to flick through them rather than a slide show.
Finally there are three trailers for other films available from Paramount.
The last word. The original DVD release had a scene specific commentary, so why it is missing from this set though is a bit of a mystery?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off seems to be one of those films that can endure the ages. It has universal themes that every generation can identify with and as such will continue to be watched and enjoyed for generations to come. As a DVD set Paramount has produced a reasonably good package, the print is stunning, the sound lacklustre and a set of new extra features should be enough to entice people to upgrade.
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