It’s hard to believe it was 25 years ago when legendary director/writer John Hughes released Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Paramount knows a classic when it sees one, and has finally given this film the high-definition treatment it so richly deserves. With the always funny Steve Martin and the late John Candy at both their dramatic and comedic best here, this is a must-have timeless classic for any Blu-ray owner’s collection.
Starring Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy, the story follows businessman Neal Page (played by Martin) who just wants to get home to his loving family for Thanksgiving. Of course things don’t go as planned, as one thing after another keeps happening thanks to inclement weather stopping all forms of travel. Among all the problems, he keeps running into the loveable but zany salesman Del Griffith (played to perfection by Candy) who offers to help Neal out by driving cross country to get him home. To say any more would be ruining a near perfect movie, but let’s say it’s one crazy mishap and adventure after another as the two try to make their way through the states and get Neal to his family in time for turkey.
Those who have seen this classic already know how great of a film it is, as Martin and Candy have the perfect chemistry to bring all of the comedy and drama that’s needed here. And for those who haven’t seen this, you’re really in for a holiday treat, as it’s even better seeing it with a 1080p high-definition transfer, which makes the picture look a lot sharper and cleaner than it has ever been. The DTS-HD 5.1 audio is just as amazing, as it makes sure that every hilarious piece of dialogue is heard crystal clear.
There’s also plenty of new extras featured here that give even more insight into the making of the film. “John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast” is an HD extra that hosts a two-part documentary that goes into his life and how he changed movies forever. “Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is a fun press chat featuring John Hughes with stars Steve Martin and John Candy who talk about working on the movie. There’s also a deleted scene, and a tribute to the late, great John Candy rounding out the extras here.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a timeless classic that you’re sure to enjoy if you’re not easily offended and love zany, off-the-wall comedy. Steve Martin and the late John Candy share perfect chemistry here, and this is easily one of the late John Hughes’ best comedies – which is really saying something. The high-definition transfer is surprising great for a late 80s release, and there’s plenty of great features to help keep the disc spinning long after the credits roll. Those looking for a fun holiday treat should definitely consider adding this Blu-ray to their collections, as you’re sure to have plenty of fun and laughs watching this with your adult family members long after the holiday feast is over.
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