Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ★★★★★

Picked up the 4K release to watch the deleted/extended scenes. There's some gold for sure: the Bill Erwin in-flight meal scene from the TV version finally in widescreen for starters along with extra time in the Taxiola with Larry Hankin. Disappointingly there is no Michael McKean footage and Del's black eye remains an onscreen mystery. It may not be the long-rumored "Director's Cut" but highly recommended for fans.
• This truly features the greatest versions of Martin's interminably annoyed straight man and Candy's exasperating but lovable goof.
• There are few filmmakers whose work can absolutely bust me up even after so many watches. Thanks to Hughes' script and direction and the performances, this always delivers.
• I love all the background details that clearly timestamp the era: the old FedEx logo, the banks of payphones, and smoking in ABSOLUTELY EVERY PUBLIC SPACE.
• Neal's f-bomb tirade is made all the better because of the unparalleled Edie McClurg and her "rosey, fucking, cheeks." 😊
• Hats off to the foley artist responsible for the swishing parka sound.
• The matte painting of the Chicago skyline as they enter the city reminded me of the entrance to Wally World in Vacation.
• Can I watch this movie without crying? Hell no! And that's the way I like it.

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