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Long Lost ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Director’s Commentary Resurfaces


In 1999, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ was released on DVD and included an awesome audio commentary track from director John Hughes, the only audio commentary that the notoriously reclusive director ever recorded. But when the film was re-released on DVD and Blu-ray, the track mysteriously disappeared… until now.

No one is sure why John Hughes’ commentary track for his classic 80s high school slacker comedy wasn’t included in later re-releases of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’ The commentary originally appeared on the 1999 DVD release, delighting fans of the film and the director — though some say it was Hughes’ decision to oddly remove the commentary on later releases. reports that the commentary track has resurfaced. We’ve posted the audio track below, so feel free to queue up the film and listen to Hughes talk about one of the most awesome movies ever. And if you have the 1999 DVD laying around, then you’re already ahead of the game.

And if you’d like to know the treat you’re in for, Scott Ventura describes Hughes’ commentary track in a review of the 1999 DVD release:

Hughes speaks with a deep, somber tone slightly reminiscent of Harold Ramis as he discusses locations, motivations, a few technical details, music choices, some deleted scenes, and his personal disappointments with certain moments. Unlike director commentaries that stop at the beginning of the credits, Hughes goes right up to the last second, and almost sounds like he isn’t finished when the movie ends.

You can listen to the full ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ commentary below or you can click here to download an mp3.

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