Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|High School Flashback Collection |
The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science
Actors: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez
Director: John Hughes
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
It?s never too late to head back to class with The High School Flashback Collection featuring three all-new special editions of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science. Experience the 80?s most iconic films l... more »
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 9/13/2011...
If you're a fan of John Hughes, then this is a collection you have to have!!! It has the special edition versions of these classic movies all in one place...and they're some of his best! You have the Breakfast Club, which is full of special features! If you haven't seen it, it's about a disparate group of high school kids who have to spend a Saturday in detention. When left to their own devices, the kids from the different cliques argue, cry, and generally give themselves (and us) a better idea about what makes each tick. A classic. Next we have Sixteen Candles, loaded with features. This time, it's about a young woman who is turning sixteen and having to deal with her sister's wedding and the crazy antics at her high school dance. A crazy ensemble movie for the ages! And last, we have Weird Science, once more with special features you don't usually see...like the pilot to the tv show! In the original film, we have two geeks who manage to create a woman with their computer skills. Once they have her, though, they have no idea what to do with her. And that means that she will have to teach them...about life, the universe, and everything. These are all classic films, but here you have them all in easy reach in one cool metal locker box set.
Ya gotta love the 80s!
J. Salzenstein | Boston, MA | 09/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For me, there couldn't be a more fitting name for this set of DVDs. Watching these films was an instant flashback to those years I've so longed to forget. Although I graduated just after The Breakfast ClubSixteen Candles, and Weird Science were released, they were certainly still popular when I was in school, and watching them brought back memories- and reminded me how great these movies are.
While these teen angst cult classics will be available individually this fall as well, The High School Flashback Collection brings the three of them together for the first time, which is absolutely brilliant. Whether you host a marathon 80's movie party at your house on a Friday night (and require everyone to wear leg warmers, jelly bracelets, and parachute pants) or simply sit down with a bowl of popcorn one Sunday afternoon, you're going to enjoy three films that helped define a generation.
Writer/director John Hughes is brilliant, and these three films are the jewels in his crown. And with stars like Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Kelly LeBrock, and Emilio Estevez, how can you go wrong?
(I'm not even going to get into the synopsis ofThe Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, or Weird Science; if you haven't seen them at least half a dozen times since their release, you shouldn't be reading this, you should be watching the films!)
For the most part, the extras on these discs aren't anything to write home about. Having said that, what they lack in quantity, they almost make up for in meatiness.
The Breakfast Club includes Sincerely Yours, a 12-part documentary featuring cast and crew (although not surprisingly, Ms. Ringwald is missing...) reflecting on the making of the film, sharing stories, and talking about their lives at the time. It also includes a look at the characters and music from the film, and interviews with filmmakers (Amy Heckerling from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Diablo Cody from Juno) who talk about the cultural resonance of the film, and how it affecting them and their careers.
A second bonus feature- and one I found sociologically interesting- is called The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of the Brat Pack. In this featurette, cast members, journalists and film historians explore the "Brat Pack" label, and the impact that it had both on pop culture, and on the careers of the group's members. Audio Commentary with Anthon Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, and the original Theatrical Trailer round out the extras.
The special features on the Sixteen Candles disc are much weaker. In fact, there's only one, and it's an 11-part documentary featuring cast members who discuss their experience making the film, and what was going on in their lives at the time... is this starting to sound familiar? And yes, there's also an interview with filmmakers- the same from The Breakfast Club- who discuss the cultural resonance of this film, blah, blah, blah.
At least the special features on the Weird Science disc original. It's Alive! leads off, with a look at the making of the film, including fashion, music, character development and special effects. Next is She's Alive, the slightly scary (and not in a horror film sort of way) TV pilot episode that was based on the film. Finally, they've thrown in the Theatrical Trailer, most likely just to beef it up."
Pretty cool new features!
A. Hensley | Seattle, WA | 08/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with the "double dip" fear when I first saw "Flashback Edition" on these movies. I thought it might be along the lines of the "I Love the 80's" rip-offs that just were released.
But then I did some research and found there will be some cool "special features" on these, including a full-length commentary on "The Breakfast Club" from Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson! I wish there were commentaries on the other two, but at least there will be a featurette or two.
Would I have preferred these were on the "High School Reunion" releases, of course! But hey, this is the world of DVD's.
Deal with it, or go home.
There will always be new releases coming out, and we can just hope there's cool new stuff each time. If not, skip it. But this re-release looks pretty good."
Good Set (If You Don't Already Own the Films)
Justin J. Morgan | Pittsburgh PA | 01/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The infamous double-dip. I previously didn't own these, waiting for some features, which this set definitely has. My advice is that if you already own them, it's not worth it. If you don't, buying them all together in this set is a good deal.
My only complaint would be the size of the case. It's too tall to fit on my shelve, but besides that, I've got nothing bad to say."