Sixteen Candles — Molly Ringwald established herself as the teen queen of the '80s in this fresh comedy. The movie is a day in the life of Samantha, whose 16th birthday is turning out to be anything but sweet. All the traum... more »as of teendom come down on one long day, which sees Samantha surrounded by dithery relatives, mooning over a high school hunk, and pursued by a sawed-off Lothario. Sixteen Candles marked the directing debut of John Hughes, and its goofy energy displayed a promising talent with a great ear for high school lingo ... a promise neglected since Hughes became, after Home Alone, a one-man entertainment industry. There are some pretty crass moments (Why the stereotype of the foreign-exchange student from Asia?), but Ringwald's steady appeal smoothes over the rough spots. As the pubescent, self-styled lady-killer, Anthony Michael Hall turns in a hilarious portrait of a young swinger; he and Ringwald would reteam with Hughes for The Breakfast Club, another key teen picture of the decade. --Robert Horton The Breakfast Club
John Hughes's popular 1985 teen drama finds a diverse group of high school students--a jock (Emilio Estevez), a metalhead (Judd Nelson), a weirdo (Ally Sheedy), a princess (Molly Ringwald), and a nerd (Anthony Michael Hall)--sharing a Saturday in detention at their high school for one minor infraction or another. Over the course of a day, they talk through the social barriers that ordinarily keep them apart, and new alliances are born, though not without a lot of pain first. Hughes, who wrote and directed, is heavy on dialogue but he also thoughtfully refreshes the look of the film every few minutes with different settings and original viewpoints on action. The movie deals with such fundamentals as the human tendency toward bias and hurting the weak, and because the characters are caught somewhere between childhood and adulthood, it's easy to get emotionally involved in hope for their redemption. Preteen and teenage kids love this film, incidentally. --Tom Keogh Weird Science
Yes, that is Bill Paxton as Ilan Mitchell-Smith's militaristic big brother. And that's Robert Downey Jr. as one of the in-crowd jerks who makes nerds Mitchell-Smith and Hall's lives miserable. Fortunately, this is a John Hughes comedy and our smart nerds create the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), using a computer and voodoo. Lisa is a willing sex toy, has magical powers, and just wants to help the boys get even and meet nice babes. She even cleans up. The fantasy ebullience of Hughes is given full rein here and that's good and bad (mostly good). It's all aimed at a certain kind of hormone-addled, 16-year-old sensibility; but who doesn't have a little bit of that in them? --Keith Simanton« less
daria_m | Houston, Texas United States | 08/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong: I'm grateful to see that these three great 80's flicks directed by teen movie director extraordinare John Hughes have FINALLY been remastered in Dolby 5.1 and DTS. And the sound is great...I watched "Weird Science" and could really tell the difference. But why couldn't there by any special features on these discs? All we get is the original trailer and some rental suggestions. Why couldn't Hughes offer commentary on these movies? After all, he provided a really interesting one for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off. There MUST be some great stories behind the making of these movies; why won't he tell them? Also, I know there was an E! True Hollywood Story featuring the journey behind "Sixteen Candles." Why couldn't that be included? Why not have cast biographies and filmographies at least? That's easy enough!Since I adore all three films and the sound remastering is incredible, I will rate this set four stars. But not adding any special features to really separate this new box set from the lackluster original DVD versions....what a shame!"
The best these 3 movies have looked in a long time!
William | Australia | 09/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Here is some great news! The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, & Weird Science have just been re-released on DVD in remastered style after very disappointing DVD transfers in the late 90's.The Renunion collection allows purchasers the chance to buy all three DVD's in a package deal. It makes sense to do this because it is cheaper than buying them separately. In fact, you practically get one for free! A friend of mine bought the package as soon as it was released. I think it will sell out, so hop to it!Each title has been remastered although they are not perfect. Still, considering the age of these films, they look very pleasing.All three are now 16:9 enhanced which is a blessing, no more large black bars top and bottom which plagued the 1998 DVD of "Breakfast Club" (for example).Even better news for purists, is that the original soundtracks have been reinstated into the films. This is denoted on each separate cover, and is an important factor. for too long we have had to put up with altered soundtracks. Sixteen Candles soundtrack was butchered so bad that the film lost its spark. Well no more with this release.The DVD's boast a DTS soundtrack for each movie. Sorry, but it's nothing to write home about! In the case of "Breakfast Club", the opening song "Don't you forget about me" still sounds very lame and mono as it did on the previous DVD release! The same applies for portions of "sixteen Candles". DTS can be a bit of a gimmick as demonstrated by all three DVD's. Don't be fooled in this regard. Extras? Sorry to report that Universal have decided not to include extras on any on any of the dics (except for trailers). This is a shame because this is what DVD's are all about. I can only assume that this is because DTS soundtracks take up considerable disc space. What I would have liked is some deleted scenes or alternate scenes which do exist. For example, the TV version of "breakfast Club" is different to the DVD version, it contains several different scenes. Overall, there was approximately 4 hours of footage taken from Breakfast Club so to get some of this as an added special feature would have been nice Universal!!! There are also alternate scenes out there for "Sixteen Candles" but you dont get to see them on this DVD.Despite these let-downs, you must order this package deal because it's the best the films have looked in a long time. Plus the original soundtracks have been reinstated. Another reason is that they will go out of stock for sure. I've been watching my friends copy, and mine is on the way!!! Cannot wait."
Mostly Great Collection
belvis | renton, washington | 01/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think we should all just pretend that John Hughes died tragically in 1990, shortly after working on the brilliant "Uncle Buck." He was not at all involved in such films as "Baby's Day Out" or "Home Alone 3." He did, however, make several great movies in the 1980s, including "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Weird Science," the films enclosed in this lovely collection.
A lot of people have been very critical of the inclusion of "Weird Science" in this collection, but I am not one of them. It's true that this is not really a Brat Pack movie, but it is a John Hughes '80s film, and it is great. It's also the third movie he directed. "The Breakfast Club" is the second. "Sixteen Candles" is the first. So, basically, this collection gives us the first three classics that John Hughes brought us, so I don't see the problem.
"Sixteen Candles" (1984): This will always be my favorite of the John Hughes movies. It's a bonafide classic of the '80s with wonderful performances from Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. This is my favorite because it's really funny (Long Duk Dong especially, and Anthony Michael Hall's team of geeks) but also sorta touching. Anyone can identify with Samantha Baker's sadness, and how she doesn't really know why she's sad, just that she is sad. That's really quite touching, in my opinion. There are some great scenes, like the one between Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall in the shop room, or when Molly Ringwald and her dad (Paul Dooley, recently on "Desperate Housewives") have a nice conversation at night in the living room. It's scenes like this that make the movie truly great, more so than other teen movies.
"The Breakfast Club" (1985): While not my favorite of the John Hughes films, this is also a classic and quite possibly the most famous of his work. I'm a sophomore in high school, and I still hear people talking about this one all the time, which proves just how enduring and timeless the work of John Hughes really is. This movie is a wonderful ensemble with great work from Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, and especially Judd Nelson. Also, Paul Gleason is the perfect jackass. Great '80s fun with plenty of touching moments and a wonderful ending.
"Weird Science" (1985): This is just plain wacky fun. It's different in style from the other two films in this collection, but I love it just as much. It's crazy and wild and out of control and it's just great. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan-Mitchell Smith make the perfect geeks, and Kelly LeBrock is so wonderfully sexy. A noteable part of this movie is the incredible Oingo Boingo theme song, "Weird Science," which is just about the coolest song ever.
So, what about this set? It should be noted that the three disks in this collection are the same three disks from the previously released "High School Reunion Collection," and even come with an ad for that collection. The quality is great. The movies are all remastered in anamorphic widescreen and look beautiful. The cool thing is that "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science" come with their original theatrical soundtracks and not the changed VHS soundtracks, which is really nice.
The thing that makes this collection distictive is definately the gorgeous binder package. Looking at the above picture is not the same as really seeing it. This is just a beautiful piece of art. It really is a binder, with clasps and everything, and the movies enclosed in little slips on the clasps. It's truly lovely and looks very noteable on the shelf.
This set also comes with an extra CD featuring eight great '80s songs, including "True" (Spandau Ballet), "If You Leave" (Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark), "Weird Science" (Oingo Boingo), "Oh Yeah" (Yello)," and "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Simple Minds). This set is definately worth buying for this CD. I listen to it all the time. I love these songs, so much, and each one is good, although my favorite is by far "If You Leave," followed closely by "Weird Science." Trust me, if you get this set, you'll find yourself listening to this CD all the time. It's just great.
So, the only thing that this set lacks is special features. I for one was very dissapointed to see that none of the deleted scenes from the TV versions of the film made it here. All three have some footage that can only be seen on TV, but Universal was not generous enough to bestow it upon us, which is a shame. Basically, there's nothing here in the way of special features, except for trailers on "The Breakfast Club" and "Weird Science." So, if you're into special feautres, you'll be severely dissapointed.
However, aside from that, this set is great. All three movies are '80s classics, and they're presented with their original soundtracks, in a lovely special case, with a wonderful music disk. How can you say no? Recommended."
Not just a rehash of The High School Reunion Collection
Dorrie Wheeler | 11/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay...when I heard about The Brat Pack Movie and Music Collection I was pretty sure that it was probably just a rehash of The High School Reunion Collection which was released several years ago. Both sets were released by Universal. Fear not, I am here to tell you about the differences. The first thing that is painfully obvious about this set is the choice of movies. Like it's closest cousin The High School Reunion Collection, The Brat Pack Movie and Music Collection includes the exact same movies-"The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and Weird Science." The cover art on the DVD's is the same, no new bonus material with each film that I detected.
It has been mentioned time and time again that the choice of movies is a bit off. No one even really pegged this acting group "The Brat Pack," until around 1985. Molly Ringwald was one of the best known Brat Pack members and "Sixteen Candles" helped to start the whole Brat pack phenom but no one ever considered "Weird Science" a Brat Pack movie. Trust me, I remember the 80's. It always seemed like it would make more sense to include "St Elmo's Fire" or "Pretty in Pink" in with this set. This is painfully clear with the bonus music disc included.
The music CD includes the following songs-"True" by Spandau Ballet, "Tenderness" by General Public, "If You Leave" by OMD, "Weird Science," by Oingo Boingo, "Oh Yeah" by Yello (which was in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", Pretty in Pink by the Psychedelic Furs, "Don't You Forget About Me," by Simple Minds and "I Go Crazy" by Flesh For Lulu.
Why include music from "Pretty In Pink" and not include the movie? On to the packaging. The packaging is very unique and makes the set worth owning. I own over 100 TV on DVD and box sets and nothing is like this. The DVD's are held in what is literally a three ring binder and the DVD's are in sleeves instead of jewel cases. On the back page of the binder is a pop quiz.
For the most part it is very similar to The Highschool Reunion collection but it's nice to have the bonus CD and the cool packaging. However, it would have been nice if Universal would have given fans who bought the previous set a little more inspiration to purchase this new collection. One must assume they must not own the rights to "Pretty in Pink" (it's listed as a Parmount DVD) because that is easily one of the best known Brat Pack movies and it seems insane that it is not included in a set with the term Brat Pack associated with it."
Upgrade over previous releases
Dorrie Wheeler | 09/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These remastered versions are a very large improvement over the original ones put out years ago. And to think I got all three movies for less than the cost of what Sixteen Candles or Weird Science were going for on ebay just a few months ago. These are really great versions of the movies. Yes, they are short on extras so maybe Universal should have called them a 'Superbit' clone. The previous releases were mono (Sixteen Candles) or stereo 2 channel. I was watching Weird Science and the DTS track simply blows away the orignal version. And the bitrate was around 8 Mbps for the movie. The only major drawback (and I almost took away a star) was the trailers at the start of the disk that you can't bypass. I don't want to buy a disk to watch commercials."