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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Paul Dooley
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Ned Tanen, Joel Silver, Hilton A. Green
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 285 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A98ZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High School Reunion Collection (The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science)" on IMDb

Special Features

Sixteen Candles:
  • Recommendations


  • The Breakfast Club:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Recommendations


  • Weird Science:
  • Trailer
  • Recommendations

  • Editorial Reviews

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    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 traumas 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

    Customer Reviews

    These are all 3 of my most FAVORITE 80's movies!!
    Christina Magleby
    I really don't need to comment on the movies... You all know they are great!
    Amy D. Steinberg
    I loved these movies growing up and I still love watching them!
    Magomom4

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By M. Hind on August 28, 2003
    Format: DVD
    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!
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    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Salzenstein VINE VOICE on September 18, 2008
    Format: DVD
    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!)

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    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.
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    50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By William on September 14, 2003
    Format: DVD
    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.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By belvis on January 29, 2006
    Format: DVD
    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.
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