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4.0 out of 5 stars Ya gotta love the 80s!, September 18, 2008
This review is from: High School Flashback Collection (The Breakfast Club / Sixteen Candles / Weird Science) (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. 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.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2012 12:57:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 2:50:38 PM PST
Star Bux says:
This was an amazing movie, made so by all the
witty lines, that she came up with. Lines such
as, "In your race for power and glory you forgot
one important thing. Do you know what that was?
... Exactly. You forgot to hook-up the doll"...
See, if the doll does not get her "piece of the action"
your plans for power and glory will go astray - is one
possible interpretation. But I think what she was
really saying was, Hook up with the doll and let your
dreams of power and glory, come second. Else you
will end up like that guy in the first line of that book,
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen - having a big
house, with lots of things inside, but in want of a
"doll" to "hook up" with. As she tells them, "When
are you two going to learn? People will like you
because of who you are, and not what you can
give them?"... Ironically, this movie was directed by
the same director who would go on and make,
Home Alone.

What made this movie so special
was the attention to dialogue,
especially the voices heard. Her
voice, that English accent, made
you want to study Shakespeare.
"It's purely sexual". Well said, O'Bard -
Lisa, the calm voice of reason.

In contrast, the words and voices of
Wyatt and Gary, left much to be desired.
Wyatt, Gary, be like Lisa... Words. Pronunciation.
Her voice, full of confidence, and "poise", the
kind of voice that says, "Aristocracy" :
"People will like you for who you are, and
not what you can give them." And yet,
she gives them wisdom, so you are not
sure if they would like her if she did not
have wisdom to give. Wisdom, the true
riches, the foundation of the Aristocrats.
Aristocracy - derived from the name Aristotle,
and crazy. The Volturi (see, 'Twilight' movies)
come to mind.

"Why is the kitchen, blue?"
Why indeed?

That said, many are beset with illiteracy.
And I think this is a great movie
to use as a teaching aid.
"Now, let us consider the Levitical Code"...
That was soo funny : "Here, cover
yourself up with this towel"... (surprising,
that he would be the fellow to give his
brother "the shirt off his back")...
A man's soul is female : See, Psalm 34:2, kjv.
He needs to stay covered.
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