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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish they'd left the soundtrack alone..., November 6, 1999
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This review is from: Sixteen Candles (DVD)
I have to agree with the reviewer who complained about the "butchered" soundtrack. I grew up with "Sixteen Candles" -- I've seen it so many times I practically know it by heart -- and the songs are as much a part of the movie as the dialogue. I wonder if someone forgot to get permission to use some of the songs when the original movie was released -- but that wouldn't explain the cheezed-up "muzak" version of the opening credit music. And why substitute "Strangers in the Night" for "New York, New York" as background music for the post-party conversation between Jake and The Geek? The replacement music, as a whole, seems thrown together -- the songs are obviously meant to sound "almost like" the originals but for anyone who really knows the movie "almost like" just doesn't cut it. The most awkward moment is when the family is leaving the house the morning of Ginny's wedding. In the original version of the film, David Bowie's "Young American" is playing in the background as the family piles into two cars. In this version, there is NO music playing -- the family enters the cars in silence. What used to be a funny, quick scene now seems agonizingly drawn out.
"Sixteen Candles" is still a great movie, of course, and I'm glad that I have it in my DVD collection. But I found myself cringing every time a song was changed -- I could barely concentrate on the diaglogue at times. (I don't know what I would have done if the Thompson Twins' "If you were here" was replaced at the end of the movie; thankfully, it wasn't.)
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2008 3:31:41 PM PST
Keith Ryan says:
What version do I have to look for to find the original?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2009 1:09:09 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2009 10:33:57 AM PST
woodi says:
i believe the original version is'nt availble unless you have one of those theater bootlegs. u could try recording on dvr from digital cable or something though i think the hbo versio may have the original music

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2009 11:30:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2009 11:32:40 PM PST
D. BARTLETT says:
"High School Reunion Collection" edition has the original music.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 7:17:00 PM PST
Leanne says:
Thanks for mentioning this about the music! The music from this movie is just perfect, and it would have been such a disappointment to have ordered a DVD version that had changed this key part of the film.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2009 7:40:52 PM PST
Susan says:
I noticed that all the reviews that complained about the altered soundtrack came before the year 2000. The versions that Amazon sell now came out in 2003 and 2008, and other stores have an even newer version that came out in 2009. From what I've read, all of these versions (High School Reunion, Flashback, whatever...) come with the remastered original soundtrack - as it was in the original theatrical movie. I hope this helps for those of you concerned about the original music, as I am :))

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 6:05:22 AM PST
R. Decoveny says:
I just bought the high school reunion edition and it has all the original music, from what I can tell. I enjoyed this version of the film as much as any other version.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 5:00:46 PM PDT
awesome feed-back you just saved me a ton-o-dough. thanx!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2016 2:58:21 AM PDT
Melodramie says:
I just bought the 2008 Flashback Edition. It has David Bowie's Young Americans on it.
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