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The Breakfast Club: 30th Anniversary Edition (1985/Universal Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B+

The Breakfast Club is classic John Hughes, right up there with Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles, and has never looked better than it does now thanks to Universal's new digital master on Blu-ray disc. For those unfamiliar, The Breakfast Club stars Emilio Estevez as Andy, Paul Gleason as the evil Principal, Anthony Michael Hall as Brian, John Kapelos as the Janitor, Judd Nelson as John Bender, Molly Ringwald as Claire and Ally Sheedy as Allison.

The storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes, while facing a villainous principal.

What's funny is how little the film seems dated after 30 years with teens facing many of the problems these kids were facing then. The stereotypes of the princess, the athlete, the brain, a basket case, and a criminal virtually sums up the high school condition. The timelessness of the stereotypes, combined with an incredibly written screenplay that reads almost like a stage play, mixed with strong young performances make this film unforgettable and quite possibly the greatest film about high school ever made. Its hard to imagine other actors in these roles, though I could see a young Robert Downey Jr. in the role of John Bender (though Judd Nelson really knocked it out of the park).

The film works as a great example of an isolation piece where characters are the study of the film. This really starts to break out during the film's second act when the characters start to get each other better. Allison is a compulsive liar; Andrew can't easily think for himself; John comes from an abusive household; Brian has attempted suicide due to a bad grade; and Claire is a virgin who feels constant pressure from her friends. While they begin as enemies, they ultimately discover that they are all just riding the wave of high school and are more alike than they previously thought but will they go out about the next day of school ignoring each other in the hallways or did detention somehow form a sacred bond between friends?

Picture and sound on the disc are top notch with a beautiful 1080p 1.85 X 1 high definition transfer and a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track make the film look and sound better than it has before. This new digital transfer is so impressive that the studio decided to re-release the film in theaters in a limited run this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Extras include...

Accepting the Facts: The Breakfast Club Trivia Track

Sincerely Yours: A 12 Part Documentary

The Most Convenient Definitions; The Origins of the Brat Pack

Feature Commentary with Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson

And a Theatrical Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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