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Breakfast Club, The

High School Reunion Collection
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 78 (Nov 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald & Ally Sheedy

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23156
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1985
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/02/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Hughes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in "The High School Reunion Collection" DVD set which includes "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," and "Weird Science."

Story Synopsis:
Geeks and brat-packers remastered! Three of John Hughes' most popular movies -- "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," and "Weird Science" -- have been re-issued with 16:9 enhancement, and are available individually or as a DVD set. In addition, two of the three titles are appearing with multichannel soundtracks for the first time, and all three have their original songs intact (some songs were replaced with alternate songs in previous home video editions). John Hughes

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits image quality that surpasses any other available home video format for this title. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is quite sharp and detailed, though some minor smearing of finer details is occasionally evident. There are some flecks of dirt noticed in the source element. Edge enhancement is not much of a problem, and there is only some minor pixelization. Despite some dated characteristics, this is a nicely rendered DVD that will surely bring on flashbacks to the 80s! (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 remastered soundtracks offer some welcome spatiality, mostly through the music but also on occasion with atmospheric effects. The audio is somewhat dated, slightly affecting the natural tonality of voices. Some low-end foundation for the music can be noticed, and the LFE channel is active throughout. Those who are fans of this movie know full well that much of the audio is of a quiescent nature. The DTS