Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Sixteen Candles

High School Reunion Collection
Genre: Comedy

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

Molly Ringwald, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling, Haviland Morris, Gedde Watanabe, Blanche Baker & Anthony Michael Hall

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
Internet Links

Special Features
Includes one of those shameful, unpassable up-front ads, but no extras.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21140
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(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): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/02/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Hughes
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  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). Samantha Baker (Ringwald) is a slightly melancholy teen on the verge of seeing Sixteen Candles on her birthday cake. But, her family is so busy preparing for her older sister

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD looks great for its age, with few obviously dated characteristics. Colors are quite natural, with accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with nicely balanced contrast and shadow delineation. A few minor flecks of dirt are noticed in the source element. There is little in the way of pixelization or edge enhancement, leaving few distractions to detract from this John Hughes classic. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 remastered soundtracks offer generous doses of spatial engagement from the repurposed music. There