On 23 January comes THE BREAKFAST CLUB, John Hughes’ teen classic and one of my Top 10 films of all time, arrives in The Criterion Collection. Great news! Id take a detention to be able to check this disc out!
What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehaviour, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant film, writer-director JOHN HUGHES (Sixteen Candles) established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. The Breakfast Club brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes—the uptight prom queen (Pretty in Pink’s MOLLY RINGWALD), the stoic jock (Repo Man’s EMILIO ESTEVEZ), the foul-mouthed rebel (New Jack City’s JUDD NELSON), the virginal bookworm (Edward Scissorhands’s ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL), and the kooky recluse (High Art’s ALLY SHEEDY)—and watches them shed their personae and emerge into unlikely friendships. With its highly quotable dialogue and star-making performances, this film is an eradefining pop-culture phenomenon, a disarmingly candid exploration of the trials of adolescence whose influence now spans generations.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary from 2015 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson
New interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
New video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson
Documentary from 2015 featuring interviews with cast and crew
50 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes
Rare promotional and archival interviews and footage
Excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes
1999 radio interview with Hughes
Segment from a 1995 episode of NBC’s Today show featuring the film’s cast
Audio interview with Molly Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American Life
PLUS: An essay by critic David Kamp