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• The Breakfast Club - 30th Anniversary Edition Review •

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Directed by John Hughes, 'The Breakfast Club' has been given a restored, 30th Anniversary edition Blu-ray release courtesy of Universal Pictures.

 

Known in Hollywood as the Brat Pack, this coming-of-age comedy drama stars Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clarke, Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds, Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson and John Nelson as John Bender. On the surface, each depicts a stereotypical student. More precisely; "a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal". But looks can be deceivng..

 

The five students are made to attend Saturday detention by the dastardly Assistant Principle Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason). Instructed to write a 1,000 word essay, they must describe who they think they are. Of course, instead of putting pen to paper, they clash immediately. There's plenty of angst, bravado and letting off of steam as they pass the time. Incidental moments like wrapping cotton around their finger until it changes colour, sprinkling dandruff snow to complete a drawing, discussing their sex lives and reflecting on their own existence all form a rich and compelling tapestry of teenage foibles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the opening notes of 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' by Simple Minds, you are immediately catapulted back into the 1980s. While the hairstyles and clothes may feel dated (or nostalgic, dependent on your age), the themes are still very fresh and relevant today. Set in the fictional Shermer High School in Illinois, 80s fans may also recognise the location from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

 

There's fantastic character exploration and development throughout. While the students are largely confined to a single room, You'll be hooked by their dialogue, observations, humour and chemistry. 'The Breakfast Club' remains an iconic classic and looks fist-pumpingly good in its fully restored, HD glory.

 

The 30th Anniversary edition includes a feature commentary with Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, an insightful trivia track, the origins of the Brat Pack, a multi-part Sincerely Yours featurette, and theatrical trailer

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By Sarah O'Connell on 24th December 2015

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