Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Breakfast Club

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan 2, 2017
Price: DVD $27.56, Blu-ray $24.96
Studio: Criterion

What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With the exuberant 1985 comedy-drama The Breakfast Club, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off.

The movie revolves around—as if we need to tell you—a Saturday morning high school Saturday detention session with five teens: a jock (Emilio Estevez), the princess (Molly Ringwald), a brain (Anthony Michael Hall), the burn-out (Judd Nelson) and a weirdo (Ally Sheedy). Over the course of a day monitored by the dicky school principal (Paul Gleason), the quintet becomes closer than any of them could have imagined.

With its highly quotable dialogue and star-making performances, this film is an era-defining pop-culture phenomenon, a disarmingly candid exploration of the trials of adolescence whose influence now spans generations.
Criterion’s special editions of the film includes the following:
* 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
* An essay by critic David Kamp
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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.