The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Review: A Classic Upgrade

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One of the most profound movies centered on teens is getting an upgrade three decades in the making. The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download has landed and for fans and those who are new to the John Hughes classic, it is a must own if there ever was one. It is digitally remastered and fully restored, and that is simply the beginning.

The Breakfast Club Blu-Ray

Hughes’ story of a group of varied high school students that are brought to Saturday detention for numerous reasons has resonated with audiences of all ages since its debut in 1985. What works so well in The Breakfast Club is that most people can see themselves in one, or all, of the characters iconically played by Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy.

The Breakfast Club is also timeless, and that might be the most astounding thing about the movie. The issues facing our fab five are still quite similar to the ones that ensnarl the youth today.

Perhaps it’s because Hughes kept away from matters of the day and got to the heart of what it means to grow up: How are we expected to act like adults, yet we are not quite old enough to even mentally grasp what that concept means? And at the same time, the pressures of teen-dom are immense and navigating that mine field is a thankless and often painful exercise. It is all impeccably captured in Hughes' greatest work.

All of the characters also were not stereotypes. Yes, they embodied elements of the brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal, but these were fully flushed-out characters with unique motivations, back stories and visions of the future that were laid out beautifully by Hughes. And that hasn’t changed over the years. Teens still feel and experience what the Breakfast Club did and that is why it will easily go down as one of the, if not the, best high school movies of all time.

You may be a master of The Breakfast Club quotes, but what about trivia centered on the 1980s classic?

When it comes to bonus features on the 30th anniversary edition of The Breakfast Club, Accepting the Facts: The Breakfast Club Trivia Track could be seen as the most fun (and challenging). Watching the classic film has never been so fun as the Trivia Track challenges the viewer with questions throughout (many could be helped by our little known facts about the film slideshow below!).

But that fun element is just the tip of the iceberg of The Breakfast Club awesomeness on this very special Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download product.

Cast of The Breakfast Club

We marveled at the Sincerely Yours: A 12-Part Documentary. It delves deeper into any '80s film than we’ve ever seen. There are bonus featurettes and then there’s this one on The Breakfast Club new home video release. And whereas the Trivia Track is quite, well, trivial, this 12-part featurette covers all corners of The Breakfast Club world. Form the early days of the process of making the Hughes legendary flick to casting, location scouting and interviews with the cast, for any The Breakfast Club fan (old or new), this is a documentary short series to utterly treasure.

Also fascinating is the bonus feature The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of The Brat Pack. Sure, the cast was called The Brat Pack by members of the press.

But, as explored in this featurette, that was just another name given to a group of youthful talents exploring their world. We love how this bonus feature touches on the stereotype-busting modus operandi of the film itself and how the press responded by trying to label the stars into one (somewhat derogatory) moniker. It’s a fascinating look to say the least.

Feature commentaries can be an interesting look at the making of a movie from the people who made the movie, normally the director. What is so special about the commentary track on The Breakfast Club 30th anniversary edition is that it is provided by two of the stars, Hall and Nelson. Hearing them reminisce and share stories about the making of this film, while we watch their three-decade-old work is nothing short of sensational.

Watch The Breakfast Club online and something becomes immediately clear as well: That theme song, Don’t You Forget About Me, could not have been more apt by Simple Minds. Don’t worry, we could never forget The Breakfast Club.

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The Breakfast Club Quotes

John Bender: Stupid, worthless, no good, goddamn, freeloading son of a bitch. Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk. You forgot ugly, lazy and disrespectful. Shut up bitch. Go fix me a turkey pot pie. No dad, what about you? Fuck you. No dad, what about you? Fuck you. Dad, what about you? Fuck you.
Brian Johnson: Is that for real?

You know what I got for Christmas this year? It was a banner fuckin' year at the old Bender family. I got a carton of cigarettes. The old man grabbed me and said "Hey. Smoke up Johnny."

John Bender

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