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John Hughes 5-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review

“John Hughes 5-Movie Collection” is full of classic 80’s movies.

For fans of John Hughes, it doesn’t get much better than this set. In addition to containing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty In Pink,” and “Planes, Trains And Automobiles,” this set contains the Blu-ray debuts of “She’s Having A Baby” and “Some Kind Of Wonderful.” Below I have provided a breakdown of each film along with comments on the picture and audio quality as well as a look at each of the bonus features for each film.

What is there to be said about “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” that hasn’t already been said? It’s the quintessential John Hughes movie in which the titular teen character decides to take a sick day and have an adventure around Chicago with his girlfriend Sloan and pal Cameron. It’s full of snappy dialogue, perhaps the best use of fourth wall breaking, memorable characters, quotable lines, a great cast (especially Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey and Alan Ruck) and great humor. Simply put, it’s one of the best teen films ever made. 

“She’s Having A Baby” isn’t one of Hughes most well known movies and it’s not hard to see why as it’s not one of his better works. While it feels like a personal story about fatherhood and adulthood, the story about the married life of Jake and Kristy never quite connects like it should. It often gets lost in its own surrealism and suffers from having an underwritten female character in Kristy (who is played by the miscast Elizabeth McGovern). The savior here is the charming and charismatic Kevin Bacon who tries his best to carry the film.

“Some Kind Of WOnderful” is flat-out the most underrated Hughes film. The Howard Deutch directed high school romantic drama (with comedy sprinkled in here and there) revolves around a shy wannabe artist (Keith), his tomboy drummer friend who secretly loves him (Watts), the popular attractive girl (Amanda) and the rich sleazy kid who is dating Amanda named Hardy. It’s a very simple movie about class, romance, dreams, life decisions, and heartbreak, but the material is completely sold by the cast comprised of Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer, and Elias Koteas. Stoltz gives one of his best performances here as the sensitive art kid while Mary Stuart Masterson is the heart and soul of the movie as Watts. Elias Koteas steals every scene he is in as the troublemaker student Duncan.

John Hughes ventures outside of his wheelhouse with the R-Rated comedy “Planes, Trains, And Automobiles” which revolves around the misadventures of 2 men who are just trying to get home to Chicago. There’s the uptight family man in the marketing biz (Neal) and the talkative curtain ring salesman (Del). As the title suggests, the two are forced to use many modes of transportation in their journey while virtually everything that can go wrong does. Although the “road trip of hell” premise is one-note, the Thanksgiving movie is elevated by stars Steve Martin and especially John Candy. Martin has plenty of memorable moments (including his breakdowns), but it’s Candy who delivers laughs (the sinus clearing and Ray Charles groove along) and plenty of heartfelt moments (no spoilers here if you haven’t seen it).

“Pretty In Pink” is very similar to “Some Kind Of Wonderful,” but it’s the inferior movie. That’s not to say it doesn’t have merit though because it does. Some people even champion this movie as Hughes best. However one may feel about it, it’s another high school romance story about the not so wealthy Andie being pursued by the rich kid Blaine, her stalker-y pal Duckie, and the sleazeball Steff. Once again, the cast is aces here with Molly Ringwald, the scene stealing Jon Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts, the ever underrated Harry Dean Stanton, and Andrew McCarthy.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 and 1.78:1 1080p. How do the films look? Fans should be happy to know that each of the films look crisp and clear in hi-def with “Some Kind Of Wonderful” and “Planes, Trains And Automobiles” looking perhaps the best.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 for Ferris, Baby and Wonderful and 5.1 DTS-HD for Pink and Planes. How do the films sound? All 5 films have been given nice clean audio tracks.

She’s Having A Baby:
* Digital copy
* Theatrical trailer
* An archival extra of Kevin Bacon interviewing John Hughes.

Some Kind Of Wonderful

* Digital copy
* “The Making Of Some Kind Of Wonderful” featurette
* “Meet The Cast Of Some Kind Of Wonderful” featurette
* “Back To Wonderful: A Conversation With Director Howard Deutch”- An insightful new interview
* An interview between Kevin Bacon and John Hughes

* Commentary by Howard Deutch and Lea Thiompson

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

* Digital copy
* One deleted scene titled “Airplane Food.”
* A moving tribute to John Candy (mostly in regards to his performance in ‘Planes’).
* “John Hughes For Adults”- A mix of interview and behind-the-scenes footage that explores Hughes more adult material.
* “John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast”- A 2 part extra. One about him being the voice of a generation and the other about his legacy.
* “Getting There Is Half The Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains, And Automobiles” featurette

Pretty In Pink:
* Digital copy
* Isolated score
* Theatrical trailer
* “Filmmaker Focus: Pretty In Pink”- An interview with director Howard Deutch.
* “The Lost Dance”- A featurette on the original ending. 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:* Digital copy
* “Class Album”- Photo gallery
* “Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes”- The cast talks about making the film.
* “The World According To Ben Stein”- An interview with the actor
* “The Making Of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” featurette
* “Getting The Class Together- The Cast Of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” featurette
* “Who Is Ferris Bueller?”- An extra about the title character.

February 21, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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