2022 is nearly over. With 2 months left The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment want to give Cinephiles best start to the new year. Today they tease us with what January 2023 has to offer and it will be a month that’s going to be ‘Extravagant and Star Making ‘.
On 23rd January comes The Breakfast Club, John Hughes‘ teen classic which vividly captures how young people hang out, act up and goof off! 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.
Following week on 30th January, comes The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. The boundless imagination of Terry Gilliam yields a dazzling fantasy of epic proportions, inspired by the extravagant exploits of the fabled Baron Munchausen.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) COMEDY, DRAMA
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.
- 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
USA | 1985 | 97 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH
THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988) FANTASY, ADVENTURE, COMEDY
The boundless imagination of TERRY GILLIAM (Brazil) yields a dazzling fantasy of epic proportions. Inspired by the extravagant exploits of the fabled Baron Munchausen, this spectacle—born of a famously turbulent production—follows the whimsical eighteenth-century nobleman (The X-Files’ JOHN NEVILLE) as he embarks on an outlandish quest that takes him from faraway lands to the moon to the belly of a sea monster and beyond, meanwhile waging battle against a vengeful sultan and the tyranny of logic. Packed frame to frame with special effects, mischievous wit, and colourful performances—including a young SARAH POLLEY (The Sweet Hereafter) as the Baron’s no-nonsense sidekick— the Oscar-nominated The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a lavish celebration of the triumph of make-believe over reality.
DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
- New 4K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
- Audio commentary featuring Gilliam and his co-screenwriter, Charles McKeown
- Documentary on the making of the film
- New video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns about the history of the Baron Munchausen character
- Behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s special effects, narrated by Gilliam
- Deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam
- Storyboards for unfilmed scenes, narrated by Gilliam and McKeown
- Original marketing materials including a trailer and electronic-press-kit featurettes, as well as preview cards and advertising proposals read by Gilliam
- Miracle of Flight (1974), an animated short film by Gilliam
- Episode of The South Bank Show from 1991 on Gilliam
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky
USA | 1988 | 126 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH