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Has it really taken this long for one of the original John Hughes movies to finally hit Blu-ray? I mean, I could understand 4K UHD, but the fact that Pretty in Pink was NEVER released on Blu-ray is kind of shocking. I actually saw the press release and figured that this “Paramount Presents” disc was a re-release, then I checked my collection and saw I only had it in DVD. I knew for a fact that my wife would have beaten me within an inch of my life if it was out on Blu-ray and didn’t buy it for her, so that can only mean it was never released.
Pretty in Pink is one of the 80s classics that sometimes gets praise heaped upon it for the John Hughes writing, and also gets some flak as well. I’m one of those people that really enjoys most of the movie, but there is one part to it that almost guts the entire premise. That is, the end. Pretty in Pink follows up The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles with yet ANOTHER John Hughes project (although this time he only writes it instead of directs it as well), and the third major motion picture with breakout star Molly Ringwald. Which, ironically enough, would also be the last smash hit for Molly, who would end up with a solid career as a low budget actress, but after Pretty in Pink she was no longer the major draw like she had been with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Personally I don’t think that it was anything to do with Molly herself, or even the film, but Pretty in Pink WAS a disappointment for many John Hughes fans, and it all had to do with that ending. Hughes is infamous for being formulaic, but also known for being very poignant and serious with his themes of being true to oneself and sticking up for yourself. The problem was, he mixed up the formula for Pretty in Pink and tried to have a surprise ending, but that ending turned out to be his worst decision. It completely undercuts the themes of being true to yourself that the film built up for nearly 90 minutes, and then just tosses it out the door for a saccharine sweet ending that leaves the audience wondering WHY he chose to go that direction.
Andie (Molly Ringwald) is a dirt poor student in a rich person’s school, and she’s got a crush on hunk Blane (Andrew McCarthy). The two are like oil and water socially. Andie is smart and creative, while Blane is rich and slightly aloofish. The two obviously have feelings for each other, but they tend to dance around the subject (as 18 year old’s do), while Andie pines away for her crush with her friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) and her boss/friend Iona (a hilarious Annie Potts) until FINALLY Blane asks her out.
Pretty in Pink is one of the 80s big hits, and while I really do despise the ending, it has a lot going for it. Jon Cryer knocks it out of the park as the goofball Duckie who is one of those high school students who believes that he can clown his way into a girl’s heart, even though he does have the best of intentions. There are so many lines and scenes that have invaded pop culture from the flick, and we leave the best for last. Annie Potts. Annie DESTROYS every scene she’s in as a 30 something wood elf who is about as “normal” as Motley Crue coming into a church service. One of the most visually striking things about her character is just how out there her outfits are. One moment she can have a mohawk and spiked hair, the next a white wig, and in the blink of an eye she can have a beehive do. When she actually settles on being conservative (well, for the 80s) it’s actually more shocking than any hairdo she could ever pull off in the film.
Rated PG-13 by the MPAA
• NEW Filmmaker Focus - Director Howard Deutch on Pretty in Pink
• NEW Isolated score
• The Lost Dance - The original ending
• Original theatrical trailer
As a huge John Hughes fans (especially his 80s works) Pretty in Pink is one that I like, but don’t love. It borrows a lot from Sixteen Candles, but tries to pull a twist ending and it kind of undermines a lot of what went on. It’s still fun, still iconic, but one of the movies that I have a hard time LOVING from his works. As for the Blu-ray itself, it’s generally amazing. The new 4K master is stunning and the audio is no slouch either. My only real grip with the package is the fact that Paramount decided to make some brand new extras, but left out nearly ALL of the legacy extras on the old DVDs. It’s something that they’ve done with most of the “Paramount Presents” lineup and it’s kind of odd. Not a deal break for me personally as I’m not an extras fan, but many fans will find this a little frustrating as they’ll have to keep their DVDS to keep most of the extras. Check it Out is my final recommendation.
Starring: Molly Ringwald, John Cryer, James Spader, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, Andrew McCarthy, Jim Haynie
Directed by: Howard Deutch
Written by: John Hughes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, German, Japanese DD 2.0, French DD Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, German, Japanese
Runtime: 97 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: June 2nd, 2020
Recommendation: Check It Out