Director: Howard Deutch
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton
Release Date: June 16, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
A newly remastered Blu-ray, from a 4K film transfer supervised by director Howard Deutch, Pretty in Pink looks prettier than ever. Teen sensations Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) and Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo’s Fire) drew rave reviews for their starring performances in this hit love story produced and written by John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles ). Andie is a high school girl from the other side of town. Blane’s the wealthy heartthrob who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. From its bittersweet story to its hip New Wave soundtrack, the film features great supporting performances from Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader and Annie Potts.
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The coming of age classic ‘Pretty in Pink’ tells the story of Andie, a young girl from the wrong side of town who finds herself unsure of what to do when she begins falling for the rich and popular Blane. Even with both seemingly infatuated with the other, Andie finds herself trying to hide the reality of her world, while hesitant to step into his regardless of his willingness to include her. All the while, her longtime, dedicated best friend Duckie tries to find the courage to tell Andie how he truly feels about her. Written and produced by the legendary John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, ‘Pretty in Pink’ remains a fun, relatable and altogether solid coming of age tale, now finally on Blu-ray for the first time and prettier than ever.
The 1986 coming of age classic ‘Pretty in Pink’ arrives home on Blu-ray at last, joining the new ‘Paramount Presents’ numbered Blu-ray line of various studio classics from their expansive library spanning numerous decades, and each featuring collectible artwork and new high definition video presentations from 4K film remasters. The sixth entry in the ‘Paramount Presents’ lineup, ‘Pretty in Pink’ makes a truly wonderful addition to the set and countless fans should be beyond thrilled to finally have the opportunity to own this gem on Blu-ray after all these years. A heartfelt, touching and frequently humorous tale of two teens from different sides of town who find themselves falling for each other, but first must determine if they can coexist with each coming from such drastically different ways of life.
Combining the talents of the unforgettable John Hughes who produced and wrote the film and director Howard Deutch, along with a noteworthy cast that includes Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader and Annie Potts, ‘Pretty in Pink’ makes its long awaited Blu-ray debut as part of the ‘Paramount Presents’ line which brings the 1980’s classic home looking and sounding far better than ever before. Featuring a gorgeous new high definition video presentation from a 4K film transfer that was supervised by director Howard Deutch, paired with a clean and crisp multichannel soundtrack and a few nice extras that fans should enjoy, the film’s first time on Blu-ray definitely doesn’t disappoint and the quality of the presentation in itself should absolutely thrill the hardcore fans.
Overall, the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Pretty in Pink’ brings home the coming of age classic from John Hughes and Howard Deutch to Blu-ray disc at long last and for the most part the long-awaited release should thoroughly thrill the fans. Making its Blu-ray debut sporting a truly impressive high definition video presentation from a new 4K film transfer supervised by director Howard Deutch, plus a solid lossless soundtrack, collectible packaging and a few fun extras which altogether make for a pretty decent Blu-ray debut of this beloved teen movie. This ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Pretty in Pink’ is highly recommended for any fans out there who have been anxiously awaiting its arrival on the format. Aside from possibly craving some additional extras, you should not be disappointed with the release.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Pretty In Pink’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation of the film with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio, from a new 4K film transfer supervised by director Howard Deutch. This newly remastered video presentation brings the film home on Blu-ray for the first time ever looking downright spectacular, with a smooth, vividly colored and beautifully detailed presentation that still retains some grain and other welcome elements of its film source. It looks rich, sharp and gorgeous even during the heavily populated and somewhat darker sequences and never falters or becomes even mildly problematic along the way. Overall, this is a magnificent high definition video presentation of the 1980’s teen classic and should absolutely thrill fans that have been long awaiting its arrival on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack offers a crisp, clean and enjoyable audio presentation throughout that may not be overwhelming active in every area but certainly comes through in all necessary ways. It occasionally takes advantage of the surround channels when appropriate to send the music along with some crowd chatter and other activity throughout the various speakers, while more frequently keeping the key content centered and always nicely balancing the dialogue and other audio elements throughout. Overall, this is a quite nice 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers across the board and is almost surely the best the film has ever sounded.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Pretty In Pink’ includes the standard collectible artwork for the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line with a slipcase that opens up to feature a larger version of the original theatrical poster, along with more photos on the inside slip of the actual Blu-ray case (see the included beauty shot from the studio included at the bottom of the review for a look inside). The disc itself also features a few nice bonus goodies including the brand new extra ‘Filmmaker Focus: Pretty in Pink with Director Howard Deutch’ (running approximately 7 minutes in length) created specifically for this release, plus an ‘Isolated Film Score’ track and the previously released bonus feature ‘The Lost Dance: The Original Ending’ (running approximately 12 minutes). The film’s ‘Original Theatrical Trailer’ (approximately 90 seconds) is also included.