“Breakfast Club” Criterion Release Causes Debate

There’s no question that John Hughes’ 1985 high school comedy-drama “The Breakfast Club” is a classic of its generation and an important piece of cinema, but it’s also a film that has been fairly easy to find with several past disc releases.

Earlier this week came the announcement that the Criterion Collection is set to release a new edition of the title on January 2nd – this one boasting a new 4K digital restoration and a bunch of special features including new and archival interviews, commentary, and essays.

The most notable one though is a whopping fifty minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, the first time many fans will get to see elements from Hughes rumored two-and-a-half hour original director’s cut of the film.

It’s a great disc from the sounds of it, nevertheless it has caused some debate on social media and in forums about the Criterion Collection going with such a mainstream studio release as opposed to something more exotic (ie. much more arthouse) or something rarer which hasn’t been released to disc before which is more their style.

Then again, the collection is also famous for publishing some major mainstream films in order to help fund some of the more obscure titles in their catalogue. However you feel about it, fans of the label can enjoy a Flash Sale currently on at the tie with everything in stock 50% off (discount code COOP). That will run through until 9am US-PST tomorrow.

Source: The Playlist, Criterion Forum