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Blu-ray Review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful Steelbook Editions

July 13, 2021

By John Corrado

Last month, Paramount Home Entertainment released new standalone editions of the three John Hughes classics Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful on Blu-ray, with collectible, limited edition Steelbook packaging. In terms of actual content, these are the same discs that were included in the John Hughes 5-Movie Collection earlier this year (reviewed here), with updated artwork.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

First up is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The 1986 classic, following the title slacker (Matthew Broderick) playing hooky in Chicago with his best friend Cameron (Allan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), is undoubtedly one of the finest high school comedies ever made, and a personal favourite of mine as well. It’s fondly remembered as one of John Hughes’s greatest achievements, and still holds up quite well.

If you are a physical media collector like myself and a John Hughes fan like me, then this edition is pretty irresistible, even though you probably already have a copy in your collection. The predominantly red, white and silver Steelbook is quite appealing, with an image of Ferris lounging in the 1961 Ferrari that stretches across the front and back covers, with the famous art gallery lineup on the inside of the case. There is also new disc artwork, featuring an image of Ferris’ sunglasses on a white background, which is a nice touch as well.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray comes with a number of previously released bonus features from the 2009 edition. A code for a digital copy is also included.

• Getting the Class Together – The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (27 minutes, 45 seconds)

• The Making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (15 minutes, 29 seconds)

• Who is Ferris Bueller? (9 minutes, 12 seconds)

• The World According to Ben Stein (10 minutes, 51 seconds)

• Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes (10 minutes, 16 seconds)

• Class Album

Pretty in Pink

Next up is Pretty in Pink, which is also celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Written by Hughes, and directed by Howard Deutch, the classic romantic dramedy follows Andie (Molly Ringwald), a poor girl who ends up caught between rich guy Blane (Andrew McCarthy) and her flamboyant best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer).

The Steelbook has a nice pop art illustration of Ringwald on the cover, and the quote “I just wanted them to know that they didn’t break me” in bold pink lettering on the shiny black back of the case, with an image of Ringwald on the inside. The vinyl record disc artwork is the same as the Paramount Presents edition that came out last year (reviewed here).

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray comes with the same selection of bonus features that were included on the Paramount Presents edition. A code for a digital copy is also included.

• Filmmaker Focus: Director Howard Deutch on Pretty in Pink (7 minutes, 38 seconds)

• The Lost Dance: The Original Ending (12 minutes, 15 seconds)

• Original Theatrical Trailer (1 minute, 27 seconds)

• Isolated Score Track

Some Kind of Wonderful

Finally, we have Some Kind of Wonderful, the 1987 romance that plays like a gender-swapped Pretty in Pink and is a classic in its own right. The film, which is again written by Hughes and directed by Deutch, follows an artsy kid named Keith (Eric Stoltz) who falls for popular girl Amanda (Lea Thompson), causing his tomboyish best friend Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) to feel sidelined.

The Steelbook features an illustrated pop art image of the three main characters on the cover, with the iconic quote “you look good wearing my future” on the back of the case, and a version of the famous poster shot on the inside. The disc itself also features new artwork, made to look like the top of a drum adorned with Watts’ drumsticks. It’s an attractive set.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray includes the same selection of bonus features as the disc included in the John Hughes 5-Movie Collection. A code for a digital copy is also included.

Commentary by Director Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson

• Back to Wonderful: A Conversation with Howard Deutch (6 minutes, 46 seconds)

• The Making of Some Kind of Wonderful (7 minutes, 46 seconds)

• Meet the Cast of Some Kind of Wonderful (13 minutes, 27 seconds)

• John Hughes Time Capsule (10 minutes, 50 seconds)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is 102 minutes and rated PG, Pretty in Pink is 96 minutes and rated PG, and Some Kind of Wonderful is 94 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: June 8th, 2021

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