Breakfast Club: The John Hughes Extended Edition, The

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Original Release Date:
1985
Original Running Time:
97
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119
Time Added:
22
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Brief Synopsis:
This is probably the closest you'll ever get to see Hughes' original cut of the movie before the studio forced him to cut it down to 97 minutes, a normal length for the type of film it was, at the time it was produced. John Hughes said getting the film greenlit by Universal wasn't easy because the executives complained there were no bare breasts, no party scene, no guys drinking beer, or other things they thought a teenage picture needed at that time.
Intention:
I wanted to restore what John Hughes had in mind when he filmed the movie. Although incomplete, it gives a fascinating insight into what could have been. Also, I didn't have anything better to do.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Dwight Fry who provided valuable feedback for this project.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The biggest challenge with this was how to pace it so that it wouldn't be too jarring, especially considering the bad shape the deleted scenes are in. I tried to avoid cutting back and forth between the theatrical version and the deleted scenes as much as I could but every reinserted scene was a challenge. I'm glad for Dwight Fry's feedback with those difficult decisions.
Cuts and Additions:
There are only two scenes that are not included in this release. The first one is of the five students coming in for detention one after another, because it would mean having to either cut "Don't you forget about me" or make it so long that it would lose its emotional impact. Considering the scene doesn't add anything to the story, it was cut. It was probably never John Hughes' intention to include the entire scene, he probably filmed all the students to give him some freedom during editing.

The second scene is Claire telling everybody why she's in detention. John Hughes stated in a 1985 seminar with the American film institute that he chose to take it out so it was left out here as well.

You can check out these scenes on the Criterion extras.
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After reading previous reviews I went in with a more critical eye than I would when normally watching this movie. It didn't diminish the film for me, and while the cut scenes are indeed rough I think they add a lot to the overall story, especially Carl's monologue. The Breakfast Club is not less complete without them, but they humanize the characters even further, warts and all. John Hughes was great at writing likable characters who were also capable of being nasty, jealous, and spiteful --just like in real life. If that sounds appealing, you're gonna love it.

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For me this view was fun, as i knew upfront that Qualitywise some extra Scenes will not be that good.
I wanted to see it anyway and my love for this Movie is unbroken.

I enjoyed watching this Edit but i have to be honest, it did not bring much new for me to the Table.
The Original release has this comedyfeel to it, that got lost a bit in this one.
Sure, if this was the attention all along it is fine and i highly appreciate the work,
but the jumpy back and fourth in some scenes made it harder to watch.

That said, some of the Scenes are brilliant and i would have loved them in the Movie for real.

The Extended is for real Fans of the Movie, i would say, a Must Watch afterall.
Therefore i am glad that Blueyoda took this task up.


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The previous reviewers complain about the quality of the footage, so I won't make a big thing about it. The added footage is usually of poor quality. However, after the third or so "new" scene, I realized that I would be watching this as an academic piece rather than as a feature, because it's immediately obvious why most of the scenes were removed. Most of them are examples of the characters being much more caustic and unlikable. Sometimes they add an additional facet, but most of the time there are better examples elsewhere in the film. I agree with other reviewers that while it may make for a more "complete" version of the film, adding back in two or three seconds of grainy footage because a glance or gesture was removed makes the film more jumpy and harder to get into, but I don't mind the entire scenes of added footage. That was the point, after all.

And am I crazy or have I seen some of this footage before on TV?

Anyway, it very enjoyable. It won't replace the theatrical cut for me, but it does broaden my understanding of the process this movie in particular went through, so it's worth watching for sure.

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So, the elephant in the room on this edit is the quality of the scenes added back in: it's pretty awful. Even though the editor warns about this and makes it clear in the description, it's still a bit of a shock. I've seen other edits that caution the deleted footage doesn't look nearly as good, but sometimes they manage to clean it up enough that it's barely noticeable. Not so, here.

Adding to this is the fact that some of the deleted footage is just a shot or a line, only a second or two here or there in a scene. The end result is that parts of the edit feel kind of choppy and jumpy as you move between different A/V sources. It can really make it tough to get immersed in the film.

But the question is if that ruins the edit? I don't think it does. You should definitely know it going in, so that you can set your expectations and move on. Then hopefully you'll just be able to enjoy how the characters are more fleshed out here. The awesome monologue by Carl the Janitor is the real star of this edit, a lengthy piece that almost halts the pace of the movie but is such a great scene it's hard to leave out. Other bits with Carl and Mr. Vernon are great too, and there are added character moments for everyone.

My thoughts on the film overall are here: https://boxd.it/2RnIVz but the question is how does this extended version alter the viewing experience? Well, I think it makes the film feel considerably slower and almost more serious than a comedy. The original film feels like a mood, a hangout film, but this becomes almost a character study. The added bits I think made me dislike Bender even more, which I already struggled with. It's very cool to watch as a fan of the film though. I'd still choose the original for any future rewatches, but this makes for a great alternative viewing experience.

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Love your extended version, glad someone took the project on. Only issue I have with it is that it has been encoded using variable frame rate instead of constant which causes major issues with judder on streaming boxes and htpc etc. Have tried to fix it myself by transcoding it to constant but still having issues. Any chance of re-encoding it using constant instead.

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