Pretty in Pink DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

This is the kind of film that really is an 80s classic and it deserves to be in any fan's collection.
  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
This movie holds up in any decade. The story is timeless.
THE BAD
No extras.
THE FEATURE
Pretty In Pink pretty much defines what a 1980's movie is. You have the losers, the socialites, the pretty/ugly girls, the jocks and all the other types that were lampooned in Not Another Teen Movie. Molly Ringwald plays Andie Walsh, a girl with not a lot of money who desires the affections of Blane McDonnagh (Andrew McCarthy). He likes her and everything seems perfect, except for the fact that Andie hasn't ever put together that her best friend, Duckie Dale (Jon Cryer), is in love with her. On top of this McDonnagh's friends don't think much of Andie so you can guess that there's going to be a lot of drama on the scene with prom looming around the corner. In the end the story has a fairy tale quality that somehow underscores its realness.

When I first saw this movie I didn't appreciate its power. I was 12 years old and I was just happy to be at the movies. Over the years, the powerfulness of this film has been made apparent to me and I am very happy to have it in my collection.
THE EXTRAS
No extras came with this release.
THE VIDEO
Widescreen Version enhanced for 16:9 TVs. This movie looked good. The problem in my home is that I have an HDTV but not a Blu-ray player. So when I review a movie like Top Gun I am only able to watch it in the standard format. This is fine but my eyes are getting trained to see the difference in standard and high definition programming. All in all this release was solid but not spectacular.
THE AUDIO
English 6.1 DTS Surround. Dolby Digital: English 5.1/ English 2.0 Surround/ French 2.0 Surround. Subtitled in English and Spanish. The audio for this release was good but I probably should have tested it out on a better system. While this film may be a rehash, the fact that I didn't already own it makes it a welcome addition to my collection.
THE PACKAGE
Thankfully they have not altered this cover. It features the three main characters in their classic 80s clothes and it just looks good. Having gone to school with people that dressed like Duckie Dale I can vouch for this look. The back features a bunch of shots from this film and if you are familiar with it you will know exactly where they happen. There is a small description of what this movie is about, a cast list, and technical specs.
THE FINAL WORD
My biggest connection to this movie is the fact that I saw it when I was in the 7th grade when I had a teacher named Mr. Swanson. Well, the morning after this movie came out he asked the class if anybody saw Pretty in Pink over the weekend. When some of us said that we had he pointed out that his daughter was in the movie. When we asked where, he said at the end "in that scene with Duckie." When I heard this I screamed, "Really? That girl was good looking!" And then my friend Nicole (whose brother was a Duckie Dale prototype) turned around and slapped me.

As you can guess Pretty in Pink is very much a part of my youth experience. This is the kind of film that really is an 80s classic and it deserves to be in any fan's collection.

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