Sixteen Candles [DVD] [1984]

Originally released in 1998 by Image Entertainment, Sixteen Candles is now back in the hands of Universal and is re-released on DVD. While this disc is a marked improvement in many ways over that first outing, it's not without its downside. The 1.85:1 anamorphic (the original release was not anamorphic) is far better than previously available. Colors are wonderfully translated from an older print, just going to show what a little restoration work can do. Detail and skin tones are also right on target, which is refreshing to see. The sound is also an improvement, though not one of great significance. In a surprising move, both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks are offered, but hardly have the change to be fully utilized, as the re-mastered sound didn't have much to work with in the first place. Dialogue is clear, and little more could be asked for in this small comedy. Where the disc really falters, as did the original, is supplements, which are non-existent. While it seems odd that nothing exists or could be produced to add extra value to this disc, only those involved can answer why nothing is offered.
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Special Features

  • Remastered with the original motion picture music (featuring David Bowie, BIlly Idol, Spandau Ballet, Prince, and more)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Sixteen Candles
On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Molly Ringwald
    Molly Ringwald - Samantha Baker
  • Anthony Michael Hall
    Anthony Michael Hall - Geek
  • Michael Schoeffling
    Michael Schoeffling - Jake
  • Paul Dooley
    Paul Dooley - Jim Baker
  • Liane Alexandra Curtis
    Liane Alexandra Curtis - Randy

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