Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

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Director: John Hughes

Cast: John Hughes, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling


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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…  See more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
This tender and often painfully funny 1984 comedy introduced John Hughes, the producer-director-writer destined to own and operate the world of cinematic teen angst for the rest of the decade. A voice from Chicago's suburban North Shore, Hughes deftly captured the reveries, rhythms, and rationalizations of young adulthood while delivering enough big laughs to score in the box office. The movie opens with Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) on the eve of her 16th birthday, skulking in the shadows as her family gears up for older sister's wedding the next day. Even more depressing, she's invisible to the man of her dreams, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling), while the school Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) has become smitten with her, and she's obligated to take an equally geeky exchange student, Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe), to the school dance. The night that follows turns that hallowed high school tradition, the social pecking order, on its head. Featuring early appearances by siblings John and Joan Cusack, Sixteen Candles is a testament to that singular anticipation and frustration that make every night in a teenager's life feel like the longest, most important night in the history of the world. And while Hughes went on to even greater successes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and the Home Alone series), Sixteen Candles will endure as his most natural and satisfying film.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
In his directorial debut, successful comedy screenwriter John Hughes maps out the insecurities of middle-class adolescence with wit, empathy, and a large cast of enjoyably loopy teen characters. The film made pouty, chic Molly Ringwald a star, and more than 15 years later it isn't hard to see why. Sarcastic one minute, heart on her sleeve the next, she embodies the anxieties of bright but stifled youth the world over. Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and host of lesser-known players make the most of their sometimes limited screen time with broad, dead-on comic personae. Heathers would scrawl ironic graffiti across this tender portrait of naïve suburbia a mere five years later, but few films, if any, have since captured its good-hearted charm.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Molly Ringwald Samantha Baker
Anthony Michael Hall Geek
Michael Schoeffling Jake
Paul Dooley Jim Baker
Liane Alexandra Curtis Randy
Justin Henry Mike Baker
Haviland Morris Caroline
Gedde Watanabe Long Duk Dong
Billie Bird Dorothy
Edward Andrews Howard
Carole Cook Helen
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Beth Ringwald Patty
Carlin Glynn Brenda Baker
Blanche Baker Ginny
John Cusack Bryce
Darren Harris Cliff
Jonathan Chapin Jimmy Montrose
Joan Cusack Geek Girl No.1
Brian Doyle-Murray Reverend
Jami Gertz Robin
Frank Howard Freshman
Cinnamon Idles Sara
John Kapelos Rudy
Marge Kotlisky Irene
Tony Longo Bock
Steve Monarque Jock
Zelda Rubinstein Organist
Dennis Vero Bus Driver
Elaine Wilkes Tracy
Max Showalter Fred
Deborah Pollack Lumberjack

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Bruce Bell Sound Editor
Jackie Burch Casting
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
John W. Corso Production Designer
Drew Elisius Consultant/advisor
Hilton A. Green Producer
Edouard Henriques Makeup
Glenn Hoskinson Sound Editor
Jimmy Iovine Musical Direction/Supervision
Bob Johnston Sound Editor
Gary B. Kibbe Camera Operator
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Shannon Madill Stunts
Michelle Manning Associate Producer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Mark A. Peterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Denise Schlom Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Stambler Sound Editor
Stray Cats Songwriter
Cheryl Ivy Sweendy Stunts
Ned Tanen Executive Producer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Kay H. Whipple Stunts
Michael Wilhoit Sound Editor
Mike Yuan Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Everybody Up! [1:37]
2. Turning Sixteen [2:44]
3. Main Titles [2:55]
4. The Test [4:23]
5. The Bus [3:30]
6. A Full House [7:41]
7. Ballroom Blitz [8:39]
8. Car Talk [9:30]
9. On the Town [2:45]
10. Party Time! [9:52]
11. Heart to Heart [4:25]
12. The Buddy System [3:07]
13. Cruising [9:03]
14. The Morning After [5:20]
15. Going to the Chapel [2:33]
16. Here Comes the Bride [8:10]
17. A Dream Comes True [2:59]
18. End Titles [3:13]


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Sixteen Candles 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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Oooo, I've been waiting for this to come out on DVD! I reminisce of a time when I was a teenager and yearned for a wardrobe as cool as Molly Ringwalds, and although my boyfriends looked mostly like Farmer Ted, I was hoping for a Jake Ryan! Be sure to keep your eyes on the DJ in the background as the dance scene opens. I pointed this out to my husband and he couldn't stop laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt so much like Sam from the film when I was 16, too! The never-ending crush on the most popular boy, the geek that would never leave you alone, and all the in-crowd groupies that would follow the poplular kids around like lost souls. Oh well, I do wish that a guy like Michael would have surprised me like he did with Sam at the end of the movie. THIS IS A MUST-SEE, 80'S CLASSIC!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies cause it follows a realistic teen star in a manner that is pure 80's. the movie is a classic and funny in everyway. and who can hate a movie that has a hunk like Jake Ryan. You feel for all of these characters cause everyone can relate to each situation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great movie! Love it to pieces! I'm not 16 yet, but I anticipate the year b/c of this movie. Who doesn't expect Ted and Sam to finally hook up? I never really admired that Ryan. It's so typical for her to fall in love with the culest senior in school. But I love her grandma Helen! Everything is soooo perky!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD title has been encoded so as to force the viewer into watching a series of commericals featuring other products offered by the distributor. Without using unconvention methods (ripping, etc) of bypassing such content, there is no way to skip ahead to the root menu of the Film. Excellent movie! Poor DVD formatting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Hughes had a string of hits in the early eighties that for the most part, followed Molly Ringwald, through a series of misadventures in growing up. Among these, 'Sixteen Candles' is vintage Hughes. It observes one Samantha Baker (Ringwald) in her quest to stir the honorable intentions of the most popular boy at school, Jake Ryan (Michael Shoeffling) who - no, can it be - turns out to be a genuinely nice guy at heart. Samantha is mortified when her parents, in preparation of their other daughter¿s wedding, completely forget that it¿s her sweet sixteen. But that humiliation pales in comparison when the geek, Farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) pegs Samantha to be his date at a high school dance. Unable to shake Ted, Samantha agrees to a truce by letting Ted show off a pair of her underwear to his equally geeky friends. This, of course, confuses Jake who, by this time has discovered that Samantha is attracted to him. The film also features Gedde Watanabe as the irrepressible Long Duck Dong ¿ an exchange student who gets a crash course in heavy partying from his American friends. The screenplay pulled out all the stops for comedy and sweetness and the film - all hype and nonsense - brilliantly captures that snapshot of 80's Americana in which every teenager within viewing distance desperately wants to fit in. Universal's anamorphically enhanced DVD is a disappointment. The film suffers from faded colors, low contrast, weak black levels, color bleeding and an incredible loss of fine detail in the image throughout. Flesh tones are pasty. Age related artifacts including chips, scratches and jump cuts in editing are glaringly obvious. In addition - night scenes suffer from a near blackout characteristic in which a completely dark viewing room is needed just to get by. The audio, remixed to 5.1 in Dolby and DTS is barely stereo, with no separation among the channels except in its music tracks. There are no extras.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok when jake came to look for samantha and she got her wish i was happy and i think they would make a good couple if jake or Michael i should say still has the vocie of jake then man its hard because when i saw that jake came and looked for molly samantha that was a sad and happy part i loved that part thats the kind of man i think i am going to look for well i thought it was an reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyy gooooddddd mmmmooooooovvvvvviiiiieee thanks amanda
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw "Sixteen Candles,"I couldn't help,but to watch it over a million times.I didn't watch it over and over in order to see Jake Ryan,but it suprised me how much I could relate to Sam Baker.Like,in the movie,she's a typical high school student who seems like she can't fit in and going through the typical awkward years of being a teenager.I considered this a great movie and an outstanding chick flick!(Laughs)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A girl Samatha Baker turnes 16 Her whole family forgets her birthday Her older sister is getting married She has a crush on Jake Ryan a cute senior The worst part is a Geek Farmer Ted is after her He asked if he could borrow her underpants Samatha feels miserable knowing it's not such a happy birthday until Sparks fly as Jake Ryan kinda Likes Samatha Jake and Samatha end up together at the end of the movie Jake Ryan tells Samatah Happy Birthday he says to make a wish Samatha says It already came true and Jake and Samatha kiss What a happy ending I could relate to Samatha I have a crazy family and a crush but your only 16 once so enjoy it or you'll miss out
Guest More than 1 year ago
16 Candles is soooo awesome!!! I just saw it on TV & I really liked it. The geeky kids are hilarious
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie brings back pleasant and neurotic high school memories. As neurotic as any segment of society is, the most neurotic segment is high school. I love Long Duck Dong, the Nerds, and the others.
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best of the 80's movies this one was absolutely fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ah Sixteen Candles one of the coolest 80's movie i mean your only 16 once and if you like a guy then its a crush as for this movie real sweet rael nice teen comedy
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