Some Kind of Wonderful: Special Edition

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Tom Reding

Plot: What’s it about?

“Some Kind of Wonderful” is another John Hughes production, only this one is different. Unlike most of his movies, this one does not rely on “The Brat Pack” to fill the starring roles. Written and produced by John Hughes, this one is again directed by Howard Deutch (Pretty In Pink). Coming after “Pretty In Pink” its hard not to see the similarities between the two movies. In some ways the two movies are identical all you have to do is switch the female role in “Pretty In Pink” to a male and it’s basically the same story line. Keith (Eric Stoltz) is not the coolest kid in school, his father is pressuring him to go to school and his best friend is a tom-boy who is in love with him. Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson) is the coolest girl in school, she’s dating the hottest guy and doesn’t have a care in the world. Naturally Keith, like any guy, would love to date her only they come from different social groups. But through a little luck he ends up getting his chance. After throwing away his future, his dad’s college dream, and all of his money, Keith eventually stands up to his worst fears and in the end realizes who he really loves.

“Some Kind of Wonderful” seemed a little too much like “Pretty In Pink”. Having only a year in between the two films may have something to do with that. It seemed like if you took “Pretty In Pink” changed out the female lead for a male it was almost an identical story of a person thinking they are in love with someone that should be totally out of their league. The only difference being the endings of each film. I prefer the ending in this movie over “Pretty In Pink” only because it made more sense with the storyline. Sure I loved seeing Andie get with the popular guy in the other movie, but the fact that Keith ends up with the person that’ has been right under his nose the whole time made this movie that much better. In typical John Hughes fashion, this is another movie that can relate to 95% of high school kids from the 80’s all the way to today. If you’re a fan of John Hughes and his movies about teenage life, this is one you need to be sure to add to your collection.

Video: How does it look?

Just like “Pretty In Pink: Everything’s Duckie Edition” this film has a previous DVD release that needed an update. Although I can’t compare this new release to the previous one, I can tell you that the video looks pretty good. There’s a little bit of noise throughout most of the film and some edge enhancement, but overall it looks pretty good. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the bright 80’s colors pop very well and the blacks are very black.

Audio: How does it sound?

Presented in both 5.1 Dolby Digital and 2.0 Stereo surround, the sound on this DVD is just fine. No complaints here, everything was crystal clear and the typical John Hughes soundtrack was not too overpowering.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Unlike the original DVD release a few years ago, this one actually has some special features. There is a commentary track with the director, Howard Deutch and Actress Lea Thompson. There are also a few featurettes that round out the disc. The first one is “The Making of Some Kind of Wonderful” and it’s exactly what the title says. It’s your typical behind the scenes featurette with interviews with the cast and crew and clips from behind the scenes. “Meet the Cast” is a interviews with the cast, past and present, where they talk about how they came into the roles and what they thought of the movie and their characters. “The Music”, John Hughes explains how the music was picked for the movie and why. He also goes into how important the music is to a film and how important it is to choose the right songs. The “John Hughes Time Capsule” runs about 11 minutes long and is an interview by Kevin Bacon or John Hughes. They talk about all aspects of Hughes’ career and his film making. Finishing off the special features are a photo gallery from the movie and a few random trailers. Obviously these features are a step up from nothing that was found on the last release. And although this DVD didn’t get the same treatment as the latest “Pretty In Pink: Everything’s Duckie Edition”, it still gets a decent amount of extras to round out a decent movie.

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