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John Hughes: The Top 5 Blu-ray/DVD Moments

Aug 8th, 2009

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The DVDFile team put on a Simple Minds cassette, gel their hair and offer up their favorite Hughes-isms on DVD/BD... John Hughes: The Top 5 Blu-ray/DVD Moments

We lost one of our heavy-hitters last week, folks: While John Hughes hadn't directed a movie in almost twenty years (last time he was behind the camera was for Curly Sue in 1991), his legacy as the quintessential enfant terrible 80s storyteller has remained intact long after the Me Decade came to a close. In fact, it's one of the great advents of Hughes' legacy that even though he'd long been out of the game since his 80s heyday, his output - from the goofiness of the Vacation movies to the bangs and drama of his teenager flicks - somehow has never seemed more astute and timely.

Don't believe me? Show a 12-year-old Pretty in Pink and see what happens. Try to find film lovers in their twenties who, while waaay too young for the film in its initial response, find that The Breakfast Club was pretty much the story of their lives. And what's equally notable about Hughes is what we don't immediately associate him with - Chris Columbus may have directed it, but Home Alone was one of the 90s most gargantuan hits, and for some reason, because it doesn't have any teens as major characters, this writer always forgets that Hughes was behind one of the great comic pairups of the 80s, Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Steve Martin and John Candy were at the top of their games there...).

And when I picked up the phone and called old friends to tell them of the loss, one sentiment was particularly expressed: I think that me - and other denizens of the John Hughes movie world - always had a glimmer of hope that the guy would come back one day, with a new story to tell. Can you imagine Sixteen Candles twenty years later? Or a look at how Ferris Bueller stopped taking days off and became an honest-to-goodness grownup? This writer, for one, totally thought it was going to happen.

But mortality - that ineviatable and frustrating mistress - had other plans: John Hughes died of what looks like a heart attack in New York City at age 59.

However, people, Duckie and Uncle Buck and all these guys wouldn't want us crying into our pinned jeans - while the Hughes family grieves, Mike and Ken from DVDFile look back with pride and adoration at John Hughes' five greatest DVD and BD moments. Because, as we all know, Hughes himself may have had to go, but his work will be around forever.

- Mike Restaino

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