St. Elmo's Fire (1985) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Sony || R - 110 minutes - $28.95 || August 11, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-07-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Writer(s): Joel Schumacher & Carl Kurlander (written by)
Cast: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Andie MacDowell


Theatrical Release Date: June 28, 1985


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Music Video
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I've always adored the Brat Pack films, and while this film is technically not one of them (it does have 3 actors from the John Hughes flicks), many people consider it to be one of the best - and what the hell were they thinking?

Plot: Post-collegiate angst, '80s style, is the subject of this coming-of-age ensemble piece, which traces the fortunes of a group of Georgetown grads as they enter the real world and grapple with work, infidelity, and adulthood.

I love me some 'coming of age' films where the characters essentially grow on the screen but in St. Elmo's Fire it seems they all try and accomplish one thing throughout the entire film and that's it. Very little 'story' is going on besides everyone wanting to essentially sleep with the others mate, and the characters themselves are rather bland.

Sure, the performances may be great (Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore), but the characters they play are just so nasty, annoying or stupid that it makes the entire film seem like it runs for hours. As someone who usually loves 80's films...I just don't see the appeal with this one. Sorry guys.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features are presented in SD unless otherwise noted.

Commentary with Joel Schumacher

Original Making of St. Elmoís Fire (9 Minutes) - Very dated complete with annoying voice over and more clips from the film then actual interviews with the cast and crew.

Joel Schumacher Remembers... (14 Minutes; HD) - A very touching look back at how the cast came together and how the films holds up today, 25 years later. Even though this filmed is not considered a 'brat pack' film, this is the film where the term was coined.

Deleted Scenes (15 Minutes) - About a dozen snipped scenes that added a bit more character to Emilio and Judd Nelsonís character. Shame some of these were cut, but given the already long run time I can see why.

Rounding out the disc is the Music Video "Man in Motion" (that you are likely to hear twenty times while watching the film) and BD-Live. If I have to hear that damn song again...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

St. Elmo's Fire is presented in 2.35 aspect ratio on a 50GB Disc. Since Sony is on an 80's release craze right now on the Blu-ray format, I've been able to sample a handful of these and this one is simply average in comparison to the others. While the picture is a bit sharper, contrast seems to be a sit a bit too high and a wee bit of edge enhancement has been applied. Itís not bad, but still noticeable.

Sony has included an English (and French, Portuguese and Spanish) 5.1 TrueHD Track. Yet again a slight disappointment - I fully expected to hear some of the 80's tunes through my rear speakers but they were mostly devoid of any sounds. Everything appears to be concentrated on the front speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

St. Elmo's Fire is very overrated - from the characters to the entire appeal. While Sony has cooked up some new features and average picture and audio, I'd tell you to go rent The Breakfast Club instead.