ST. ELMO'S FIRE Aboogadah, Aboogadah, Aboogadah - Ha! Ha! Ha! Sitting in my practically nonexistent collection of VHS tapes sits St. Elmo's Fire. Though as worn as the box may be, the tape inside is even moreso. During the mid-eighties, St. Elmo's Fire became the definitive buddy movie of that time. The film starred a lineup that had become known as the BRAT PACK. These actors included Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson. St. Elmo's Fire traces the individual lives of seven recent college graduates -- all friends -- who suddenly realize they have stepped out into the real world and must find their places within it. Every day there are new challenges that face each of them. Many of them are obnoxiously struggling with adulthood. Relationships are put to the test and no-one is certain of their future. The only one certain haven for all of them is a bar known as St. Elmo's, where they regularly meet, drink, and party the night away. Columbia Home Video has done an outstanding job with the transfer of this DVD. Of course, I would not expect anything less. Watching this film for the first time in over 10 years in full widescreen, is like watching an entirely different film. The picture quality is stunning compared to other films from this era. The widescreen presentation greatly opens up this film, giving us more of the scenic beauty of Georgetown. There are illuminating colors everywhere, and they are vividly brought out in this transfer. The bright outdoor scenes are very crisp with only the slightest hint of grain, and the inside colors of apartments ranging from hot pink to bright red show absolutely no over saturation. The film is presented in both 2-channel Dolby Surround and 4.0 discreet. The sound is extremely bright and full. Listening to the opening piano notes of David Foster's love theme really shows off the clarity of the film's digitally mastered audio. Surround activity is severely limited to a few crowd scenes where sound was used for ambiance. Other than that, most of the audio remains in the front soundfield. Included in the supplements is an original featurette that was produced in 1985. It features short interviews with all the cast members, Producer and Director. It's not a great featurette, as it relies on showing more lengthy scene sequences than anything behind-the-scenes. In addition to the original theatrical trailer, there are trailers included for GroundHog Day, About Last Night and Jerry Maguire There is also commentary by Director Joel Schumacher. St. Elmo's Fire has worn a little thin since I originally adored it so many years ago. In fact, I must admit, it was Ally Sheedy that I adored even more. Watching it today, the film seems to drag a little in areas, but it still remains an extremely well made film thanks to the accomplishments of the cast that interacted so well with each other. This disc would receive an overall ovation from this reviewer if not for the cover art. I think this is just as a good time as any to bitch about Columbia tampering with the cover art of their recent line of releases. Substituting the original poster art for atrociously ugly substitute artwork is ruining the overall experience for those of us that collect DVDs. Wait till you see my review of Murder By Death. For the rest of you that buy DVDs just for the content -- you'll be astounded by the transfer quality.