Stand by Me

Stand by Me

4.7 44
Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Rob Reiner, Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman

     
 

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The Stand by Me Deluxe Edition has arrived from Columbia Home Entertainment -- but don't be selling your old copies just yet. While it does contain both a 32-page booklet and the soundtrack on CD, the DVD itself hasn't been given an upgrade from the previous 2000 edition. For those of you who didn't own it, the good news is that it's all pretty good stuff.See more details below

Overview

The Stand by Me Deluxe Edition has arrived from Columbia Home Entertainment -- but don't be selling your old copies just yet. While it does contain both a 32-page booklet and the soundtrack on CD, the DVD itself hasn't been given an upgrade from the previous 2000 edition. For those of you who didn't own it, the good news is that it's all pretty good stuff. There's an insightful commentary with Rob Reiner, as well as a 37-minute making-of featuring almost the entire remaining cast, plus the King of Horror himself, Stephen King! Add in a Ben E. King "Stand By Me" music video and isolated score, and you have yourself one fine Deluxe Edition. The film itself has been given a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer along with a Dolby Digital Stereo mix. Picture quality is brilliant for the most part, though the shadows are a bit too deep throughout the film.

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A likable film punctuated by standout performances, Stand by Me is an interesting variation on the standard coming-of-age period film. Based on a short story by Stephen King, Stand by Me deals with preteen concerns instead of teen ones. Director Rob Reiner successfully keeps the nostalgia and sentimentality in check; and he places a remarkable amount of faith in his young cast. Of the four leads, River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton deliver sensitive, complex performances which belie their age. Jerry O'Connell and teen heartthrob Corey Feldman round out the cast, and Kiefer Sutherland and John Cusack appear in small but memorable roles. For Reiner, the film was a significant shift in tone after the comedies This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and The Sure Thing (1985). It marked his first attempt at more serious fare; his success with the comedy drama of Stand by Me would pave the way for his later hits, When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Misery (1990).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
UPC:
0043396104204
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director Rob Reiner's commentary; Exclusive featurette: "Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me"; Ben E. King music video; Isolated music score; Filmographies; Exclusive collectible 32-page booklet; Bonus music CD (soundtrack)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wil Wheaton Gordie Lachance
River Phoenix Chris Chambers
Corey Feldman Teddy Duchamp
Jerry O'Connell Vern Tessio
Richard Dreyfuss The Writer
Kiefer Sutherland Ace Merrill
O.B. Babbs Lardass Heckler #1
Scott Beach Mayor Grundy
Marshall Bell Mr. Lachance
Geanette Bobst Mayor's Wife
William Bronder Milo Pressman
Art Burke Principal Wiggins
John Cusack Denny Lachance
Dick Durock Bill Travis
Rick Elliott Jack Mudgett
Bradley Gregg Eyeball Chambers
Ken Hodges Donelley Twin
Bruce Kirby Mr. Quidacioluo
Andy Lindberg Lardass Hogan
Kent Lutrell Ray Brower
Lee McCain Mrs. Lachance
Jason Naylor His Friend
Jason Oliver Vince Desjardins
Charlie Owens Lardass Hecklers
Scott Korey Pollard Moke
Popeye Chopper
Chance Quinn Gordon's Son
Gary Riley Charlie Hogan
Casey Siemaszko Billy Tessio
Madeleine Swift Waitress
Susan Thorpe Fat Lady
Matt Williams Bob Cormier

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director
Rick Barker Stunts
Bruce A. Evans Producer,Screenwriter
Ray Gideon Producer,Screenwriter
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Robert Leighton Editor
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Henry Millar Special Effects
Susan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Nicolaides Production Manager
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Celest Ray Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Andrew Scheinman Producer
Richard Thompson Special Effects
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup
Stephen King Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- DVD
1. Start [2:04]
2. The Treehouse [2:49]
3. Eavesdropper [1:34]
4. Delusions of Grandeur [4:02]
5. A Loaded .45 [3:38]
6. Following the Tracks [2:46]
7. Train Dodge [1:47]
8. Mailbox Baseball [1:03]
9. The Junkyard [4:52]
10. Purchasing Provisions [2:06]
11. Dissing Teddy's Dad [5:05]
12. KLAM Newsbreak [1:23]
13. "You Think I'm Weird?" [3:14]
14. All-Time Train Dodge [5:33]
15. Gordie's Pie Story [10:37]
16. Teddy Stands Guard [1:39]
17. Gordie Dreams [1:53]
18. Low-Life Chambers Kid [3:13]
19. Deer Crossing [:50]
20. Pressing On [1:30]
21. Sharing Secrets [1:21]
22. Swamp & Leeches [4:21]
23. "I'm Not Going Back." [1:10]
24. Playing Chicken [1:09]
25. The Rest of Ray Brower [4:14]
26. Two Choices [4:51]
27. "We Headed Home." [3:17]
28. End of Story [6:21]

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