The Big Chill

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Columbia's DVD release of The Big Chill falls a few supplements short of a full-fledged Special Edition or Collector's DVD, but it contains enough to keep fans of the movie interested. Available in a 1.85:1 anamorphic master, Lawrence Kasdan's comedy looks sharper and cleaner than any version available previously and the Dolby Digital Sound enhances the film's well-known Motown soundtrack. While it doesn't offer a feature-length commentary by Kasdan, the disc includes the next best thing: an hour-long documentary...
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Columbia's DVD release of The Big Chill falls a few supplements short of a full-fledged Special Edition or Collector's DVD, but it contains enough to keep fans of the movie interested. Available in a 1.85:1 anamorphic master, Lawrence Kasdan's comedy looks sharper and cleaner than any version available previously and the Dolby Digital Sound enhances the film's well-known Motown soundtrack. While it doesn't offer a feature-length commentary by Kasdan, the disc includes the next best thing: an hour-long documentary by noted film documentarian Laurent Bouzerau, who offers a view into how the cast bonded while on location and how the film evolved into its finished version. The other main supplement on the disc is the deleted-scene reel. The scenes are mostly humorous and add some color to the characters. The main disappointment, however, is that Kevin Costner's infamous cutting room floor scene is not included. Kasdan mentions it in the documentary, and a still picture of Costner in character is included, but the footage itself is nowhere to be found. The DVD of The Big Chill is valuable for what it has to offer, but it falls short of being a gem.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English, French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Anamorphic widescreen; Theatrical trailer; Retrospective documentary and deleted scenes
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A seminal baby boomer angst session, The Big Chill proved enormously popular with audiences who saw their own thirty-something anxieties brought to life with the aid of an impossibly catchy soundtrack. The film eulogized the lost ideals and enthusiasms of the 1960s and pondered what, if anything, had taken their place. The film begins with the funeral of Alex, long considered the best and brightest of the group of friends, whose death and burial symbolize the collective death of a relentlessly mythologized, sentimentalized era. The survivors are left to scratch their heads, smoke some pot, and dance around the kitchen in an effort to figure out what happened, and why. It is a testament to Lawrence Kasdan's strengths as a writer and director that, while the film does dip its toe repeatedly in the collective pool of nostalgia, it tends more towards melancholy reflection than sentimental excess. The friends question what happened to the promise of their youth, but they do so with an eye towards explaining their present state, rather than trying to recreate their past glories. It is little surprise that this sort of reflective meditation hit such a chord with its audience, many of whom were easing into the same sort of complacent, suburban lifestyle that they may have once claimed to abhor. Composed of equal parts mourning and acceptance, The Big Chill became an anthem for a generation trying to accept the fact that their present was not the future they had hoped it would be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1999
  • UPC: 043396026322
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Harold
Glenn Close Sarah
Jeff Goldblum Michael
William Hurt Nick
JoBeth Williams Karen
Tom Berenger Sam
Mary Kay Place Meg
Meg Tilly Chloe
Don Galloway Richard
James Gillis Minister
Ken Place Peter The Cop
Muriel Moore Alex's Mother
Patricia Gaul Annie
Kevin Costner Alex (uncredited)
Jacob Kasdan Autograph Seeker
Craig Dunaway Tight End
Jon Kasdan Harold and Sarah's Son
Meg Kasdan Airline Hostess
Technical Credits
Lawrence Kasdan Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
John Bailey Cinematographer
Lou Barlia Camera Operator
Barbara Benedek Screenwriter
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Michael Germain Makeup
Michael Grillo Asst. Director
Meg Kasdan Score Composer
Carol Littleton Editor
Marcia Nasatir Executive Producer
Wallis Nicita Casting
Barrie M. Osborne Associate Producer
Ida Random Producer, Production Designer
Mickey Scott Makeup
Michael Shamberg Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:28]
2. Alex's Funeral [7:34]
3. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" [5:29]
4. The Reception [4:06]
5. Staying the Weekend [2:06]
6. "Tell Him" [2:16]
7. A Familiar Scene [2:40]
8. Nick at Night [2:09]
9. Bats [3:05]
10. Late Night Snack [5:59]
11. Nick, On the Air [1:42]
12. "Good Lovin'" [:50]
13. Going to Have a Baby [6:03]
14. J.T. Lancer [1:44]
15. Pasta Dinner [2:39]
16. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" [8:56]
17. "The Weight" [2:55]
18. Sam the Sham [2:52]
19. The Game [3:15]
20. "Gimme Some Lovin'" [1:19]
21. Pete the Cop [4:31]
22. Interviewing Chloe [2:36]
23. "Bad Moon Rising" [1:36]
24. Turning Karen Down [2:16]
25. "When A Man Loves A Woman" [7:44]
26. "A Natural Woman" [3:06]
27. "In The Midnight Hour" [1:37]
28. "I Second That Emotion" [7:11]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Languages/Audio
      English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      French
      Spanish
      English (Dolby Surround)
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
      Silverado
   Extra Features
      Retrospective Documentary
      Deleted Scenes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best

    This is one of my favorite movies. Anyone who made great lifelong friends in college will appreciate this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bunch of middle aged white people whining

    about how their lives didnt turn out as expected when they got into the real world. the music is good but when i get rich then i can whine and complain too

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