Stand by Me [Special Edition] [DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 4004972
  • Release Date: 08/29/2000
  • Rating: R
Rob Reiner's tale of boyhood friendship, Stand by Me, comes to DVD in this special edition. Boasting a 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, the disc includes a multitude of language subtitles. For those who wanted to know how to say "Chopper, sic balls" in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, or Thai, this is their golden opportunity. In addition to the well-done visuals, there is a commentary track from the director as well as interviews with him and author Stephen King, whose story served as the basis for the movie. In addition to talent files and production notes, an exclusive featurette concerning the making of the film is included. The music score can be isolated, and a music video for the Ben E. King title song is also available at the touch of a button.
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (182 out of 185)

Special Features


  • Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
  • Exclusive featurette "Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me," including interviews with Stephen King and Rob Reiner
  • Director Rob Reiner's commentary
  • "Stand by Me" music video
  • Isolated music score
  • Bonus trailers
  • Talent files
  • Production notes

Synopsis


Stand by Me
Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Castle Rock, OR, over Labor Day weekend, 1959. A quartet of boys, inseparable friends all, set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome consists of intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O'Connell). The boys' adventures en route to the elusive body are colored by the personal pressures brought to bear on all of them by the adult world. Richard Dreyfuss, playing the grown-up Gordie, narrates the film, while Kiefer Sutherland dominates every scene he's in as a brutish high-school bully. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Wil Wheaton
    Wil Wheaton - Gordie Lachance
  • River Phoenix
    River Phoenix - Chris Chambers
  • Corey Feldman
    Corey Feldman - Teddy Duchamp
  • Jerry O'Connell
    Jerry O'Connell - Vern Tessio
  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss - The Writer



Overall customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic from my youth...

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    TMAN
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    I have just about every book Stephen King has written, all his movies, mini series and a ton of magazines featuring his essays, interviews, etc. Although he's best known for his horror and supernatural works, I think his redemption tales are beautiful. I first saw Stand By Me when I was just a kid, but it has remained one of my favorites over the years. King does a superb job of creating authentic characters who behave exactly as I would expect them to as the story progresses. Also interesting is seeing these young stars who went on to act in all sorts of great films and fun series. Well worth a look if you haven't seen it yet. And if you already have it on dvd, grab the bluray, it's worth the double dip. Enjoy!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic coming of age film

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    DenverSooner
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    I am a child of the 80s so this movie has a special place in my heart as it is a movie ABOUT coming of age. The characters were a little older than I was when I first saw it, but it was one of my favorite movies growing up and still holds a strong place in my heart as an adult. For me this is the best coming-of-age movies of all time and one of the top 10 movies of the 80s. The plot is set in the 50s but even in the 80s I could relate, the theme is relatable for any kid growing up or any adult looking back. If they have seen the movie and believe it's appropriate, which I can't imagine why not (but that's my opinion), I especially recommend parents to show this to their teenagers. Unplug your kids from their gaming systems, iPod, or laptop, and set them down for some family bonding time with a viewing of Stand By Me.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgic adventure

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    Bryan
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    A group of young kids go out to find a dead body and the adventure serves as a nostalgic reminder for adults of the adventures they had as a kid. The dialogue is well written and the characters are memorable. Seeing a cover with a bunch of kids on it may turn some off or maybe others remember watching this as a kid, but to me its more about appreciating how important these simple moments and experiences are that you never forget. After all, the story is narrated by one of the kids as an adult. The idea of going to find a dead body may come off as a little grim, and it is obviously something most have never done. It serves as a significant coming of age moment, however, that is more dramatic for a movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my all time favorites growing up!

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    David
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    Oh gosh, where to start? I don't remember how old I was when I first saw this but I remember it always stuck with me. The story of four 12 year olds looking for a corpse seems like such a simple premise but it turns out to be anything but! All of the young actors did a great job (even Corey Feldman) at making believable and intricate characters that I grew to love and enjoy throughout childhood and adulthood alike. As an adult I don't recommend it to children, my parents were just "cool" I guess. Speaking of overall quality of the transfer and true HD material, I honestly have no answer since I have not watched the disc or its features...yet. Sorry I couldn't be of better assistance there!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Stephen King Adaptation

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    Brentj
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    The film is a wonderful classic that is even more stunning on blu ray. It truly is one of the best Stephen King adaptations alongside Misery (another Rob Reiner film) and The Shawshank Redemption. The young actors are perfectly cast in their roles including the late River Phoenix. Richard Dreyfuss' narration is the real highlight of the film by giving it a voice, heart and soul by recollecting a childhood adventure his character experienced. The only downside of this classic is it's too short of a film at 88 minutes; it truly had the potential longevity to be at least another half hour.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Stephen King, now on Blu-ray Disc!

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    LasVegasBlurayFan
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    Stand By Me is a classic coming of age story based on the Stephen King novella "The Body" from the book Different Seasons (which also includes "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," the novella that the film The Shawshank Redemption is based on.) Fans of the film will enjoy seeing it in HD, and should get a kick out of the limited (in quantity, not quality) extras, including a new "Picture-in-Picture Commentary Retrospective" featuring Rob Reiner, Corey Feldman, and Wil Wheaton. Recommended for any fan of this film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Meatball's Masterpiece

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    Riptide99
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    After not seeing this film since it came out, I was astounded at how good it looked and sounded on the blu-ray disc. The sound makes great use of the rear speakers; the picture was clear as a bell; the story was as good as I'd remembered. Stephen King claims it's the best screen version of anything he ever wrote. Bel;ieve it! And you get to see these great actors as boys. Too sad to see Rver Phoenix though. Ironic that the original title was The Body. Poor River. Buy this flick: you won't be disappointed.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Film, Great Dvd

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    kevman79

    I thought 'Stand By Me' was ok, it wasn't anything to write home about, but it had some touching scenes and decent material. Fans of the film, however, should be quite satisfied with this deluxe edition, with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and several bonus extras to sink into. For those who already own the previous special edition, it may not be worth it to purchase this version, unless your dying to get your hands on the music soundtrack of the film, which is included here.

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