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The Big Chill (15th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1983)

Tom Berenger , Glenn Close , Lawrence Kasdan  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Barrie M. Osborne, Marcia Nasatir, Michael Shamberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G3I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Chill (15th Anniversary Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 56-minute documentary featuring new interviews with the cast and director Lawrence Kasdan, behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes

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Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 big-budget variation on John Sayles's The Return of the Secaucus Seven finds a cluster of old college radicals--who have since gone on to sundry professions and various degrees of materialism--reuniting over the death of a friend. Both playful and thoughtful, the film represents Kasdan (Body Heat) at his most astute. The attractive cast meshes perfectly into a group of characters for which a former closeness is out of synch with their current lives, yet their warmth is enviable and inviting. The script may be a bit too glib, with many one-liners, but it is still a perfectly designed story with telling irony and no little passion. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Celebrate good friends, classic music and ground-breaking moviemaking with the 15th Anniversary Collector's Edition of THE BIG CHILL! Experience the movie in digitally remastered picture and stereo sound from the original film elements. With a new featurette including up-to-date interviews with thecast and filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage and hilarious scenes never before shown, this definitive special edition will take you straight to the heart of the reunion that made film history. JoinKevin Kline, Glenn Close, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Jobeth Williams and Meg Tilly as they reunite for the funeral of a college pal. During the weekend that follows, these friends compare their 60's ideas with the harsh reality of their lives in the 80's, and discover that in a cold world, you need your friends to keep you warm.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the film that lent it's name to a generation. January 29, 1999
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Format:DVD
THE BIG CHILL is one of those films (like AMERICAN GRAFITTI) that people of a certain age will watch and experience a sense of generational identification. The film is an enjoyable (if somewhat surface) treatment of a generation's coming to terms with the compromise and loss of its youthful ideals. The real treats of the movie are the performances of its ensemble cast and the soundtrack, which is filled with great Motown (and other) hits of the era. This DVD is the best video version yet of this film. The colors are warm and autumnal and the soundtrack is crisp (it practically begs to be pumped up during the songs). This is a special edition which contains deleted scenes (which, unfortunately, do not include the scenes with Kevin Costner) as well as a 55-minute documentary on the making of the film. This features current interviews with the cast and crew reflecting on their experiences making the film and what it has come to mean to them. For those who have a wide-screen TV, this film is enhanced for the 16:9 screen ratio. All in all, this is a first-rate presentation of a fine film.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom...Boo Hoo October 9, 2003
Format:DVD
Since this film first appeared about 20 years ago, it has become a favorite of those who comprise what is referred to as the "Baby Boomer" generation" but its appeal is by no means limited to that age group. So many of its themes (e.g. nostalgia, disenchantment, sexual frustration, egocentricity) are common to all generations. As is often the case, a reunion of friends occurs because of a death, in this case Alex whose corpse is being formally dressed for burial as the film begins. (It is Kevin Costner's body but his head is concealed, with the balance of Costner's appearance lying on a cutting room floor.) Sarah and Harold Cooper (Glenn Close and Kevin Kline) serve as unofficial hostess and host. After the burial, their friends return with them to their home where accommodations are provided. Their extended celebration of both Alex and themselves begins, during which Kasdan (who also wrote the screenplay) carefully reveals the strengths and weaknesses of each central character.

The Coopers seem to be the strongest, happily married and prosperous but also generous and caring. Nick (William Hurt) is a confused and self-absorbed veteran (in some respects a survivor) of the Viet Nam war. The group includes one celebrity, Sam (Tom Berenger) who stars in a television series. Karen has always been in love with Sam. Now a somewhat unhappily married woman, she struggles with her conflict of emotions (obligations to husband and children juxtaposed with her enduring attraction to Sam). Mary Kay Place is a successful attorney who yearns for parenthood but not necessarily marriage. For me, the most interesting character is Michael (Jeff Goldblum) who comes across as a smarmy, almost desperate social misfit.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections on this film, from a non-baby boomer January 2, 2012
Format:DVD
Quite often, I come to read Amazon reviews & someone has already written what's in my mind about the subject at hand, and therefore, I feel no need to leave my remarks. I expected that to be the case with this film, given it's age, the overall impact it's had on society, and also the frequency with which it's shown on cable TV to this day. I was surprised to find out, after reading said reviews, that no one had articulated my thoughts, or seemed to quite capture in words what I've gleened from multiple watchings of this movie over the years. I came here to say what I've gotten from the film over the years, and hope to inspire someone who has never seen this great piece of art to watch it- no matter what their age might be. The music is perfectly chosen, the story easy to get into & follow, the scenes are logical & realistic. A top-notch cast & thoughtful dialogue makes this movie continue to stand out as the years pass by, and owning this DVD was a foregone conclusion to me. In my opinion, the scenes which were cut- including the ones with Kevin Costner- were omitted for good reason. They ultimately serve no purpose to the plot, don't add any needed detail to the movie, and in fact would've taken away from the great pace of the film. So kudos to the editing team here, for actually dismissing scenes that should've been removed- which is NOT something that can be said of many a movie!

I first saw this film as a teenager, and I loved it instantly. I could relate even then to the sense that it's amongst one's chosen friends & not usually the family one is born into that you feel most at home. I could understand even then, if not entirely comprehend, the characters' general sense of unease about their modern lives.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get CHILLED Again ... But DVD is Whiter Shade of Pale November 9, 1999
Format:DVD
I saw THE BIG CHILL in high school. I loved it. Strange, considering my age, but it helped me imagine my high school friends and I getting together at age 30 and having a good time. I just watched it again this weekend on DVD, and still consider it a good movie. Don't let the big budget and big names fool you. It's a small film about interesting characters. The only "action" is when Sam tries to jump into Nick's car "J.T. Lancer"-style. Mostly, it's character study. And Mr. Kasdan cast an incredible group of actors. It's a good film.
Now ... for the DVD ... I think the picture is good. For instance, this is the first time I noticed the mint-green walls of the church in the opening scene. But, the rest of the DVD pales in comparison to others on the market now. Like another reviewer said, the "Trailer" included is for SILVERADO (? ). Where's the BIG CHILL trailer ? The documentary is very well done -- lots of current interviews with cast members (Glenn Close reveals a lot). The cut scenes are interesting too. ** BUT where are the flashback scenes filmed in Atlanta of the cast in their 60's clothes ? I thought for sure we'd get to see those! Nowhere to be found ... Disappointing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Blu-ray has all the music in MONO regardless of ...
Criterion Blu-ray has all the music in MONO regardless of the 5.1 mix. The only stereo effects in the entire movie have to do with moving motor vehicles. Read more
Published 7 days ago by cupboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is timeless
Published 7 days ago by Soonernla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by lucille ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic from Criterion
An 80's classic that invented the 'college friends get together after a horrible accident and reminisce to tunes of the era' genre. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Scottland in Cleveland
2.0 out of 5 stars Nick & Chloe & The Music Make It Worth While
Have seen "The Big Chill" a handful of times. (grew up in the '60s) Considered it a real achievement in capturing an era. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kandy Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie awesome music great story the characters seemed so ...
awesome movie awesome music great story the characters seemed so real to me the soundtrack was awesome in this movie it could have been a character i only wish the deleted scenes... Read more
Published 26 days ago by brian t smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nostalgia Trip
Very much enjoyed the plot. The interaction between the characters took us on a nostalgia trip back to our early post college years.
Published 28 days ago by celticfriar
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic...
One of the best movies ever! Still a classic.
Published 1 month ago by Razor in OHIO
5.0 out of 5 stars It has been a favorite for many years
It has been a favorite for many years. The interviews with the cast was a interesting bonus- it was a look inside the shooting of the movie and the dynamic of the characters and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Houser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent, high recommendation to use amazon as your download service for entertainment.
Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Bilodeau
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