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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 (280 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 (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G3I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,236 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

Editorial Reviews

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

William Hurt, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger. A group of former 1960s college students gather to mourn the death of a close friend and wind up grieving for their lost ideals. Directed by Lawrence Kasden. 1983/color/103 min/R/widescreen.

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45 of 46 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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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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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom...Boo Hoo October 9, 2003
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. Read more ›
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections on this film, from a non-baby boomer January 2, 2012
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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35 of 45 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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I've watched it so many times..great tunes( over played in later movies) Kevin Kline steals movie ..wait. So does his stoned friend who does about every drug... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate need for a reunion
This group is brought together after a tragedy within their circle. It's a good movie about growing up, long time friend, life changes, and gives a new perspective on life for them... Read more
Published 7 days ago by TNBlonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Classic
A good classic! I really hate the way Amazon has a demand on how many I should use to review a product - What a bunch of horse pucky!!!
Published 17 days ago by Gary Arden Sellick
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
I was a teen when this movie came out and was not on my radar then.. As I got older and saw the stars of this movie in other movies later on, would see they were in The Big Chill.. Read more
Published 23 days ago by john b bilski
5.0 out of 5 stars The big chill
Oh what can I say about this movie ? It is a classic in its time saw it many times on TV and when I found it on amazon was I happy I like to watch good movies over and over
Published 26 days ago by pam shea
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the time / money
Awful. Boring. Not funny at all, and not worth the $10.00... Maybe I needed to grow up in the 60's to understand it.
Published 28 days ago by Nicole Goodale
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for personal reasons.
I replaced my VHS with the DVD to concer with all of my collection.. This one has a special meaning with my 2 girls and their boyfriends from way back when. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars super
my all time favorite movie. so glad all the orig songs are included!
I record this on my dvr whenever it's on tv, but glad to have it w/o commercials!
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Klepper
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SELLER
Published 1 month ago by A.J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
This is an 80's classic. Not too many special features here but the film looks good. Documentary on the making of the movie was interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Sci-Fi
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