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Stand By Me (Special Edition) (1986)

Wil Wheaton , River Phoenix  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish, Portuguese, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • 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: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXIP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stand By Me (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive featurette featuring interviews with Stephen King and Rob Reiner
  • Ben E. King music video
  • Documentary: "Walking the Tracks: the Summer of "STAND BY ME"
  • Talent file

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Additional Features

Looking back on the popular 1986 film 14 years later, director Rob Reiner has several great stories to tell about his breakthrough hit. Reiner's folksy commentary and a new 35-minute featurette (with new interviews from the cast) illustrate how much of the film draws from the personal experiences of Reiner and novelist Stephen King. Both the featurette and Reiner's commentary touch on the tricky casting of the film (starring four adolescent boys), the problems with finding the right narrator (finally performed by Reiner's childhood friend, Richard Dreyfuss), and the ironic sadness of River Phoenix's death (whose character's premature death triggers the flashback that comprises almost all of the film). Descriptions of the production's originial producer-screenwriters and long-shot logistics are, unfortunately, relegated to the liner notes. Also contains an isolated musical score track (punctuated by several early rock favorites), production notes, the MTV video of the title song, and digitally remastered audio and video. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends--sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O'Connell)--are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. Stand by Me is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up. Filled with humor and suspense, Stand by Me is based on the novella 'The Body' by Stephen King.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand By Me: The novella, the movie and the DVD February 4, 2007
Format:DVD
"Stand By Me" is a classic coming of age movie about growing up and friendship and the pain of disillusionment when the adults you depend upon let you down. Highly recommended.

In this review I'll focus mostly on the relationship between the movie and the Stephen King novella it is based on, and the DVD extra material that closes the ring.

The movie "Stand By Me" was made in 1986. It is based on a novella published in 1982 and the story takes place in 1959 (movie) or 1960 (novella). But the story is timeless - the conflicts and the difficult transition from child to adult apply to every generation.

There is a lot of trivia (pop songs, slang expressions, TV shows, etc.) from 1959/1960 in the movie and the novella, but this doesn't really anchor the story to that era. Every generation has it's own trivia that is very important to that generation. But today's generation can smile at the trivia of 47 years ago and still see the parallels between that trivia and their (to them) much more wonderful trivia.

The movie is based on a novella by Stephen King called "The Body". This is one of Stephen King's best stories, and is well worth reading or, if you like audio books, listening to. The audio version lasts almost six hours and is read by Frank Muller. Highly recommended. If you'd prefer to read the story yourself then you should buy the book "Different Seasons", a collection of four Stephen King novellas including "The Body".

The movie and the novella are very similar.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better sound than the Special Edition July 27, 2005
Format:DVD
I purchased the Special Edition of this movie recently and couldn't believe that the audio was monophonic. I was thus pleasantly surprised to see that in this edition of the DVD they restored the original multi-channel soundtrack. Even the casual listener will notice the difference immediately.

To my knowledge the movie itself is the same as on the Special Edition (no added or cut scenes) so I won't waste your time commenting on that. I just wanted to bring attention to the fact that the Deluxe Edition of this movie is the ONLY one any serious movie collector should consider.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive September 4, 2000
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to write a synopsis of the plot here or tell you how great the movie is. You already know that. If you are going to buy this movie on DVD and have never seen it, plan to watch the bonus documentary included on the new DVD release first, "Walking the Tracks," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of film as told by Rob Reiner, Stephen King, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. You'll hear Wil explain why Gordie doesn't get his brother's Yankee cap returned, what Jerry O'Connell really thought of Kiefer Sutherland, and how Rob Reiner made two of the cast members weep during the train trestle scene! The docu footage appears to have been shot on the late 1990s or even early 2000, and it's wonderful to see these people together again (River Phoenix, who died in 1993, is not part of the documentary, but is referred to by just about everyone being interviewed).

The best part for me was watching the movie with English subtitles, which made me realize for the first time what some of the dialogue was (including some put downs my ears could never quite figure out--"wet end" and "whoremaster," among others).

But far and away, the reason you must buy this DVD is to listen to Rob Reiner's personable director's commentary as the film plays. It's an option, so you can still watch and listen to the complete movie in its original format, but if you've already memorized the scenes because you've seen this movie countless times, listen to Rob's (apparently one-take and continuous) comments about each scene. He's also very funny, and his anecdote about the scene in which Ray Brower is found by the tracks is hilarious, despite the somber tone of this section of the movie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand By Me - An Unforgettable Journey January 27, 2003
Format:DVD
Stand By Me has always been one of my all-time favorite movies. The chemistry between the four boys out to find the body of a kid their age has always been an inspiration for me growing up.
Rob Reiner's direction is tops. How he managed to get those four boys to act their hearts out is still a mystery today. The best comes out of River Phoenix as the troubled leader of the pack Chris Chambers, and Jerry O' Connell's part as the way-too-innocent scaredy cat Vern Tessio, Corey Feldman's turn as the crazy Teddy Duchamp, and Will Wheaton as the narrator of the story, the more focused than the others Gordon Lachance. Cameos by Richard Dreyfuss as the older Gordon, and John Cusack as Gordon's deceased brother Denny add an overwhelming feeling of delight to the entirety of this magnificent movie.
Special features include a behind the scenes of the film plus interviews with nearly the entire cast, a tribute to River Phoenix, Ben E King's music video of the theme song Stand By Me and commentary by director Rob Reiner.
This is one of those movies that no matter how many times you've seen it, you don't get bored of watching again.
Highly Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever!!
One of the best movies EVER. We have watched this many times, it never gets old.
Published 20 hours ago by Debbie Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars and the clients loved it as much as I had
Had not seen this movie in years, took it to the drop in center where I work, and the clients loved it as much as I had.
Published 1 day ago by David Lee Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars ... sooner than I expected and the DVD was as good as a new one as far...
It arrived sooner than I expected and the DVD was as good as a new one as far as I could tell.
Published 2 days ago by Bill Keegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 2 days ago by Loretta Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars has all the right movie making elements to be an all time favorite....
Fabulous movie, has all the right movie making elements to be an all time favorite. The boy actors are memorable and it reflects childhood fears and triumphs perfectly. Read more
Published 2 days ago by W Dobie
5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 and 11 year old boys enjoyed the adventure
Oldie but a goodie. My 10 and 11 year old boys enjoyed the adventure.
Published 5 days ago by Renee Shell
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid 5 out of 5 stars....
I really don't know what you can say about this movie. It is just short of perfection. This has one of the greatest youth casting ever and directed by Rob Reiner. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 6 days ago by kristie
5.0 out of 5 stars stand tall
Stand By Me really IS as good as everyone says and stands proud several years after its release. It's amazing it took me nearly 17 years to watch this wonderful film again. Read more
Published 6 days ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is an iconic coming of age movie. A must see for preteen and teen boys.
Published 8 days ago by leighmcd@clarkston.com
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For Blu Ray Cannot hear picture in picture commentary
I don't own the disc, but did you make sure the commentary was selected from the menu? If so and you still don't hear it, try pressing the audio button on your remote until you hear it.
Sep 7, 2012 by mhn92 |  See all 4 posts
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i think the blu ray has a different sound quality and with a crisp high def quality..but im already contented to my Deluxe Edition as i dont to double dip my collection.. : )
Jun 29, 2012 by chimpanshane |  See all 5 posts
What's the difference between the two editions?
Okay, 18 months later....here are the answers:

* Cover art for the DVD
* Includes the soundtrack CD, as the second disc.
* First disc is identical to the Special Edition, but the movie's sound quality is improved.
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