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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 (550 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, 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 (550 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXIP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,782 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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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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64 of 66 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
"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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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better sound than the Special Edition July 27, 2005
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive September 4, 2000
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand By Me - An Unforgettable Journey January 27, 2003
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 Stand By Me
I love this movie. I wanted it for my collection of classic, timeless stories. I would recommend that everyone watch it.
Published 10 hours ago by Joan Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age Tale Remains a Classic After Nearly 30 years
The last time I saw this film was 26 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. Twenty seven years later it stands the test of time and remains as beautiful and poignant,... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Anna Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
This is one of the best coming of age stories I have ever seen. Very well acted and has cross generational appeal. Perfect for young boys. Recommended!
Published 3 days ago by MOMMY B
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
classic coming of age movie. watched with my kids, nieces and nephews from ages 3-8. kept all of their attention. the language is very vulgar.
Published 9 days ago by Shaan
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand by Me was recommended by a friend
I watched Stand By Me as research for a book I am writing. More of 'get in the mood' type of thing. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Larry D Caudill
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect boy adventure movie!
This is so well done. Sensitive where appropriate and never cheesy or condescending. It's truthful and believable. Great soundtrack too!
Published 11 days ago by Peggy Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it when I was a Kid and my kids love it too!
My teenage son is a fan of Big Bang Theory.... so of course he asked about what all the fuss was about with him being a child star. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Shelly Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly insperationnal must see movie!!!
Being 12 years old, I cant compare friendship as an adult to who I am now but I know true inspirational friendship when I see it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ken
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies!!
I remember watching this over and over when it first came out. Still a classic and hoping that my daughter loves it as much as I did.
Published 17 days ago by Jean A. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching ode to growing up
Brilliant writing and acting. Unforgettable performances by cast of youngsters. It's the kind of movie that sticks in your craw. Not for children, despite the welcoming cover.
Published 21 days ago by Chip Stanley
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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
Blu Ray
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 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.
Jan 16, 2009 by R.A. McKenzie |  See all 4 posts
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