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5.0 out of 5 stars I was twelve, going on thirteen..., 6 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Stand By Me [Blu-ray] [1986] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Based on a novella entitled "The Body" from Stephen King's anthology Different Seasons, this adaptation loses none of its power and charm on Blu-ray.

In the summer of 1959, four teenagers set off on an expedition. Their objective is to locate the corpse of a missing boy and thereby gain some degree of local fame. What none of them realises is that by the end of their two-day trek, they will have done a lot of growing up.

Director Rob Reiner struck cinematic gold when he cast the four leads. Rarely has such a relatively young cast combined to exactly the right effect. Wil Wheaton's and River Phoenix's characters carry much of the emotional burden: both lacking in confidence but sharing a formidable bond of friendship. By contrast Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell provide the comic relief but each has deeper moments to shine. All of them demonstrate a mature acting ability.

The picture on this Blu-ray is perfectly clean and bright, enhanced by a veneer of grain and some slight soft focus. The original mono soundtrack is accompanied by a subtle DTS-HD 5.1 option with only the music being given a greater spatial feel. This is especially effective in the opening moments when the slower, orchestral arrangement of the title song leads into Richard Dreyfuss' contemplative narration.

Bonus features include Reiner's audio commentary and the documentary from the 2000 DVD release together with an engrossing new picture-in-picture retrospective from Reiner, Wheaton and Feldman.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this is a film that hasn't dated one bit. It effortlessly captures the camaraderie, joie de vivre, pain and loss of innocence that are encompassed by childhood. You can never relive it but if you ever feel the need to revisit it, Stand by Me will awaken those memories in an instant.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2012 00:40:04 BDT
steve p says:
love this movie is it worth the bluray upgrade thanks steve

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2012 00:56:42 BDT
Chris White says:
Yes, I think so. The image is clean, albeit slightly soft-focused - but if that's the director's intent then it's fine by me - and the sound is now in DTS-HD 5.1 as an option (it was previously mono). Also, the new picture-in-picture commentary is worth a listen.

You can check out some screenshots here: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews53/stand_by_me_blu-ray.htm
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