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Studio and Year: Columbia Pictures- 1986
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 88 minutes
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Adventure


Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English, French, Portuguese DTS-HD MA 5.1, Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1, English Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Casey Siemaszko, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dryfuss
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Music by: Jack Nitzsche
Written by: Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans (screenplay), Stephen King (novella 'The Body')
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 22, 2011







"I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being."



Film Synopsis:


In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends 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.




My Take:


I was 11 going on 12 the first time I saw 'Stand By Me'....

I remember seeing it in the theatrically, then many, many times when it came out on VHS. I was lucky enough to grow up in a time where taking off for the day, going on a journey and not being supervised was still normal. I related to these kids and how they related to each other, what it was like to go on a mission with just the boys, and no parents. I remember what it was like to have these experiences that helped us grow up naturally and on our own. These days, I cant even think of letting my kids take off without calling, texting, and without supervision. Man the world is just not as cool as it used to be.


Based on Stephen Kings novella 'The Body', director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride) was pretty faithful to the source, with only a few minor tweaks to the story. They really captured the moments where kids grow-up here, and there is no doubt to any of the main characters self-revelations and conficts here; the actors all seemed made for their roles. When the insecure Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough greaser Chris (River Phoenix), over-the-top Teddy (Corey Feldman), and the token chubby kid Vern (Jerry O'Connell), hear a rumor of where a missing teenagers body is, they go on a journey to find it and hopefully become home-town heroes. Along the way they encounter a group of rough and tough older boys, lead by the mean Ace Merrill who was perfectly played by Keifer Sutherland. These tough guys are also onto the same goal of finding the body. Yes, these older boys pose a threat and are the main conflict in the story, but to me the main conflict was growing up. Each character gets a real glimpse at themselves during this two day journey, facing their fears of their family and their place in society.


For me, revisiting this film as a 36 year old, who was in the same place as these boys were when the film was released was strange. It had me thinking of my life, where my childhood friends are now, just like the grown-up Gordie, played by Richard Dryfuss, was doing as he told this story from his youth. It had me sad that my children will miss out on some of the freedom and adventure I got to live as a kid yet had me excited to have the chance to one day watch it with them. I loved this film as a child and still love it in a different way as an adult. 'Stand By Me' is not to be missed and is one of those few special films that will live on.








Parental Guide:


Rated R for adult situations and brief strong language.




AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 78


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Video: 80


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'Stand By Me' travels to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound.

'Stand By Me' comes to Blu-ray in its theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with AVC encoded video. I really would have hoped for Sony to give us a new re-master of such a great film, but this Blu-ray debut looks like it was cut from the same source as previous DVD releases. Thankfully things are not that bad, but the films age does show. Besides a natural coat of grain, video noise such as pops and scratches can be seen and do stick out as out-of-place on a Blu-ray release. The good is that the detail we crave is there, showing some nice definition all throughout the boys journey. Black levels can get inky, but are not consistent, occasionally losing definition. Colors fall on the over-saturated side of things and flesh-tones do look natural. As far as the issues I mention go, it's not bad by any means, and from what I remember, this does look as was filmed. The Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound was average. The original source was mono, and this track certainly does improve upon that (it is included for reference). Dialogue and the films great soundtrack does sound as expected, and is 99% in the front sound-stage. I didn't notice much in the effect channels, but seeing that it was a mono source, I assume the elements are not there to make that a priority. Don't expect monster bass or anything impressive here- this is a film that doesn't call for any amazing sound design. Bottom line is nothing stood out as bad, but then again, nothing stood out.



Bonus Features:



  • Audio Commentary with Director Rob Reiner

  • (HD) 25 Years Later: A Picture-in-Picture Commentary Retrospective with Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman

  • (HD) "Exclusive Featurette "Walking the Tracks: The Summer of STAND BY ME including interviews with Stephen King and Rob Reiner"

  • (HD) Stan By Me Music Video

  • (HD) Trailers: Soul Surfer, How Do You Know, Inside Job, Country String

  • Bonus View (PiP)

  • BD-Live

  • movieIQ




Final Thoughts:


'Stand By Me' is a film that I will come back to, and every time I will smile, tear up and never get bored. For those who haven't seen it for years, I suggest a re-visit. To those yet to see it, what are you waiting for? I do wonder if an R rating was a bit harsh. Yes there is a dead body and a bunch of swearing, but I would guess a PG-13 to be sufficient these days. This is certainly not the end all be all as far as how great it could look, but it's still quite detailed and a nice step above the DVD. The "25 Years Later" Picture-in-Picture Commentary with director Rob Reiner, and actors Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman was a super enjoyable addition, and a must see for any fan. It never drags and gives great insight into every scene. I am glad to have this in my collection and think you will too. Enjoy!













Lee Weber
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Thanks for the review, Lee.

I also saw this in a theater when it was first released.

However, I was 37.


One particular chapter had me laughing so hard, I almost had to run for the men's room.


I still laugh hard with that chapter.

Like you, I also grew up being able to wander off with the guys for the day, so I also can relate to the kids in the film.

I enjoyed the heck out of it then, and I still do.


Thanks again.


Jack
 

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wow, what a disappointment from Sony.

thought for sure they would have created a new master for this release seeing as how they release so few catalogs to begin with.

what a shame.
 

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wow, what a disappointment from Sony.

thought for sure they would have created a new master for this release seeing as how they release so few catalogs to begin with.

what a shame.
I am not 100% sure they didn't. But seeing that I noticed some scratching and pops on the video, that seemed to be a sign they didn't. It still looks pretty good, with more definition than I expected. The new PIP commentary is worth the upgrade in my opinion.
 

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I love this film when I noticed it was up for preorder I had no hesitation in buying it. Should arrive Friday thanks for the review Lee.
 

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I haven't watched it yet, but it seems to look film like on the screenshots. Something I definitely want to buy at some point, but will wait until it hits the $10.00 mark on Amazon.
 

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If color is over saturated can flesh tones really look natural? I didn't find them to look that natural. They looked to be on the overly pink side to me.
 

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If color is over saturated can flesh tones really look natural? I didn't find them to look that natural. They looked to be on the overly pink side to me.

I said "Colors fall on the over-saturated side of things and flesh-tones do look natural." --


I guess I could have been more clear.


What I found was the colors were strong, not outrageously so and that didn't hinder the flesh-tones.
 

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I love this film, but I don't really see the need to get it in BD.

I agree. The slightly soft picture of my DVD version fits the 'oldie' mood of this film and at no point did I say to myself: "Damn! I wonder how much better this would have been in Blu-Ray..."


I re-watched it again recently and still almost cried at the end. This really is a timeless classic in a way. Many movies that I've watched as a kid now seem slow or even boring having experienced today's films, but this show is a strong exception.


Out of principle, I will buy the BD to support the film. I do that with any movie I feel deserves it.


Thanks for the review Lee!
 

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I am sorry but just because a transfer has some scratches and pops or whatever doesn't automatically make it a dvd era transfer lol.

Sony is doing only 4K transfers now and I guarantee that was a 4K scan and looks Very good. And while I might be up for debate on whether its from a 2K or 4K scan which I almost certainly guarantee it is from, there is no way it is from a dvd era scan sorry:/
 

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The Blu-ray uses a new master. It's pretty obvious considering how fine the grain is. Caps-a-holic did a comparison to the DVD here: http://www.caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergl...ch=stand_by_me
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I am sorry but just because a transfer has some scratches and pops or whatever doesn't automatically make it a dvd era transfer lol.

Sony is doing only 4K transfers now and I guarantee that was a 4K scan and looks Very good. And while I might be up for debate on whether its from a 2K or 4K scan which I almost certainly guarantee it is from, there is no way it is from a dvd era scan sorry:/
"I really would have hoped for Sony to give us a new re-master of such a great film, but this Blu-ray debut looks like it was cut from the same source as previous DVD releases."


Your points are taken but before you throw in "lol" to end sentences etc. you should understand what was said. It was never stated this isn't a 4k scan and its from the dvd era etc. I stated it doesn't "look like" a re-master and from what I have seen, it "looks like" its from the same source the dvd was mastered from. I am not certain, and usually press releases, websites and artwork brag on such undertakings.


Thanks for maybe being up for debate.
 

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Watched it last night still enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I watched it. The Pq was ok but I wouldn't go by saying it's sensational either. The best restoration ive seen of an old film was the warriors on hd DVD and that was amazing.


The aq was ok, nothing special though I loved the soundtracks which wasn't too bad at all. Apart from that the movie is fantastic it never grows old.
 

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I have a 13 yo and was set to watch it this weekend, then I realized it was rated R. Can anyone tell me what made it rated R? My hope that it's dropping the F bomb twice that forced the R rating...


I'm trying to avoid sitting through it twice this week (once to preview) and if it's appropriate, then with my son.


Thanks

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I have a 13 yo and was set to watch it this weekend, then I realized it was rated R. Can anyone tell me what made it rated R? My hope that it's dropping the F bomb twice that forced the R rating...


I'm trying to avoid sitting through it twice this week (once to preview) and if it's appropriate, then with my son.


Thanks

Ron

There was a few f bombs, there was also some talk about lady parts ( breasts mainly ) and apart from the dead young boy at the end I don't think it was bad at all. To be honest R was a bit to rich for it I guess M would be more appropriate.
 

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I have a 13 yo and was set to watch it this weekend, then I realized it was rated R. Can anyone tell me what made it rated R? My hope that it's dropping the F bomb twice that forced the R rating...


I'm trying to avoid sitting through it twice this week (once to preview) and if it's appropriate, then with my son.


Thanks

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There was a few f bombs, there was also some talk about lady parts ( breasts mainly ) and apart from the dead young boy at the end I don't think it was bad at all. To be honest R was a bit to rich for it I guess M would be more appropriate.

Ron,


I believe R was a harsh rating and Like Franin said, there are a few F bombs and you see a dead body. At 13 I would think he has been exposed to much worse.


I saw it at 12, and look at me now
 

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Ron,


I believe R was a harsh rating and Like Franin said, there are a few F bombs and you see a dead body. At 13 I would think he has been exposed to much worse.


I saw it at 12, and look at me now

LOL-thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback. I was rated "R" yesterday watching Kansas Jayhawks blow a perfect opportunity to make it into the final 4 and maybe the championship game. I try to keep it PG-13 around my son...but there are sometimes....
 
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