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STAND BY ME

Director Rob Reiner created one of the great "coming of age" stories when he brought STAND BY ME ($30) to the screen. Based upon the Stephen King novella THE BODY, the story set in 1959 follows four pre-teen boys as they travel twenty miles along the railroad tracks in search of the body of another boy. Their twenty-mile trek turns into a journey of self-discovery, as each boy faces the wilderness, bullies, death and himself. Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell are the four young stars of STAND BY ME, and each turns in an engaging performance which has helped make this film a minor classic. The cast also features Kiefer Sutherland as a psychotic teen bully who torments the four protagonists and Richard Dreyfuss as the film’s narrator.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has delivered a truly spectacular looking DVD with their release of STAND BY ME. The Letterboxed transfer restores the film’s proper 1.85:1 theatrical framing, and the compositions appear well balanced. The image is pinprick sharp and vividly detailed. Color reproduction is flawless, with natural looking flesh tones and richly saturated hues. The greens of the trees bring the natural wonders of the film’s setting to life. Digital compression artifacts were virtually undetectable on this DVD. The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is of the two-channel variety and is crisp, clear and reproduces flawlessly. Other soundtrack options include French and Spanish language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish and Korean.

STAND BY ME is a great little film, and one of Rob Reiner’s finest works. Recommended.

 

 
STAND BY ME 



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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