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Reviewed August 22nd, 1999 by Staff


Stand By Me, based on the short story “The Body” by Steven King, is a coming of age story of four young boys who set out to see and claim to be the finders of a dead 12 year old boy.

This classic story stars River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, Corey Feldman, John Cusack, Kiefer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss as the storyteller.

Four young boys take a 2 day journey in the 1950’s across the Oregon countryside in search for fame. A young boy has been hit by a train and they learn of his location. Their thoughts are if they can get there first, they will be shown on tv and be reported in the papers as “heros”.

Following the train tracks almost the whole way there, equipment with sleeping gear and a small amount of food, you see the experience of their journey through their eyes. You will see some cry, all of them curse and even hear some old great 50’s music along the way. This is a classic movie about growing up.

The disc contains only a 1.85:1 widescreen presentation of the film. Overall, the quality of the transfer is well done, but some scenes seem a bit faded (most likely due to the age of the film). The image is not as sharp as some of the better quality DVD’s but is a major upgrade from VHS or watching the movie on cable. No signs of compression problems are visible.

The audio is Dolby Surround but does well for the mostly dialogue movie. Speech and the few musical songs seem to be clear and error free.

There are no extras on the disc. If you’re a lover of the movie, then make sure to pick it up, you won’t be disappointed. The movie is rated R.


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