Stand By Me is a great coming of age movie. It is also one of the great Stephen King movies and one of director rob Reiner s best works. Stand By Me Blu-ray is finally available. It is a 25th Anniversary Edition with a few interesting special features; an audio commentary track by Rob Reiner, a 30-something minute Summer of Stand By Me making of, and exclusive to the Blu-ray a picture-in-picture commentary with Reiner and stars Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman. This is a must for any fan of this American classic.
Stand By Me is said to have been remastered for Blu-ray. The only real difference is in 5.1 sound and the crispness of the colors. Otherwise only a real nitpicker will find a major difference aside from the better overall resolution Blu-ray generally gives.
That the movie still resonates is proof some stories are eternal and universal. Here, four twelve-year-old friends set out on a quest to find the body of a missing boy. They are very different kids. This is going to be their last summer together as friends and as innocents.
They encounter many different obstacles and in the end have grown enough to achieve their quest.
The commentary track by Rob Reiner is better than the picture-in-picture commentary by Reiner, Wheaton, and Feldman but both are interesting enough. It is unfortunate the PIP commentary cannot be turned on and off at will so a viewer can select the scenes that interest most.