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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Stand By Me

Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 43 (Nov 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Stand By Me offers some terrific extras that are basic, but the job of enhancing your movie enjoyment done in admirable style. (If you read the review of the extras on the Men In Black DVD in Issue 42, you know they also know how to do it up big and get that right as well!) First, enjoy the movie with Rob Reiner

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05517
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1986
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/29/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Rob Reiner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on Stephen King

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD appears to be the same mediocre transfer as the anamorphically enhanced DVD previously reviewed in Issue 26. When the earlier review was conducted, the comparison to the LaserDisc revealed the appropriate increase in resolution and sharpness. But viewed alone, the picture does not stand up to anamorphically enhanced DVDs available today. Images are quite soft overall, with backgrounds lacking clarity and definition. Colors are generally nicely rendered, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Shadow delineation, as revealed in the scenes by the campfires, is also nicely rendered. Some pixelization and minor aliasing problems are noticed, as well as occasional edge enhancement. Overall, the picture looks pretty good, though a little soft.

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