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
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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