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DISC SPOTLIGHT: Stand By Me Blu-ray (R)

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Stand By Me

Blu-ray

(R)

MOVIE: 4 out of 4 stars

DISCS: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Culled from the same Stephen King novella collection as "Apt Pupil" and "The Shawshank Redemption," "Stand by Me" (adapted from "The Body") is the grittiest if not the best pre-teen coming-of-age movie from the '80s. Also among director Rob Reiner's finest efforts, it took the bold chance to allow its four leads to speak like young men actually do (hence the "R" rating) and to feature a real villain (a menacing Kiefer Sutherland) and not just a teen poser. It's a film about kids made for adults that hasn't lost its punch or impact with time.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.85:1/1080p), audio: English (5.1 DTS-HD MA, Original Mono), French, Portuguese and Spanish, subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Special features include:

* Original and new PiP director commentary

* Making-of featurette including King interview

* Music video

* Movie IQ

(Sony, $24.95)