Blu-ray Release: Good Will Hunting 15th Anniversary

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: Lionsgate

Good Will HuntingFifteen years after Matt Damon (The Adjustment Bureau) and Ben Affleck (The Company Men) got their Bostonian accents on and paved their own way to stardom with Good Will Hunting, Lionsgate is celebrating with a new high-definition Blu-ray release.

The Oscar-winning movie scored a Best Screenplay Academy Award for Damon and Affleck and helped Hollywood see them as leading men. The 1997 drama film also won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for co-star Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society) and was nominated for another six statues, including Best Picture. Produced for an estimated $10 million, Good Will Hunting was a whopping success for Lionsgate, grossing $138 million in theaters.

The R-rated movie was released on Blu-ray in 2011, which makes us wonder why the studio didn’t just wait a year. But we do get a couple new special features in the 15th anniversary disc:

  • “Reflecting On a Journey: Good Will Hunting 15 Years Later” four-part featurette showcasing new interviews with Damon, Affleck, Williams, director Gus Van Sant and producers Chris Moore and Kevin Smith remembering the making of the film
  • “Matt Damon Remembers Good Will Hunting” new interview with Damon looking back at the movie and his experience making it

All the rest of the bonuses are on the earlier Blu-ray:

  • audio commentary with Van Sant, Damon and Affleck
  • deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
  • Academy Award Best Picture montage
  • production featurette
  • “Miss Misery” music video
  • behind-the-scenes footage
  • theatrical trailer

If you haven’t seen the movie, Good Will Hunting follows the exploits of Will Hunting (Damon) a math genius who’s working as a janitor at MIT. When he’s discovered, he gets the opportunity to study math in exchange for a jail sentence for assault, but it comes with the requirement that he also see a psychiatrist (Williams).

The film has plenty of other name actors too: Minnie Driver (Conviction), Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Casey Affleck (Tower Heist) and Cole Hauser (TV’s Chase).

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.