Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Big Chill

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion


The Big Chill movie scene

A group of reunited college friends hear it through the grapevine in The Big Chill.

The 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill focuses on a group of thirty-somethings who reunite for the funeral of one of their friends and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.

Poignant and warmly humorous in equal measure, this baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat) and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger (Inception), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (Queen to Play), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Timer).

Co-opted a zillion times over the years (just as it took a helluva lot from John Sayles’ 1979 film Return of the Secaucus Seven, The Big Chill offers an impressive playlist of hit songs from the Sixties, all but inventing the consummately curated soundtrack.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition of the film contains the following features

• New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cinematographer John Bailey and approved by director Lawrence Kasdan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Alternate remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
• Reunion with cast and crew, including Kasdan, actors Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams, from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
• Documentary from 1998 on the making of the film
• Deleted scenes
• Trailer
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.