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Criterion Press Release: The Big Chill (Dual Format)

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#1 of 27 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 15 2014 - 10:35 PM

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THE BIG CHILL (DUAL-FORMAT 1-BLU-RAY AND 2-DVD EDITION)

After the shocking suicide of their friend, a group of thirtysomethings reunite for his funeral 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 1983 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 (Platoon), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (The Ice Storm), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist). And with its playlist of hit songs from the sixties, The Big Chill all but invented the consummately curated soundtrack.

 

1983 • 105 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

 

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION 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

• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham

 

TITLE: THE BIG CHILL (DUAL-FORMAT 1-BLU-RAY AND 2-DVD EDITION)

CAT. NO. CC2375BDDVD

UPC 7-15515-11891-0

ISBN 978-1-60465-858-3

SRP $39.95

PREBOOK 7/1/14

STREET 7/29/14 


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#2 of 27 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 15 2014 - 10:36 PM

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Posted April 15 2014 - 10:38 PM

Pre-ordered...my favorite movie of the '80s!!! :cheers:



#4 of 27 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 15 2014 - 10:41 PM

Thanks for using the preorder link, Luke.


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#5 of 27 Reggie W

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Posted April 16 2014 - 06:04 AM

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Great film with a great soundtrack. Classic approach to the cover art on this one. 



#6 of 27 albert_m2

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Posted April 16 2014 - 12:31 PM

I like the cover on this one. I know it looks more like a traditional standard video cover, but I think that it really works for this one.



#7 of 27 Dick

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Posted April 16 2014 - 09:14 PM

I could never warm up to this film, and I've tried! Saw it theatrically and several times on video in various formats, but just could not get involved with the characters or story. Generally, this is the kind of movie I really like -- the ensemble cast, myriad interwoven sub-plots, character-driven story, etc. This one, though, leaves me cold. I know it's incredibly popular, and it certainly has a terrific cast. The music is perfect. I just can't get involved. I found this true of another movie from roughly the same period, THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, written by and starring Jason Miller. And, for that matter, GRAND CANYON, another Kasden project. I've never been able to put my finger on why these films don't do it for me, but I imagine I am not the only one for whom they don't work.



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Posted April 16 2014 - 09:33 PM

I always preferred The Return of the Secaucus Seven. Shot on a shoestring, same themes, more effective than Big Chill, imo. I also found Grand Canyon pretentious and intolerable. Kasdan and I...well, I guess we don't see eye to eye.

However, like Moe, I'll buy The Big Chill because I own all the Criterions (a maddening weakness, I know).



#9 of 27 Moe Dickstein

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Posted April 16 2014 - 11:51 PM

Jose, we can just grit our teeth and think about Tootsie.
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#10 of 27 Reggie W

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Posted April 17 2014 - 03:44 AM

Kasdan and I...well, I guess we don't see eye to eye.

 

Really guys? No love for Kasdan? I recently watched Body Heat on blu-ray and just thought it was a perfect noir. Everything just clicks in that film and it makes a great double feature with Chinatown. I would probably call it Kasdan's best film.



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Posted April 17 2014 - 04:20 AM

Really guys? No love for Kasdan? I recently watched Body Heat on blu-ray and just thought it was a perfect noir. Everything just clicks in that film and it makes a great double feature with Chinatown. I would probably call it Kasdan's best film.

 

Me, too. My favorite of his films and a wonderful noir. I was very disappointed with Grand Canyon.


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Posted April 17 2014 - 09:34 AM

Body Heat: very good. Everything after that, disappointing, at least to me.



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Posted April 17 2014 - 09:38 AM

Kasdan is a terrific artist and entertainer. Rare combination.



#14 of 27 Walter Kittel

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Posted April 17 2014 - 09:54 AM

To each their own, as is always the case with entertainment, but I'm a pretty big fan of Kasdan's writing and directorial efforts.  While I can see how The Big Chill and Grand Canyon might not resonate with some viewers I really admire both films a great deal.   I'll happily add The Big Chill on Blu-ray to the collection.

 

Somewhat off topic, but Grand Canyon has one of my favorite all time film moments / philosophies in it when Danny Glover and Kevin Kline are having breakfast and Glover relates how if you live long enough some good will happen in your life, but you can always count on the bad.  And Grand Canyon's message about the gap in wealth in this country is more relevant now then when the film was released 23 years ago.

 

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Posted April 17 2014 - 10:00 AM

I've found him to be very hit and miss. I love the early scripts and Body Heat, The Big Chill and Silverado. While not in the same league, I also enjoyed I Love You to Death and French Kiss. Everything else, not so much. Grand Canyon feels a little over-stuffed with ideas, though it's far superior to the similarly themed and vastly overrated CrashAnd Dreamcatcher was shockingly poor.


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#16 of 27 Mark Walker

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Posted April 17 2014 - 11:37 AM

Ordered! 


Paramount, please release DRAGONSLAYER on Blu-ray

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#17 of 27 JediFonger

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Posted April 17 2014 - 08:44 PM

larry kasdan is one of the greatest dialogue writers for cinema still living today. i wished he would write a 30s/40s screwball comedy but you are correct dreamcatcher was an awful film even though there were great dialogue moments.

i searched around and this is kasdan's first criterion! i was shocked by that. he really does belong in criterion collection!

#18 of 27 Moe Dickstein

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Posted April 23 2014 - 12:02 PM

No, both Silverado and The Big Chill were on Criterion Laserdisc over 20 years ago.
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Posted April 23 2014 - 12:23 PM

This is great news! Can't wait!



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Posted April 23 2014 - 02:24 PM

No, both Silverado and The Big Chill were on Criterion Laserdisc over 20 years ago.


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