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The Big Chill (Bilingual)

Tom Berenger , Glenn Close , Lawrence Kasdan    DVD
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Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 big-budget variation on John Sayles's The Return of the Secaucus Seven finds a cluster of old college radicals--who have since gone on to sundry professions and various degrees of materialism--reuniting over the death of a friend. Both playful and thoughtful, the film represents Kasdan (Body Heat) at his most astute. The attractive cast meshes perfectly into a group of characters for which a former closeness is out of synch with their current lives, yet their warmth is enviable and inviting. The script may be a bit too glib, with many one-liners, but it is still a perfectly designed story with telling irony and no little passion. --Tom Keogh

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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, plus: A booklet featuring an essay by writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Misty water-colored mem'ries of the way we were... Sept. 21 2007
It's been twelve years since the halcyon days of college, and eight old friends are reunited for a classmate's funeral. Glenn Close and Kevin Kline play a married couple who open their home to the gang for a weekend of reminiscences of the good old days and moans about how their lives have turned out. William Hurt plays a disillusioned and disabled ex-soldier, Jeff Goldblum is a sarcastic writer, Tom Berenger is an actor who's seen better days, JoBeth Williams is married but looking for love, Mary Kay Place is single and looking for a baby daddy, and Meg Tilly is the deceased's young girlfriend.

There is no real action or plot; the film is made up of scattered, quiet conversations that reveal the characters' emotions. The early 70s rock soundtrack is such a big part of the movie, it's almost another character. If you loved songs like, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "A Whiter Shade of Pale," you will love the non-stop music. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with any of the characters or find them particularly interesting; to me they were spoiled, self-centered whiners with precious little to complain about, and yet they spent two hours doing it anyway. If you fit the Gen-X demographic and like the music, you'll probably enjoy this low-key movie about a reunion of old friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savory and Satisfying. Feb. 18 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I originally saw this movie when it first came out back in the early 80's. Its been a long time and in the interim I had forgotten many of the finer qualities, nuances and excellent performances that make this movie such a great one.
It goes beyond seeing the delectable Kevin Kline so young and
jogging around in the then sylish short shorts.
It is watching the subtle expressions on the face of William Hurt (excellent acting) and the icy-ness (in different ways) of JoBeth Williams which got even colder as the film wore on and the coldness to warmth in Glen Close. Jeff Goldblum is deliciously slimy and Mary Kay Place wore the same hair style and many of the same outfits that I wore back then.
Despite the trip down memory lane, the main story remains intact
whether this was filmed yesterday and today. Why do some people
lose their hope and choose to turn away from life... and why do
others remain?
Why do we forget the sweetness of freshness in exchange for the
hubbub of the demands of daily life?
Why do we lose touch with people with whom we share such
intense connection?
How far would you go and how much would you give for your friends?
This movie will continue to travel with me over the next several
days... its just one of those movies. I am so glad I revisited it now that I have grown past the age of the players... and I am
glad I saw it before, when I was just stepping into adulthood.
This would be a great one to watch with high school aged
children to get them thinking about these big questions when
they are still young... while they might not "get" it at the time,I have a feeling it will stick with them..... at least a little...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom...Boo Hoo Oct. 9 2003
Since this film first appeared about 20 years ago, it has become a favorite of those who comprise what is referred to as the "Baby Boomer" generation" but its appeal is by no means limited to that age group. So many of its themes (e.g. nostalgia, disenchantment, sexual frustration, egocentricity) are common to all generations. As is often the case, a reunion of friends occurs because of a death, in this case Alex whose corpse is being formally dressed for burial as the film begins. (It is Kevin Costner's body but his head is concealed, with the balance of Costner's appearance lying on a cutting room floor.) Sarah and Harold Cooper (Glenn Close and Kevin Kline) serve as unofficial hostess and host. After the burial, their friends return with them to their home where accommodations are provided. Their extended celebration of both Alex and themselves begins, during which Kasdan (who also wrote the screenplay) carefully reveals the strengths and weaknesses of each central character. The Coopers seem to be the strongest, happily married and prosperous but also generous and caring. Nick (William Hurt) is a confused and self-absorbed veteran (in some respects a survivor) of the Viet Nam war. The group includes one celebrity, Sam (Tom Berenger) who stars in a television series. Karen has always been in love with Sam. Now a somewhat unhappily married woman, she struggles with her conflict of emotions (obligations to husband and children juxtaposed with her enduring attraction to Sam). Mary Kay Place is a successful attorney who yearns for parenthood but not necessarily marriage. For me, the most interesting character is Michael (Jeff Goldblum) who comes across as a smarmy, almost desperate social misfit. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie with an awesome oldies soundtrack! Sept. 18 2003
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Aaaa...what a great movie. There are two main ways to view The Big Chill....
1. as a mindless, pointless showing of 7 drug-using former hippies from the University of Michigan(plus the clueless girlfriend of their suicidal friend) hatched up in a Southern plantation house for a few days, remembering their dead friend Alex after they reunite from various areas for his funeral.
2. As a fun, surprisingly-realistic look at REAL friendship and how, if you dont keep it up, it can drift slowly away. At how love and friendship are the most important things in life, and may be the key to happiness. At how true friendship never really disappears, and how it can be triggered once again, after a few days of getting high and singing and dancing to oldies with college friends. :)
I sure hope 6 of my best friends and I can someday hang out in a plantation house together for a weekend.
The soundtrack to this movie is GREAT and is ALL oldies, including Marvin Gaye, Three Dog Night and The Temptations. A Fun, worthwhile movie with some funny one-liners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This is a movie I will watch again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Sheila C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good classic movie. Bought it for my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Fred McClelland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Chill
An awesome movie; loved every minute of it. It reminded me of my university friends that I grew very attached to and still keep in touch with.
Published 16 months ago by Bryan E. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
So glad to have this in my collation, it is a great movie. Worth a watch a couple of times a year for the good acting and the great music too!
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Well Thought Of Ordinary Movie
Plenty of star power. One of those movies that, through almost no fault of it's own, features several rising actors who all went on to make it big one way or the other. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by J
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly a waste of celluloid
This is another of the many films that create the self-examining (ie: 'personal inventory' [hint, hint 12-steppers]) genre where highly-powered "yuppie" couple, or... Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Forth Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable
One of my all time favourites.
I'm assuming you know what the film is about. The cast is first rate, Tom Berenger and William Hurt particular highlights and the throwback to... Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by O. B. Tryggvason
1.0 out of 5 stars Good music, VERY depressing movie w/ scattered stories
The only thing I could relate to in this film was the loss of a 'friend' to a suicide and the music. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by Altmed
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie.
I could watch this movie over and over, especially the less stressful parts. To me, this movie has that in common with "Four Weddings and a Funeral": it's one of those movies you... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003 by MarianaP
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