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The Big Chill (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Barrie M. Osborne, Marcia Nasatir, Michael Shamberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 26 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G3I2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,206 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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

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

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 30 1999
Format: DVD
Let's start with the DVD:
Picture quality was suprisingly good, considering the age of this film. The transfer of the video looks pretty darn good.
I was a bit at a loss when I couldn't find an audio options setting from the DVD menu.. but then 10 minutes into the movie, figured out why -- the audio portion of this DVD is crap. It sounded like they piped all the audio into the center channel, and just forgot about the left and right. The dialog was way too soft in some places, too loud in others, but the music was consistently way, way, wayyy too loud, even for "artistic" effect.
The features on this movie include some scenes that were cut (thank god, otherwise this movie would have *really* sucked), and I think there was a commentary of some sort, but by the time I got to this point, I was so disgusted with it, that I couldn't stand to go any further.
Now, as for the movie itself.
The Amazon.com reviewer calls this a "big budget" version of "The Return...". Hell, if this is big budget, I'd hate to see his idea of low budget. Where'd they spend the money? It certainly wasn't on the script. Nor the acting lessons. Nor the sets. Nor the wardrobe.
The movie reminded me of a big long Seinfeld episode, except that it wasn't funny, it wasn't about anything, and nothing happened. At least you can refer to Seinfeld episodes by what happened, like, "the one where he was dating a girl who's name rhymed with a female body part."
So there's a lot of big name actors in this movie.. So here's my evaluation of their performances:
Tom Beringer: High point of the movie. He played his part well.
Glenn Close: gack. This is the most damned ugly I've EVER seen her look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Usey on Jan. 22 2001
Format: DVD
Like a previous reviewer, I don't find any fault with the movie... I saw it in the theatre when it came out and I've seen it dozens of times since. I can recite dialogue. I know which song goes with which scene. I own the published version of the screenplay, and when I was in college, my university library actually had a copy with the deleted flashback scene still in it.
So you can imagine how excited I was when my husband gave me a DVD player for my birthday... the second DVD I ever bought was this one. Sat down, put it in, watched the whole film first, loved it all over again, and then headed for the special features to finally be able to see the flashback. Was I ever disappointed. The deleted scenes that were available were okay to see, but I felt a little gypped (and yes, by the "trailer" being for "Silverado" instead of "Chill" also). So, buyer beware! This is not all it's cracked up to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alli H. on July 15 2002
Format: DVD
Okay...I'm 19 so you're probably thinking "what does this kid know about growing up in the 60's?" Well, after watching this movie and listening to my parents talk about it I can relate! This is a timeless classic that surpasses all generations! It can apply to anyone! I have felt "The Big Chill" myself several times in my life. The world is a cold place! Anyway, about the movie, this is one of those films that needs to be watched more than once to take in all the greatness of it. I have had to watch it about 5 times to take in all the wonderful details about it. This is not a kid flick...I would say even my age group wouldn't understand it. Adults, and other people who have gone through and seen "The Big Chill" in person HAVE to see this movie! It's just an instant classic!
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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 21 2007
Format: DVD
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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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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