The Body is one of Stephen King’s tamer works of fiction and, as such, the film adaptation, Stand By Me (directed by Rob Reiner and released in 1986) can hardly be considered horror. Still, there’s no denying that the film struck a chord with genre fans who came of age in the 1980s, and stories of adolescents in turmoil are common from King.
Stand By Me was produced in an era before DVDs and Blu-rays, a time when excised footage was most often destroyed rather than preserved. This makes news of an upcoming 4K Ultra HD reissue of the film exceptionally exciting. We’ve been told to expect never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes!
Look for Stand By Me on 4K Ultra HD beginning August 27th. In addition to the deleted/alternate scenes, special features will include:
- Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary with Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman
- “Walking the Tracks: The Summer of “Stand By Me”
- Commentary with Director Rob Reiner
If it’s been a while, stroll down Memory Lane by revisiting the synopsis and trailer for Stand By Me below. The film stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell.
After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys’ adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.