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Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Stand By Me - Deluxe Edition

DVD Region

North America,
Picture Format: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Main Menu It is almost unbelievable, but now enjoying its third outing on DVD, the film Stand By Me has been re-released as a "Deluxe Edition" even though the DVD content itself is exactly the same as the previously reviewed "Special/Collectors Edition." However, this deluxe version still differs in three other respects. Most obvious is the reworking of the cover artwork, now done in beautiful golden hues making the finished result looking especially gorgeous.

Also bundled for the first time with this deluxe edition is a second disk - the soundtrack CD from the movie. A great idea, and something we wish that other DVD movie releases had, but do note that this CD is not identical to the original Atlantic Recording of the motion picture soundtrack. Two tracks, The  Del Vikings' "Whispering Bells" and "Get A Job" by The Silhouettes, are curiously absent from this musical re-release.

The third and final difference between the two products is a thirty-two page color booklet that completes the deluxe edition package. Sure, it's a fantastic little book, full of photographs and information about the cast even if it doesn't contain anything particularly new and previously unknown. Presentation is excellent, and it's rather a shame that the My Own Private Idaho DVD booklet, released around the same time, immediately "raised the bar" of achievement and excellence far beyond what this little book manages to attain. Still, despite not quite getting the name of one of his movies right, there is a fitting foot note at the end of the section about River.

2005 Postscript:
One of the most gifted actors of his generation, River received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Running on Empty (1988). Among his best-known film credits were Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), My Private Idaho (1991) and Sneakers (1992). River Phoenix died of heart failure in 1993. He was 23 years old.

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