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The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan

 
The Big Chill (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

29 Jul 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

3 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1983
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #720

After the shocking suicide of their friend, a group of thirtysomethings reunite for his funeral and end up spending the weekend together, reminiscing about their shared past 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 baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. And with its playlist of sixties rock and R&B hits, The Big Chill all but invented the consummately curated soundtrack.

Cast

Sam WeberTom Berenger
Sarah CooperGlenn Close
Michael GoldJeff Goldblum
Nick CarltonWilliam Hurt
Harold CooperKevin Kline
Meg JonesMary Kay Place
ChloeMeg Tilly
Karen BowensJoBeth Williams
Richard BowensDon Galloway
MinisterJames Gillis
Peter, the copKen Place
Harold and Sarah’s sonJon Kasdan
Running Dog driverIra Stiltner
Autograph seekerJacob Kasdan
Alex’s motherMuriel Moore
Airline hostessMeg Kasdan
AnniePatricia Gaul

Credits

DirectorLawrence Kasdan
Produced byMichael Shamberg
Written byLawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek
Executive producersMarcia Nasatir and Lawrence Kasdan
Director of photographyJohn Bailey
Production designerIda Random
EditorCarol Littleton
Associate producerBarrie Osborne
Casting byWally Nicita
Music consultantMeg Kasdan

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography 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
  • New interview with Kasdan
  • Reunion of cast and crew from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, including Kasdan and actors Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams
  • Documentary from 1998 on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer and filmmaker Lena Dunham and a 1983 piece by critic Harlan Jacobson

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

The Big Chill

By Torene SvitilMarch 11, 1991

The Big Chill, Lawrence Kasdan’s second directorial effort, is his most personal movie. Like . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Big Chill

By Torene SvitilMarch 11, 1991

The Big Chill, Lawrence Kasdan’s second directorial effort, is his most personal movie. Like . . . Read more »