boston.com has a review of the 25th anniversary Blu-ray reissue of “Stand by Me." In particular, the review focuses on the video commentary, which includes Rob Reiner, Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman. Here's some interesting lines:
- Wheaton, now 38, notes how strangely his castmates’ paths have mirrored their characters’ fates. River Phoenix, like misunderstood tough kid Chris, died tragically young. Feldman, like wacky, turmoil-filled Teddy, endured tough, legally dicey personal times. And just like pudgy Vern finding a lucky penny at the end of the movie, Jerry O’Connell has made out all right.
- Reiner: “I still can’t get over the fact that that little fat kid is married to Rebecca Romijn!’’ Feldman: “She can’t either!’’
- About River Phoenix: The laughs and anecdotes flow freely enough that there’s no hard talk about Phoenix until the 35-minute mark, over a scene of Chris offering reassurance to Wheaton’s introspectively burdened Gordie. Feldman remembers calling Phoenix some time before his fatal overdose, offering to get together to talk addiction struggles. “That’s always been a big regret in my life, that I wasn’t able to do more,’’ he says.
- Reiner: “That’s the thing that’s so upsetting. I don’t know what it is that you can do.’’