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'Stand By Me' and a Buster Keaton Classic Getting Blu-Ray Treatment in March

Stand By Me
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Stand by Me

Some interesting titles to watch for in March:

Buster Keaton’s first full-length feature, 1923’s Our Hospitality, gets the Blu-ray treatment from Kino International on March 22. The silent film takes on the classic trope of feuding Southern families. Among the extras is a 49-minute alternate cut of the movie without the comedy gags. (The experts say it’s likely that Keaton made the cut himself to test the strength of the plot.)

The disc also comes with two music tracks (including an orchestral score that was never released in the U.S.), a 1925 short titled The Iron Mule that featured a Keaton cameo, and a making of doc.

Stand By Me celebrated its 25th anniversary and is also making its Blu-ray debut on March 22.

The classic was a seminal moment in 1980s movies at a time when a studio could make dramatic coming-of-age movies that 1) made money, and 2) made an impact on pop culture as well as the lives of its audiences.

The Blu-ray highlight includes a reunion of director Rob Reiner and actors Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman, together for the first time in 25 years, all captured on video. The trio also do a video commentary.

And in case you missed it in theaters, the Dwayne Johnson actionner Faster comes to Blu-ray on March 1 -- on the the same release date as Burlesque. Yay!