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The Green Mile [DVD] [1999]

Tom Hanks , Michael Clarke Duncan , Frank Darabont    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Writers: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
  • Producers: Frank Darabont, David Valdes
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVTV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"The book was better" has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of films. The Green Mile is Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama The Shawshank Redemption was the first) and is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying (in the electric chair, masterfully and grippingly staged) on the mile.

As with King's book, Darabont takes plenty of time to show us Edgecomb's world before delving into John Coffey's mystery. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his film brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. The running time may try patience, but those who want a story, as opposed to quick-fix entertainment, will be rewarded by this finely tailored tale. --Doug Thomas

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Actors: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell
Director: Frank Darabont
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars box of tissues required 12 Feb 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I read the book first, not normally a good idea, but did not know of the making of the film at the time. I was already trying to cast the film and got stuck with John Coffey, I could not think of one person that could possibly make him come to life, of course I was wrong as we have now discovered. I cried at the end of the book, when I went and saw the film, there was not a dry eye in the house but when I watched it on video at home the flood gates opened, I was actually choking. The film leaves out some little details that, although you wouldn't notice if you hadn't read the book, makes the story more of a saga, problem is too have included them would have added hour on film
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning & Gripping 27 Dec 2000
You forget almost straight away that you will be there for three and a bit hours. After seeing it 8 times at the flicks, I can honestly say, that there is something new in it every time. Not as good as the book, I must admit the director does the story justice in every way possible. This film will make you cry, laugh and feel hatred. Excellent endng with the closing comment "Our own green mile can seem so long." So true, we never know what is infront of us all. Congratulations to the cast and crew. I am a firm believer that miracles do happen. This maybe a film, but watch it and it will make you sit up and think. Some strong issues tackled in the three hours. Miracles? Capital Punishment? You decide. But I would reccomend it to anyone who wants to see a good film. This was one of the first DVD's I bought, and I would buy it again if this one screwed up.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Green Mile probably not that same opinion as most but I actually enjoy this better than Darabont's other epic, The Shawshank Redemption. It should have won Oscars but didn't down to 2000 being a lucrative year of classy movies. For instance, if this film was out last year, Avatar and The Hurt Locker wouldn't have had a lookin'. Michael Clarke Duncan, in his first major role was robbed of a best supporting actor Oscar really (Michael Caine was just being Michael Caine).

For the HD part, I can report that it's a great transfer! I've never noticed just how much all the actors were sweating until now - the detail level is that much higher. Mr Jingles looks fantastic - on the same level as Peter Jacksons King Kong in detail. Some of the limitted amount of outdoor scenes away from 'The Mile' aren't top quality but still the vast majority of the quality is excellent. The extra's are SD from the DVD - it's well worth watching how they did Mr Jingles in the days before CGI took over, it's a refreshing change. Audio on the DVD was great and it's great here also but The Green Mile isn't a movie for audio muscle. As long as the dialogue is clear that's all we really need. The thunder and lightning clap is the only place HD audio comes into play.

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Audio: Dolby TrueHD English; DD 5.1 English, French, Castilian Spanish, German, Italian; Dolby Surround Portuguese and Turkish

Subs: English; Portuguese; Castilian Spanish; Complex Chinese; Dutch; Danish; Finnish; French; German; Greek; Italian; Korean; Latin Spanish; Norwegian; Swedish; Thai; Turkish and a partridge in a pear tree...

Run time: 188mins of brilliance
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Stampy
On death row Paul Edgecomb's (Hanks) life takes a turn when he meets John Coffy (Duncan) a giant of a man gifted with supernatural powers.

The adaptations of Stephen King's novels are something special. From the politically correct Shawshank Redemption to the psychotic Misery, King has written some marvellous entertainment and so far there has yet to be a bad adaptation and this 1999 Darabont adaptation is right up there with his other classics.

Nominated for 4 Oscars, The Green Mile takes the concept of death and puts a supernatural twist on it which makes for a long but riveting viewing.

Frank Darabont returned after his Shawshank Redemption and uses that wonderful artistic styled direction to create the emotion of the time and situation. The sweeping shots of the death row, juxtaposed with some carefully chosen cinematic setting sweeps helps create an artistic and importantly emotional feel of the time the film is set, in the early 1930's. The colour is significant to the film with a articulate choice in settings, having green tiled floors and dark dismal rooms to accompany that harrowing feeling of death.

Whilst not especially looking at the aftermath of death, the Green Mile explores the agonizing wait that accompanies the inmates till their sentence. The long walks and procedures are explored in a drawn out process that will send a tingle up your back. The film contains the most harrowing and dramatic death penalty scenes to ever appear in cinematic history. This in particular is the reason for the 18 certificate and is not for the faint hearted. It will remain with you long after viewing.

The story is consistent in its message to portray the difficulties of life up to death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of Stephen King perfection 3 Mar 2008
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First the brilliant Shawshank Redemption (The best film of all time in my opinion) and now this, yet another masterpiece of storytelling and proof that Stephen King really is one of the greatest writers of all time.

I have yet to read to the book but it is clear from the outset that The Green Mile is an extremely good adaptation. Like the aforementioned Shawshank, few other films get you to feel so strongly about the characters, from the horrific execution of Del to the friendhsip between Paul and his fellow prison guards.

The film deals strongly with the themes of morality and death and both are treated in an extremely thought-provoking and intelligent way. Another thing i like about the film is that so intense is the realism created by how naturally the actors slip into their roles and the setting that the introduction of John's 'power' almost comes as a shock but as you realise it's potential it only adds yet more depth and power to the film.

It goes without saying that fans of Shawshank well find a lot to enjoy in this film, if they so choose to take the film in a positive light. The Green Mile is just as, if not more so accesible and their lies much of its strength. Don't let its length put you off (it's so long you even have to switch discs halfway through!), it is this length which is essential to convey the story in full detail and personally i enjoy it being so long as it creates a world so rich in its characters and feelings you almost don't want to leave when the film ends.

Another film you could compare the Green Mile to is Let Him Have It, also dealing with execution. I think the way this ultimate penalty hangs over the story throughout serves as a reminder of the darker side to the world and only emphasises the simple pleasures such as Del playing with Mr. Jingles. It's a film that'll make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. But above all, it is a truly great film.
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