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The Shawshank Redemption [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (703 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DOM032
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Accountant Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sent to prison in the Forties for the murder of his unfaithful wife and her lover, despite protesting his innocence. He slowly comes to terms with the injustices of the corrupt prison system and quietly inspires some of his fellow prison inmates to have a more positive outlook on life. Meanwhile, the Governor of the prison discovers Dufresne's book-keeping talents and recruits him to do a spot of creative accountancy. Fellow inmate, ageing gangster 'Red' (Morgan Freeman), uses his connections to take care of Dufresne's material needs, and narrates the story of his friend's term in jail through to the late Sixties.


When The Shawshank Redemption was released in 1994, some critics complained that this popular prison drama was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its plot. Those complaints miss the point, because the passage of time is crucial to this story about patience, the squeaky wheels of justice and the growth of a life-long friendship. Only when the film reaches its final, emotionally satisfying scene do you fully understand why writer-director Frank Darabont (adapting a novella by Stephen King) allows the story to unfold at its necessary pace.

Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who is sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we soon realise his claims of innocence are credible. We also realise that Andy's calm, quiet exterior hides a great reserve of patience and fortitude, and Red comes to admire this mild-mannered man who first struck him as weak and unfit for prison life. So it is that The Shawshank Redemption builds considerable impact as a prison drama that defies the conventions of the genre (violence, brutality, riots) to illustrate its theme of faith, friendship and survival. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor and Screenplay, it's a remarkable film (which many movie lovers count among their all-time favourites) that signalled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker. --Jeff Shannon

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James West on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is for the Blu-ray. It's hard to say anything about this film that hasn't been said before. A gripping tale of humanity, hope and ultimately redemption in the most unlikely of circumstances. Well into my top dozen or so films- I must admit to being a sucker for happy endings! Suffice to say that if you haven't seen it then you need to. Morgan Freeman was absolutely amazing, in both his acting and his voiceover.

The Bluray comes packaged in a narrow bluray case, which doesn't bother me. In fact I could maybe be doing with more of them to save shelf space. For the record my one was sealed. Picture Quality was extremely good and certainly added to my enjoyment of the film. There was a little grain, but the picture was very clean, and if anything the grain added to the realism in many of the prison scenes. Colours were very good, with a lot of blues and dark scenes that worked very well. Watch out for a scene towards the end with Andy standing in the rain. HD definitely brought something new to what was already a great film,and definitely added to my enjoyment of it. Ratio is 1.78:1 so it fills the screen on a widescreen TV, without stretching the picture.

Sound is much more limited, in the UK version, with Dolby digital 5.1 being the top offering. I understand the US version has a True HD soundtrack, so if that is important to you then you might consider looking for an import on Amazon.

All-in-all it was a great viewing experience though, that held my family spellbound for its whole length of over two hours. Definitely 5 stars in my book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley as Billy on 12 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
12/24 of Tim Bradley's Amazon Advent Calendar 2014.

This is one of Sarah Sutton's (Nyssa in 'Doctor Who') favourite films - "Happy Birthday Sarah!"

'The Shawshank Redemption' was a film recommended by who I dedicate this review to. This is a prison film about hope starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. I've now seen this film twice in 2014 and agree it's one of the best films ever made in the 1990s and it comes highly recommended.

NB. This is a 15-rated film, as it's suitable for persons of 15 years and over. It contains adult themes; a few sex references; brutal violence and strong language.

I'm glad I've been able to see this film. I must admit it took me a while to get round to watching. This was because I was reluctant of the subject matter as it depicts the harsh realities of prison life. It is pretty brutal in places, especially at the beginning when Andy Dufresne gets locked away into prison.

But after discussing with friends at work and home about the film, I eventually got round to watching it. I certainly enjoyed watching it and found it deeply moving and its messages of hope, freedom, salvation and the human spirit resonate throughout. So what's the movie about then?

The film is about a young banker called Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who gets wrongly accused for the murders of his wife and lover. Found guilty, Andy is sentenced for life and locked at maximum security Shawshank State Prison. In prison, Andy has to overcome his fears to find a reason to live.

Andy makes friends with Red (Morgan Freeman), one of the inmates at the prison as well as finding favour with the warden and prison guards. But his growing acceptance of prison life hides his determination to be free.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2000
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This is easily the best of the Steven King based films, even surpassing "The Green Mile", "The Shining" and "Carrie". That alone is merit enough to buy this brilliant film. The cast is topped by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, two of the best actors of their generations. This story revolves around Andy Dufresne (Robbins) and his wrongful conviction of murder and the following ordeal behind the walls of Shawshank Prison. This is a powerful emotionally charged piece of cinematic history and well deserves a place in any video collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By liammofo on 19 April 2014
Format: DVD
This is a film that is heavy on character and dialogue and delivers on both.

The performances by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are outstanding, as are each of the supporting actors. This film was adapted from a short story, 'Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption,' written by Stephen King. Perhaps it is because it's adapted from a short story as to why this works so well as there are only minor changes and nothing essential is left out, leaving the film makers with the ability to strengthen and stretch out the main focus, which is the bond created by the two main characters.
In my personal opinion I would say this film is one of the most successful book to script adaptations in film history.

The direction is brilliant in the way it is almost not noticeable as it relies on the actors and their interactions with each other to keep the audience interested. Cinematography is worth a mention also as each shot is captured beautifully. In summary, Shawshank is a must see and a well deserved film classic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Cecilia Woods on 17 Sept. 2001
Format: DVD
The Shawshank Redemption was originally a book written by Stephen King and like many other King books it was given the film treatment in 1994. The film depicts the prison term of "Andy" a well-to-do banker who was jailed for the murder of his wife and her Lover. Soon though Andy finds that in Shawshank "everybody is innocent". Andy also learns that life in a 1940's prison is brutal where inmates are accustomed to ritual beatings and homosexual gangs. Red is the main dealer in the prison and can get anything from the outside for money or even cigarettes. At first he sees Andy as a guy who won't be able to last long in prison but soon he learns that Andy is more than he seems.
Patience is the main theme to this film and shows how much is needed for anyone doing a long stretch in prison. But the film also shows how one man can get what he really wants and how after prisoners hove been released they are actually institutionalised and cannot live as normal civilians again. This film is a favourite everywhere especially with movie buffs and rightly it was nominated for 7 Acadamy Awards including best picture, actor and Screenplay.
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