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The Shawshank Redemption [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. See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
and sent to 'Shawshank Prison' to serve his term.
He soon realizes that the prison is a brutal regime, step out of line a vicious beating from the prison guards
awaits....the prison warden 'Norton' (Bob Gunton) is a disciplinarian and great believer in the word of the Lord,
though he certainly does not practice what he preaches.
In time both the guards and indeed the prison warden will realize the educated 'Andy' will prove useful.......
'Andy's' story is told by 'Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding' (Morgan Freeman) who had already served 20 years with little
hope of release, turned down by the parole board time after time.
'Red' is the man one turns to if there is something you want, he can get most things, 'Rita Hayworth' -well no,
but a picture perhaps.
'Andy'finds blending in difficult and at first is targeted by other prisoners taking several beatings...
During the first month in prison 'Andy' barely spoke to anyone, the first, 'Red' who he approaches to get him a
tool, from the outset without anyone catching on 'Andy' has just one thing on his mind - escape.
A great friendship between 'Andy' and 'Red' blossoms down the years, one that's destined to stand the test of time.
This is a gripping, sometimes heart-warming sometimes-moving sometimes-amusing sometimes-brutal and totally
absorbing, the film draws you in from the outset.
Many superb performances throughout.
One of those films that qualify's as an out and out CLASSIC
(long time since last watching the film, certainly worthy of a re-visit now and again)
Features - Packed with over 4 hours of amazing extras including commentary by Frank Darabont, cast interviews
and much more...
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Already knew this was a great film. Wanted to add it to our collection. Didn't realise this one came with extras. The screenplay is an interesting addition. Very good value.Published 1 day ago by Pete W
One of the best films ever made with a great acting duo, watched it many times over the years and it is better for being in blu-ray.Published 23 days ago by R. Jnr