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The Shawshank Redemption (Blu-ray + DVD Steelbook) [1994]

Tim Robbins , Morgan Freeman , Frank Darabont    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XHDC0M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

This very special collector's edition includes DVD and blu-ray, plus four exclusive art cards.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), this film is an extraordinary tale of hope, friendship and survival inside a maximum security prison.

Wrongly accused city banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrives at Shawshank Prison in 1947 after receiving a double life sentence for the brutal murders of his wife and her lover. He discovers that when they send you to Shawshank for life...that's exactly what they take. His quiet strength slowly earns him the respect and friendship of the prison fixer Red (Morgan Freeman). He also becomes popular with the warden and prison guards, as he is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass fortunes.

But Andy's seemingly stoic acceptance of his unjust imprisonment hides a fierce determination for freedom and provides a unique chance to change his fate.

This beautifully crafted movie features powerful performances from the entire cast and ultimately provides an uplifting message about the power of the human spirit and the value of hope.

Special Features

  • Commentary by Frank Darabont
  • New Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Memorable Quotes
  • Hope Springs Eternal - A Look Back at Shawshank Redemption
  • Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature
  • The Charlie Rose Show with: Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
  • Stills Gallery: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Supporting Cast and Behind the Scenes
  • Storyboards
  • Tim Robbins interview (Andy Dufresne, Inmate 37927)
  • Morgan Freeman interview (Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding)
  • Bob Gunton interview (Warden Samuel Norton)
  • William Sadler interview (Heyward, Inmate 32365)
  • Clancy Brown interview (Capt. Byron Hadley)
  • Original On Location Footage
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Four Exclusive Art Cards


Customer Reviews

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 6 Mar 2010
Format:Blu-ray
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent film 24 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Shawshank Redemption is simply one of the best films ever made.It has everything-good plot,superb acting,perfect casting and a great ending.The film is never dull and keeps you riveted throughout-Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are superb!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Frank Darabonts suberb prison drama adapted from a Stephen King story gets everything right. The story will keep you hooked right from the start with great moments of tension and a great twist at the end. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman both give their best preformances ever. I defy anyone not to feel good after this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!!! 20 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie is one of the best I have ever seen. It has absolutely everything that a prison movie has and so much more. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman act their roles brilliantly and no one else could have done any better. This is a must see, time and again movie. It will become one of your all time faves!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was. 14 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
You can deconstruct every movie whatever way you please, give it whatever meaning you want and somebody somewhere will agree.
Ultimately however, regardless of whoever see's in a movie whatever it is they see, it's about how you feel just after the movie, the moment's before emotion subsides and reality returns.
In The Shawshank Redemption all I saw was a nice little film about a man trying to remain human in an inhuman place, and about a man trying to remember what it was like to be human, anywhere.
And I felt good after watching it for quite some time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB 13 May 2008
Format:DVD
One of the bestest films I have ever seen!!!

Superb movie, superb story, ultimate acting... I even liked the villain in this movie!... hats off to the lovely people who created it... its a shame it didn't win the deserved oscar....

Must see atleast ten times in life!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 7 May 2006
By RM Brown VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time favourite films. Based on a Stephen King short story, it follows the story of one man who is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. The film follows him through the many years he spends in prison and the people he meets.

A heart-warming story with a fantastic ending. A film everyone should watch at least once
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adaptation of the Steven King book 26 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
Just one of those films that makes you think ah yes what a nice day.
Tim robbins gives a wonderfull performance as the intellegent banker wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover. But where the film really shines is in the interaction between Andy (Tim Robbins) and red (Morgan Freeman) Morgan manages to keep the charisma of charater who was originally ment to be an red haired Irishman whilst giving the his character a human approach to. The plot is great as you come to expect from Steven King books and the film is not to long as some have complained.
At the end you are left with a sense of joy in the final scene that just makes the whole film worth it.

Definately worth watching several times just to pick up on the little subplots you didnt notice the first time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
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... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by liammofo
5.0 out of 5 stars Assessment
Excellent service from highly reliable supplier; memorable film set in a prison in Maine from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, fine leading actors, dramatic and violent but... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr. J. Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Absolutely fantastic movie. One of the best I've seen and Morgan Freeman is bloody fantastic in this film. Definitely one to watch if you've never seen it before.
Published 7 days ago by josh brook
5.0 out of 5 stars got it
received item well within the dates given and very happy with it, is a great film and will enjoy watching it again thanks
Published 9 days ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you top a DVD film like this
Great characters, all very believable in how they are portrayed. What you might call an all cast mixture of prison types.
Published 14 days ago by JET
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't had a chance to view it yet.
Haven't had a chance to view it yet, so I can't give a considered verdict yet. Lokk forward to the viewing though
Published 15 days ago by Mr. Stephan Stahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawshank quality
The best film ever made great performance by Morgan freeman as allways but great support by the rest of the cast if you ain't seen it you have to get to
Published 15 days ago by Jon young
5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece
Everytime i watch this film, i get a gooey feeling. It's just a great film. Along with The Green Mile, and Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption make up the top 3 film of all time... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Chung
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
One of the best films ever made, Stephen King is a genius!

Really enjoyed the extras, especially the cast interviews, very revealing.
Published 29 days ago by MISS R L COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason it's the highest rated film of all time
I have to admit when I first went to see this film I was worried it would be over hyped and a disappointment, that I wouldn't like the subject matter and it would be uninteresting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet
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