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 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.
- Commentary by Frank Darabont
- New Theatrical Trailer
- 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
- 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