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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 (510 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • 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 (510 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XHDC0M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

From Amazon.co.uk

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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80 of 82 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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7 of 7 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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7 of 7 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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5 of 5 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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13 of 14 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember....hope is a good thing. 1 May 2005
Format:DVD
In 1999, Channel 4 compiled the Top 100 movies of the last century, as voted by the British movie-going public. I'm sure a few eyebrows were raised when The Shawshank Redemption was a surprise entry at number 4. A decade on from its' release, it has grown in justification of its place amongst the likes of The Godfather, Gone With The Wind, Casablanca to name but a few. Director Frank Darabont's screen adaptation of Stephen King's novel, however, did not set the box-office alight, like those films mentioned, upon its' release in 1994. But it's also interesting to note that on its' 10th anniversary, critics and the public voted it the best film never to win an Academy Award. It just goes to show that however many accolades are bestowed upon a film, that doesn't make it what it is. Shawshank is a powerfully moving story that touches every human emotion, from tragedy, despair, fear to humour, friendship and perhaps the most prominent message of the film - hope.
When Banker Andy Dufresne is sent to Shawshank penitentiary, on a double life-sentence, for the brutal murder of his estranged wife and her lover, his own life could be deemed to be over. The first few years of his sentence are the toughest, but forming a friendship with Red, 'the man who knows how to get things on the inside', plus financially advising the prison warden and the guards on accumulating illegal funds, his life becomes bearable at the most.
I won't praise the film anymore than other reviewers have already done, but if anyone were to reward Shawshank anything less than 5-stars, then they haven't watched the film carefully. The DVD comes with a range of special features, most notably the interviews with cast and crew, which is a bonus.
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11 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Times better than Prison Break 22 Nov 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
One of the most popular modern TV series is Prison Break.Judging by the amount of positive reviews it has received, it can be considered as a critical success on the whole. Shawshank Redemption is many many times better.

The Shawshank Redemption has you hooked from the very first scene. Although Andy's innocence was obvious from the beginning, you just think how he's going to get out of it.

For me, the power and depth in this movie was it's ability to make prison life and friendships look better than that on the outside. Also when they were finally released they were so hesitant to live on the outside and wanted to go back in. I'm not sure why this affected me so much but i think it's just the fact that one mistake forced these people to live in a certain way where they don't want so much freedom and they're used to being workers with no rewards. They just couldn't adapt to the outside world. As if it were a different planet or something.

Although the men are supposed to be 'cold hearted killers', they seem so nice and are so easy to sympathize with. I know it sounds lame to feel sorry for a killer or thief but i think that the amazing story and acting, had me hoping that all of the prisoners were innocent... except for some obviously. Not to mention the guards were so mean and rude i just wished they would all get punished and tortured at the end of the movie.

If someone can feel that passionate and involved in a movie the first time they've seen it...i think it's a sign that if the person reading this still hasn't...they should. The Shawshank Redemption most definitely deserves its spot on the IMDb top #250.
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