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The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]


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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Writers: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
  • Producers: David V. Lester, Liz Glotzer, Niki Marvin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C88L7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928 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.

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When The Shawshank Redemption was released in 1994, some critics complained that this popular prison drama was too long 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 movie lovers count among their all-time favourites) that signalled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker.

On the DVD: The Shawshank Redemption limited-edition release contains the complete 48-minute documentary "Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature", including interviews with all the principal cast and crew; plus more interview material and the theatrical trailer. --Jeff Shannon

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James West on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec 2000
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov 2001
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun 2001
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 2001
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "castillo710" on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Martin on 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 By Tim Bradley on 12 Dec 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
12/24 of Tim Bradley's Amazon Advent Calendar 2014.

This review is for Sarah Sutton (Nyssa in `Doctor Who') who claims this is her favourite live-action film.

"Happy Birthday Sarah!"

`The Shawshank Redemption' is a film recommended to me by who I dedicate this review to. I didn't know about the film and was unaware of its existence. I was told this was a prison film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. I decided to purchase it once hearing about it, hoping to see it sometime at home. I've now seen the film twice first in September and recently for this review, and I agree it's one of the best films ever made in the 1990s and is highly recommended.

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

I really enjoyed this film and glad I've been able to see it. I must admit though it took me a while to get round to watching as I was reluctant at first. This was because I was reluctant of the subject matter as it depicts the harsh realities of prison life. It is pretty brutal in certain areas of the story, 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 this film as I 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 story of `The Shawshank Redemption' is set in 1947 at the start. It's about a young man called Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is a banker. Andy is wrongly accused for a crime he claims he's innocent of - the murders of his wife and lover.
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