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on 6 March 2010
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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on 1 February 2009
Version: Japan, U.S.A / Warner / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
VC-1 BD-50 / Advanced Profile 3
Running time: 2:22:33
Movie size: 23,56 GB
Disc size: 31,88 GB
Average video bit rate: 16.42 Mbps
Number of chapters: 40
Subtitles: English SDH / Chinese / French / Japanese / Korean / Portuguese / Spanish

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1423 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 16-bit / 1423kbps (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 192kbps

#Commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont
#2 Documentaries: Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at The Shawshank Redemption, Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature
#The Charlie Rose Show segment featuring Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
#Comic Spoof of The Shawshank Redemption
#Stills and Collectibles Galleries
#Theatrical Trailer (HD)

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Version: U.K / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
Running time: 2:22:32
Movie size: 30,44 GB
Disc size: 42,58 GB
Average video bit rate: 25.98 Mbps
Number of chapters: 12
Subtitles: English

Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 640kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 256kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 224kbps

Extras: PAL-SD

#Commentary by Frank Darabont
#Hope Springs Eternal: A look back at the Shawshank Redemption (31m:00s)
#Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature (48m:00s)
#The Charlie Rose Show with Frank Darabont (42m:19s)
#Cast Interviews - Tim Robbins (27m:21s), Morgan Freeman (20m:54s), Bob Gunton (37m:45s), William Saddler (32m:24s), Clancy Brown (15m:41s)
#Stills Gallery
#Shawshank Storyboards
#Original on Location Footage
#Original Theatrical Trailer
#New Theatrical Trailer
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What can you say about The Shawshank Redemption that hasn't already been said? It must be one of the best loved and indeed greatest films ever made. I do not know anybody that has seen this film that doesn't LOVE it. It really is that superb.
Adapted from Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, it tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), an outwardly timid man convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and jailed for life. Arriving at Shawshank prison in 1947, Andy becomes the victim of prison brutality in the early part of his stay but he also befriends another lifer, the prison "fixer" named Red (beautifully played by Morgan Freeman) and his buddies. Through his knowledge of taxation and financial transactions he also becomes popular with the prison warden and the guard that runs his brutal regime but Andy also soon realises that in prison life means life and that's what they try to take from him.
This is the most beautiful and ultimately uplifting film you could ever hope to see, whilst recognising the traditional conventions of prison drama (such as brutality and rape), it is really a film that demonstrates that the human spirit can overcome brutality with faith, friendship (and a rock hammer). This is as close to the perfect film as you will ever get. It is perfectly cast from the leads Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, who give wonderfully understated performances to the supporting cast of Clancy Brown, William Sadler, Bob Gunton and Gil Bellows. It is subtly directed by Frank Darabont who carefully manages to avoid overstatement and oversugaring the cake with sentiment and pathos.
The most amazing thing about this film is that although it was nominated for seven academy awards in 1994 it didn't win any (they were dominated by another great movie, Forrest Gump) and it is described in Leonard Matlin's film guide as "terribly overlong", "hollow and predictable". How wrong could you be? The Shawshank Redemption is a timeless all-time classic that will cast its spell over many people for a long long time to come.
Five stars are often too easily awarded by movie reviewers but this deserves six.
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on 1 January 2017
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION [1994 / 2008] [Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Release] A Monumental Achievement! Fear Can Hold You Prisoner, Hope Can Set You Free!

From a novella by best-selling author Stephen King comes this poignant tale of the human spirit. Nominated for Seven Academy Awards, including "Best Picture," internationally acclaimed actors Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in this compelling drama of hope, friendship and atonement behind the walls of a maximum security prison in ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.’

Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding [Morgan Freeman], serving a life sentence, and Andy Dufresne [Tim Robbins], a mild-mannered banker wrongly convicted of murder, forge an unlikely bond that will span more than 20 years in the Shawshank prison. Together they discover hope as the ultimate means of survival. Under horrifying conditions and the ever-present threat of violence, these two lifers reclaim their souls and find freedom within their hearts in ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.’

Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn, Larry Brandenburg, Neil Giuntoli, Brian Libby, David Proval, Joseph Ragno, Jude Ciccolella, Paul McCrane, Renee Blaine, Scott Mann, John Horton, Gordon Greene, Alfonso Freeman, V.J. Foster, John E. Summers, Frank Medrano, Mack Miles, Alan R. Kessler, Morgan Lund, Cornell Wallace, Gary Lee Davis, Neil Summers, Ned Bellamy, Joe Pecoraro, Harold E. Cope Jr., Brian Delate, Don McManus, Donald Zinn, Dorothy Silver, Robert Haley, Dana Snyder, John D. Craig, Ken Magee, Eugene C. DePasquale, Bill Bolender, Ron Newell, John R. Woodward, Chuck Brauchler, Dion Anderson, Claire Slemmer, James Kisicki, Rohn Thomas, Charlie Kearns, Rob Reider, Brian Brophy, Paul Kennedy, Neil Riddaway (uncredited), Dennis Baker (uncredited), Fred Culbertson (uncredited), Richard Doone (uncredited), Rita Hayworth (archive footage) (uncredited), David Hecht (uncredited), Alonzo F. Jones (uncredited), Gary Jones (uncredited), Sergio Kato (uncredited), Michael Lightsey (uncredited), Chris Page (uncredited), Brad Pyner (uncredited), Brad Spencer (uncredited) and Jodiviah Stepp (uncredited)

Director: Frank Darabont

Producers: David V. Lester, Liz Glotzer and Niki Marvin

Screenplay: Frank Darabont (screenplay) and Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")

Composer: Thomas Newman

Cinematography: Roger Deakins

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, English: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD Surround, French (Dubbed in Quebec): 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, Japanese: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguêse

Running Time: 142 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures / Castle Rock Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ [1994] was an underwhelming box-office performer when it hit the cinemas when released well over 20 years ago, but then it began to redeem itself, finding an audience on home video and later becoming a fixture on television around the world, and of course over 20 years ago after it was released and flopped, ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ has turned into a money making machine, and now it is Hollywood's great second act that keeps making money.

The film has taken a near-mystical hold on viewers that shows no sign of abating. Steven Spielberg once told the film's writer-director Frank Darabont that he had made "a chewing-gum movie, if you step on it, it sticks to your shoe," says Frank Darabont, who went on to create ‘The Walking Dead.’ The film's enduring popularity manifests itself in many ways big and small. ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ for years has been rated by users as the best classic film of all time, the first two were the ‘Godfather’ films that are second and third, which hinges around the pivotal business especially when Andy Dufresne escapes in 1966 with $370,000 of the warden's ill-gotten gains and the small Ohio city where it was filmed is now a tourist attraction.

In the days when videocassettes mattered, ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ was of the top rental of 1995. On television, on cable and on satellite it grew with great popularity and it has consistently been among the most-aired films ever watched. In a shifting Hollywood landscape, film libraries increasingly are the lifeblood of studios. ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ enduring appeal on television has made it more important than ever and a reliable annuity to help smooth the inevitable bumps in a hit-or-miss box-office business. When film studios sell a package of films, many of them are stinkers, but with the phenomenon of ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ acts as a much-needed locomotive to drag the others behind it.

Stephen King's books have a distinctive voice, warm, sincere, inviting that probably accounts for the appeal of his fiction just as much as his macabre imagination. Yet none of the many films adapted from Stephen King's work have managed to capture his singular, light, immediately recognisable tone of this particular film. There's a painstaking exactness to ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ that is both laudable and exhausting. The 19 years that the film's protagonist spends behind prison walls is a term shared by the audience? It's vivid and passes with the appropriate tedium and sudden bursts of horror that one imagines reflect the true nature of incarceration.

Until now, that is ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ until it appeared over the horizon as a first feature written and directed by Frank Darabont, finds the perfect cinematic equivalent to Stephen King's style. Based on the none horror novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," this is an engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature. Like much of Stephen King's work, ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ is about an exceptional individual at odds with society, picked on or persecuted for the gifts that set him apart. In this case, the gift isn't supernatural, like Carrie's telekinetic powers, this is much more about moral and spiritual experiences.

Andy Dufresne [Tim Robbins] is a gangly young banker when he enters Maine's fortress like Shawshank State Prison in 1946, accused of killing his unfaithful wife and her lover. Though his protestations of innocence don't carry much weight, his shy manner and decency does. Befriended by , ageing gangster Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding [Morgan Freeman], a veteran con who is the prison fixer, he soon draws a circle of other boyishly likeable prisoners around him, including William Sadler as a sweet-tempered thug and James Whitmore as a cuddly old man who is the prison librarian. This is a story of saintly endurance and perseverance. Though Andy Dufresne is abused by a prison bully who rapes him, a brutal guard who beats him and a crafty warden who uses Andy Dufresne's banking skills to launder the vast amounts of cash he is siphoning off the system, Andy Dufresne's patience, tolerance and selfless concern for his fellow man, we get to see him through his troubled period in his life.

But the poster girl on his cell wall turns from Rita Hayworth to Marilyn Monroe to Raquel Welch, before providence rewards him with an opportunity to get some of his own back, especially on the prison system and especially the cruel warden. Those poster girls remain pretty much the only female presence in this snug, all-male environment, where the warm camaraderie suggests less a prison than a boys' club on an epic scale. So sweetly juvenile is the film's perspective that it comes as a shock to realise, in the final act, that Stephen King's story is at heart an elaborate revenge fantasy.

While it’s unquestionably Andy Dufresne’s story, the chronicle is related in voiceover by Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding [Morgan Freeman], a lifer whose set himself up as someone who can get “things” from the outside. Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding marvels at the new man’s tenacity, knowing intrinsically that Andy Dufresne is different and that he likes him, quirks and all. While the film pays close attention to such requisite matters as the sexual assault on Andy Dufresne, the prison staff brutality and the human capacity to survive, it has something quite different on its mind. It’s consumed by circumstance and life’s little ironies, which occur even in prison.

The turning point for Andy Dufresne and his cronies is a bit of conversation captured during a work detail. A guard bemoans the fact that Uncle Sam will take a healthy bite of a recently deceased relative’s legacy. The ex-banker plucks up his courage and tells him how to keep the windfall. For a moment it’s like Androcles pulling the thorn from the lion’s paw. Soon Andy Dufresne is put to work in all manner of financial activity and Warden Norton’s [Bob Gunton] crown jewel and the source of both an enhanced public image for the man and a quietly acquired personal fortune. It’s not lost on the convicted murderer that he had to enter prison to learn dishonesty.

Gaining a more comfortable life behind bars proves a double-edged sword. The warden cannot afford to have Andy Dufresne paroled. The man knows too much, and he is too valuable an asset. So, when the prospect of the truth rears its head, extreme measures come into play. Ultimately, ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ is about the dominance of real justice. That element of the narrative keeps the film from descending into abject resignation. Writer/Director Frank Darabont adapts his source material with sly acuity, meaning: sharpness or keenness of thought, vision, or hearing. It’s a fiendishly clever construct in which seemingly oblique words or incidents prove to have fierce resonance. Frank Darabont errs only when he digresses too long on a supporting character or embellishes a secondary story.

William Sadler (as a fellow prisoner), Clancy Brown (as a sadistic guard), and Bob Gunton (as the corrupt warden) all give fine supporting performances. Newcomer Gil Bellows, in a small but crucial role that was originally intended for Brad Pitt, brings the poise of his portrayal of Tommy Williams, as Andy Dufresne's protégé. Ultimately, the standout actor is the venerable James Whitmore, doing his finest work in years, as Brooks Hatlen, and is a brilliantly realised character, and the scenes with him attempting to cope with life outside of the Shawshank Prison represent one of the film's most moving and effective sequences ever portrayed in a film of this calibre.

‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ film release marked a turning point in the astronomical and successful and prolific career of horror novelist Stephen King. ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ garnered Seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, and arguably the finest reviews of any film released in 1994, the film was a moving human drama based on source material from the unlikely writer responsible for scaring the living daylights out of legions of readers and moviegoers who dared venture into the ominous reals of the films ‘IT;’ ‘The Shining’ and ‘The Stand.’

‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ film showed the world a side of Stephen King that hadn’t been glimpsed since the film ‘Stand By Me’ in 1986, which showed the fascinating side of the human monster, rather than the supernatural one, and one that was capable of weaving a uniquely American tale of hope, friendship and survival, and all eyes were on the screenwriter and director Frank Darabont, in bringing Stephen King’s story so effortlessly to the silver screen. On top of all that Frank Darabont’s screenplay was the talk of the town, prompting $ Million Dollar offers from other filmmakers who hoped to direct his screenplay. But frank Darabont knew this was his chance to make something great, so he stuck to his guns, insisting he would direct the film himself, and enlisted the help of producer Niki Marvin, whom he had worked with seven years earlier; and as they say history was made, as the film shows you what grit and determination can produce, as well as going down in the annals of history filmmaking, to produce something that shows us a film that shows the human spirit can rise above adversity and can bring joy to all who view the film, that has had a profound effect on people on so many levels in showing that one can overcome life’s hardship eventually and make you feel peace with the world.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Warner Bros. Pictures brings us this exceptional ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ in a glorious 1080p encoded image, which is a massive upgrade compared to the inferior DVD release in 2004. Here we get to view a very clean image, with hardly a speckle or blemish to be found, and the slight film grain gives it a very realistic and extra rich texture. Colours vary as the film's palette comes in two types of shades, especially with a dourer, bluish cast for the early prologue scenes and some exteriors, and a warmer, more orange feel for the majority of the rest of the picture. Hues are always very clean and stable, and aside from some intentionally desaturated moments, and flesh tones are very accurate and precise. Detail ranges from very good to exceptional, especially with the on close shots, and definitely a generally strong sense of depth throughout. There is a slight bit of softness here or there, but it's appropriate to the intended classic look of the film. Black levels are pitched perfect, and contrast is also very well balanced and the encode image is rock solid and I spotted no artefacts with this transfer and is of the highest expectations.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – Warner Bros. Pictures has given us the first-ever 5.1 Dolby TrueHD Surround mix, which at times is a very warm and inviting soundtrack, though rather light on envelopment and immersion. The Surround mix is used very sparingly, and failed to hear much in the way of dynamic discrete effects, which supports the sombre nature of the film well but offers little in the way of a strong rear presence and the atmosphere effects is slightly subdued. I must say thought that the audio track excels in terms of dynamics and richness, with a very pleasing and warm feel to the frequency spectrum. The brilliant composer Thomas Newman's classic film music score is truly wonderful and stunning and really benefits from the expansive mid-range and strong, but not at all overpowering especially the low bass music. Dialogue is the real star of the film here, and always sounds very natural and well placed with the centre speaker. ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ is no audio tour de force, but the audio sounds are terrific and really good for what it needs to be with a film of this calibre.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary by Director and Screenwriter Frank Darabont: Hear we to hear from Frank Darabont and offers some great thoughts on his modern classic film: As the film starts Frank Darabont welcomes us to the film ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,’ and his audio commentary, but unfortunately it is for the DVD and shame on either Warner Bros. Pictures or Castle Rock Entertainment should of not been lazy and re-done the recording for the Blu-ray disc, which I find very unprofessional attitude. Frank informs us that this is his very first audio commentary and hopes we will be very gentle towards his forth coming comments. Frank also informs us that the film was shot in the summer of 1993 and released in the cinema in 1994 and that this audio commentary was recorded in march 2004 and is a look back at approximately ten years that has passed for this director, and is also a nice retrospective for frank, and in an interesting look at the film he directed over ten years previous. When you see Tim Robbins sitting in the car and retrieving the gun out of the compartment, well frank informs us that the hands you see is actually his hands, and the close-ups was an insert shot he filmed later on in a certain room at the film studio. Frank goes into great detail why the Title of the film is different from the Title of the Stephen King’s novella, which was to my mind quite logical. When you see Morgan Freeman in the Parole Board room for the first time, you see them stamp “REJECTED,” well the two photos you see are of Morgan Freeman’s son Alfonso Freeman. When you see some of the Prison Guards, some of them we find out were real Prison Guards and were keen to be extras, and frank was very impressed with them, and especially giving them some lines to speak in the film. When you see Tim Robbins walking when it is snowing, well Frank informs us that this was actually potato flakes. Frank talks about how he goes about typing out his screenplays on his computer for any film he is about to direct, well he sometimes gets very intense and would sometimes work three days in a row without a break and helped along with plenty of coffee to keep him awake, whereas Frank says other people who do screenplays will have several breaks and go and play tennis, well this is not how Frank like to do his work ethics, and that is why it only took eight weeks to finish the screenplay and script for his film ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,’ and this is also how he did the screenplay and script for his film ‘The Green Mile.’ When Tim Robbins puts up his second poster of Marilyn Monroe, Frank talks about the brilliant prison Production Designer by Terence Marsh from London in England, who has also worked on such films as ‘The Green Mile;’ ‘Clear and Present Danger;’ ‘The Hunt for Red October;’ ‘Spaceballs;’ ‘A Bridge Too Far;’ ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to name but a few and feels Terry, as he is liked to be called, was a truly amazing person for Frank and his personal input towards his film and was very honoured to have him working on Frank’s film. When you get to Chapter 24 at around 1 hour and 24 minutes, you see the prison bus arrive again, well Frank informs us that he thought he would have some fun, because there is a cameo appearance of Dennis Baker, who was the former Warden at the Ohio State Reformatory, and is in the scene with prison bus that is bringing Tommy Williams [Gil Bellows] to the Shawshank Prison, and is the man sitting behind Tommy Williams is the Dennis Baker, who wanted to play the part of a convicted prisoner and is the only black guy you see on the bus. Frank also informs us another fun scene in the film, where the guards and the Warder find Tim Robbins gone from his cell, and points out the photo poster of Einstein with his tongue sticking out, that is up on the wall behind them, and feels this is a sort in-joke at the expense of the bumbling prison guards. When you see Morgan Freeman enter the Parole Board for the last time, Frank points out that there is a woman on the panel and is supposed to indict the passage of time and Frank feels that this was Morgan Freeman’s speech was the finest moment in the film, because of the way Morgan Freeman delivered his speech and of course gets his freedom and you eventually see him finally arrive at the famous tree that has the hidden item that Tim Robbins told him about. Also that wall you see in the film, well that was actually built by the Art Department people and was also given the green light by the farmer of that field and was well compensated for the construction of the hand built wall. When you see near the end of the film when Morgan Freeman is walking on the beach towards Tim Robbins, this is actually Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, which is on the Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, United States of America, and is the preserve sanctuary habitat for threatened and endangered species, with particular emphasis on the leatherback sea turtle., and the reason it was filmed there and not in Mexico, is because there was too much paper work involved and especially getting visas to film in that location, where as being at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge was total freedom, especially after filming at the prison for five months. When you see the wording near the end of the film that says “In Memory Of Allen Greene,” well Frank informs us that this was his was literary agent and a very close friend of his, who took a chance with Frank and his career, and had just passed away prior the start of filming ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.’ As the credits rolls up the screen, Frank says that this audio commentary is dedicated to all who was involved with the making of the film and is also dedicated to all the fans of the film around the world. As we finally get to the end of the credits, Frank says, “Thank you for joining us, especially for this wacky commentary, and I hope it was worth your while. Take care and thank you very much.” And thank you Frank Darabont for a very informative and fascinating audio commentary and anyone who ids a big fan of this film should not miss out on Frank Darabont, who is a very engaging person and it was definitely a very enjoyable audio experience and not one to be missed.

Special Feature: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: A Look Back at ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ [2004] [1080i] [1.33:1] [31:00] Zelt Productions in association with Castle Rock Entertainment and Warner Home Video presents a look at the filmmakers and cast reminisce on the making of the film and how it grew in popularity. Hope Springs Eternal is a retrospective documentary, tracing the rocky road from The Shawshank Redemption's inception as a short story by Stephen King, and this very entertaining documentary also takes a look at ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,’ which opened in cinemas to a box office flop, to quickly become one of the most to one of the most beloved films of recent cinematic history. We get to see the cast and crew, recall their roller-coaster journey through making the film, suffering cruel rejection, and eventually enjoying worldwide adulation and to also seeing flashback to the making of the picture. From here we cover a wide range of topics from the screenplay to the music to the casting, to give a sense of how gradual the path to success was over a long period of time, Tim Robbins tells of people who would approach him on the street, calling out, "Hey, really loved that Shinkshank thing!" Frank Darabont talks about how in the book Morgan Freeman's character is a white Irish guy and he talks about what he first thought when someone recommended the actor for the part. The entire cast talks about what it was like at the script reading when Morgan Freeman put his touches on the vocal work. Tim Robbins shares his thoughts about what it took to reach his character and even Morgan Freeman gets to talk about some of his favourite scenes in the film. On the whole this is a very impressive documentary, but I would say is that it is not long enough. I think it would have been interesting to explore why the film was such a bomb when it was released and how it turned into something beloved by many. With that said, thankfully the majority of the cast members are on hand for the interviews so fans of the film will enjoy it. Contributions include Frank Darabont [Writer/Director], Niki Marvin [Producer], Clancy Brown [Captain Hadley], Tim Robbins [Andy Dufresne], Gill Bellows [Tommy Williams], James Whitmore [Brooks Hatlen], Steven King [Author], Bob Gunton [Warden Norton], Morgan Freeman [Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding], Terence Marsh [Production Designer], William Sadler [Heywood], David Proval [Snooze], Mark Rolston [Bogs], Thomas Newman [Composer] and Dr. Drew Casper [Hitchcock Professor of American Film at US School of Cinema/Television].

SHAWSHANK: The Redeeming Feature [2001] [1080i] [1.78:1] [48:17] Mark Kermode hosts the just over 48 minute TV special Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature, which Mark Kermode poses the question: "What the hell is so great about The Shawshank Redemption?" Again Frank Darabont and his cast of players offer their thoughts as well as throwing in a few amusing production stories, the best of which involves the famous escape scene through the sewage tunnel. Apparently the tunnel part was that Tim Robbins refused to immerse himself in the muddy creek at the end of the pipe after a chemist certified the water "lethal." Naturally, in the end, Tim Robbins just shut his mouth and dived straight in. What a guy! We also get discussions about the casting, the bombing at the box office, and eventually the rise in popularity and of course the spiritual side of the film. All of these stories are good but you hear them so many times it's good that the documentary went into a different direction towards the end. We also get to see the prison how a looks today, which is in a really run down state and needs a great deal of restoration. The film was shot in Mansfield, Ohio so host Mark Kermode takes us back to the city and talks with the locals. We get to see some of the footage shot at the town premier of the movie. We also get to talk with a church leader who sees the film as a very religious story including the idea that Andy Dufresne was like Jesus Christ, which I found to be a very creepy comment and made me cringe, still this is the sort of thing you would expect in America. Overall this is a pretty interesting looking documentary, especially hearing the cast and crew comments.

Special Feature: The Charlie Rose Show with Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman [2004] [480i] [1.33:1] [42:21] Charlie Rose hosts a round table discussion about the Award-Winning film ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.’ The Charlie Rose Show is a popular USA chat show, and his guests Frank Darabont, Morgan Freeman, and Tim Robbins appearing to promote the re-release of the 10th Anniversary of film ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.’ It's not the fluffy sofa-based chinwag you might expect, but rather an unusually in-depth discussion and it runs at just under three quarters of an hour and one that affords rare insight into the development process that went into making the film. For example, Frank Darabont bought the rights to Stephen King's novella five years before he actually sat down and wrote the script and did it "in eight weeks flat." You also get to view clips of the film where each person in the interview thought it was the most important part of the film and summed up why the film has turned out to be such a classic film of its time.

Special Feature: The SharkTank Redemption [2000] [1080i] [1.37:1] [24:46] Quality Filmed Entertainment presents the lives of two guys who feel trapped in a fast-paced Hollywood Talent Agency. This parody stars Morgan Freeman's son Alfonso Freeman as Fred Redding, a lowly assistant in a Hollywood production company who is routinely denied during his promotion "hearings." Fred Redding, an assistant at Hollywood agency CMA comes before the board, seeking a promotion, and is refused. Fred Redding tells us the story of his co-worker, Randy Tulane [Steven Amato], who didn't just do his time at the agency, but used the system for his own purposes and, ultimately to help his friend Fred Redding. But it also features the nasty belligerent character Agent John Rubano, who eventually gets his deserved comeuppance. The SharkTank Redemption is inspired by the classic 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.

Special Feature: SHAWSHANK Stills Galleries [2008] [1080p] [1.85:1] [15:58] Here you get to view a great selection of fantastic beautiful Colour and Black-and-White stills from the film ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,’ and they consist of the following subjects, that are as follows: Tim Robbins; Morgan Freeman; Supporting Cast; Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman; Behind-The-Scenes and SHAWSHANK Storyboards. As usual you can either watch each item separately or Play All. What you also get to hear in the background is the wonderful evocative film music score by Thomas Newman.

Special Feature: SHAWSHANK Collectibles Galleries [2008] [1080p] [1.85:1] [1:22] Here you get to view The Art of ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,’ brought to you by the Sideshow Collectibles, which is a specialty manufacturer of movie, film, television and proprietary collectible figures, statues and high end pieces. All the ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION’ Illustrated Artwork was specially commissioned by Director Frank Darabont.

Theatrical Trailer [1994] [1080p] [1.78:1] [1:59] This is the Original Theatrical Trailer for the film ‘THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.’ This is an absolutely stunning presentation of this classic film and a great homage to a film that has ended with all the other classic films of the highest calibre.

BONUS: Beautiful designed and printed Limited Edition DigiBook that has 34 stunning colourful printed pages, that has an introduction by Stephen King, it also has some very interesting facts about Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, William Sadler, Bob Gunton, Frank Darabont [Director], a fascinating TRIVIA section about the film and ESSAY: Hope Springs Eternal: The Redemption of Shawshank.

Finally, this Blu-ray disc is a total winner, with great video presentation, a brilliant solid audio performance and a nice package of brilliant extras. Though it might have been nice if Warner Bros. Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment had added a few high-definition exclusive extras, despite this, the Blu-ray disc you will be proud to want to add to your collection. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
Le Cinema Paradiso
United Kingdom
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on 2 December 2000
This is easily the best of the Steven King based films, even surpassing "The Green Mile", "The Shining" and "Carrie". That alone is merit enough to buy this brilliant film. The cast is topped by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, two of the best actors of their generations. This story revolves around Andy Dufresne (Robbins) and his wrongful conviction of murder and the following ordeal behind the walls of Shawshank Prison. This is a powerful emotionally charged piece of cinematic history and well deserves a place in any video collection.
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on 18 September 2001
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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on 26 July 2006
Among my ten most favorite movies of all times. I must have seen it about five or six times, and got more and more enjoyment with each viewing. Undoubtedly, "Shawshank Redemption" is a nonpareil piece of cinema on all counts: impeccable cinematography, wonderful story-telling, brilliant casting and flawless directing.

The movie is about life, hope, freedom and friendship. Blending the masterful acting skills of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Frank Darabont blends empathy with brutal physical and emotional violence to the best possible effects. The chemistry and bond between Robbins and Freeman is unforgettable.

I recommend everyone who has not seen this to grab it ASAP. This 3-disc edition is really amazing with superb picture and sound quality with lavish extras which are particularly well made and thoughtful, and considerably enrich the viewing experience.
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VINE VOICEon 7 May 2006
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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on 6 March 2003
The Acting is faultless, the storyline is so well directed, you become captivated by this truly brilliant masterpiece. A good Hollywood film, with a tangible narrative, impressive acting, and finds its origins in a Stephen king novel is challenging to come across, however The Shawshank redemption indisputably wins the challenge. Once the film has began, you become totally involved emotionally and mentally to this work of genius. At times the film is so extraordinary shocking it takes your breathe away. The film deals with disdainful, corrupt, cruel prison offices and closeness and love of friendship. Although its over 2 hours long, you just cant move away from the Television screen, as if you have been super glued to youe seat regardless of what is going on around you. Shawshank is so well written, that only towards the end of the film do you fully understand it...
I am not going to give a review of the film in fear of spoiling it for you... just buy it
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on 24 November 2001
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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