Dead Man Walking [DVD] [1995]

  • SKU: 3815704
  • Release Date: 02/06/2001
  • Rating: R
  • 5.0 (3)
Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon star in the powerful prison drama Dead Man Walking. MGM has done only a passable job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. Aside of being non-anamorphic, this image often suffers from a darkness in the picture and some excessive grain and dirt. However, most of the colors appear solid and bright with the black levels generally well saturated. A 1.33:1 full frame version is available on side B. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French. Much like the video presentation, the audio portions of this disc are only mediocre at best. Dead Man Walking is a film that would have benefited greatly from a new Dolby 5.1 remix. Sadly, fans are left with this flat and lifeless soundtrack instead. Also included on this disc are Spanish subtitles. Extra features are limited to a very enticing commentary track by writer/director Tim Robbins, who discusses many aspects on the production of the film, and a single theatrical trailer for the movie.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • Feature-length audio commentary by Tim Robbins
  • Collectible booklet
  • Original theatrical trailer


Dead Man Walking
Tim Robbins' second directorial effort (after the political satire Bob Roberts) was this drama based on a true story, which explores the issue of capital punishment. Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) is a nun and teacher living in rural Louisiana. One day, she receives a letter from Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), who is scheduled to be executed soon for the rape and murder of two teenagers. After meeting Matthew, Sister Helen agrees to serve as spiritual counselor and see what she can do to stay the execution. However, Matthew's claims of innocence seem shaky at best, and it's clear he's a reprehensible, amoral racist. When it becomes obvious that Matthew's sentence will be carried out, Sister Helen offers what comfort she can to Matthew, but also tries to guide him to an open admission of the extent of his crimes and an acceptance of divine forgiveness, telling him "I want the last face you see to be the face of love." Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for her performance as Sister Prejean, and Sean Penn was similarly nominated for Best Actor as Matthew. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Susan Sarandon
    Susan Sarandon - Sister Helen Prejean
  • Sean Penn
    Sean Penn - Mathew Poncelet
  • Robert Prosky
    Robert Prosky - Hilton Barber
  • Raymond J. Barry
    Raymond J. Barry - Earl Delacroix
  • R. Lee Ermey
    R. Lee Ermey - Clyde Percy

Overall Customer Rating

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3 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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