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The Shawshank Redemption [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1994]

Release Date:10/05/2004
The tenth anniversary of the popular prison drama The Shawshank Redemption sees a deluxe DVD edition of the film hitting stores for the first time. The movie's image is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary from writer/director Frank Darabont, a making-of documentary, and a second documentary explaining how the film has attained such a high level of popularity, seeing as it was not exactly a blockbuster when it initially played in theaters. A Charlie Rose interview with Darabont and stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, the movie's trailer, and a spoof of the film featuring sharks round out this first-rate release from Warner Bros.

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    Special Features

    • Commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont
    • Two documentaries: (The Making-of) "Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at the Shawshank Redemption" and "Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature," which examines the movie's enormous impact and following
    • The Charlie Rose Show segment featuring Darabont, Tim Robbins, and Morgan Freeman
    • Comic spoof "The Sharktank Redemption"
    • Stills gallery
    • Storyboards
    • DVD-ROM web link
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Languages: English & Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
    • Closed Captioned


    The Shawshank Redemption
    In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their dominance. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favor with the warden and the guards, doing the books for Norton's illegal business schemes and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff. In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red. Based on a story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was the directorial debut of screenwriter Frank Darabont. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tim Robbins
      Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    • Morgan Freeman
      Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
    • Bob Gunton
      Bob Gunton - Warden Samuel Norton
    • William Sadler
      William Sadler - Heywood
    • Clancy Brown
      Clancy Brown - Capt. Byron Hadley

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