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NEW Sarandon/penn/prosky/barry/erm - Dead Man Walking (1995) (Blu-ray)

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How is it possible that a new release of a movie that was already released on DVD years ago doesn't have 16:9 enhancement. In other words, it's crap visual quality compared to an anamorphic version. Oh, and you don't even get the little insert that the previous verison came with, so buy it if you have to have this movie. Or better, don't buy it until the studio does it proper justice with a decent quality release.

The movie itself is 5/5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping March 30 2007
This is both a book and a movie that you need to interact with. Particularly in a day and age when there is a movement here in Canada to try to bring the death penalty back. The book is much more in depth than the movie. The book profiles the first three men that Sr. Prejean goes to the death chamber with as Spiritual Director. It profiles her mistakes as she journeys down this path for the first few times. She witnessed her first execution on April 5th, 1984 and she has been advocating against the death penalty since then.

The book does a great job of showing the disparity in how the death penalty is applied. It goes through the studies on its lack of effectiveness, and how for the most part, it is the poor and the African-American who are on death row. Even if you only read the appendices, the book will challenge you to view the death penalty in a different way.

The movie was the inspiration and starred Susan Sarandon. Sarandon was given the book while on a personal retreat at a monastery; she came home and gave the book to her partner, Tim Robbins, who directed the film. Together they approached Sr. Prejean, who went out and rented Bull Durham. She was a little leery of having them do the film, but after meeting with them went ahead with the project.

The film co-stars Sean Penn as Matthew Poncelet, a compilation of the 3 men in the book. The movie, while slow moving, is incredibly intense and draws you into the drama of waiting for a death when you know the date and time of that approaching death.

As an interesting aside, another good book is Forgiving the Dead Man Walking by Debbie Morris, who was one of the victims of Robert Lee Willie from the book. Debbie always said if they ever made a movie, Penn would have to play Willie because they looked so much alike.

So read the book and watch the movie, and if you want yet another challenging book, give Forgiving the Dead Man Walking a read also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sean penn steals the show Oct. 9 2006
ive seen this movie several times,and as he usually does, sean penn walks away with this movie. as the doomed murder he brings an intensely complex character to life. there was nothing whatsoever likeable about this man and yet....there was something fascinating about him that drew me in. susan sarandon is adequate as sister helen. i found myself sort of hoping he wouldnt be executed but he was.it really made me wonder what is buried in each person under the layers of so called civilized behaviour.well worth watching and owning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ROBBINS, SARANDON AT THEIR BEST June 7 2004
Tim Robbins made another "political" film." "Dead Man Walking" stayed on an even keel. Starring Sean Penn in a bravura performance as a murderer getting ready for his execution, it takes a surprisingly Catholic point of view, in which Susan Sarandon plays a nun who makes him take responsibility for his actions, ostensibly to save his soul. It could be interpreted as being against the death penalty, but this is actually a stretch. This film is a good example of how much talent Robbins has and how, when he avoids major Left wing politics, he produyces some real genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "dead Man Walking" May 10 2004
By Maria
What I liked the most about "Dead Man Walking" is the fact that it shows the issue from the death row inmate`s view. the film is not obviously in favour of one side,the murderers as well as the victim`s families point of view.
it is very emotional, especially the executionscene.
"Dead Man Walking" also leaves much space for your own thoughts and I can imagine that it may change people`opinions about the death penalty, or at least make them think about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man Walking May 9 2004
Format:VHS Tape
In my opinion Tim Robbins succeeded in making a realistic film. The fact that it is based on the book by the real Sister Helen avoids that it seems to be pure invention. Futhermore Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn did a very good job because thy did not seem to play a role, but to be the characters. They managed to create an intimacy although they have no physical contact. What I also liked about the film is that it does not influence the watcher in his/her attitude towards capital punishment. It just shows both sides so that the watcher can form an own judgement about the subject.
The only thing that I disliked was the beginnig of the execution scene when Matt is to symbolize Jesus Christ. You cannot compare a cruel rapist and murderer to the most unselfish man there ever was!
But all in all it is a good film that makes you think about your own attitude towards death penalty.
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By margi21
Tim Robbins presents in his movie "Dead Man Walking" the subject capital punishment. But compared to many other directors who have also dealed with this matter Tim Robbins does not give the audience a didactic message. By using flashbacks and changes of perspectives he presents every side of the crime Poncelet commited. Showing the cruelty of the crime and the grief of the victim's families on the one hand and the development of Matt Poncelet and the sorrow of his family after the execution on the other hand makes the viewer contemplate. Do you have to atone for a murder by another murder?! These are the major aspects which make the viewer think. Think about his own opinion concerning the death penalty.
The main reason why I gave this movie four stars is that Tim Robbins provides changes of perspective and does not try to push the audience in one direction. Consequently every viewer of the film gets the chance to change his opinion about the death penalty. Besides the great performances by Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon the film is worth seeing because it gives you the opportunity to see the matter capital punishment with other eyes.
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