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The Shawshank Redemption (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (676 customer reviews)
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When this popular prison drama was released in 1994, some critics complained that the movie was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its story. 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, and the effect is dramatically rewarding. Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who's sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we realize there's reason to believe the banker's crime was justifiable. We also realize 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 that signaled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker--a film that many movie lovers count among their all-time favorites. --Jeff Shannon


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic Jan. 11 2009
By Toast
Format:Blu-ray
The Movie itself: The Shawshank Redemption is not just another movie, its not another movie adaptation either. Its a tale of hope & redemption. Its rated No.1 on IMDB by users, and often ranks amongst top 5 movies on other internet ranking sites. Often dubbed as a modern classic, this movie has developed a cult following and is considered as best on screen adaptation of a Stephen King story. I can go on typing pages about how good this movie is and how absorbed I am in it every time I see it, but I think you all get the point, so let's move on to the fun stuff.

Video: I have owned this movie in all the formats ever released, the original DVD, the 10th Anniversary Edition and now this one. Yes this one by far is the best. The helicopter shots of the prison and its yards are simply gorgeous. I found the picture to be a little too smooth in some close up shots but sitting 6-10 feet away I doubt if anyone will notice that. The colors pallet is very consistent and gives us very little to complain. Warner's 1080p/VC-1 encode presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio is a wonderful upgrade for the previous owners of the movie who have upgraded to HDTV sets.

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 is perfectly balanced. From the dialogue to sobbing, screams & whispers the sound is crystal clear. There are no action sequences and Bourne Trilogy type chases in this movie, so the soundtrack and the level of its loudness leaves very little to be desired.

Final Words: From "When those bars slam home, you know its for real" to "Get busy livin' or Get busy Dyin'" this movie is what true Hollywood cinema is all about. From being a box office failure to a moderate success (when it got 7 academy nominations) this epic has turned in to a must watch movie in Home Video history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited Edition blu-ray Steelbook is fantastic Jan. 3 2014
By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just wanted to comment on the limited edition blu-ray steelbook version. This is one nice steelbook! The front (as you can obviously see) has Tim Robbins in the rain, the back has Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman playing checkers in the prison yard, and the inside artwork shows the prisoners scattered around the prison yard. It looks really nice. Colours are nice. Great build quality.
This steelbook only contains the blu-ray version of the film (no DVD copy, no digital copy, etc). The 1080p picture quality is superb and the 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track is excellent. This release also contains a strong amount of special features (director's commentary, making-of features, interviews, etc.).
Overall, I can easily recommend this blu-ray steelbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Spirit Triumphant June 30 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Narrated by Morgan Freeman this is a well scripted, well cast, drama ultimately about the triumph of the human spirit over the very worst of circumstances. Tim Robins, a middle class banker, is wrongfully convicted in the 1940s of murdering his wife. Nothing has prepared him for the brutal realities of prison life, As the years roll by Robins becomes close friends with Morgan Freeman, a fellow inmate also serving a life sentence, and ultimately both rise above the cruelty of their fellow inmates, and a corrupt administration. While the very happy ending is predictable nevertheless it is a great movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shawshank! May 31 2014
By Mandi
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One of the the all time best movies ever written, cant really say much more than that! Thanks for the DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome one of my top 10 video April 26 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Tim Robin and Morgan Freeman are awesome Morgan Freeman lost his Oscar for driving Miss Daisy but he should have one for every movie he's in this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 13 2014
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Morgan Freeman at his best. One of my favorite movies of all time. Very good depiction of prison life in that era
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick April 6 2014
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Awesome movie. Such a classic. Everyone who watches this will be blown away at the superior quality and feel satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie March 26 2014
By James Yee TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A timeless classic and a "must see" movie! There's a reason why this movie has been rated #1 by almost 1.2 million people on IMDB's Top 250 list. Just a quick note: this dvd is just the 10th anniversary two-disc special edition packaged inside an aluminum "steel" slipcase. I was hoping that it would be a steelbook but it's just a metal slipcover. This version has extra features not seen in the single disc version but if you already own this movie on DVD or Blu-Ray, it's really not worth double-dipping unless you're an extreme fan of the movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars When you are dishonest you will pay the penalty
I saw this movie in the theatre when it first came out many years ago and found it to be a film with a lot of violence along with the fact that most of it is fimed in a prison... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spoonman42
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Keeper
This movie is my most favorite of all time. I just had to have it for my viewing pleasure whenever I want.
Published 5 months ago by J. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shawshank Redemption
Purchased as a gift for Son-In-Law. He was overjoyed, as had been wanting it for some time. I am sure he and his family will enjoy watching it time and time again.
Published 6 months ago by Edna E Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, better price and best movie!!!
Good quality, better price and best movie!!!
The steelbook quality is better than Amazon.com.
And the movie touches my soul.
Published 7 months ago by Hwang, Yunsu
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawshank
I got 4 copies for the male members in my family and they were all excited as 3 had already seen it but claimed it is a movie they would never get tired of watching. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Parisian Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Sorry for such a late review of this film however this is not my type of movie. I shy away from any kind if institutionalized films. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars No dvd inside.
This item has no DVD copy inside contrary to what is indicated on the box. I should have bought the blu ray alone at $8.00 .
Published 8 months ago by King Cobra
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