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Shawshank Redemption, The
Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 90 (Nov 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
On Disc One of this two-disc Special Edition you can find the audio commentary to the film with director/writer Frank Darabont and the original theatrical trailer. Also on the first disc are the DVD-ROM special features created for this release. Disc two holds a feature titled Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back At The Shawshank Redemption, a 31-minute collection of interviews and behind-the-scenes clips outlining the creative process behind the film. Disc Two adds a 50-minute British documentary on the huge popularity of the film titled Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature; an episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Frank Darabont, which lasts 42 minutes; and The Sharktank Redemption, a 20-minute spoof of the film exchanging life in prison with life in an office. Also on Disc Two are production stills, storyboards, and pictures of artwork illustrated by Drew Struzan, the man who painted the new cover for this release. There is also a Limited Edition DVD, which will include a book about the movie

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): C2650
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Warner Home Video Catalog Number C2703/$44.99 Two DVD-9 Discs + CD/Anamorphic Widescreen (D) Drama/R Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital Theatrical 1994/142 Minutes/Color/Chaptered/CC Academy Standard Flat Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/05/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Frank Darabont
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Shawshank Redemption is based on the novella by Stephen King. It is a moving drama about a mild-mannered banker, Andy Dufresne (Robbins), sentenced to life in prison for two murders he didn

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released anamorphic DVD reviewed in Issue 37, this new anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is slightly cleaner, though some problems still remain. The inmates

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