The Shawshank Redemption
Castle Rock / 1994 / 136 Mins / Rated MA15+


MOVIE
Based on the Stephen King Novella, The Shawshank Redemption is the story of Andy Dufresne a banker who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover.

Here Andy meets Red a long term prisoner, the two men become close friends over the years. Directed by first time director Frank Darabont, Shawshank is a near perfect movie with a wonderful engaging story and wonderful acting. Sensational.

VIDEO
Thankfully The Shawshank Redemption has reference quality video here. The transfer is very sharp throughout and there was no MPEG or film artifacts present. Shadow detail was excellent and colors were well rendered.

The Shawshank Redemption  is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual-layer disc.

The layer change occurs at the 79:47.

AUDIO

While not reference quality the soundtrack is still perfect for the type of movie. The surround channels were only used very lightly for music and the .1 channel was DOA. The front sound stage was very good and the dialog was crisp, clean and easy to hear.

EXTRAS

A nice set of extras on show here.

Theatrical Trailer - DD2.0 sound framed at 1:85:1, 16:9 enhanced. A good trailer at selling the movie, if a little lacking technically

Featurette - A standard extended trailer.

Picture Gallery - A standard picture gallery.

Trivia - Includes some interesting info on the movie. 

Interviews - The most common of the early Village releases are back, the interviews. These are of limited interest but at least they are there. 

Cast Notes - Standard fare.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This is one of those special movies, a must buy. 

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 06 Jul 2000 18:37:26 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating MA15+
Running Time: 136 Mins
Case Type: Clip Case
Release Date: 14/2/2000
Catalog Number: 178019
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Village Roadshow
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 24
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVM
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: None
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: Egypt Trailer
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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