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Price matched HMV - again posted as another option for those who have nectar cards and/or prime.
City Banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is in Shawshank State Prison after receiving a double life sentence for murder. There he meets Red (Morgan Freeman) and also forms friendships with the warden and prison guards. Andy soon finds that you either get on with living or you get on with dying.

Adapted from a novella taken from Stephen King's 'Different Seasons' (a collection of stories that would also spawn STAND BY ME and APT PUPIL), THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION marked the first foray into the realms of the writer for director Frank Darabont. In the years since the release of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Darabont has directed two other King Adaptations, THE GREEN MILE and THE MIST. Considered to be a financial failure upon its release, and overshadowed by PULP FICTION and FORREST GUMP at the Oscars, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION has since been re-evaluated as something of a modern classic.
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great price-thanks
One of the best films ever.
I think we need to set up a Hot Deals site for The Shawshank Redemption - it seems to pop up all of the time. Great film though and great price.
I think we need to set up a Hot Deals site for The Shawshank Redemption - it seems to pop up all of the time. Great film though and great price.

but this time it's on blu-ray
Could this be the start of the many versions on DVD converted to Blu-Ray :whistling:

Great film tho.
review of the DVD release here

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

Warner presents 'The Shawshank Redemption' in a 1080p/VC-1 encode (1.85:1). This is a lovely presentation, one that nicely upgrades the video from the already-fine special edition DVD version (released in 2004).

The source appears to be the same as that used for the DVD. It's very clean, with nary a speck or blemish to be found, and the slight film grain present gives it a realistic and rich texture. Colors vary as the film's palette comes in two shades -- a more dour, bluish cast for the early prologue scenes and some exteriors, and a warmer, more orange feel for the majority of the rest of the picture. Hues are always clean and stable, and aside from some intentionally desaturated moments, fleshtones are accurate. Detail ranges from very good to exceptional (especially on close shots), with a generally strong sense of depth throughout. There is a tad bit of softness here or there, but it's appropriate to the intended classic look of the film. Black levels are pitch perfect, and contrast is also very well balanced. Finally, the encode is rock solid and I spotted no artifacts. This transfer matched my high expectations.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

'The Shawshank Redemption' receives a first-ever Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround mix (48kHz/16-bit). It's a warm and inviting soundtrack, though rather light on envelopment and immersion.

Surround use is meager. I failed to hear much in the way of dynamic discrete effects, which supports the somber nature of the film well but offers little in the way of a strong rear presence. Atmosphere is likewise subdued. The track excels in terms of dynamics and richness, with a very pleasing and warm feel to the frequency spectrum. Thomas Newman's classic score (which is truly wonderful) really benefits from the expansive mid-range and strong (but not overpowering) low bass. Dialogue is the real star of the show here, and always sounds natural and well placed in the center speaker. 'The Shawshank Redemption' is no audio tour de force, but it sounds good for what it needs to be.

That's a review of the Region A version, this is the Region B version. They have different encodes.
still great price thanks!

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