directed by Frank Darabont
USA 1994

The story of Andy Dufresne, Inmate 37927 and his struggle to maintain hope.

In 1946 a young New England banker, Andy Dufresne (Robbins), is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced to life at the Shawshank State Prison - twice over. Quiet and introspective, he gradually strikes up a friendship with the prison 'fixer', Red (Freeman), and over the next two decades wins the trust of the governor and guards, but in his heart, he still yearns for freedom. Darabont's adaptation of a Stephen King novella is a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make (Birdman of Alcatraz, say) though the big spiritual resolution takes some swallowing - ditto the colour-blind relationships within the prison and the violent disavowal of any homosexual implications. Against this weighs the pleasure of discovering a first-time director with evident respect for the intelligence of his audience, brave enough to let character details accumulate without recourse to the fast-forward button. Darabont plays the long game and wins: this is an engrossing, superbly acted yarn, while the Shawshank itself is a truly formidable mausoleum.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

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Theatrical Release: Sept. 10, 1994

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DVD Comparison:

Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Roadshow Entertainment - Region 4 - PAL vs. Carlton (3 disc) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Chris Gould,  Matthias Nielsen and Enrique B Chamorro for various Screen Caps!

1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP LEFT

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL TOP MIDDLE

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL TOP RIGHT

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC BOTTOM LEFT

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Euro Video

Region 2 - PAL

Roadshow Entertainment

Region 4 - PAL

Carlton Visual Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

 

 

  

  

 

  

Warner

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner
Region 1 - NTSC
Distribution

Euro Video

Region 2 - PAL

Roadshow Entertainment

Region 4 - PAL

Carlton Visual Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Warner

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:16:56 (4% PAL speedup) 2:16:29 (4% PAL speedup) 2:16:16 (4% PAL speedup) 2:22:05 2:22:20
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

 

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.40 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.26 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English DD 2.0, DUBs; German DD 5.1,German DD 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kbps), English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (192Kbps) English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/DTS Digital 5.1 Surround English DD 5.1, French DD 2.0

English DD 5.1, French DD 2.0

Subtitles English, German, none None English (on film only),  none English, French, none English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Euro Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• VOB file dates: Oct 10th, 2007
• Commentary by dir. Frank Darabont
 

Disc 2;
• Shawshank 'Making Of...'Feature - 2001 BBC Doc. 48:12 DUBBED IN GERMAN only
• Charlie Rose Show - 2004 Interview 42:18 (with optional German subtitles)
• Still Gallery of Cast and Production Photos
• 2 Storyboard Galleries
• Shawshank 'Behind the Scenes Gallery'
• 
Liner notes of Andy's diary in German
 

DVD Release Date: November 15th, 2007
Custom Metal case

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Roadshow Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Picture Gallery
• Theatrical Trailer
• Featurette (05:26)
• Cast & Crew Interviews
• Trivia on Shawshank
• Biographies

DVD Release Date: 14th February 2000
Amaray Case

Chapters 24

 

Release Information:
Studio:
Carlton Visual Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• 
Commentary - 1. Frank Darabont/

2. Audio Description track/Featurette -

1. HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL:

A LOOK BACK AT SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION/

2. SHAWSHANK THE REDEEMING FEATURE/

3. THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW: With Frank Darabont/

4. Original On Location Footage/Interviews -

1. Tom Robbins - Star/

2. Morgan Freeman - Star/

3. Bob Gunton - Star/

4. William Sadler - Star/

5. Clancy Brown - Star/New Theatrical Trailer/Original Theatrical Trailer/

Stills Gallery: Including stars &

behind-the-scenes/

Storyboards/Biographies/

Memorable Quotes/

24-Page Collector's Edition Booklet
 

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2004
Case: SEE IMAGE HERE

Chapters ?

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• VOB file dates: 10/07/99
• Trailer 2:12
• Cast & Crew Bio Text Screens
• 30 Production Still Photos
• 1 Awards Text Screen
• Static Menu Screens

DVD Release Date: 12/21/99
Snapper Case

Chapters 40
 

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• VOB file dates: 08/12/04
• Disc 1; Trailer 2:11
• Commentary by dir. Frank Darabont
 

Disc 2; Hope Springs Eternal - 2004 Doc. 30:59
• Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature - 2001 BBC Doc. 48:12
• Charlie Rose Show - 2004 Interview 42:18
• Sharktank Redemption - 2000 short parody film 24:43
• Still Gallery of Cast and Production Photos
• 2 Storyboard Galleries
• Shawshank Collectibles promo 1:04
• Animated Menu Screens
• No Insert

 

DVD Release Date: 10/05/04
Thin double plastic keepcase

Chapters 40

 

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Euro Video Region 2 PAL (2-disc LE) - Dec - 07' - I like this version. I suspect some black/red boosting (see skin tones) but it separates itself from the other editions by showing surprisingly more information in the frame, has less digital artefacts and is slightly darker. Unlike the PAL Roadshow edition - it has no prominent edge enhancement that I can discern but the reddish skins are a bit troubling. I would say sharpness is as good as any, possibly a bit superior. This dual-layered feature disc has strong compression.

Regarding audio - they reserved the 5.1 track for the German DUB and the original English dialogue is relegated to a competent 2.0 channel. No complaints about the sound quality but it has no separated depth obviously. I suspect pitch has been corrected as it sounded acceptable to me in PAL. There are English or German optional subtitle options and the feature has a limited 10 chapter stops.

It comes in a professional-looking sturdy metal case.

Supplements are similar from some of the other releases - importantly the excellent Darabont commentary (although he tends to focus on tech issues a bit) on disc one. On a single-layered disc 2 they have a Making Of... but it is all in German with no English option (for audio or subs). We also have the same Charlie Rose interview, in English and optional German subs. Charlie seemingly knows very little about the film and its awards (does this guy do any research first?). Nice to see Freeman, Robbins and Darabont together though. There are also some storyboard and galleries.

BOTTOM LINE: This is a good SD release and for some may be the best representation of the film but I can't help to suggest that an HD version must be on the horizon somewhere although I have heard no evidence expecting such. 

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ADDITION: Region 4 (Roadshow) - Jan - 05 - I don't mind the image of this Region 4 release. It is brighter and I see some minor indication of edge enhancements (most noticeable on the 4th set of large captures). Contrast has not suffered as black levels are very good.  It shows as much of the frame as its PAL counterpart but is sharper. I wouldn't chose for myself personally as it has very limited extras in relation to the other release and I frown on the lack of subtitles (how hard could that have been to include?). I will give it the nod for image, if only slightly. 

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ADDITION: Region 2 (3 disc) - Oct - 04 - The Carlton has some wonderful extras but the image quality is far from that of the region 1 SE. Softness and reddish skin tones dominate and shadow detail is lacking. It does show that the Region 1 releases are slightly cropped on the top and bottom edges. Some might buy just for the extras - although I assume they are the same as in the Deluxe Limited Edition (with the soundtrack) - I'll find out soon enough. Otherwise the Region 1 SE is the best image!

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Colors on the new edition are slightly different from the original. They are more vibrant and seem to have a brownish hue to them. The new SE is sharper but has that kind of anamorphic dulling (pasty-waxy looking skin tones) that is prevalent with current re-releases. I have no way of knowing which editions colors are more accurate, but suffice they vary little (aside from vibrancy) - so it could be considered negligible. The new SE is cropped significantly on the top edge and marginally so on the left and bottom. The new SE has an additional subtitle option (Spanish). Audio is the same on both editions.

Obviously the biggest differences are in the extras and commentary offered on the new SE. I have heard complaints that the featurettes are real fillers on the SE, but the Darabont commentary is well worth the listen. This alone makes the SE worth replacing the old edition for. I only wish they could re-release without cropping edges - I always wonder when this will end (ex. on a future 'Ultimate SE' will there be even more cropped off?). I guess no one ever complains so they continue - perhaps it makes there production abilities easier. I don't know. Anyway, I'm sure many think I am knit picking, so bottom line - YES - we endorse the new SE!

- Gary W Tooze

NOTE : There is also a 'The Shawshank Redemption (Deluxe Limited Edition)' DVD which is the same 2 disc DVD set packaged along with the movie soundtrack CD, the 96 page book published by the BFI and a movie cell. It is $15.00 more.

 



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Euro Video - Region 2 - PAL

 

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(Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL LEFT vs. Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2- PAL 2nd vs.
 

Warner - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

 

 


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1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

NOTE: There are no subtitles available for the main movie on the Region 4 release.

 

 


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1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

 


1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

 


1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

 


1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

 


1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

 


1) Euro Video (2-disc Limited Edition) - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Roadshow Ent. - Region 4 - PAL SECOND

3) Carlton Visual Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL THIRD

4) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC FOURTH

5) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 

 


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