(aka ' Stephen King's The Green Mile')

 

directed by Frank Darabont
USA 1999

 

Death row is not where one would expect to find a life-affirming message. But this is not a usual film. With much of the same depth and strength of his earlier “Shawshank Redemption,” author Stephen King gives us a glimpse into the struggle of good and evil in the lives of prisoners on death row.

Though it is also not specifically religious, the film presents a Biblical worldview. The warden and leading characters are all church-attending Christians and the Christian care and respect for prisoners is clearly shown as they attempt to not only guard them from escape, but also to guard their human dignity.

Presented as the flashback of an elderly man in a retirement home, the primary story occurs in a southern penitentiary in 1935.

Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks in 1935; Dabbs Greer in 1999) is the officer in charge of section E, the death row of the prison. They call their cell block “The Green Mile,” because the floor of the prison is painted green on this last mile a prisoner walks before reaching the electric chair.

Edgecomb is joined by Brutus “Brutal” Howell (David Morse), a large man who shares Edgecomb’s underlying respect for the human beings who are assigned to their care, and two other humane guards. Together, they create a loving community in this most unlikely of places.

This is the first strength of the film. In a world where evil is done and justice is required, it is difficult to preserve the dignity of even a condemned prisoner. Yet, time after time, in scene after scene, these men model how truly humane people should behave themselves, both in their gentle respect and in their justice.

Excerpt from The Cinema in Focus review located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 6th, 1999

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Distribution

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Region 1 - NTSC

Warner (Special Edition)

Region 1,3,4 - NTSC

Runtime 3:08:24 1:54:56 + 1:13:45 =  3:08:41

Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.91 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 3.9 + 6.7 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.

Bitrate : Warner

Bitrate: Warner (Special Edition - Disc 1)

Bitrate: Warner (Special Edition Disc 2)

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles English, French, None English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Walking the Mile

• Trailer

• Text screen cast and crew

DVD Release Date: June 13th, 2000
Snapper case

Chapters 53

Release Information:
Studio: Warner (Special Edition)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by: writer/director Frank Darabont
Disc One:
• Two Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
Tom Hanks Makeup Tests
• Michael Clarke Duncan Screen Test
• The Teaser Trailer: A Case Study
• Theatrical Trailer
Disc Two:
• New 90-minute Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile: A 6-Part Documentary
• Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile Documentary

DVD Release Date: November 14th, 2006
Double slim Keep Case

Chapters Disc 1 - 1-33 , Disc 2 34-53

 

 

Comments:

There are some differences in the image quality but I don't know if they are anything to get excited over. I don't think the image benefited from the film being spread over two discs - as it is in the new Special Edition. Colors may be marginally truer in the new double disc release, but bottom line is that the image is not significantly improved upon in the Special Edition in fact in some areas I prefer the older more compressed appearance. A shade of the digital noise from the old release has been removed and the new image is smoother.  

Where the new DVD package is superior are the extras which include an extensive commentary by director/writer Frank Darabont (few gaps in the 3 hour film - he talk a lot). I really enjoyed listening to him - here is a man who knows his stuff pointing out detail after detail of the film including extraneous information that you would thought he might not even be aware of. He also expresses a strong knowledge and respect for films of the past which he intermittently draws upon in The Green Mile. The Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Walking the Mile is duplicated from the first release but there is much added - Two Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary, Tom Hanks Makeup Tests, Michael Clarke Duncan Screen Test and a new 90-minute Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile: A 6-Part Documentary. So you are really getting your money's worth. I was a bit disappointed the feature was spread over two DVDs but I suppose it is nice for an 'intermission' of sorts to swap discs.

Some film fans snobbishly reject this offering from Darabont with unfair expectations after his masterful The Shawshank Redemption. Another prison based film from a Stephen King literary work - but I personally loved it. It certainly harkens to a modern Capraesque feel with extensive effort in small details. Darabont is a solid director and while this is no masterpiece - it is better than it has been given credit for. 

Gary W. Tooze

 






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Report Card:

 

Image:

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Sound:

Warner SE

Extras: Warner SE
Menu: Warner SE

 
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