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  • THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE IN MY OPINION
    This is the greatest movie ever made in my opinion , very well written and directed , great acting including some of the best performances in movie history , it's very sad this movie was robbed out of the oscars , because it deserved every one of them . A modern day masterpiece....more info
  • The Shawshank Redemption
    This movie was based on a Stephen King story. It was a beautifully written story that thankfully translated beautifully to the big screen. (Most Stephen King stories don't fare so well in film version.) This was a film with incredible performances by Tim Robbins and the wonderful Morgan Freeman, the supporting cast was great. The movie remained true to the book which was important to the story. It was a great film....more info
  • Great movie, shipped quickly, perfect condition
    Great movie!!! Definitely a classic. Shipped quickly by Amazon & in perfect condition....more info
  • Greatest movie of all time!
    I do think that this is perhaps the greatest movie of all time. The underlying messege of hope and redemption is brilliant. The story of Andy Dufrasne and his time at Shawshank Prison is truely marvelous and Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman do a superb job....more info
  • Great Pic!
    One of King's best! Prison pictures are not generally to my liking, however, this is much more than that! Cleaver to the end. Well written for screen, as well as cast and acted! An all time favorite. Has much of the character-study as well as "twist" to the plot to please those of us that a fans of O'Henry. Thank goodness they put this presentation in a hard case container.... years of watching will require it!...more info
  • movie
    This movie is a classic. The special edition gives interviews with the actors and little known information about the making of the screen-play and film....more info
  • Exceptional
    I couldn't believe there weren't more reviews on this. This is hands down one of the top movies of all time. If you haven't seen it yet you are truly missing out. Go now to the video store and rent it. ...more info
  • Shawshank Redemption was a worth while purchase.
    The Shawshank Redemption was a worth while purchase. It was a gift, and was excitedly received. The dvd arrived quickly and on time....more info
  • Shawshank Redemption
    This is one of my all-time favorite movies; it's fantastic. The Blu-Ray Book version comes in the form of a book the size of a Blu-Ray or DVD case with pictures and comments about the film, and has the Blu-Ray disc itself in the back of the book. The disc also has several special features including interviews with the actors, writers, and directors. It's well worth the money....more info
  • The very reason cinema exists...
    Every time I watch `The Shawshank Redemption' my first thought upon its closing is `how in the world did this lose the Best Picture Oscar to `Forrest Gump'?'. In all honesty there really is no comparison when you look at the two films. One is a generic feel good film wrapped in saccharine clich¨¦s and the other, this one, is a magnificent character study that slowly yet poignantly captures the very essence of life.

    No comparison.

    `The Shawshank Redemption' begins with banker Andy Dufresne being wrongfully accused of murdering his wife and her lover. He is sentenced to two life sentences (due to his cold demeanor) to be served at Shawshank correctional institution. He is immediately pegged as a weakling, not build for survival within the prison walls, but Andy soon turns heads as he proves those presumptions false. Not only is he built for survival, but his presence ultimately helps the other inmates survive as well. The film focuses on Andy and fellow inmate Red as they build a friendship that will last them forever, each of them learning from and teaching each other about life and what you make of it. Red has been in prison a time now and has a lot to teach Andy about life within the prison walls, but in the end it is Andy's lessons of hope that bring a new light to Red's eyes.

    When watching `The Shawshank Redemption' I am constantly in awe at its power. There is not a single aspect of this film that feels off kilter or missing; in fact I cannot think of a single flaw to write about. It's hard when a film is this astonishing, for how can you really critique it, and no one wants to read redundant praising that lasts paragraph after paragraph.

    I will praise it though, and hopefully these praises don't find themselves repetitious.

    The first major selling point to this film is the script, which beautifully captures the genuine emotional state of the men involved. You have the fear and hopelessness that corrupts the minds of the newly incarcerated, as well as the comfortable contentment that glosses over those fears as you adjust to life on the inside. You have the greed and selfishness that infiltrates the eyes of those with power, and the disgust and resentment that permeates the air. What I think is brought out to perfection is the displacement that shatters the lives of those `lifers' who find themselves out on parole, living amidst the rest of the world and unable to adjust to this freedom that feels to foreign to them. Every single emotion bubbles to the surface and captivates the audience.

    Seriously people; `Forrest Gump'?

    From a technical standpoint, this film is superb. The camera angles and close framed cinematography is stunning and helps capture each of the emotions the script so wonderfully fleshes out. You audience can feel the restraint and claustrophobia that the characters feel emotionally, expounding upon the already deeply rooted emotional resonance. The score, the lighting, the mood, the direction; everything helps elevate the film and create a magnificent cinematic experience.

    And then, there is the acting.

    Much praise has been given to Morgan Freeman for his powerful and moving portrayal of Red, but one cannot single out Freeman without mentioning Tim Robbins who serves as the emotional and moral clutch of the whole film. Without his riveting performance the film would have failed to amount to all that it has become. As Andy, Robbins brilliantly sifts through his emotional response to his surroundings, capturing his misery but never losing his hope, even when all feels lost. Freeman is the perfect compliment to Robbins, cycling though Red's loyalty and admiration as well as his experienced emotional callousness. They are the perfect pair and in all honestly should have BOTH been nominated at the Academy Awards.

    The long list of supporting players is also exceptional, from Clancy Brown's diabolical Captain Hadley to the slew of inmates that inhabit Shawshank. William Sadler is memorable as Heywood, and James Whitmore is devastatingly real as Brooks. His sub-plot regarding his release is one of the most resounding moments in the film. Gil Bellows has a nice turn as Tommy, a young spunky rookie who makes an impact on the lives of Andy and Red; but when we are speaking of supporting players the one that stands out the most is none other than Bob Gunton. His portrayal of the sinister Warden Norton is flawless. He creeps up on you slowly, tearing at your nerves, and when he finally comes out and nails Andy with the bluntest of threats you are utterly blown away.

    In the end I am ashamed that the Academy went for generic and happy over meaningful and moving. `The Shawshank Redemption' is not only the greatest film of 1994, but it is possibly one of the greatest films ever made. There is so much to be learned about ourselves and others, so much which is lurking within every crevasse of Shawshank that we cannot just see this film once but are forced to witness its power over and over again.

    In the end `The Shawshank Redemption' is about just that; redemption. One is uplifted upon the closing frames, the fact that hope prevails further cemented into their souls. `The Shawshank Redemption' is the perfect example of a perfectly balanced film, one that slowly yet masterfully weaves a tail of humanity, starting with emotional death and ending with an abundance of life....more info
  • My #1 Favorite Movie
    Definetely one of the top three movies I have ever seen. Though of course it depends on who is in the audience, there's no doubt that it will change lives....more info
  • A Story for All Times and One of the Best Ever
    It's probably all been said before. In fact, when a movie has 909 reviews it's probably all been said more than once. So, I just want to put my 5 Stars on the board for one of the best movies of all time.

    If you haven't seen this movie, why are you waiting?

    Get it, watch it and watch it more than once. This movie is like an onion, lots and lots of layers. If you have kids, definitely watch it with them. This movie will give you lots of opportunities for useful discussion. Heat it up and enjoy the abundant output of an incredibly gifted team of vertically integrated artists.......more info
  • Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
    In the fictional movie, The Shawshank Redemption, a must see for every student of success, the main character Andy never gave up his dream of freedom. Even in the midst of the worst circumstances while serving a life sentence, convicted of a crime he did not commit, Andy had hope. According to Red, Andy's friend, everyone is innocent at Shawshank. Red thought, hope and the dream of freedom was a pipe dream. Andy, believed and had faith in his future.

    During a pivotal point in the movie, Andy asked Red, "Do you think you will ever get out of here? " Red responded: "Yeah when I'm old and gray with a few marbles rolling around in my head." Red went on to say, "I don't know if I could make it on the outside, I'm an institutional man." Like the other prisoners, Red had become institutionalized by years of incarceration. After a while, prisoners at Shawshank accepted their lot in life, stopped dreaming, and eventually even feared the prospect of being paroled.

    Doesn't this scenario ring true in the lives of many people? Many become institutionalized and begin to feel comfortable, secure, and even dependent in their personal prisons. They accept a false security. Their prison could be a job or circumstance that they just accept as their lot in life and give up hope. Andy, on the other hand stayed busy and productive. He made friends and alliances, even with prison guards in order to advance his plan for freedom. We have heard the saying; You can't steer a boat that's not in motion. Andy kept his hope and dreams alive and made the best of his present situation while learning from his past. But he kept advancing toward his prize.

    Andy spoke one of his last lines during a pivotal scene in the movie; "Get busy living, or get busy dying." Whatever condition we find ourselves in, it all boils down to our ability to choose our attitude in the midst of our circumstances. We have to keep our eye on the prize and our vision of the future. It's a simple decision to live, dream and hope or just give up and die a slow painful death. I choose life.

    I watched The Shawshank Redemption in 1994, the year I escaped from my personal Shawshank. I remember those words as clear a bell. "Get busy living or get busy dying." Even before seeing the movie, knew I'd eventually die in my job, figuratively speaking. So starting in 1987, I made a decision to escape and methodically plotted out my exit strategy. I gained my freedom -- It took seven years. A year later I broke out my wife and we have enjoyed our freedom for the last15 years.

    According to Red, "there's no use for hope on the inside, it will drive a man insane." I think it's insane to stay in a circumstance that imprisons you and causes grief and regret. Even if you accept the circumstances or just get used to it, you will never achieve the results you desire. Rita Mae Brown's classic quote defined insanity as; "doing the same things and expecting different results." [...]...more info
  • one of my most all time favorites
    Shawshank redemption is one of my most favorite movies ever. The story is excellent,the action is incredible, and the ending is superb. This movie can be watched over again and does not bore you. (I have watched it several times on VHS and recently purchased the dvd. GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!...more info
  • Shawshank Redemption
    It is a very good movie... The type of movie you can watch many times, and always enjoy it. Jeanne...more info
  • A Triumph
    This is definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen. It shows us the values of hope, friendship, and patience....more info
  • An instant classic and one of my top 10 favs!!!
    The SR is one of my favorite movies. The tale that this movie weaves about justice, injustice, redemption and just deserts was done marvelously. Everytime me and my husband come across it while channel surfing we usually watch until the end again and again. Morgan Freeman's voice draws you in and captivates you. And this was Tim Robbins best performance ever. It is the best prison drama ever made....more info
  • Shawshank Redemption Blu-Ray
    All movies are better on Blu-Ray. Definitely worth the price, especially since you get the book full of info....more info
  • Hope vs Despair At SHAWSHANK
    There have been many excellent reviews of the award winning movie, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.

    Most reviews of this film adaptation of Stephen Kings short story, allow readers a glimpse of how the main character [played by Tim Robbins] finds eventual 'redemption' despite the horrors he suffered when convicted then incarcerated for twenty years for a murder he did not commit.

    Many of America's top movie critics and other reviewers point out repeatedly how Robbins' character, Andy, clung to hope - a hope, which in the end was dramatically depicted through his courageous escape. And to a lesser extent, the notion of 'redemption' was also realized by the character, Red, played superbly by actor, Morgan Freeman when he remembered the words of his friend, Andy - "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

    Yet, less often did we read about a more troublesome type of 'redemption'. And that was the 'redemption', which was borne of despair and which sent character Brook Hatlen [played admirably by veteran actor James Whitmore] to his death.

    I've participated in counseling for the elderly; seniors who when faced with loss of purpose, loss of belonging, loss of the ability to remain minimally independent, and who suffer loss of health/spouse/family, etc., the pain of despair sets in. For many of the elderly, this sense of loss often becomes grave, and it becomes all consuming in the depths of their souls. Then, many become emotionally tormented because their despair becomes devastating for the human spirit to thrive - at the moment when they acquiesce all 'hope'.

    Finally, gripped by fear and the pang of loneliness, the desire to 'give up'; to die becomes both urgent and intense. And, it is in this context that the character Brook Hatlen [through surrender] found 'redemption' - paradoxically, AFTER he was freed from Shawshank.

    How tragically sad.


    Maizie James

    April 12, 2009...more info
  • The Shawshank Redemption - OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY!
    This is without any doubt one of the best stories I have ever come across. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are at the top of their game. The entire cast is outstanding. There is a LOT of very profane language. That I did not like at all. It is a reality of prison life though, unfortunately. Buy this movie as you will NOT be disappointed I can assure you of that. Good watching!...more info
  • Brilliant Movie!
    "Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'" is the theme of this great prison film about second chances. This movie stars Morgan Freeman as 'Red' and Tim Robbins as 'Andy' an innocent banker, who meet up in prison from two very different worlds, to become lifelong best friends. There performances were incredible and very poignant. 'Shawshank' is a wonderful story of how friendship prevails and stands the test of time, hardship and injustice, as others have mentioned. I will simply say it's a purchase that is a must have and is beyond a 5 star film. I enjoy movies that are well written and well acted with meaning and this one is the best. I'm amazed it didn't win an Academy Award. This is a must have 5 star purchase with the best ending ever!

    I did enjoy watching the Amazon video above of Morgan Freeman speaking about friendship in 'Shawshank' between Red (Freeman) and Andy (Robbins) it sums it all up!...more info
  • Classic
    This film deserves a place in every home library. Shawshank Redemption (1994) was shot as a period piece, so it has never aged. The prison break story is timeless, and the theme of friendship will always appeal to audiences.

    The script, direction, and acting is great. The entire cast is good, but Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman make their characters so appealing that you can't help but root for them. Freeman can communicate more in a single facial expression than most actors can in a soliloquy.
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