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The Green Mile
DVD - 2-disc Widescreen Special Edition
Warner Bros. 70597 - Region 1
189 minutes (incorrectly labeled as 169 minutes on package)
List Price: $20.97 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
Available on 11/14/2006
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1
The movie is split across both discs due to its 3-hour-plus running time. As a result, the special features are also split across both discs.
Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Stephen King's The Green Mile was turned into a wonderfully-paced and well-performed story about the final days of prisoners on death row and the guards who watch them.
Tom Hanks is the lead guard who develops a special relationship with a large inmate with supernatural gifts. Torn between his dedication to his job and his instincts that tell him that there is more to this new prisoner than the official record says. What results is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and justice.
While much of the movie is set in a sepia-toned past, which mutes some of the colors, the quality of the picture is excellent. You can feel the heat inside the prison when John Coffey makes his entrance and the beads of sweat on prisoners and guards alike glisten in the bare-bulb light of death row.
Ambient sounds are richly detailed, including rolling thunder and the jail interiors. Most of the movie is dialogue and all of that dialogue is easy to understand.
One can only wonder how nice this movie will look when released on HD DVD and/or Blu-ray High Definition discs. Until then, however, movie fans have a great transfer plus lots of great extras at a nice price.
Don't just take our word for it, check out these resources for more reviews of the movie and of the DVD.
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