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DVD Review: The Green Mile (2-Disc Special Edition)

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2006. Last Updated on Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 11:43 PM by Scott Jentsch

Front Cover ArtworkThe 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 

Rated R

 Theatrical This DVD
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1 1.78:1
Audio:

Dolby Digital 5.1
DTS
SDDS

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.

Disc 1 Contents

  • Movie
  • Commentary by Director Frank Darabont
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Michael Clarke Duncan's Screen Test
  • Tom Hanks Makeup Tests
  • Teaser Trailer & "The Teaser Trailer: A Case Study"
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2 Contents

  • Movie
  • Commentary by Director Frank Darabont
  • Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile
  • Miracles and Mystery: Creating The Green Mile: A 6-Part Documentary Gallery
    • Stephen King: Storyteller
    • The Art of Adaptation
    • Acting on the Mile
    • Designing the Mile
    • The Magic of the Mile
    • The Tail of Mr. Jingles

About the Movie

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.

How Does it Look?

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.

How Does it Sound?

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.

Conclusion

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.

Recommended Reading

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