The Shawshank Redemption: Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption -- which received seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Score and Best Screenplay -- will be released by Warner Home Video (WHV) as a deluxe, bonus-packed 10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD October 5. The double-disc DVD will sell for $26.99 SRP. In addition, there will be a 10th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set, which will include film historian Mark Kermode’s book about the movie’s production and popularity and the soundtrack CD of Thomas Newman’s beautiful score along with the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. The Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set will be available for $44.99 SRP.

“When I realized last year that we were approaching the ten-year anniversary of the theatrical release of The Shawshank Redemption, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to respond to fans’ requests for a Special Edition DVD,” Darabont notes, “I’m really thrilled that Warner Home Video agreed. The picture and sound are new, sparkling, state-of-the-art transfers that will take your breath away. We’ve made every effort to create supplemental materials that are both comprehensive and satisfying, the highlights of which are two superb documentaries totalling nearly ninety minutes.”

In addition to the 10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release, The Shawshank Redemption will have an exclusive two-week limited theatrical engagement beginning September 24 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Austin. Darabont added, “I’m hoping fans who first discovered the film on video will take this opportunity to see it in theaters before they check out the new DVD, because that’s the way the movie was truly meant to be seen.”

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The Shawshank Redemption, the emotionally moving portrayal of a friendship between men under the harshest of circumstances, stars Academy Award® winning actor Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Bull Durham) and Academy Award® nominee Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, Bruce Almighty). Based on Stephen King’s novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” the movie won Frank Darabont an Oscar® nomination for his adapted screenplay and critical acclaim for his directorial debut. Mr. Darabont is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films receive nominations for the Best Picture Academy Award: 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile.

The Shawshank Redemption actually found its own ‘redemption’ on home video. While the film was considered an underachiever at the box office, the subsequent critical acclaim along with positive word of mouth, resulted in an explosive home video debut, topping the charts in 1995, before the DVD revolution began. It has maintained a strong following over the last decade and consistently ranks #1 or #2 on the Internet Movie Database’s (IMDB) User Poll of the top 250 movies.

Enriching DVD Extras

The Two-Disc DVD Special Edition includes the following extras:

- Commentary with Director Frank Darabont

- Two in-depth cast/filmmaker documentaries

- Hope Springs Eternal: A look at The Shawshank Redemption

- Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature

- The Charlie Rose Show, 2004 10th Anniversary re-release interview with Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

- The Sharktank Redemption, Natalie and Doug Van Doren’s 25-minute Film Festival- winning comic spoof, starring Alfonso Freeman, Morgan Freeman’s son.

- Stills gallery

- Storyboards

- DVD ROM link to WHV web site

- Theatrical trailer

The DVD will be available in widescreen format and will include English 5.1 and French 2.0 sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Synopsis

This inspiring drama tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at Maine’s Shawshank Prison. He is befriended by longtime convict Red (Freeman) who’s been in long enough to know the ropes and helps him cope with the frightening realities of prison life. As the two men grow closer, so does the sense of hope that can truly set them free.

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