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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Green Mile, The
Reviewed In Issue 114 (Nov 2006) Of Widescreen Review®
Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson & Harry Dean Stanton
Special features on Disc One include commentary by Frank Darabont, two deleted scenes with optional commentary by Darabont, Michael Clarke Duncan’s 8-1/2 minute screen test, 5-1/2 minutes of an older Tom Hanks’ Makeup Tests, the teaser trailer: A Case Study, another teaser trailer, and the theatrical trailer. Disc Two includes commentary by Darabont, the 25-minute featurette Walking The Mile: The Making Of Green Mile, and the 103-minute featurette Miracles And Mystery: Creating The Green Mile.
DVD General Information
Warner Home Video
Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material.
Based on the novel by Stephen King, The Green Mile tells the story of the Death Row section of the Cold Mountain Correction Facility. John Coffey (Duncan), a giant of a man, is awaiting execution for two brutal murders. But the guards (Hanks, Morse, & Pepper) begin to notice something strange about this kind and gentle man—he seems to be able to heal others with the touch of his hands, which makes them question if he really did commit the crimes he is about to die for. Watch for Sam Rockwell’s outstanding performance as an over-the-top lunatic inmate. Nominated for four Academy Awards®: Picture, Sound, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Duncan).
Like the previously released DVD, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 picture is beautifully rendered, with warm, fully saturated hues to accentuate the feel of the penitentiary in the sultry South of the 1930s. Colors are rich and nicely balanced, with deep pure blacks. Images are sharp and finely detailed, down to the beads of sweat on the actors’ foreheads. Some scenes, however, appear slightly soft. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is an impressive listening experience that surely adds immeasurably to the dramatically riveting visuals. The audio tends to be quiescent, but fidelity is first-rate. The dialogue is remarkably natural sounding and spatial integration is noteworthy. The spatial soundfield is generally balanced toward the screen channels, but is punctuated with aggressive surround engagement. (Gary Reber)