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#1 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Woj

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Posted November 23 2002 - 12:31 PM

Should I get the current Shawshank Redemption disc that's out there, or should I wait for a special edition someday? Is one even planned? I've heard the transfer on the current disc is sub par. How do you guys like it?

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#2 of 43 OFFLINE   Jefe Noche

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Posted November 23 2002 - 12:36 PM

The transfer on the current disk is anamorphic and actually very good, IMO.
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#3 of 43 OFFLINE   Louis C

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:00 PM

I thought the transfer was great. By the way I think it is almost criminal they haven't already done an SE for this film.

Isn't one being planned?

#4 of 43 OFFLINE   Brian E

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:09 PM

I thought the transfer got good reviews, didn't it? I'm sure many are dissapointed by the lack of extras though. The current disc is a bargain at $15 or whatever it sells for IMO.
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#5 of 43 OFFLINE   Paul E. Fox, II

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:23 PM

This is one of the Best AND Most Often Watched DVDs in my entire collection.

I remember Braveheart beating it for Best Picture and I thought that was the way it should have been. THEN, I bought and watched The Shawshank Redemption. I have since been very much on the fence in this regard. I really love both movies but now I'm starting to think Shawshank was robbed.

So, my answer to your question is a very definitive YES.

You could always give you old one to a family member or friend if a Special Edition hits the street.
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#6 of 43 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:24 PM

I haven't heard anything about a special edition, so you might as well pick it up since it is only about $14.99, as Brian said.

#7 of 43 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:29 PM

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I remember Braveheart beating it for Best Picture and I thought that was the way it should have been. THEN, I bought and watched The Shawshank Redemption. I have since been very much on the fence in this regard. I really love both movies but now I'm starting to think Shawshank was robbed.
I think The Shawshank Redemption lost to Forrest Gump in 1995, and Braveheart won the following year. In my opinion Shawshank is definitely better than Gump, but Pulp Fiction should have won.

#8 of 43 OFFLINE   Tom Oh

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:52 PM

2 disc S.E. in digipack is coming in 2003.

#9 of 43 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted November 23 2002 - 01:52 PM

Supposedly Frank Darabont is not a big fan of special features on DVD, so you might as well pick up the current version. The transfer and sound is excellent, and in the end, that's all that matters.

EDIT- What the heck is a "digipack?"

#10 of 43 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted November 23 2002 - 02:44 PM

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I think The Shawshank Redemption lost to Forrest Gump in 1995, and Braveheart won the following year.
that's correct, shawshank and gump were both released in 1994.

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Posted November 23 2002 - 03:17 PM

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What the heck is a "digipack?"
It's the type of paper foldout packaging commonly used for multi-disc sets (fight club, Seven, many TV season sets, and all the Warner SEs)
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#12 of 43 OFFLINE   Brian E

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Posted November 23 2002 - 03:17 PM

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What the heck is a "digipack?"

The cardboard packaging with platic trays. Think Fight Club style.
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#13 of 43 OFFLINE   Joe Woj

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Posted November 23 2002 - 03:31 PM

Thanks for the responses guys Posted Image
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#14 of 43 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted November 23 2002 - 03:35 PM

Go for it! Posted Image It's a "gotta have" movie!

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What the heck is a "digipack?"


Or, think E.T., Singing In The Rain, or the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition

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#15 of 43 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted November 24 2002 - 03:02 AM

Forget about the packaging guys!
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2 disc S.E. in digipack is coming in 2003.
I want more info on the discs! Who is distributing this 2 disc edition?

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#16 of 43 OFFLINE   Josh Simpson

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Posted November 24 2002 - 04:36 AM

I look at it this way. At one time I would've watited for a special edition... but I say pick it up. At least this movie is avaliable in a non SE to watch, unlike some of my other favorites.

#17 of 43 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted November 24 2002 - 06:25 AM

The current transfer is pretty darn good. But the disc is bare bones. Im not a huge fan of extras anyway, so I don't think you can go wrong if you pick up the current release.

Great film too! Posted Image

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#18 of 43 OFFLINE   Lee_eel

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Posted November 24 2002 - 06:44 AM

I own the uk version of Shawshank and the transfer is awful. In many of the scenes the compression artefacts are very noticeable and this just gives the transfer a rough, murky look. I presume the US version is a different pressing because there is no way i would describe the picture as good or even fair! The extras are poor as well.
This film needs a special edition along with a remastered picture.

#19 of 43 OFFLINE   Tom Oh

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Posted November 24 2002 - 05:11 PM

2-disc set is coming from WB in 2003. I don't have details on the extras but based on WB's handling of 2-disc special editions, it should be great.

#20 of 43 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted November 24 2002 - 05:27 PM

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2-disc set is coming from WB in 2003. I don't have details on the extras but based on WB's handling of 2-disc special editions, it should be great.
Where did you hear this?


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