One of my top 5 favorite films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, is coming to Blu-ray Disc on December 2, 2008. It’s one of those films that you can watch over and over, and it’s still as great as the last time you saw it.
This release will have all of the same features as the Special Edition DVD set that was released previously: an audio commentary by director Frank Darabont, a pair of documentaries, a stills gallery, additional storyboards, a “Charlie Rose Show” interview with Darabont and star Morgan Freeman, and the theatrical trailer.
The Blu-ray, however, is going to come in “Digi-Book” packaging. It includes a collectible booklet with rare photos, production notes and other archival materials.
It’s going to be presented on a BD-50 dual-layer disc at 1080p with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround Sound.
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A Mighty Wind is a fine and funny movie. It’s really impressive that the whole thing is improved.
The Shawshank Redemption should be available on DVD this year, but hasn’t been announced yet, as far as I know. Sure, I own it on DVD already, but I’m talking about the 10 year anniversary edition, featuring a ton of special features and an audio commentary with the Writer/Director Frank Darabont. As this is one of my favorite movies, I’ll be purchasing this edition as soon as it’s available.
As far as DVDs go, this is a great year for DVD:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – The theatrical cut, clocking in at 3 hours and 17 minutes, was the best movie released in 2003. Period. This was an incredible adventure with an ending that destroys the endings of all movies that I’ve seen previous to this.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Special Extended DVD Edition – At 4 hours 10 minutes, this should make Return of the King the best in the trilogy, as well as give it more of an emotional oomph.
The Shawshank Redemption – Special Edition – One of the best movies ever made. Get it when it comes out.
The Star Wars Trilogy – Finally.
The Matrix Revolutions – The most misunderstood movie of 2003. Brilliant.
Big Fish – The most understated film of 2003, one of my favorites.
The Iron Giant – Special Edition – The best animated film that nobody knows about. It’s brilliant. It was undermarketted, severely, but everyone that watches it, loves it.
The Passion of the Christ – The best film of 2004, worth owning to watch once or twice a year and for retreats.
So there you have it. My list of the best DVDs for 2004, as of this moment.