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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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NOTE: This commentary track is only available on the October 2004 releases, both the "Special Edition" and "Deluxe Limited Edition" versions.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Frank Darabont Rating:7.9/10 (24 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by tcconde on February 26th, 2005:Find all reviews by tcconde
As he said in the first few minutes of the commentary, this was Frank Darabont's first one, but I think he did a very good job. Lots of anecdotes about filming, how the story evolved, who did what, when and how. There was even a lot of good information for fledgling directors about how he got started, how his career path moved around, his inspirations, etc. If you are looking for a lot of good information, told in a very casual, almost humble way, this is for you.
Reviewed by Cinecdoche on May 22nd, 2009:Find all reviews by Cinecdoche
Instantly, when you hear Darabont's voice, you know you are in for one crisp, clear commentary. His enthusiasms for film, actors and the very story he directed can be heard in every sentence. Darabont takes the time to honor the smallest roles, the details of the setting and the efforts that go into every shot. This is a brisk commentary that never lapses or wanes and is often quite humorous and always rewarding.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 26th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
One of the most thoughtful tracks Iíve heard. Darabont, a great amusing speaker, gives you all the details into the making of his fine first film. In addition to talking about a specific scene weíre watching, Darabont isnít afraid to veer off and discuss how the film came to be. With no lapse in dialogue, this is a great track indeed.
Reviewed by Akayz on September 11th, 2012:Find all reviews by Akayz
Just as good as his Green Mile commentary. Albeit.. it didn't add new levels to the movie itself for me, it is very enjoyable to hear. Well spoken and intriguing, it brings you into a different place in the movie entirely.
Reviewed by Agressor on August 17th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
Luckily, since we're dealing with 2,5 hour film, Darabont speaks in a very direct yet pleasing way, his voice is clear and he shifts briskly between subjects.

As he's covering a whole lot of topics some might not be of great interest to everybody, for example, I wasn't terribly interested in the how the setting was constructed which is something that he returns to every now and then, I would've been fine with him mentioning it once and then moving on to other aspects of the production. I, for one, would've liked to hear more about the writing process which is something that seldom comes up during the commentary, sure he mentions certain scenes and characters that were changed from the book and also expands behind the reasons for the changes but I would've liked a more thorough rundown of the writing of the script.

But that's really a minor quibble, this commentary has something for everybody, it has substance and it has humor and Darabont is a confident narrator.
Reviewed by merrin on April 23rd, 2015:Find all reviews by merrin
One of the best audio-comments. Darabont really gives interesting insights in the making of the movie as well as in the development of the story.
Reviewed by Detective_Gittes on May 5th, 2015:Find all reviews by Detective_Gittes
Great great commentary, great insight into the psychology of a filmmaker. 10/10