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Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the prison guard in charge of Block E, the death row, in a southern American jail in 1935. His small team, led by Brutus "Brutal" Howell (David Morse), lead the convicted men through the last weeks of their lives, including the final moments when they walk The Green Mile, the corridor with the lime green floor which leads to the electric chair. But nobody knows how to deal with the newest inmate, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a giant of a man who has been found guilty of an enormous crime -the rape and murder of two little girls. Yet he is calm and meek to the core, an insightful and childlike hulk of muscle. The more he gets to know Coffey, the more Edgecomb starts to question his guilt. And when Coffey's real power comes to the fore, the lives of those in and around death row, from Warden Hal Moores (James Cromwell) to the psychotic prisoner William "Wild Bill" Wharton (Sam Rockwell), will be changed in ways they never imagined.

"John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) is a new inmate in ĎE Blockí at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Coffey has within him the ability to perform miracles: he heals those who are ill, and breathes life into those who are dying. However, after being wrongly sentenced to death, the only life he canít save is his own.

The image quality throughout this DVD is stunning in spite of the fact that a three-hour movie must start to challenge the MPEG 2 video compression. Framed 1.78:1 and 16x9 enhanced, the picture is sharp, clean and clear throughout with just a hint of grain, to remind you that you are watching a film. I wouldnít hesitate to call it the best video quality Iíve seen on a Warner Bros. DVD to date. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is also quite stunning in itís own right. Constant, often subtle, use of the surround speakers create a convincing atmosphere around you. Of particular note are the number scenes which occur during a storm. Thunder literally comes from all around, putting you right there in middle of the scene. This coupled with Thomas Newmanís highly emotive score makes the soundtrack a pleasure to listen to.

Extras are somewhat limited on this disc, but given the length of the film Iím almost certain that this RSDL (Reverse Spiral Dual Layer) disc has been used to its full capacity. Included is the appropriately titled 'Walking the Mile', a ten-minute featurette which offers a few insights into the production, as well as excerpts from various interviews with the cast and crew, plus author of The Green Mile, Stephen King, who shares his delight with how well the movie has beend adapted. Michael Clarke Duncan also mentions how he got the role of John Coffey after Bruce Willis put in a good word for him to director and co-producer Frank Darabont.

With an engrossing story and superb acting, The Green Mile is a pleasant way to spend three hours, and to top it off itís available with an A+ audio-visual presentation on DVD. "
Ben Hooft

Published: November 30, 2000

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CAST: 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

DIRECTOR: Frank Darabont


RRP: $36.95


DVD RELEASE: September 27, 2000


Anamorphic Widescreen

Dolby Digital 5.1

Behind-the-Scenes Documentary

Theatrical Trailer

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