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Walking the Green Mile
The Green Mile (DVD)
Member Name: Kells
The Green Mile (DVD)
Date: 28/03/01, updated on 30/03/01 (235 review reads)
Advantages: Good storyline, strong acting, moving storyline
Disadvantages: Graphic death scenes if you don't like that kind of thing.
The Green Mile has got to be one of the best films of all time. Described as a drama yet it combines so many different elements such as humour, a mystical element and of course the very sad theme. It's based on the book written by Stephen King yet it's far from the expected horror story. It's been described by Stephen King as "the best screen adaptation I've ever seen."
The acting is very strong throughtout. Tom Hanks (Paul Edgecomb) leads as a prison officer looking after the prisoners that have been sentenced to death. There are several officers however Paul seems to be the one that has the most compassion and feeling for the prisoners. He understands what they have done yet he never seems to judge them for it. One day John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan)arrives and the storyline explodes. John appears to be withdrawn and frightened to start with and as the film progresses Paul finds out, in a very mystical and moving way, that John is innocent of his crime. He's now faced with a dilmema. Does he kill an innocet man because it's the right thing to do, or does he try and explain how he knows John is innocent and lose his job? Along with many other twists this is a fantastic film.
Unlike other DVD's there's quite a lack of the extra features seeing as it is such a long awaited film staring so many fantastic actors. Each of the extra features that are included can be accessed by pressing the menu button. As with most DVD's it includes scene access which is very handy to have. For example if you have a favourite part of the film you can easliy reach it by in-putting the scene number, likewise if there is part of the film which you don't like you can easily skip it.
Again, like other DVD's there is a choice of language. English and German is available, as well as English, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finish, Icelandic and Italian subtitles!!!! The
trailor for the film has been included, it proved to be quite intersting to watch this after watching the film. That way you can practically analyse if the trailor has decieved you at all, this one certainly didnt't as the film was so much better. Finally a mini documentary is included named "Walking the Mile." It's very interesting to see how parts of the film were made. The actors are also speaking on it about their parts and you are able to gain a greater insight to how they added a more emotional side to their parts.