“In one of the most remarkable stories in home video history,

The Shawshank Redemption found its real mass audience on tapes and discs…”

 – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


Tim Robbins            Morgan Freeman

The Shawshank Redemption

10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition Debuts October 5 from Warner Home Video


Beloved Film Arrives with Director Commentary,

Two In-Depth Documentaries, 2004 Charlie Rose Show Segment

and a Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set


Eight-City Theatrical Release Begins September 24


Burbank, Calif., June 22, 2004 – Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption -- which received seven Oscar®  nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Score and Best Screenplay -- will be released by Warner Home Video (WHV) as a deluxe, bonus-packed 10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD October 5.  The double-disc DVD will sell for $26.99 SRP/$19.95 MAP.  In addition, there will be a 10th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set, which will include film historian Mark Kermode’s book about the movie’s production and popularity and the soundtrack CD of Thomas Newman’s beautiful score along with the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. The Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set will be available for $44.99 SRP.  Order due date for both is September 7.


 “When I realized last year that we were approaching the ten-year anniversary of the theatrical release of The Shawshank Redemption, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to respond to fans’ requests for a Special Edition DVD,” Darabont notes, “I’m really thrilled that Warner Home Video agreed.  The picture and sound are new, sparkling, state-of-the-art transfers that will take your breath away.  We’ve made every effort to create supplemental materials that are both comprehensive and satisfying, the highlights of which are two superb documentaries totaling nearly ninety minutes.”


In addition to the 10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release, The Shawshank Redemption will have an exclusive two-week limited theatrical engagement beginning September 24 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Austin.  Darabont added, “I’m hoping fans who first discovered the film on video will take this opportunity to see it in theaters before they check out the new DVD, because that’s the way the movie was truly meant to be seen.”and 1999’s The Green Mile.


The Shawshank Redemption actually found its own ‘redemption’ on home video.  While the film was considered an underachiever at the box office, the subsequent critical acclaim along with positive word of mouth, resulted in an explosive home video debut, topping the charts in

1995, before the DVD revolution began.  It has maintained a strong following over the last decade and consistently ranks #1 or #2 on the Internet Movie Database’s (IMDB) User Poll of the top 250 movies.


Enriching DVD Extras

The Two-Disc DVD Special Edition includes the following extras:

·        Commentary with Director Frank Darabont

·        Two in-depth cast/filmmaker documentaries

o       Hope Springs Eternal: A look at The Shawshank Redemption

o       Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature

·        The Charlie Rose Show, 2004 10th Anniversary re-release interview with Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

·        The Sharktank Redemption, Natalie and Doug Van Doren’s 25-minute Film Festival- winning comic spoof, starring Alfonso Freeman, Morgan Freeman’s son.

·        Stills gallery

·        Storyboards

·        DVD ROM link to WHV web site

·        Theatrical trailer

The DVD will be available in widescreen format and will include English 5.1 and French 2.0 sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.



This inspiring drama tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at Maine’s Shawshank Prison.  He is befriended by longtime convict Red (Freeman) who’s been in long enough to know the ropes and helps him cope with the frightening realities of prison life.  As the two men grow closer, so does the sense of hope that can truly set them free.




Date: September - 2004

Hi everybody, Frank Darabont here.

I'm sending all the fans of Shawshank a big hello, as well as sharing some news
I hope you'll be excited about. This year is the Ten Year Anniversary of The
Shawshank Redemption! (As Andy says in the movie, "I wonder where ten years
went?")To mark the occasion, Warner Brothers and I have come up with an
excellent way to celebrate. First, on September 24th, we're going to re-release
Shawshank in theaters in eight citites across the country -- Los Angeles, New
York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Austin. This
will give folks a chance to see Shawshank the way it was meant to be seen, on
the big screen. Also, be aware that if enough people show up the first week,
there's an excellent chance we'll widen the release to additional cities the
second week, so if you live in one of the places I've mentioned, check it out --
your support might help get it released in other cities where even more people
would get a chance to see it.

Even more exciting, though, is what comes after. On October 5th, two weeks after
we open in theaters, we'll be releasing our Ten Year Anniversary Special Edition
DVD! I've put a lot of effort into making this DVD as worthwhile as possible for
the fans, and it will include the following:

1) A sparkling new transfer. (The old one wasn't great.)

2) Director's commentary. (Enough fans have asked through the years that I knew
a Special Edition wouldn't be complete without one.)

3) Two awesome documentaries totaling about 90 minutes that deal with the making
of the film and the subsequent effect it's had on the moviegoing public. (I
really love these documentaries, they're excellently done.)

4) A yet-to-be-aired appearance by me, Morgan Freeman, and Tim Robbins on the
Charlie Rose show where we talk about making the film and the ten-year

5) A very funny parody film called The Sharktank Redemption by young filmmakers
Doug and Natalie Van Doren.

6) New Shawshank art has been created specifically for this anniversary release
by poster artist extraordinaire Drew Struzan. The new art will be featured on
the theatrical one-sheet poster as well as the DVD cover. In addition, fans will
be given information on the DVD about how they can order giclee prints of Drew's
amazing art in a very high-quality, very limited edition. (For those who may not
know, giclees are by far the best way to reproduce art, far better than a
lithograph...you actually can't tell a giclee print from the original art, even
side by side, that's how good the process is.)

7) There will be an extensive gallery of still images, as well as the storyboard
art for two of the film's sequences. (One sequence appears in the film as
storyboarded, but the other does not -- I didn't have enough time to shoot it as
planned, so what you see in the film is a much-simplified version.)

8) Those who buy the deluxe Special Edition DVD will also receive a CD of Thomas
Newman's awesome musical score, plus an excellent book about Shawshank written
by Mark Kermode (who also made on of the documentaries that appears on the
supplemental materials disc.)

I do hope this comes as welcome news to all of you who have embraced The
Shawshank Redemption so warmly through the years! I'm very excited that many of
you will get the chance to see it on the big screen again (or for the first
time!), and even more excited about the wonderful DVD we've put together -- I
think it's a pretty complete package. I hope to see your reactions on this
website in the future! Until then, my best to everybody.