The Green Mile (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
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Miracles happen in unexpected places, even on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey, a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates. Tom Hanks leads a stellar cast (including Michael Clarke Duncan as Coffey) in this emotional, uplifting story of guards and captives; husbands and wives; prisoners and a remarkable mouse named Mr. Jingles; and, on another level, of a moviemaker and his source. Frank Darabont returns after his 1994 directorial debut The Shawshank Redemption to adapt another Stephen King tale into a crowd-pleasing entertainment nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Frank Darabont
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 3 hours and 8 minutes
- Release date : December 1, 2009
- Actors : Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell
- Producers : David Valdes, Frank Darabont
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B001AQT13K
- Writers : Frank Darabont
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I used VidAngel to filter some of the language, so I could share this with my children. They loved it too.
Read the book first if you wish, as there are some events which this movie changed a bit. either way, watch this movie (with VidAngel if you can)
I enjoyed the special features very much also. Even though I have not read Stephen King’s original books, I did, however, find it incredibly surprising---and cool---that unlike many other film adaptations of books, which are, more often than not, deliberately altered to such an extent, they are nothing like the original story, “The Green Mile,” according to Stephen King himself, is one of the vert few exceptions to the rule. This movie, apparently, is completely faithful to the original story---and I found that to be incredibly cool. This movie has something for everyone---Sci-Fi, suspense, drama, tragedy, romance, etc. I also thought it was cool and interesting that they were so meticulous in terms of recreating the world of American prisons as they had existed back in the 1930’s (because that was apparently when both the movie and the original books---were set).
I was, however, a bit perplexed by that one scene at the beginning of the movie where Officer Paul Edgecombe, the former prison guard, was brought to tears---either out of sadness, trauma or simple sentimentality---I am not sure which---when he saw that one scene from some Fred Astaire movie called “Top Hat,” which I have not heard of, let alone seen--- because I don’t know what the connection really is between that song in the movie and Officer Edgecombe’s time as a prison guard apart from the fact that it happened to have been on TV one time when he was working there. That was strange and perplexing. I also did not quite understand why every time John Coffey healed someone, bugs would come out of his mouth. I did not quite understand the connection between those healings and the bugs. That was kind of odd. I was also surprised, and somewhat disappointed, that John Coffey still wanted to be executed rather than taking up that one guard’s offer to release him. That was both strange and disappointing.
Overall, however, it was a great movie which I would recommend.
Each life attitude thought behavior memory carries within its own consequences. For Miracle of God John Coffey the consequence is inability to remember details of human unkindness "I don't rightly remember" and the forward drive to "take it back" by inhaling other's pain into himself with kiss it all better empathy, then "sick it up" vomiting out others' memory burdens. After each healing episode John Coffey is drained and spent, emotional amnesia erasing the event into a limbo of dementia. Yet his metacognition remains: he is forced to live long in loneliness, witnessing pain and trying to kiss it better.
Suffering is the story we tell ourselves, ideas beliefs judgment, about pain. John Coffey understands that life is what it is. Compassion allows the rest of humanity to acknowledge pain in others, while remaining functional in the face of suffering, and try to help. John Coffey feels obligated to "take it back." John Coffey's compulsion to reverse the afflictions of humanity creates existential pain which he cannot escape. John knows that his punishment for living long with the gift of caring is unescapable emotional pain.
All carers suffer burnout burdened by memory. After John Coffey's death, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) and Brutus "Brutal" Howell (David Morse) transfer to Juvenile Detention in hopes of harm prevention, guiding youth toward more functional less painful lives taking a right turn away from irreversible regret.
2 Disc Edition includes Frank Darabont writer director commentary, additional scenes with commentary, Walking the Mile making of documentary, Miracles and Mystery 6 documentaries: Stephen King storyteller, Art of Adaptation, Acting, production design, Special Effects, the Tail of Mr Jingles, Makeup tests Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan screen test, Teaser Trailer A Case Study. The capture of the soul of a story more than the exact scenes is a perilous art and the entire film commentary reveals how challenging it was to recreate a miracle on film.
In a crucial scene Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) reveals to his wife: I've done some things in my life I'm not proud of. But for the first time I feel I am truly at risk of hell.
5* contemplation on burden of carrying the gift of healing and memory.
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John Coffey is a special man. Not a murderer.
Great turn from the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Should have won an oscar for his role here.
Best three hours of my life watching this life changing film.