Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

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Director: Tim Robbins

Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky

     
 

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Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon star in the powerful prison drama Dead Man Walking. MGM has done only a passable job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. Aside of being non-anamorphic, this image often suffers from a darkness in the picture and some excessive grain and dirt. However, most of the colors appear solid and bright with the black levelsSee more details below

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Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon star in the powerful prison drama Dead Man Walking. MGM has done only a passable job on this 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. Aside of being non-anamorphic, this image often suffers from a darkness in the picture and some excessive grain and dirt. However, most of the colors appear solid and bright with the black levels generally well saturated. A 1.33:1 full frame version is available on side B. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French. Much like the video presentation, the audio portions of this disc are only mediocre at best. Dead Man Walking is a film that would have benefited greatly from a new Dolby 5.1 remix. Sadly, fans are left with this flat and lifeless soundtrack instead. Also included on this disc are Spanish subtitles. Extra features are limited to a very enticing commentary track by writer/director Tim Robbins, who discusses many aspects on the production of the film, and a single theatrical trailer for the movie.

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A startling and provocative achievement, Dead Man Walking manages the not insubstantial feat of making an eloquent statement against the death penalty while refusing to excuse the killer of his crimes. Preferring to make a case for humanity and the capacity for human forgiveness, writer/director Tim Robbins avoids the self-righteous moralizing that often mars "message" movies. Instead of vilifying those on either side of the death penalty issue, he paints an even portrait of the rage, grief, and complexity in the arguments of both camps. Although Dead Man Walking is remarkable for Robbins' presentation of the many moral and personal issues surrounding the death penalty, it is most memorable for the performances of Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Penn, in particular, manages to be reprehensible and charismatic all at once: as hateful as he is, the audience cannot look away from him. He makes an initially vile character ultimately sympathetic without resorting to sentiment or manipulation. The performance is uncompromising: never once do we see him try to vie for the audience's sympathy, and his eventual salvation comes on his terms alone. For her part, Sarandon turns in one of the best performances of her career. Her Sister Prejean is both drawn to and repelled by Poncelet, and Sarandon captures these conflicting emotions with honesty and grace. Rather than make Prejean a saint, Sarandon plays her as an unwaveringly decent but flawed human being. She is smart enough to realize the repercussions of her support of Poncelet but compassionate enough to believe that her brand of Christianity must have as much room for those who have sinned as for those who have been sinned against. Thanks to her portrayal and that of Penn, Dead Man Walking is carried by two performances that don't seem to have a hint of acting about them.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
UPC:
0027616784926
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
1,399

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by Tim Robbins; Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Sarandon Sister Helen Prejean
Sean Penn Mathew Poncelet
Robert Prosky Hilton Barber
Raymond J. Barry Earl Delacroix
R. Lee Ermey Clyde Percy
Celia Weston Mary Beth Percy
Lois Smith Helen's Mother
Scott Wilson Chaplain Farley
Roberta Maxwell Lucille Poncelet
Margo Martindale Sister Colleen
Barton Heyman Captain Beliveau
Steve Boles Sgt. Neal Trapp
Nesbitt Blaisdell Warden Hartman
Ray Aranha Luis Montoya
Larry Pine Guy Gilardi
Kevin Cooney Governor Benedict
Clancy Brown State Trooper
Adele Robbins Nurse
Michael Cullen Carl Vitello
Jack Black Craig Poncelet
Steve Carlisle Helen's Brother
Amy Long Opossum Kid #3
Sally Ann Roberts Reporter #2
Alec Gifford Reporter #3
Mike Longman News Anchor
Lenore Banks Parent #4
Cortez Nance Guard #3
Adam Nelson Guard #4
Pamela Garmon Mirabeau
Scott Sowers Guard #2
Peter Sarsgaard Walter Delacroix

Technical Credits
Tim Robbins Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Tim Baven Producer
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Michael Bigger Makeup
Lisa Churgin Editor
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Laurie Friedman Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Kilik Producer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Allan Nicholls Associate Producer
David Robbins Score Composer
Mark Seldis Associate Producer
Rudd Simmons Producer
Bruce Springsteen Score Composer
Tom Waits Score Composer
Tom Warren Art Director
Bob White Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [5:05]
2. On Common Ground [9:20]
3. A Friendly Lawyer [5:53]
4. "You're Not From TV?" [5:10]
5. Defense/Prosecution [9:44]
6. Lost Lives [4:51]
7. Surreal Protest [5:52]
8. Hopes Parents [8:07]
9. Battling Racism [6:33]
10. True Crime [8:53]
11. Final Reflections [4:39]
12. In Deep Water [5:19]
13. A Family Left Behind [5:47]
14. Final Appeal [5:19]
15. Admissoin of Guilt [9:50]
16. "Dead Man Walking!" [4:52]
17. "Killing Is Wrong!" [7:38]
18. Letting Go/Credits [9:08]
Side #2 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Credits [:08]
2. On Common Ground [5:03]
3. A Friendly Lawyer [9:20]
4. "You're Not From TV?" [5:52]
5. Defense/Prosecution [5:10]
6. Lost Lives [9:44]
7. Surreal Protest [4:51]
8. Hope's Parents [5:52]
9. Battling Racism [8:07]
10. True Crime [6:33]
11. Final Reflection [8:53]
12. In Deep Water [4:39]
13. A Family Left Behind [5:18]
14. Final Appeal [5:47]
15. Admission of Guilt [5:19]
16. "Dead Man Walking!" [9:50]
17. "Killing Is Wrong!" [4:51]
18. Letting Go/Credits [7:38]

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