Dead Man Walking

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616784926
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,101

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
Ray Aranha Luis Montoya
Lenore Banks Parent #4
Jack Black Craig Poncelet
Nesbitt Blaisdell Warden Hartman
Steve Boles Sgt. Neal Trapp
Clancy Brown State Trooper
Steve Carlisle Helen's Brother
Kevin Cooney Governor Benedict
Michael Cullen Carl Vitello
Pamela Garmon Mirabeau
Alec Gifford Reporter #3
Barton Heyman Captain Beliveau
Amy Long Opossum Kid #3
Mike Longman News Anchor
Margo Martindale Sister Colleen
Roberta Maxwell Lucille Poncelet
Cortez Nance Jr. Guard #3
Adam Nelson Guard #4
Larry Pine Guy Gilardi
Adele Robbins Nurse
Sally Ann Roberts Reporter #2
Peter Sarsgaard Walter Delacroix
Lois Smith Helen's Mother
Scott Sowers Guard #2
Scott Wilson Chaplain Farley
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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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Languages
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Audio Commentary By Tim Robbins
Side #2 --
   Play Movie
   Languages
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Audio Commentary By Tim Robbins
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Compelling

    Sean Penn as the amoral rapist-murderer is remarkable in his capacity to play different parts. You really hate the man yet know of the barbaric think that's going to happen to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very moving, yet disturbing film

    I recently just watched Dead Man Walking for the first time, I enjoyed this film even though it was very disturbing for me. The fact that this movie was based on a true story is what bothers me the most. At the same time of feeling hatred for Sean Penns character you also become emotionally attached, since they give the story from the ciminal's point of view. I strongly recommend this movie, for anyone who likes to see from the other's point of view.

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