Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

     
 

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The first two-disc set from Paramount, Forrest Gump is a sight to see, and sure to please anyone who understood the real meaning of the film. To begin, the picture quality is about as good as it gets. Framed at the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and anamorphic, the colors are right on (skin tones are especially on target) and the definition is outstanding. Darker… See more details below

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The first two-disc set from Paramount, Forrest Gump is a sight to see, and sure to please anyone who understood the real meaning of the film. To begin, the picture quality is about as good as it gets. Framed at the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and anamorphic, the colors are right on (skin tones are especially on target) and the definition is outstanding. Darker areas stand out with the correct shading that goes to show what can be done with careful authoring. The sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital English track, is also perfectly realized. Though there is only a slim amount of surround material, the track is very forward and forceful, taking advantage, just at the right time, of the deeper bass. Also available is a French surround track and subtitles in English. As for extras, there is no mistaking that this Academy Award-winning film gets the star treatment. The first of the two discs, along with the movie, has two audio commentary tracks. The first is from director Robert Zemeckis, producer Steve Starkey, and production designer Rick Carter. The second commentary is from another of the producers, Wendy Finerman. Neither is screen-specific, but both are, in different ways, filled with a wealth of valuable information. But it is the second disc that houses the majority of the supplemental materials. There you will find a half-hour documentary (originally released on VHS in 1994) called "Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump." There are enough interviews and behind-the-scenes shots to make this better than the standard fluff piece. Next are some shorter featurettes, "The Magic of Makeup," "Through the Ears of Forrest Gump" (made up of five short segments), and "Building the World Of Forrest Gump -- Production Design." Eleven visual effects discussions, including two scenes that were excised from the film, are the highlight of the extras. Visual effects producer Ken Ralston and his team talk in depth about the multitude of effects shots used in the film. Finally, this disc features a decent photo gallery, some wonderful (though short) screen tests, and a couple of trailers. This is a wonderful DVD set for a memorable movie, certainly worthy of any collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A paean to the enduring values of faith, humility, and common decency, 1994's Forrest Gump remains a shining beacon that overlooks the sea of coarse, cynical, and violent movies currently proffered by Hollywood filmmakers. Tom Hanks won a much-deserved Academy Award for his portrayal of the eponymous protagonist, a dull-witted member of the baby-boom generation who overcomes adversity, survives war, enjoys success, and transforms the lives of all who come into contact with him. Robin Wright is unaccountably touching as the girl he loves; Gary Sinise offers a sharply limned portrayal as Forrest’s scornful army buddy; and Sally Field is memorable as his devoted, long-suffering mother. Director Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for his inspired directing, which partially blunts the satirical edge of Winston Groom’s novel but creates an alternative reality that’s much more soothing to audiences. Digital technology -- innovative for 1994, when the movie was produced -- places Forrest at the scene of decisive historical and cultural events recorded on film over several decades, which lends a comforting air of inevitability to his personal odyssey. Uplifting, warm, and sweet without being saccharine, Forrest Gump celebrates the human spirit with a sureness few contemporary films have ever achieved. The two-disc DVD Special Edition offers a whopping two hours of supplemental features, including a behind-the-scenes documentary on the film’s production; separate featurettes demonstrating the creation of makeup, sound, and visual effects; and photo galleries, screen tests, and theatrical trailers. Additionally, Zemeckis, producers Steve Starkey and Wendy Finerman, and production designer Rick Carter provide commentaries to accompany the film itself.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Forrest Gump is the Baby Boom generation's tribute to itself, a panorama of American culture from the sleepy South of the 1950s to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. The film is a technical masterpiece, skillfully weaving together numerous cultural reference points, all without ever causing the audience to pause for thought. Director Robert Zemeckis and a team of top-notch special effects experts convincingly combined actors with archival footage so that Gump (Michael Conner Humphreys as a child and Tom Hanks as an adult) gets to interact with many famous personalities of the day. Of particular note are Gump's scenes at the University of Alabama, where Forrest meets then-governor George Wallace (via newsreel footage) and football coach Bear Bryant (actor Sonny Shroyer). Similarly outstanding are the sequences set in Vietnam and the later shrimpboat scenes with Gump's best friend (Gary Sinise), a legless war veteran. Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Picture, over critical favorites Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. An interesting sidelight to Hanks' Best Actor win is Jessica Lange's also set-in-Alabama Best Actress performance in Blue Sky in the same year. The wins, however, did not lead Hollywood to rush to set more films in the "Heart of Dixie" state.
Washington Post
Forrest Gump is as poignant as it is romantic, for it is not only a love story but a war story featuring fine supporting performances from Gary Sinise, as a bitter amputee who becomes Forrest's first mate on the shrimp boat, and Mykelti Williamson, as the hero's equally guileless war buddy whom Forrest rescues during an ambush by the Viet Cong. Rita Kempley
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
What a magical movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0097361564449
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
4:11:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, and Rick Carter; Commentary by Wendy Finerman; "Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump" documentary; The magic of makeup; Through the ears of Forrest Gump -- sound design; Building the world of Gump -- production design; Seeing Is Believing:11 visual effects [including two never-before-seen sequences]; Photo gallery; Screen tests; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump
Robin Wright Jenny Curran
Gary Sinise Lt. Dan Taylor
Mykelti Williamson Bubba Blue
Sally Field Mrs. Gump
Michael Conner Humphreys Young Forrest
Hanna R. Hall Young Jenny Curran
Ellen Lewis Actor
Harold G. Herthum Doctor
George Kelly Barber
Bob Penny Cronie
Sam Anderson Principal Hancock
Peter Dobson Young Elvis Presley
Siobhan Fallon School Bus Driver
Jason McGuire Fat Teen
Sonny Shroyer College Football Coach
Brett Rice High School Football Coach
David Brisbin Newscaster
Al Harrington Local Anchor #1
Gary Robinson Bus Recruit
Afemo Omilami Drill Sergeant
Mike Jolly Club Patron
John Voldstad Club Patron
Jeff Winner Club Patron
Byron Minns Wounded Soldier
Stephen Wesley Bridgewater Hospital Officer
John Galt President Johnson
Kevin Davis Black Panther
Geoffrey Blake Wesley
Paul Raczkowski Man in VW Bug
Valentino Chinese Ping Pong Player
Dick Cavett Himself
Joe Alaskey Richard M. Nixon
Peter Bannon Local Correspondent #2
Joe Washington Local Anchor #2
Nora Dunfee Elderly Southern Woman
Hallie D'Amore Waitress in Cafe
Charles Boswell Aging Hippie
Mary Ellen Trainor Jenny's Babysitter
Don Fischer Army Recruiter
Michael Burgess Cleveland
Haley Joel Osment Forrest Junior
Aaron Michael Lacey Lt. Venetti

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Judith A. Cory Makeup
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
James C. Feng Set Decoration/Design
Wendy Finerman Producer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Tom Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Erin Kemp Set Decoration/Design
Elizabeth Lapp Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lewis Casting
Leslie McDonald Art Director
Bruce G. Moriarty Asst. Director
Charles James Newirth Co-producer,Production Designer
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Dennis S. Sands Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steve Starkey Asst. Director,Producer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Steve Tisch Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Forrest Gump
1. I'm Forest...Forest Gump [:15]
2. Mama [2:38]
3. Like Peas and Carrots [1:48]
4. Run Forest Run! [:48]
5. Private Gump [:43]
6. Lieutenant Dan [:26]
7. My Best Good Friend [2:16]
8. Wounded In the Buttocks [:40]
9. You're My Girl [2:43]
10. National Celebrity [5:27]
11. Happy New Year [2:04]
12. Shrimp Boat Captain [5:26]
13. Bubba Gump [1:44]
14. Mama's Trip To Heaven [2:02]
15. Jenny Comes Home [:31]
16. A Little Run [:11]
17. Forrest Meets Forrest [1:21]
18. Beloved Mother, Wife and Friend [6:51]
19. Credits [2:08]

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