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The Green Mile 4K UHD Review

“The Green Mile” is another Frank Darabont gem.

Largely set in 1935 at a penitentiary dubbed The Green Mile, this Stephen King adaptation revolves around a Supervising Officer named Paul Edgecomb who meets a towering, simple minded death row inmate named John Coffey who is accused of rape and murder. Paul soon discovers that Coffey is not what he seems. Not only might he be innocent, but he may also possess Godlike supernatural powers. The dynamic between Paul and John isn’t the only storyline here as there are plotlines involving sadistic Corrections Officer (Percy), an inmate (Del) and his mouse (Mr. Jingles), the revelation of the real culprit behind the crimes Coffey was imprisoned for, and Coffey’s miracles.

It’s no secret that Frank Darabont is the master of Stephen King adaptations having helmed “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Mist,” and “The Green Mile.” Darabont (who also wrote the script) has a knack for capturing the spirit of King’s work all while getting the most out of his cast (I’ll get to that in a bit) while also creating an emotional rollercoaster. As we all know, Stephen King is primarily known for horror tales, but ‘Mile’ is different from the normal in that it’s a fantasy drama mixed with a murder mystery and a prison drama. It sounds like a strange combination (and one that seems daunting to pull off), but Darabont handles it all with ease. Yes, the blatant racial stereotypes do hamper the film, but they don’t ruin what is an otherwise deeply moving story about humanity (both the good and the bad). 

You can’t ask for a better cast than this. Tom Hanks is in top form as Paul, Michael Clarke Duncan gives one of the finest performances of his sadly cut short career as John Coffey, and the supporting cast is as good as it gets with the likes of David Morse, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Michael Jeter, Harry Dean Stanton, Bonnie Hunt, Gary Sinise, James Cromwell, Graham Greene, Patricia Clarkson, and Doug Hutchinson (who portrays one of the most vile characters with Percy).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? A pristine 4K print that is noticeably sharper than the Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? A predictably epic Atmos track. 

Extras (all on the Blu-ray aside from the commentary):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Commentary by director Frank Darabont.
* 2 teaser trailers and a theatrical trailer
* “Miracles And Mystery: Creating The Green Mile”- A 6 part extra that covers everything from the adaptation to the acting.
* “Walking The Mile: The Making Of The Green Mile”- A 25 minute featurette with interviews and set footage.
* 2 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Darabont.
* Michael Clarke Dunca’s screen test and Tom Hanks’ makeup tests. 

February 19, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , ,

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