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Forrest Gump:

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FORREST GUMP Jump to Extras Rated: PG

The Movie

A Robert Zemeckis movie is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. From ground-breaking entertainment masterpieces such as the Back to the Future Trilogy, to ambitious if misguided projects such as Contact, Death Becomes Her and What Lies Beneath, Zemeckis has always walked that fine line between indulgent cinematic works of art and mainstream crowd-pleasers. Forrest Gump is both of these things.

For the more patriotic viewer, this film of a simple man moving through extraordinary times is a stirring and triumphant experience, filled with humour, sadness and nostalgia (for those who remember the decades that Gump covers). Anyone with a more pessimistic disposition, will enjoy the awe-inspiring performances from Hanks, Sinise, Wright (Penn) and Sally Field, who all fit so neatly into Forrest’s innocent world that the viewer is taken right along with them.

A simple story transcending the decades in which America, and Forrest, grew up and learned their most important lessons… 5 stars - Digital Dynamitethat stupid is as stupid does.

The Extras

The first disc presents the film in a wonderfully crisp anamorphic 2.35:1 ratio, with the DD5.1 taking you through the eclectic musical soundtrack and boosting Silvestri’s score where needed.

There are two Commentaries to sample; the first from Zemeckis plus the producer and production designer is a completists dream, replete with bottomless information about the project, although you’ll find nearly everything they tell you elsewhere on this release. The second track belongs to producer Finerman, who is largely responsible for digging out Groom’s novel and bringing it to the screen, and as such is a little more interesting.

It’s the second disc that holds most of the extra material though, beginning with a Documentary Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump. This exposé is the usual, although prolonged, Featurette with on-set interviews and musings about the meaning of the film and the effects that placed Forrest in to a number of recognizable moments from history.

Building the World of Forrest Gump centres on the production design, while Through the Ears of Forrest Gump goes into, perhaps too great, detail regarding the process of gaining and adding certain sounds to the finished film. The Magic of Makeup is possibly another unnecessary distraction. Screen Tests for the young Forrest and Jenny, Haley Joel Osment and Robin Wright are a welcome addition though, as is Seeing is Believing, 11 visual effects revelations, including two previously unseen moments where Forrest interrupts a demonstration by Martin Luther King, and plays ping-pong with a young George Bush.

A superb film, greatly enhanced 5 stars - Digital Dynamiteby this impressive selection.

Grant Kempster

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Review © Visual Imagination Ltd 2001. Not for reproduction

A unique journey through modern American history

Credits
Forrest Gump on DVD

Cast
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright
Gary Sinise
Director • Robert Zemeckis
Year • 1994
R1 Duration • 141 mins
R2 Duration • 138 mins
Screen Ratio • 2.35:1
Anamorphic • Yes
Audio • DD5.1
Chapters • 19
R1 Languages •
English, French
R2 Language • English
R1 Subtitles • English
R2 Subtitles • TBC
R1 Release • August 28
R2 Release • November 5
Distributor •
Paramount

 
 

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Highlight

Chapter 17 -
Forrest Meets Forrest

The incredibly poignant moment where, after seeing so many of his loved ones die around him, Forrest meets a life he unwittingly helped create.

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