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Forrest Gump

"While I was watching it I cried and laughed alternately"

"the whole rollercoast ride of emotions"

"Pure Genius - an all time favourite film of mine"

"This really is Such a Good film!"

Forrest Gump - Special 2-disc Collector's Edition by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks

The story of Forrest Gump, an innocent and childlike man, who found himself present for many of the most memorable events in American history from the 1950s through to the 1970s. Forrest, however, was for the most part, totally oblivious to the significance of his actions... Based on the novel by Winston Groom.

Review

If you read the label on a box of chocolates you'll know exactly what you're gonna get. Life isn't like that in Forrest Gump, however, which is one of the reasons why this movie divided appreciative audiences from hard-hearted critics like few others before it. Audiences responded to the Frank Capra-style sentimentality of this warm-hearted tale of a good ol' American boy making his way in the world without ever losing his pure and simple innocence. Forrest Gump displays all the craftsmanship of one of Hollywood's most inventive directors and features a central performance from an actor renowned for his total commitment to every role. Thanks to Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks, even the most cynical critic will find it hard not to shed at least one tear. The soundtrack is great, too.

On the DVD: another good two-disc set gives fans of Gump and budding filmmakers alike plenty to enjoy. The anamorphic picture and Dolby Surround on Disc 1 do full justice to Zemeckis' vision. Disc 2 has the usual making of documentary (30 mins), plus some neat featurettes on the production and sound design and the many special effects shots (including how they made Gary Sinise lose his legs). All in all this is a worthwhile package.

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