Forrest Gump to arrive in high definition

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Paramount Home Entertainment has added the beloved Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump to their Blu-Ray line-up, scheduling the film for release in November.

“Stupid is as stupid does, ” says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy, who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest’s mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.

The release will be presented in a 1080p high definition transfer that is complemented by a DTS 5.1 HD Master Lossless Audio track. Of course the release will also contain a number of extras, such as a Commentary Track with Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter. A second Commentary Track will feature Wendy Finerman. Further you will find the Greenbow Diary on the disc, as well as a Featurette on The Art of Screenplay Adaptation and another one on Getting Past Impossible. For fans of the things technical, the disc contains the Featurette ”Forrest Gump and The Visual Effects Revolution” also. ”Musical Signposts to History” is a Featurette on the use of music as “Chronological Set Design” for the Times of Forrest Gump.

The release will feature an Introduction by Ben Fong-Torres, as well as the features Little Forrest and An Evening with Forrest Gump.

“Forrest Gump” will arrive in stores on November 3 for $39.99.

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