There is little point in reviewing the film, there is nothing left unsaid about it...however as one of my favourite films of all time I was eager to upgrade my DVD version to blu-ray. So was it worth the move upwards...well yes and no.
Early on this transfer is a little grainy, the early court room scene when the credits are still rolling (although better than SDVD) was disappointing and, horror of horrors, there was even a little pixallation on the words of the credits (a definite hi def no-no).
However as the film progressed things did get better. I agree that for someone who has seen this movie a lot there are little hi def treats in there. Reading the guards badges for instance and the cut of the prisoners uniforms. From a visual aspect Shawshank is a dull film, its meant to be that way, and this hi def transfer does not glitter on the screen say like Crimson Tide or 2001 ASO, but there is still plenty there for the geeks amongst us to enjoy.
Audio wise, again Shawshank doesn't lend itself to a glittering soundtrack, it's mostly vocals and the odd dramatic musical crescendo. It sounds OK, but nothing to write home about.
Shawshank has always been a cerebral film, like most of Stephen Kings novels, so I find it hard to criticise this transfer too much. It could have been better, but it's not bad by any means.
As the title of this review states if you are a Shawshank fan (and I am) then it's worth buying, however for the hi def transfer alone I wouldn't part with the cash.
5 star film...3 star hi def transfer.