Walk the Line (Region 1 DVD)

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Movies & TV
10 Aug 2017
Region 1
135 min
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Walk the Line
Release Year
Running Time
135 min
Dramas / Biographical / Country Music / Crime / Music / Musicians / Prison / Theatrical Release / True Story
Primarily the story of the love that grew between country stars Johnny Cash and June Carter during the early years of Cash's career, WALK THE LINE is the result of intense collaboration between director James Mangold, co-writer Gill Dennis, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Though both Cashes died in 2003, they oversaw the script's development for seven years. Mangold and Cash's insistence that the film's stars would actually sing paid off. Witherspoon's singing (as June) is lovely, and Phoenix's contains the raw energy and soul that defined Cash's sound.

Even as a child on a cotton farm in Depression-era Arkansas, Cash shows a strong interest in music, escaping from his no-frills life and strict father (Robert Patrick) through hymns and listening to the radio. When his brother dies in a freak accident, young Johnny feels responsible, and worries that he will never live up to his brother's goodness. The film follows Cash through his first marriage with Vivian Cash (Ginnifer Goodwin) and into the early stages of his touring career alongside such musicians as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and most importantly, June Carter. As Cash's success grows, so does his relationship with drugs, alcohol, and Carter, putting a strain upon his family life. From his initial audition with Sam Phillips of Sun Records on through his legendary 1968 concert at Folsom Prison, Cash is transformed from a hesitant singer riddled with demons to a man whose uniquely bold style would make music history. WALK THE LINE never attempts to paint a full picture of Cash's prolific career, but instead focuses on the passions that drove his music and on the woman who gave him strength. With magical performances by Witherspoon and Phoenix, a haunting and inspiring American romance is brought beautifully to life.
Theatrical Release: November 18, 2005
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Keep Case
  • Full Frame - 1.33
  • Widescreen - 2.35
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Dolby Digital Surround - Spanish, French
  • DTS - English
  • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
Additional Release Material:
  • Music Video: Extended Versions
  • Behind the Scenes: Making of WALK THE LINE
  • 1. "Folsom Cash & The Comeback"
  • 2. "Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny & June"
Additional Products:
  • Collectible Postcards (5)
  • Disc 1: WALK THE LINE - Feature Presentation
  • Disc 2: WALK THE LINE - Supplemental Materials
Cast & Crew
James Mangold
Dan Beene / Ridge Canipe / Ginnifer Goodwin / Tyler Hilton / Shooter Jennings / Sandra Ellis Lafferty / Shelby Lynn / Robert Patrick / Waylon Payne / Joaquin Phoenix / Jonathan Rice / Dallas Roberts / Reese Witherspoon
Gill Dennis
T-Bone Burnett
Kathy Conrad / James Keach
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments....WALK THE LINE is zesty and satisfying."
Owen Gleiberman (25 Nov 2005, p.75)
Film Comment
"Witherspoon's bubbly twang brings the brassy former child country star and future Mrs. Cash into adorable reality."
Chris Norris (1 Nov 2005, p.74)
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Phoenix is commanding, and Witherspoon is just plain sensational; she captures June's sassiness along with her levelheadedness....WALK THE LINE turns out to be an entertaining ride through musical history, flavored with a sweet romantic spirit."
Stephen Farber (1 Nov 2005, p.100-102)
New York Times
"Cash and Carter's long infatuation, tumultuous relationship and eventual marriage provide the film with an emotional core."
A. O. Scott (18 Nov 2005, p.E1)
3 stars out of 4 -- "[With a] very clear respect for Cash and his music...[and] two superb, heartfelt performances..."
Glenn Kenny (1 Dec 2005, p.57-58)
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There is something really special going on in WALK THE LINE....Phoenix and Witherspoon are dynamite, and their chemistry is palpable."
Peter Travers (1 Dec 2005, p.135)
Sight and Sound
"Phoenix handles the transition from faltering baritone to growling basso profundo brilliantly, his voice dropping deep into his boots as Johnny's soul descends into the ring of fire."
Mark Kermode (1 Feb 2006, p.83-84)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a career-high channelling of the myth, the voice....Witherspoon nails Carter as a spritely, sun-tickled puppy-dog with the soul of a poet..."
Andy Lowe (1 Jun 2006, p.110-112)
Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "James Mangold's stunning biopic of Johnny Cash showcases a mesmerizing central performance from Joaquin Phoenix..."
Nikki Baughan (1 May 2008, p.94)
USA Today
"WALK THE LINE goes from compelling to enthralling with star Joaquin Phoenix's breakout scene. His re-creation of 'Get Rhythm' is an exhilarating moment, with showmanship that truly surprises."
Mike Clark (23 Nov 2005, p.7D)
Wall Street Journal
"Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter....Her work as Cash's beloved wife is still startling for its humor, verve and intelligence."
(17 Dec 2010, )


Academy Awards
Best Actress
Winner: 2005 - Reese Witherspoon

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Based on a true story. It is always interesting to see the back story of famous singers (etc) enabling the viewer to understand the historical context behind popular songs.