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Fighter

Overview

The engaging documentary Fighter comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The soundtrack is as good as it needs to be. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, deleted scenes, biographies of the cast and crew, the original theatrical trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is a solid release that will be of particular interest to documentary film enthusiasts and those with an interest in the WWII era history.
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Overview

The engaging documentary Fighter comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The soundtrack is as good as it needs to be. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, deleted scenes, biographies of the cast and crew, the original theatrical trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is a solid release that will be of particular interest to documentary film enthusiasts and those with an interest in the WWII era history.
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Special Features

Previously unseen footage; Filmmakers' commentary; Photo gallery; Trailer gallery ; Scene access; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Fighter was shot inexpensively on video without much cinematic flair; it covers historical topics that have been addressed in greater depth in other documentaries; and it doesn't offer remarkable detective work, surprising revelations, or even a satisfying sense of closure. What it does offer is a fascinating portrait of the combative relationship between two friends, Jan Wiener and Arnost Lustig. Wiener is the "fighter" of the movie's title; he survived both the Holocaust and a Communist prison camp because he is a pugnacious man who refuses to surrender in the face of adversity. He draws the strength to survive from his anger at the injustices he has suffered; indeed, he credits his hatred of a smug Nazi collaborator with enabling him to survive his ordeals during WWI. Lustig, who was imprisoned in a concentration camp during the war, is also a survivor. However, he is more of a moral relativist and bon vivant; his personal anecdotes are often laced with gallows humor and wry observations about life, and he even describes how his father used to laugh when hearing Hitler's speeches on the radio. Lustig likes to tease Wiener about his handsomeness and ask him provocative questions about his fight to survive. He may be asking these questions because of jealousy over Wiener's physical appearance and uncompromising bravery; he may be asking them due to his own sense of guilt for joining the Communist party; or he may be asking them because he is naturally inquisitive; in any case, these questions and remarks produce a lot of tension between the two. This is bad for their friendship but good for the film, which benefits considerably from the clash between these two men's temperaments. Indeed, the main reason to watch this movie is to observe this conflict; the filmmakers found a natural, unaffected, and dramatically interesting way to examine the Holocaust through two different perspectives by letting these two men argue about it, both directly and indirectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • UPC: 720229910316
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 92,899

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnost Lustig
Technical Credits
Amir Bar-Lev Director
Peter Broderick Executive Producer
Jonathan Crosby Producer
Jeff Daniel Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Griffin Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Meet Jan and Arnost [3:43]
2. Was She Really a Nun? [4:03]
3. The Munich Pact [2:43]
4. Four Pairs of Shoes [3:23]
5. I Came to Kill You [7:11]
6. A Momentary Enemy [2:01]
7. Communist Prisoner [8:51]
8. A Walk With Arnost [3:09]
9. A city for the Jews [11:30]
10. The Suicide [7:08]
11. My God, What a Nation [3:37]
12. Under the Train [4:50]
13. Don't Say It's a Cop Out [5:34]
14. Johnny From America [8:17]
15. The Argument [3:24]
16. A Hero of Our Time [5:04]
17. End Credits [2:20]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Bonus Footage
         Film People Are Devils
         Zuzana Before the Trip
         The Odd Couple
         Arnost on the Camps
         A Trip on the Vltava
         Arnost Loses His House
         Jan Tickles Arnost
         Jan Looks For His Father's Bible
         Arnost Joins a Fascist March
         Losing Faith
         Racing Bed Bugs
         Are You a Catholic or a Protestant Jew?
         Arnost Cracks a Joke
      Commentary
         Commentary With Amir Bar-Lev, Jonathan Crosby and Alex Mamlet
            On
            Off
      Photo Gallery
   Trailer Gallery
      Up
      Tuvalu
      Aberdeen
      New York in the Fifties
   First Run Features
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