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Mark Jonathan Harris' fascinating Holocaust documentary Into the Arms of Strangers comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Those wishing an even deeper understanding of this remarkable story should listen to the two commentary tracks by the filmmakers, as well as watch the bonus interviews included on the disc. Other features include a photo gallery, a theatrical trailer, and coverage...
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Mark Jonathan Harris' fascinating Holocaust documentary Into the Arms of Strangers comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Those wishing an even deeper understanding of this remarkable story should listen to the two commentary tracks by the filmmakers, as well as watch the bonus interviews included on the disc. Other features include a photo gallery, a theatrical trailer, and coverage of the London and Berlin openings of this film. This is a great disc for both film enthusiasts and history buffs.
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Special Features

Two feature-length audio commentaries by the filmmakers, with branching features; Bonus interviews with Lord Richard Attenborough and others ; Coverage of the London and Berlin premieres; Memorabilia from the Kinder; Photo gallery; Kinder, parents, and rescuers profiles; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français [Dubbed in Quebec]; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; DVD-ROM:; Web site link; Study guide access
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Into the Arms of Strangers takes a neglected aspect of a heavily documented period in history and makes it emotionally meaningful. Granted, this story doesn't require a hard sell, since this documentary involves children fleeing from the Holocaust. Also, the film doesn't thoroughly explore the historical and political background of this story, such as the reasons why the United States didn't set up a similar program (although the film does note that some American politicians opposed the plan because, they said, it was against God's will to separate children from their parents). The use of stock footage and archival materials isn't particularly innovative, although the way the camera pans slowly over the faces in photographs is quite effective; and while Judi Dench is a fine choice for narrator, the film works better when narration is used sparingly. The reason why Into the Arms of Strangers is so affecting is because of the interviewees, including several former "kinder," a parent, a foster parent, and a couple organizers. They personalize the Kindertransport through lengthy, articulate, candid, and detail-filled comments spoken directly to the camera. These descriptions convey the children's feelings of abandonment and loss, the parents' feelings of frustration and guilt, the foster parents' struggles to understand the children, and the pent-up sorrow and anger that they all felt. We learn about the emotional toll of these experiences through revealing moments in the children's lives: realizing that Nazism had reached your world when nobody shows up at your birthday party; going to people's homes and asking them to help your parents get visas; lying to your foster parent about your sister's hair color so he'll accept her into his household; getting pulled by your father out of a train window because he couldn't bear parting with you; discovering what happened to your parents in the concentration camps; and reuniting with parents you hadn't seen in years. The latter part of the film pays particular attention to former "kinder" Kurt Fuchel; we learn about his experiences through the perspectives of his biological parents, his foster mother, and Kurt himself. This helps us understand what the Kindertransport meant to the different people who were involved, as well as raising some interesting questions about the definition of a family. Into the Arms of Strangers won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the American Cinema Editors' Award for Best Edited Documentary Film; it was also nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • UPC: 085391887225
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judi Dench Voice Only
Technical Credits
Mark Jonathan Harris Director, Screenwriter
Kate Amend Editor
Lee Holdridge Score Composer, Songwriter
Don Lenzer Cinematographer
Deborah Oppenheimer Producer
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

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0. scene selections
1. Prologue. [1:28]
2. Pride and joy. [:27]
3. Life under Hitler. [:04]
4. Invasion of Austria. [:05]
5. Where to flee. [:04]
6. Ninth of November. [:04]
7. Birth of the Kindertransport. [2:38]
8. The Kinder. [3:04]
9. Preparing to leave. [3:16]
10. Last goodbyes. [3:11]
11. The journey. [5:18]
12. Arrival in England. [3:35]
13. Kurt and Mariam. [6:13]
14. Hostels and manors. [3:04]
15. Dear parents. [8:27]
16. On the shoulders of children. [5:38]
17. War. [7:43]
18. Somewhere to belong. [2:39]
19. The Dunera. [:46]
20. Deportation to the camps. [:04]
21. The Coventry blitz. [:05]
22. Work of importance. [:05]
23. Family reunion. [:04]
24. War's end. [1:12]
25. Survival is an accident. [:04]
26. Another set of parents. [:05]
27. Living with the past. [:05]
28. Coda and End Credits. [:04]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   play movie
   languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: French (Dubbed in Quebec)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
      Continue (Credits)
   special features
      Cast & Crew
         Narrated by Judi Dench
         Archival Research by Corrinne Collett
         Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer Gary Rydstrom
         Music by Lee Holdridge
         Director of Photography Don Lenzer
         Edited by Kate Amend
         Produced by Deborah Oppenheimer
         Written and Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris
      Producer Deborah Oppenheimer and Writer/Director Mark Jonathan Harris Commentary
      Editor Kate Amend, Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer Gary Rydstrom, Archival
      Lord Richard Attenborough Interview
      Additional Interviews
         Eva Hayman
         Inge Sadan
         Lore Segal and Franzi Groszmann
         Norbert Wollheim
      Photo Gallery
         Historic Background
         United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibition
         Production Stills
      The Kinder
      The Parents
      The Rescuers
      Awards
      Premiere Footage
         London: HRH The Prince of Wales
         Berlin: Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and AOL Time Warner Chief Executive Officer
      Historical Artifacts
         Memorabilia from the Kinder
         Kindertransport Instructions
      Theatrical Trailer
      Continue (Credits)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT HISTORY

    THIS BOOK IS VERY INFORMATIVE ABOUT HOW THE JEWISH CHILDREN OF GERMANY FLED THE NAZI NATION AND HOW THEY WERE LED TO SAFETY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC....

    This was an excellent movie...If you are interested in this topic, you will also enjoy Dorit B. Whiteman's critically acclaimed Holocaust books: ''The Uprooted'', which examines how some Jews (including many Kindertransport passengers) managed to miraculously escape Nazi occupied countries and describes the emotional aftermaths of their ordeals, and ''Escape Via Siberia'', which tells the dramatic story of a Polish boy who surived exile in Siberia and joined the only Russian Kindertransport.

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    Posted February 6, 2009

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