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Comedian Robin Williams once again takes on a dramatic role in the Holocaust film Jakob the Liar. Columbia has done an excellent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer, making sure that it's as close to reference quality as one can get. All aspects of this transfer, including colors, black levels, and flesh tones, look very even and well rendered. Also included on this disc is a full frame 1.33:1 version of the film. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and sounds exceptional. The use of directional ...
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Comedian Robin Williams once again takes on a dramatic role in the Holocaust film Jakob the Liar. Columbia has done an excellent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer, making sure that it's as close to reference quality as one can get. All aspects of this transfer, including colors, black levels, and flesh tones, look very even and well rendered. Also included on this disc is a full frame 1.33:1 version of the film. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and sounds exceptional. The use of directional sounds is present during almost the entire film, and no hiss or distortion is present during the feature. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Jakob the Liar includes a small but substantial array of extra features. Director Peter Kassovitz's commentary track is both touching and enlightening, giving the viewer some special insights into the making of the film. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 5.1 isolated musical score track, as well as a short "making of" featurette. While Jakob the Liar is not an overly packed disc, what consumers do get in the way of video, audio, and features should make for a nice viewing.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video; Presented in widescreen and full screen versions; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital]; Director's commentary; "Making of" featurette; Isolated music score; Production notes; Interactive menus; Talent files; Scene selections
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • UPC: 043396028449
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Jacob Heym
Alan Arkin Frankfurter
Bob Balaban Kowalski
Hannah Taylor-Gordon Lina
Michael Jeter Avron
Armin Mueller-Stahl Dr. Kirschbaum
Liev Schreiber Mischa
Mark Margolis Fajngold
Johnathon Schaech
Nina Siemaszko Rosa
Mathieu Kassovitz Herschel
Gregg Bello Blumenthal
Technical Credits
Peter Kassovitz Director, Screenwriter
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Branamir (Bane) Babic Art Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Didier Decoin Screenwriter
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Nick Gillott Co-producer
Steven Haft Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Tibor Lazar Art Director
Grzegorz Piatkowski Art Director
Elemer Ragalyi Cinematographer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Claire Simpson Editor
Suzanne Smith Casting
Wiesa Starska Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Robin Williams Executive Producer
Marsha Garces Williams Producer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:22]
2. Special Bulletin [2:34]
3. Sneaking Back In [6:46]
4. Kowalsky [4:48]
5. Mischa [4:03]
6. Matrimonial Plans [4:16]
7. "Everybody Knows" [4:55]
8. Talking Potatoes [6:26]
9. Truth Can Kill [1:11]
10. What's New [8:25]
11. Prof. Kirschmaum [3:14]
12. "Look for the radio" [2:35]
13. A Miracle [3:27]
14. Mischa's Idea [7:59]
15. London Calling [5:12]
16. Gleaning the news [3:19]
17. Sports update [3:31]
18. Rosa's Trousseau [1:32]
19. The Resistance [3:06]
20. Gestapo [3:00]
21. Defying the General [5:59]
22. "All Lies" [7:02]
23. Giving Himslef Up [1:05]
24. Emptying the Ghetto [3:05]
25. Mischa's mission [1:46]
26. "That is my radio" [3:21]
27. Never giving in [3:03]
28. The Russians arrive [7:41]
Side #2- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:22]
2. Special Bulletin [2:34]
3. Sneaking Back In [6:46]
4. Kowalsky [4:48]
5. Mischia [4:03]
6. Matrimonial Plans [4:16]
7. "Everybody Knows" [4:55]
8. Talking Potatoes [6:26]
9. Truth Can Kill [1:11]
10. What's New [8:25]
11. Prof.Kirschmaum [3:14]
12. "Look for the radio." [2:35]
13. A miracle [3:27]
14. Mischa's idea [7:59]
15. London calling [5:12]
16. Gleaning the news [3:19]
17. Sports update [3:31]
18. Rosa's trousseau [1:32]
19. The Resistance [3:06]
20. Gestapo [3:00]
21. Defying the General [5:59]
22. "All Lies" [7:02]
23. Giving Himself Up [1:05]
24. Emptying the ghetto [3:05]
25. Mischa's mission [1:46]
26. "That is my radio" [3:21]
27. Never giving in [3:03]
28. The Russians arrive [7:41]
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Menu

Side #1- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Audio & Subtitles
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary
      Making Of Featurette
      Talent Files
         Peter Kassovitz (Director)
         Robin Williams
         Alan Arkin
         Armin Mueller-Stahl
         Liev Schreiber
Side #2- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Audio & Subtitles
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary
      Making Of Featurette
      Talent Files
         Peter Kassovitz (Director)
         Robin Williams
         Alan Arkin
         Armin Mueller-Stahl
         Liev Schreiber
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, very touching

    This is a great example of why Robin Williams is so much more than just a comedic genious. Very touching movie and very beleivable. Although, I think the last review might as well have just put on the entire screen play. You shouldn't ruin the movie for those who haven't seen it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very sad

    i saw it at my aunts house and it was great!!I would think it be better but Robin Williams does terrific again.Hannah Taylor Gordan does a great job. But,at the end I started to cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tragic uplifting story

    Hitler was known for often having fortunetellers read his fortune. One day he asked the fortuneteller when he would die. After a short pause the fortuneteller told him he would die on a Jewish Holiday. Hitler was confused and asked how she knew. The teller replied, ¿Any day you die will be a Jewish holiday.¿ This is a very motivating story about the power of hope. Hope can give a man the will to live. A man with no hope can easily take his life as a man in this movie does. At a time when everything in life was bad a little laughter could brighten someone¿s day. As long as there is laughter there is hope and in the Jewish ghettos of Poland hope was all they had. Jakob Heim was one of the patrons of the ghetto. Each day he would work knowing that one false move could get him killed and each night he would go home hoping to get back before curfew. Jakob had no children and his wife had died several years ago. I think the fact that he had no family to support was the main reason why he even considered heading up the resistance. This was also a factor in his sacrificing himself at the end of the movie. I thought that it was kind of ironic that in the end the Jews were rescued and Jakob the one that had told them in the beginning that the Russians were coming was killed before he ever had a chance to experience his own freedom. It was also kind of ironic that as children we are all told not to lie, but in Jakob¿s case lying saved the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people. My favorite example of Jakob¿s desire to inspire hope was when the little girl asked to listen to the radio and Jakob made up a pretend broadcast behind a wall using kitchen utensils and a phonograph. The thought of listening to the radio had given the little girl hope to live and saved her life. The movie really showed the miracles that can occur when you believe in something with your whole heart. Although this story is fictional, I think it is a great portrayal of life in the Jewish ghettos. The attitudes of the people seemed so realistic. Some were crabby, some sad; some didn¿t care about anything anymore. These attitudes added to the whole plot of the story. Such as, when one of the other patrons heard that Jakob had a radio he set out to find it and destroy it because he knew that nothing good could come of it. On the other hand, Jakob¿s friend Misha was ecstatic at learning there was a radio in the ghetto and couldn¿t wait for the chance to possibly hear it. I think the whole point of the movie was to demonstrate the power of hope and it¿s affects on people. Overall, I thought it was really good and really well done and I could probably watch it again. Jakob Heim was a great character and the fact that Robin Williams played him made it even better. I really enjoyed this movie.

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