Killing Fields: 30Th Anniversary

Killing Fields: 30Th Anniversary

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Director: Roland Joffé

Cast: Roland Joffé, Sam Waterston, Dr. Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich

     
 

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Roland Joffe's award-winning exposé of the Khmer Rouge, The Killing Fields comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an informative

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Roland Joffe's award-winning exposé of the Khmer Rouge, The Killing Fields comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an informative commentary track recorded by the director, production notes, and the theatrical trailer. The disc does a fine job of presenting the film, but one could have hoped for more historically focused extra features. This is a very good release from Warner Bros.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
The Killing Fields is a brutally honest exploration of loyalty and fidelity during the Khmer Rouge's horrific Cambodian holocaust in the mid-1970s. Based on the true story of Dith Pran (played by non-actor Haing S. Ngor in an Oscar-winning performance), the harrowing depiction of the atrocities committed during dictator Pol Pot's bloodbath stays with the viewer long after the film has ended. Pran's desperate struggle to survive in the barbarous conditions of the "re-education camps" (the apocalyptic images in the Valley of Death are particularly potent) is ironically counterpointed with the middle-class comfort of the friend who left him behind, New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston), whose Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Cambodia proves pyrrhic when compared to Pran's fate. Ngor's naturalistic and empathic portrayal of his character's desperate fight for survival is the key to this film's visceral power. His remarkably expressive face combines with an almost naive faith in the power of one man to survive in such a hellhole. The film aims the finger of responsibility directly at the American government of Richard Nixon, arguing that his "secret" war in Cambodia led to Pol Pot's genocidal policies. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Killing Fields won three, for Ngor, Chris Menges's cinematography, and Jim Clark's editing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
UPC:
0085391141921
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:21:00

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director Roland Joffé ; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Waterston Sydney Schanberg
Haing S. Ngor Dith Pran
John Malkovich Al Rockoff
Julian Sands Jon Swain
Craig T. Nelson Military Attache
Athol Fugard Dr. Sundesval
Spalding Gray United States consul
Bill Paterson Dr. Macantire
Jay Barney Schanberg's Father
Katherine Kragum Chey Ser Moeun
Sayo Inaba Mrs. Noaks
Mark Long Noaks
Joanna Merlin Schanberg's Sister
Graham Kennedy Dougal
Oliver Pierpaoli Titonel, Pran's Son
Edward Entero Chey Sarun
Monirak Sisowath Phat, KR Leader, 2nd Village
Ira Wheeler Ambassador Wade
David Henry France
Patrick Malahide Morgan
Nell Campbell Beth
Joan Harris TV Interviewer

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director
Jim Clark Editor
Fred Cramer Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Terry Forrestal Stunts
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Mike Oldfield Score Composer
David Puttnam Producer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Bruce Robinson Screenwriter
Iain Smith Associate Producer
Steve Spence Art Director
Roy Walker Production Designer
Bill Westley Asst. Director
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Cambodia: August 1973 (Credits). [3:12]
2. Schanberg Arrives. [2:21]
3. Sudden Terror. [2:00]
4. No Comment on a Major Story. [3:27]
5. Neak Luong. [3:42]
6. Disaster Area. [4:04]
7. Permission Denied. [2:06]
8. Military Maneuver. [2:44]
9. Very Bad Future. [2:53]
10. The Bottling Plant. [3:26]
11. Staying Or Living. [3:16]
12. A Reporter Too. [3:51]
13. Evacuation Day. [3:57]
14. Into the Sky. [3:38]
15. The Khmer Rouge Enter Phnom Penh. [3:06]
16. Plenty of Blood. [1:58]
17. Prisoners. [3:33]
18. Negotiating for Life. [5:17]
19. Mass Migration. [2:27]
20. The French Embassy. [3:21]
21. "Adieu, Ancien Regime." [1:30]
22. The Passport Plot. [4:06]
23. Serious Picture. [1:27]
24. Hope Fades. [3:10]
25. Pran's Departure. [4:59]
26. Stateside. [2:35]
27. Memories and Images (Nessun Dorma). [2:50]
28. The Labor Camp. [3:17]
29. Year Zero. [2:49]
30. First Escape Attempt. [4:18]
31. Punishment. [4:08]
32. Second Attempt. [2:28]
33. The Killing Fields. [2:47]
34. The Awards Banquet. [1:46]
35. What Bothers Rockoff. [2:57]
36. "I Never Discussed it With Him." [2:32]
37. New Enemies. [2:21]
38. A Life in Pran's Trust. [4:40]
39. The Bombing Raid. [1:24]
40. Phat Killed. [2:33]
41. In Flight. [2:08]
42. Through the Countryside. [1:52]
43. Jungle Tragedy. [1:56]
44. Refugee Camp. [2:23]
45. Good News. [1:17]
46. Reborn (Imagine). [1:18]
47. Coda and End Credits. [1:59]

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Killing Fields 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw this movie and i felt as if i was actually in cambodia at the time of the pol pot regime. Ngor was fantastic in his interpretation of dith pran.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most disturbing movies I have ever watched. It certainly captures one of the most brutal regimes in human history and the heroism of Dith Pran. Even the original score of the movie is jarring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow,this movie is about another sad occurance in this world.The Kmher Rouge(Red Army?)in Cambodia wage a holocaust of their own in "The Killing Fields,"and it mainly tells the story of a New York Times columnist and his buddy,a Cambodian,who are getting information and reporting on the war going on.I thought the ending was the absolute best ever!After the two friends get separated because a photograph put into a fake passport/visa to get out of the country fails, the journalist returns to the States and never stops trying to find his friend who was eventually sent to a Khmer Rouge labor camp.When they finally meet again at the end, that wonderful song by John Lennon and the Beatles comes up:"Imagine."Yes,imagine all of the world peoples living in harmony.One of my favorite sayings is:"Dare to Dream of a time when all the world will be free."Sorry,don't know who that's from.Just be kind to one another...for all of our sakes,bad karma in this world is building and taking its toll.I'm sorry I'm forcing all of my political views on you review-reading people, I'm just a concerned citizen is all!no hard feelings?=)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie. Especially because the U.S. government dissproved of talk of the Khmare Rouge and the CIA's part in it until the last several years. This movie shows the horrors of what people can do to there own people. This is a truly exelent movie. I hated the sound quality though. The first half of the movie, I couldn't hear what people were saying.
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