Schindler's List

Schindler's List

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

     
 

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After years of anticipation, Schindler's List finally comes to the DVD market thanks to Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. For some, the prolonged wait will no doubt stem disappointment, as Steven Spielberg's personal triumph is presented without any insight into the filmmaking process or more into the actual events. Your initial enjoyment of the discSee more details below

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After years of anticipation, Schindler's List finally comes to the DVD market thanks to Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. For some, the prolonged wait will no doubt stem disappointment, as Steven Spielberg's personal triumph is presented without any insight into the filmmaking process or more into the actual events. Your initial enjoyment of the disc will depend on your expectations going in, though it should be noted that what is included is quite something. Technically, the double-sided disc with digitally enhanced picture and sound is nothing short of spectacular. The stark black-and-white contrast in the 1.85:1 widescreen image is heartbreakingly beautiful, as are both the 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks, which underline John Williams' powerful score during the film's most hushed and tragic moments. The main extras on the disc are split up between the "Voices from the List" documentary and a featurette on the Shoah Foundation, the organization Spielberg helped create to give voice to Holocaust survivors. Clocking in at 77 minutes, the "Voices" piece is a soul-wrenching account of the Nazi invasion up to the end of the war from various surviving members of Schindler's list. Their incomparable tales of hate and despair create a gripping piece that gives unparalleled humanity and first-hand insight to what exactly Schindler did for these people, making the documentary the perfect companion to the film. As a bonus, the story of the Shoah Foundation has also been included. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the featurette explains the genesis of the group and its goal to educate and document any living survivor of the Holocaust. While the documentary does tend to beseech its viewers by the end for additional monetary support (in addition to the fold-out donation certificate inside the booklet), the clip offers a fine view of the importance of the group in an educational and historical context. Rounding out the features are a collection of cast and crew bios and additional information on Oskar Schindler. While the film was released in separate full-screen and widescreen editions, it is presented here in a hefty collector's case. Impressive only for its sheer size, the oversized Plexiglas casing opens up to reveal a bevy of extras, including a book of photographs, the widescreen version of the film, the soundtrack, a senitype film slide, and a certificate of authenticity. With a reproduction of the "list" on one half of the casing, the product does come off as slightly tacky -- something with which the collector's market should be fairly familiar, though it could be argued that this kind of marketing just isn't quite right for a film of this nature. Still, it's a well put together box and almost worth it for the book's forward, written by Spielberg (something that would have been nice to have been included on the other editions).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although he will forever be identified with pop culture classics such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg has never made a film greater than this searing drama about a Nazi industrialist who saved more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps during World War II. Broadly based on the book by Australian writer Thomas Keneally, Schindler's List gets underway in 1939 after Hitler's army conquers Poland. Nazi supporter Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson, delivering the standout performance of his career) arranges to staff a major company with unpaid Jews ultimately destined for extermination, among them accountant Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), who becomes his right-hand man. The initially mercenary Schindler gradually becomes attuned to the plight of his workers and arranges to employ nearly 1,000 Jews in his crockery plant -- an effort that requires his careful handling of ghastly Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), who runs the forced-labor camp housing the doomed people. For this film Spielberg eschews his customary storytelling techniques, using black-and-white film for a gritty look and shooting much of the footage with handheld cameras, documentary style. Period detail is replicated with astonishing accuracy, and you'll get the sense of being right there alongside the characters. The film is extremely long -- well over three hours -- but it unfolds with such urgency that you're never conscious of its length. Neeson is absolutely sensational as the towering industrialist whose innate humanity eventually comes to the fore, and Fiennes, then a virtual newcomer, is sublimely odious as the amoral labor-camp commander. Crafted to perfection and absolutely seamless in its presentation, Schindler's List is a truly unforgettable movie, and the crowning achievement of this generation's most successful filmmaker.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Schindler's List was among the major cultural events of 1993, a superbly realized remembrance of European Jews who suffered genocidal persecution during World War II. As a film, it transcends critical evaluation with its overwhelming social message. Nonetheless, specific aspects of the film stand out, in particular Liam Neeson's complex performance as the humane industrialist who protects his workers from the horrors of German concentration camps. Widely considered director Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, Schindler's List is a landmark moment in cinema. It is frequently used as a teaching tool, and it has helped ensure a public awareness of Nazi atrocities for years to come.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
UPC:
0025192423628
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:16:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Special Plexiglas casing designed exclusively for this gift set; Collector's Edition packaging featuring Schindler's List in its original widescreen presentation; A rare limited edition senitype; "Schindler's List: Images of the Steven Spielberg Film," a stunning picture book showcasing images by photographer David James with a foreword by Steven Spielberg; The original soundtrack, including Academy Award-winning music by acclaimed composer John Williams; Certificate of authenticity

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes Amon Goeth
Caroline Goodall Emilie Schindler
Jonathan Sagall Poldek Pfefferberg
Embeth Davidtz Helen Hirsch
Lucky Englander Actor
Fritz Fleischhacker Actor
Juliet Taylor Actor
Shmulik Levy Wilek Chilowicz
Malgoscha Gebel Victoria Klonowska
Mark Ivanir Marcel Goldberg
Beatrice Macola Ingrid
Andrzej Seweryn Julian Scherner
Frederick von Thun Rolf Czurda
Norbert Weisser Albert Hujar
Michael Schneider Juda Dresner
Anna Mucha Danka Dresner
Jacek Wojcicki Henry Rosner
Beata Paluch Manci Rosner
Ezra Dagan Rabbi Menasha Levartov
Rami Heuberger Josef Bau
Leopold Kozlowski Investor
Jerzy Nowak Investor
Adam Siemion OD/Chicken Boy
Henryk Bista Mr. Lowenstein
Tadeusz Bradecki DEF Foreman
Wojciech Klata Lisiek
Elina Löwensohn Diana Reiter
Vili Matula Investigator
Geno Lechner Majola
August Schmolzer Dieter Reeder
Branko Lustig Nightclub Maitre d'
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew Waiter
Erwin Leder SS Waffen Officer
Jochen Nickel Wilhelm Kunde
Olaf Lubaszenko Auschwitz Guard
Martin Semmelrogge SS Waffen Man
Tadeusz Huk Gestapo Brinnlitz
Osman Ragheb Border Guard
Agnieszka Kruk Czurda's Girl
Jeremy Flynn Brinnlitz Man
Maciej Kozlowski SS Guard Zablocie
Martin Bergmann SS NCO Zablocie
Peter Flechtner SS NCO-Ghetto
Maciej Winkler Black Marketeer
Bettina Kupfer Regina Perlman
Ludger Pistor Josef Liepold
Hans Michael Rehberg Rudolph Hoss
Haymon Maria Buttinger Auschwitz Guard
Thomas Morris Grun
Georges Kern Depot Master
David Gilbert Voice Only

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Ewa Braun Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Judith A. Cory Makeup
Lucky Englander Casting
Fritz Fleischhacker Casting
Robert C. Jackson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Branko Lustig Producer,Production Designer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Gerald R. Molen Producer
Jerry Molen Producer
Angela Morley Musical Arrangement
Jane Royle Makeup
Lew Rywin Co-producer
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Starski Production Designer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Michal Szczerbic Production Manager
Juliet Taylor Casting
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- DVD, Side 1
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
Side #2 -- DVD, Side 2
1. Chapter 28
2. Chapter 29
3. Chapter 30
4. Chapter 31
5. Chapter 32
6. Chapter 33
7. Chapter 34
8. Chapter 35
9. Chapter 36
10. Chapter 37
11. Chapter 38
12. Chapter 39
13. Chapter 40

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