The Last Days

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Overview

The powerful documentary The Last Days comes to DVD with both a widescreen transfer and a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include outtakes of additional footage, an introduction to the Shoah Foundation featuring Steven Spielberg, and a still photo gallery of the survivors of the concentration camps. This is a powerful release that should be worthwhile to anybody with an interest in the subject matter. This disc may be useful for ...
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Overview

The powerful documentary The Last Days comes to DVD with both a widescreen transfer and a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include outtakes of additional footage, an introduction to the Shoah Foundation featuring Steven Spielberg, and a still photo gallery of the survivors of the concentration camps. This is a powerful release that should be worthwhile to anybody with an interest in the subject matter. This disc may be useful for teachers in the classroom setting.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Steven Spielberg introduction to the Shoah Foundation; Outtakes and behind the scenes footage; Survivor's photo gallery; Production photo gallery; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen and full screen formats; English 2.0; English closed captioned
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Here is a film that offers further proof of the madness of the Final Solution. At a time when the Nazis might have tried propping up their sagging fortunes on the war front, they devoted precious resources toward deporting and exterminating Hungarian Jews. Thus, the five people whose stories are told here, all of them now living in the United States (and one, Tom Lantos, a long-serving Congressman), begin with disbelief. They had heard of the atrocities visited by the Nazis on other countries in Europe, but they never thought it would happen to them. Once the German army invaded in March 1944 that disbelief quickly turned to terror ("You were a hunted animal 24 hours a day," Lantos says) and finally to sorrow over so many lives lost and so much culture destroyed. The film is more than just storytelling and vintage clips of Jews being rounded up; each survivor revisits the old country with a child or grandchildren, to walk the old neighborhoods and among the ruins of the death camps where four of them were imprisoned. (Lantos remained in Budapest for the duration of the war.) Among the most painful memories stirred up by these trips is how neighbors turned so quickly against their Jewish friends.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • UPC: 025192279621
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,268

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Basch Participant
Alice Lok Cahana Participant
Renee Firestone Participant
Tom Lantos Participant
Irene Zisblatt Participant
Technical Credits
James Moll Director, Editor
June Beallor Producer
Tim Cooney Sound Mixer
Harris Done Cinematographer
Elyse Katz Associate Producer
Ken Lipper Producer
Keith Richards Associate Producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Nathan Wang Score Composer
Aaron Zarrow Associate Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Before the War
2. Hitler Invades Europe
3. Occupation of Hungary
4. Deportation
5. The Ghetto
6. Protected Houses, Raoul Wallenberg
7. Cattle Car
8. Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp
9. A Madman's Hell
10. Experiments
11. Blind Hatred
12. A Prayer
13. Sonderkommando
14. Death March
15. Dachau Concentration Camp
16. The Liberators
17. Cannot Forget
18. New Freedom
19. Searching for Answers
20. Returning
21. Life Today
22. Remembrance
23. Closing Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
      Widescreen
      Full Screen
   Language Selection
      English for the Hearing Impaired: On
      English for the Hearing Impaired: Off
   Special Features
      Steven Spielberg Introduction to the Shoah Foundation
      Outtakes
         Alice Lok Cahana in Auschwitz-Birkenau
         Bill Basch at the Memorial in Dachau
         Tom Lantos at the Dohany Synagogue in Budapest
         Irene Zisblatt Finds Her House in Polena
         Renée Firestone and Dr. Hans Münch
         Behind the Scenes
      Photo Gallery
         Production Photos
         Survivors Photos
      Theatrical Trailer
      Filmmakers
         James Moll, Director & Editor
         June Beallor, Producer
         Ken Lipper, Producer
         Hans Zimmer, Music Composer
         Harris Done, Cinematographer
         Geoffrey Clifford, Photographer
         Steven Spielberg, Executive Producer
   Chapter Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good movie

    i have had the pleasure of meeting one of the survivers in this movie this is a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's not just about remembering

    The Last Days is an excellent piece of work. There is really no place to begin or end with portraying the Holocaust, because it is so complex. However, this documentary gives you a sense of the senseless and moves you (if you are lucky) to ponder the possibility of the destructive capacity of human beings when they are caught up in a frenzy that defies any sense of humanness. This event, like slavery, like the death marches in Japan and others, should not be forgotten so that we as a people can move ahead in our civility rather than repeat the horrors of generations past.

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