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Last Days
     

The Last Days

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Director: James Moll,

Cast: James Moll, Bill Basch, Alice Lok Cahana, Renee Firestone

 

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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

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
UPC:
0025192279621
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
39,091

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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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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The Last Days 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have had the pleasure of meeting one of the survivers in this movie this is a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.