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Defiance [DVD]

Daniel Craig , Liev Schreiber , Edward Zwick    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, George MacKay, Mia Wasikowska
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Writers: Edward Zwick, Clayton Frohman, Nechama Tec
  • Producers: Edward Zwick, Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O0E6IW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,100 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In UK cinemas from January 9 and based on an extraordinary true story, DEFIANCE is an epic tale of family, honour, vengeance and salvation.

The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.

Acclaimed director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai) brings to life this epic, edge-of-your-seat drama.

Stills from Defiance (click for larger image).


Daniel Craig

Liev Schreiber

Daniel Craig (left) and Liev Schreiber (right)

Daniel Craig

Jamie Bell

Jamie Bell (left) and Daniel Craig (right)

Daniel Craig

Alexa Davalos

Product Description

In UK cinemas from January 9 and based on an extraordinary true story, DEFIANCE is an epic tale of family, honour, vengeance and salvation.The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential - a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.Acclaimed director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai) brings to life this epic, edge-of-your-seat drama. Stills from Defiance (click for larger image). Daniel Craig Liev Schreiber Daniel Craig (left) and Liev Schreiber (right) Daniel Craig Jamie Bell Jamie Bell (left) and Daniel Craig (right) Daniel Craig Alexa Davalos

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defiance - A tale of pure survival 19 July 2011
By Peter K
Format:Blu-ray
Again we learn the lesson here that the human spirit can never be crushed. Filmed in Lithuania very near to the original locations of events which have remained under wraps for years.

The cast list, apart from the obvious leads, reads like the Lithuanian telephone directory. This film has the smack of authenticity about it which is so often lacking in other films of this type. Maybe this was achieved by its slight understatement.
In the Bluray version one could see every pine needle, every stubbled face and every speck of dirt in the sharpest detail.

A gritty, earthy and squalid tale of the will to survive of a group of Jews in Byelorus who refused to be expunged from the face of the earth by the Nazis and their collaborators.
Daniel Craig effectively puts across the doubts which racked the leader who had the awesome responsibility of saving large numbers of Jews form extinction by organising their survival in the depths of the forest and the problems associated with managing a large group of people with minds of their own.

Particularly moving, maybe even more so than the actual film, is the documentary attached, featuring the descendants of the Bielski brotherss who led the group. They piece together the amazing modesty
and understatement of their grandparents who after the war settled in the US and made new lives for themselves. The section where these descendants visit the set as the film is being made and relive past events is particularly poignant.

If one should ever begin to find tiresome the way that Jews keep going on about the war then watch this and vow that it should never happen again.
Brilliant performance by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and the rest of the cast.
Moving, Inspiring, Brilliant. Buy it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is the true-story of the Bielski Brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig) Zus(Liev Schreiber) and Asael(Jamie Bell) who initiated the movement of at first a few but later over a thousand Jewish people who were going to be immediately killed and robbed by the local Police and Germans or cleared by Nazis of their Jewish populations from their villages and sent to Concentration Camps.
The brothers led by Tuvia decided to fight back, to make a stand and although Tuvia and Zus fell out for some little time they did get back together to fight against the common enemy, the Nazis.They all lived in primitive, extremely harsh conditions and it is a credit to their faith and willpower that so many made it through the 3 or more years they had to stay where they were,starting off in the Lipiczanska Forest in Summer of 1941 then moving onto the Nalibocka Forest Camp for the Winter of '41 with little food or proper Winter clothing to wear.
Allan Coruner and Mark Feurstein play Shimon Haretz and Isaac Malbi respectively who tease and torment each other throughout the film so add light moments, Alexa Davalos plays one of the love interest and Jodhi May plays Tamara Skidelsky who finds herself pregnant which is AGAINST the orders of Tuvia. What will she do? What will HE DO/ SAY?
Edward Zwick is the Director who has somehow been DENIED an Oscar by Hollywood in spite of Directing :- Glory, which I personally think is one of the best Western Movies Ever Made or whatever specialist Genre anyone wants to put it into. Starring D.Washington M.Freeman M.Broderick
Shakespeare in Love, Traffic, Blood Diamond, Legends of the Fall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QUITE SIMPLY 'A VERY GOOD FILM' 16 July 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The film is set during the 2nd world war at a time when the 'Jewish' comunity were being rounded up by the S.S
After their parents were found murdered the 'Bealeski' brothers 'Tuvia' (Daniel Craig) 'Zus' (Liev Schreiber) and 'Asael' (Jamie Bell) vowed revenge for their loss.
The brothers hid within the forest which they knew so well, dodging the attentions of the many 'German' patrols, very soon many of their fellow countrymen looked to the brothers for shelter and protection.
This really is a very, very, good film.....it has a 'poinant' and intense story-line with several good action sequences, the film is also a good buy on this' format with very good surround sound on board.
The thing with this movie is that it is based on 'TRUE EVENTS' this factor is what makes films such as this a 'must see' ....
(Worth Revisiting)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Planet are some folk from? 29 Oct 2012
Format:DVD
Watched this at the weekend - knowing nothing about the movie - and I am bewildered by some of the comments from some of the other reviewers. This is a 'slow-burner' of a movie. No histrionics, no massive Hollywood 'set-scenes' and an understated yet thoughtful music score by James Newton Howard (with haunting violin of Joshua Bell). I don't know what DVD others were watching but we were totally enaged by the movie 'Defiance.' Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber were both excellent. It was both an inspiring and moving movie. What planet are some of the other reviewers from?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
This is exactly what you expect from this type of movie and that is its problem. Nearly every line is a heroic speech, no one has conversations just monologues which can get very exhausting. Everything is always over dramatic when what the film needs is a few more quiet bits. It's very cliche to the point the hero rides on a white horse. A brown or black horse would have been fine but the white horse is too much. It has the scene where the bomb goes off near the hero and we have the ringing sound as he sees all the carnage happen in slow motion. There is a wedding, a childbirth, scholars arguing, a bad guy within the group, someone takes a group photo which you instantly know the real life photo will appear at the credits, brothers falling out over different views and worst of all countless shots of people staring into the distance in a heroic pose perfect for posters and adverts. However, it really looks great and the costumes, locations, lenses, framing, lighting ect all look absolutely excellent and really suit the movie. Some parts of the score are really great where others pile on the melodrama a little too much. The problem with this movie is that it is so clearly a mainstream Hollywood MOVIE. It is trying so hard to give the audience exactly what they expect and never challenges them or has any strong opinions of its own. That doesn't mean it's bad but it will never be in any top ten War films because it's too afraid to take a fresh or new approach or do anything that might be considered even slightly controversial.
There is also a weird thing where sometimes a characters will speak English then sometimes speak a different language in English subtitles for no reason. Make your mind up: either they always speak English or they are always subtitled, going backwards and forwards between the two for no reason is both ridiculous and distracting.
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