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Katyn [DVD] [2007]

Artur Zmijewski , Jan Englert , Andrzej Wajda    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Artur Zmijewski, Jan Englert, Maja Ostaszewska, Magdalena Cielecka, Pawel Malaszynski
  • Directors: Andrzej Wajda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


KATYN is the story of Polish army officers murdered by the Russia secret police in the Katyn forest during the Second World War and the families who, unaware of the crime, were still waiting for their husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers to return. It is a film about the continuing struggle over History and memory, and an uncompromising exploration of the Russian cover up of the massacre that prevented the Polish people from commemorating those that had been killed.

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Before I watched this film I knew nothing of the awful events that happened in the Katyn Forest. The 14000-22000(est) murders were ordered at the behest of Stalin's Soviet Government and the events that occured were subject to a subsequent cover-up and 50 year denial. Polish-Russian relations still suffer to this day because of it.

The story is told through a young Polish captain and his family; and shows their ensuing turmoil and mental torture. The film also features authentic Nazi German and Soviet newsreels from the time woven into the story and real footage of the mass graves are shown shortly after its discovery. This is not easy viewing...

Frequently disturbing and uncomfortable; Kaytn is a film with noble intentions of documenting an awful atrocity - which is still clearly raw in the hearts of all Polish people.

Katyn is comparable in tone and scale to Polanski's 'The Pianist'.

Katyn was nominated for 'Best Foreign Language Film' at 2008 Acadamy Awards.

The film has been produced on a large budget and shot on a scale which is rarely seen in foreign funded films - and the Katyn Massacre story itself is certainly handled with all the respect it deserves. It is well directed by Wadja and the cinamatography is impressive throughout. Also the casting is noticably top-drawer.

Its transfer to Blu-ray will only compliment it further.

I cannot recommend highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving. Shocking. Important. 23 April 2010
Tells the story of the shocking events in the Katyn forest during WW2, which until recently, the Soviet Union/ Russia would not admit they had carried out. The film gives the perspectives of both the victims and relatives of the deceased; the latter of whom, struggled intolerably to live in a state which denied the massacre. This film should be seen by anyone who wishes to go a small way into understanding Poland's torrid twentieth century struggles and experiences. The powerful last twenty minutes of this movie are something you will not easily forget, and because of what the victims and families went through, something you shouldn't forget either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history that shaped Europe 23 Sep 2009
This is a film that should be widely seen. It deals with the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in the second world war. Not only was this a devastating killing on a large scale - more than 20,000 officers were killed - but also it was a Soviet cover up as they tampered with evidence to blame the Germans.

The film takes the perspective of families caught up in the atrocity and its aftermath. It tells the story of men killed and the elderly parents, wives, daughters or sisters they left behind. Those who could not accept that the truth was buried, to those who took a pragmatic view dealing with the new regime as they found it but doing what they could to ensure Poland's survival.

Poland took a geographically central role in the second world war. Caught between the Germans and the Soviets one officer wryly talks about the duration of their incarceration noting that it's between the 1000 year Reich and communism being forever!

As testament to the film, the audience was absolutely silent at the end.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katyn 13 May 2010
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I am so happy that this film is with us at last! Andrzej Wajda waited a long time to make this. It was his very own settling accounts with the past and communism. His father died in Katyn and so did many of Poland's great brains. People do not realise that Poland was attacked from both sides....and I am not sure who was worse: the Germans or the Russians? Cruelty beyond belief, propaganda, selling Poland to Russians and communism followed suit. To know that this was a "white stain" or a taboo for Poles for many years adds to the drama of this movie. I went to the cinema to see this movie and the silence after the film ended was indeed very moving. To add to this tragedy of Polish nation was recent plane crush in which many memebers of Polish government the same forest....the same country...on the way to attend memorial service to victims of Katyn! I think that everyone should see this movie just like everyone should learn the truth about the second World War. This should be the best anti-war deterrent!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and gripping, important viewing 15 Feb 2010
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If you watch this film as "entertainment", this is not a perfect film, but it's pretty good. Acting, lighting etc are all excellent. The continuity just seemed a bit odd in places.

More importantly, as a telling of history, this film is extraordinary. I had never heard of Katyn before buying this DVD and I suspect the same will be true of many others. Speaking with a Polish friend today, I mentioned that I had just watched this film and even now, in barely more than a whisper and with a visible sideways glance as if she was still worried about saying it, she said that until just a few years ago it wasn't a subject that was allowed to be taught in classes. The former Soviet occupation/rule still leaves its mark on people today.

I think it's important that people watch films like this. It's a way of learning history, understanding some of the tensions between different countries, seeing how history tends to repeat itself (Srebrenica - not the same, but similar in many respects), and hopefully from that understanding, stopping these things happening again.

Unusually, the interview with the director after the film is also very interesting. It's not the usual nonsense that you get as an extra on a DVD, this is a documentary in itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Even if you are aware of Katyn the sheer brutality of the final part of this film is a sombre reminder of what Uncle Stalin was really about.
Published 1 month ago by Chris D
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opening a good
Was unaware of this history, eye opening a good read
Published 2 months ago by agnesfrain
2.0 out of 5 stars plays out like a romance with no love
doesnt convey the true horror of the situation. plays out like a romance with no love.
Published 2 months ago by deano
5.0 out of 5 stars being a European movie it avoids the mawkish sentimentality that too...
A memorable but inevitably harrowing film of the Soviet infamy that was the Katyn massacre. Mercifully, being a European movie it avoids the mawkish sentimentality that too often... Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. G. Buxton Smither
5.0 out of 5 stars POLISH HISTORY IN REALITY
Published 3 months ago by DJ.OMAHONEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Excellent and speedy service. Goods supplied on time and with the quality as described.
Would recommend this supplier for anyone interested in this sort of historical review. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Burmicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not a great watch
Katyn is a powerful film but unfortunately it sometimes feels more like a history assignment that entertainment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Dead
A truly Harrowing account of the mass murder of the Polish Officer class by Stalins thugs.The Film starts off slowly and builds a picture of the events leading up to this terrible... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Old Git
5.0 out of 5 stars true story of the soviets slaughter machine.
The Soviet union was one of the most monstrous empires in history; And It was the misfortune of the world that that this perverse empire and the Nazi's were around at the same... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film
great film , but very frightening story about how wicked war was between the polish & Russians , good blue ray copy.
Published 10 months ago by Edwardbutler
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