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Out of the Ashes [Region 2] [import]

Christine Lahti , Beau Bridges , Joseph Sargent    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christine Lahti, Beau Bridges, Richard Crenna, Bruce Davison, Jonathan Cake
  • Directors: Joseph Sargent
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Bridge Pictures
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZG1IPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Moving Story 6 Mar 2008
I watched this move a while back, and have to say i have never had a movie shock me as much as this one has in a very long time.
The movie tells the story of Dr Gisella Perl who survived the death camp at Auschwitz.
This lady saved many many many people in the horrible death camp by treating them for some of the horrid deseases they had picked up there. She was also forced to carry out abortions on mothers, otherwise they would be executed along with their babies. Later on she was also forced to carry out experiments on young mothers, and their unborn children.

After the war, she moved away from Europe in an effort to leave the horrors she had behind, and moved to the US. Once there the 'wonderfull' US government accused her of being a Nazi sympathizer, and of carrying out experiments of her own free will on her own people! Only after people she had cared for in the Death Camp came forward to voice their support, did the American government allow her to stay in the country...

A very very sad and shocking movie. Please, if you are easily shocked, or get emotional over atrocities that were carried out in the war, then id recomend not watching this. If however, like me, you wanted to see what really happened, and just how evil the Nazi's were, then watch this...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ashes 21 Jan 2009
Excellent film about the Hungarian doctor Gisella Perl forced to work for the Nazis during the war at Auschwicz. Well told with flashbacks explaining why Dr Perl performed 1000 abortions in the camp only to save the lives of the mothers. Very moving with Christine Lahti superb.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of the ashes 30 Oct 2004
a really moving story well worth the watching,i put it on and could not put it off,the story just shows what they had to put up with in the camps just to survive, you should watch it just so you could see for yorself.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy God This Was Great 18 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Ok guys I cried, well almost. There was a scene with a baby that just choks you up big time.......... Outstanding story of Gisella Perl author of the book "I Was A Doctor In Auswitz". The book is worth buying as well.......
To the story its told in flashback format as Dr Perl is dealing with problems she is having with US emigration service.......That's all I am giving you on the plot just go and buy it.....
The Acting Again Christine Lahti totally owns this her performance rendered me speechless. This was a completely unknown for me. Jonathan Cake who plays Mengala in this is very good indeed. However the Ms Lahti is just magnificent. You really feel the characters pain. This doesnt pull any punches it deals with the holocaust in what I would regard as a realistic manner......... Rent it, buy it, borrow it, whatever just get your hands on this DVD its Excellent. I can't praise it enough..........
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full moral ambiguity with heart 27 Aug 2011
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When we bought this, I thought, "not another holocaust film!" So there it sat for months, unopened. Then last night, I finally got the courage to try watching it, and became utterly rivetted and deeply moved.

This is the true story of a remarkable survivor, a doctor from Auschwitz, who suffered the loss of her entire family and took many questionable actions to survive. While saving many lives, she also dealt with Mengele and felt that she had violated her oath as a doctor. She is not a simple good guy, but a full-blown character who acknowledges the necessity of her actions and yet feels terrible guilt. Lahti delivers the best performance I have ever seen her give, not as the beautiful young woman she is but prematurely aged and worn. She is totally believable and charismatic.

Though made for TV, this is a great film. Warmly recommended. You will be moved yet again by the one of greatest trajedies of the 20C.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ashes 9 Aug 2009
A good film but if you are of a sensitive nature you may find it rather harrowing. There is no happy endings or happy moments in it but it is true to life in what happened at the time and is extremely well acted. Don't watch it if you are depressed and are looking for some escape or cheering.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of the ashes 27 July 2010
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this is an amazing film,every-one should know about what not only the jews but also gypsys ,the gay,the mentally ill and so many other people went through by the hands of the ss during the holocaust in ww11, this film concentrates on the jewish population and just how difficult it was to make a life after the war if you had been unfortunate enough to be amoung those who were sent to concentration camps.i wont say anything about the film in general as i think you should watch it with an open mind and not have other peoples feedback on how they viewed it, all i will say is you wont be dissappointed with this watch.littlemsred.10/10
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Mar 2009
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This would have been a terrific movie about one aspect of the Holocaust were it not for the flawed casting and even worse exterior set designs.
Jonathan Cake is poorly cast as the Nazi doctor Joseph Mengerle (he looks more like the British comedian Russ Abbott in a black Nazi uniform) than the evil physician he is meant to play, and the fact that none of the Nazis wore black formal 'dress uniforms' with swastika armbands in any of the death camps adds to the flawed and poorly researched feeling of the movie. The interior conditions of the concentration camp barracks and the overall physical health of the inmates is depicted accurately enough, but the exterior sets are woefully flawed and glaringly inaccurate. The exterior settings appear nothing like the actual Auschwitz gas chamber and cremetoria installations (there has been enough documentaries covering the physical look and layout of Birkenau for most informed moviegoers to spot this glaring flaw) and consequently, these flaws detract from the overall authentic 'feel' and image the movie is trying to project. Better casting, better costume research and better set designs would have turned this mediocre movie into a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, very moving.
Published 1 month ago by Jon Dudley
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Published 1 month ago by beryl cooling
4.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust film retelling, mostly in 'flashback', the experiences ...
Holocaust film retelling, mostly in 'flashback', the experiences of a Hungarian Jewish doctor deported to Auschwitz in 1944 and who was forced to work and collaborate with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Extraordinary Gent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
Difficult to watch but a must see to understand those terrible times
Published 3 months ago by Baileysdad
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Watch
This is truly a well put together story based on fact. It not only tells of the ordeal of a Haulocast victim, but in the aftermath, having to explain her actions to a tribunal in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. J. Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of The Ashes.
This DVD came in great condition, on time and in great packaging. Pretty harrowing film but very well acted and thought provoking. I would recommend this DVD and seller to anyone.
Published 8 months ago by kelly neech
5.0 out of 5 stars out of the ashes
very good film, good to watch most interesting. what more can I say.quick delivery excellent service cant wait to watch another
Published 9 months ago by nanny
5.0 out of 5 stars out of ashes
Daughter hasnt read it yet as only got it for christmas but shed looked at review before we bought it xxxxx
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of a survivor
This film is based on the true story of Dr Gisella Perl, a jewish gynaecologist,who survived Auschwitz and then went to America. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pape john
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Put a Sock in it.
I hate to give a rather negative review about a film that is based on such a profoundly worthy story, but I'm going to anyway! Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Bob Salter
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