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Pope Pius XII DVD Region 2 James Cromwell (Under the Roman Sky) (Import) English Audio

Nathalie Rapti Gomez, Elena Arvigo, Daniel Baldock James Cromwell , Christian Duguay.    DVD
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  • Actors: Nathalie Rapti Gomez, Elena Arvigo, Daniel Baldock James Cromwell
  • Directors: Christian Duguay.
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PNATV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Spanish official release DVD Import. Audio: Dolby Digital English and Spanish (you can chose the language) with removable Spanish Subtitles. Region 2 PAL. Spanish writing in the covers and menus.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching 17 Mar 2013
By Stuart
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Thoroughly worth watching. It is well acted with James Cromwell's performance as Pope Pius very creditable. Excellent portrayal of the events of the period in question.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Pio XII 12 July 2013
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I was disappointed in this production, for Pio XII was not the central character. James Cromwell gave a poor portrait of an outstanding historical person. The Holy Father deserved better.
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I already had this film in German, but I wanted the English sound track. I am please I got it. The film itself is impressive and well acted. James Cromwell (Prince Phillip in "The Queen") plays the part of the pope very well. Although he does not look like Pius XII, he succeeds in making one forget the difference. The story of the persecution of the Jews is present movingly, with of course the inevitable love story as a side plot. This film is a more objective look at the Vatican and Rome during the Nazi occupation. Well worth viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "the one man who did more than any other wartime leader" (Dmitri Cavalli,, 1/22/10) 4 July 2012
By Joseph P. Tevington - Published on
As someone who had been eagerly awaiting the availability of this film, my mind is boggled at how it came out with so little fanfare. Those interested in truth owe debts of thanks to the makers of this film, as well as others like Dmitri Cavalli, Rabbi David Dalin, and Gary Krupp....

About two and a half years ago, the following appeared in an Israeli news publication:
* "Some things never go away....the wartime pope, who is now a step closer to beatification, has been accused of keeping silent during the Holocaust, of doing little or nothing to help the Jews, and even of collaborating with the Nazis. To what extent, if any, does the evidence back up these allegations, which have been repeated since the early 1960s?....
* "On behalf of Pope Pius XI, Cardinal Pacelli [the future Pope Pius XII] drafted an encyclical, entitled 'Mit brennender Sorge' ('With Burning Anxiety'), that condemned Nazi doctrines and persecution of the Catholic Church. The encyclical was smuggled into Germany and read from Catholic pulpits on March 21, 1937. Although many Vatican critics today dismiss the encyclical as a light slap on the wrist, the Germans saw it as a security threat....Both Great Britain and France should have interpreted the document as a warning that they should not trust Adolf Hitler or try to appease him....
* "Unlike many of the pope's latter-day detractors, the Nazis understood him very well. After studying Pius XII's 1942 Christmas message, the Reich Central Security Office concluded: 'In a manner never known before the pope has repudiated the National Socialist New European Order ... Here he is virtually accusing the German people of injustice toward the Jews and makes himself the mouthpiece of the Jewish war criminals.' (Pick up any book that criticizes Pius XII, and you won't find any mention of this important report.)
* "In early 1940, the pope acted as an intermediary between a group of German generals who wanted to overthrow Hitler and the British government. Although the conspiracy never went forward, Pius XII kept in close contact with the German resistance and heard about two other plots against Hitler....
* "Throughout the war, the pope's deputies frequently ordered the Vatican's diplomatic representatives in many Nazi-occupied and Axis countries to intervene on behalf of endangered Jews. Up until Pius XII's death in 1958, many Jewish organizations, newspapers and leaders lauded his efforts....
* "The campaign against Pope Pius XII is doomed to failure because his detractors cannot sustain their main charges against him - that he was silent, pro-Nazi, and did little or nothing to help the Jews - with evidence. Perhaps only in a backward world such as ours would the one man who did more than any other wartime leader to help Jews and other Nazi victims, receive the greatest condemnation" (Dmitri Cavalli,, 1/22/10).

I found observations from Rabbi Dalin to be particularly telling: "The anti-papal polemics of ex-seminarians like Garry Wills and John Corwell (author of Hitler's Pope), of ex-priests like James Carroll, and of other lapsed or angry liberal Catholics exploit the tragedy of the Jewish people during the Holocaust to foster their own political agenda of forcing change on the Catholic Church today" (pp. 2,3).

"At home here on Long Island, he is Gary L. Krupp, medical equipment dealer, now retired....With no previous training or special interest in history, he has emerged as the Vatican's most outspoken Jewish ally in a heated debate at the crux of tensions between Roman Catholic and Jewish leaders and historians: whether Pope Pius XII, the pontiff during World War II, did as much as he could have to save Jews from the Holocaust. Mr. Krupp, 62, has raised enough money through the Pave the Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2002, to travel the globe, hire researchers to scour historic documents, sponsor a three-day symposium in Rome and publish four editions of a glossy, illustrated volume of evidence supporting his view that Pius XII spared no effort to save the lives of persecuted Jews....'I wrote 10 books about Pius XII, but in all these years I never knew how to shake things up for the cause like this wonderful man, Mr. Krupp,' said Sister Margherita Marchione, a professor emerita at Fairleigh Dickinson University who is considered the foremost defender of Pius outside the Vatican" (Paul Vitello, NY Times, 3/7/10)

One reviewer of this film commented that "This revisionist nonsense is an insult to Minister Bonhoeffer." I assume that reviewer is unfamiliar with Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which spent so much time on the NY Times' bestseller list. Dietrch Bonhoeffer was executed for his role in efforts to overthrow Hitler, in which Pope Pius XII had acted as an intermediary:
* "Bonhoeffer was in the heart of the conspiracy, lending emotional support and encouragement to those more directly involved, such as his brother Klaus and his brother-in-law Dohnanyi....Dohnanyi got in touch with Dr. Joseph Mueller, a Munich lawyer with strong ties to the Vatican....Muller's assignment in October 1939 was to travel to make contact with the British ambassador to the Holy See and gain some assurance of peace from the British if those in the conspiracy could oust Hitler....He convinced the pope to agree to act as an intermediary between Britain and the fledgling German government that formed following Hitler's demise" (pp. 358, 359).
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth be Told!! 5 Jun 2012
By Marcus Taft - Published on
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Pope Pius XII was a very holy man whose reputation has been smeared by the "black legend" perpetrated by Hochhuth and his communist sympathizers. This movie does much to dispel that myth. I would also recommend the documentary "A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII and the holocaust," and the book by Rabbi David G. Dalin The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII And His Secret War Against Nazi Germanyif you want a clearer picture of how this Pope saved over 850,000 Jewish lives during WWII. Loved this movie!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Why is the synopsis not in English as the film is.... 25 April 2012
By elizabeth - Published on
At last, a picture of this Pope, declared as a righteous man by the Jews post WW 2. A tortured humanitarian and spiriitual leader. Largely he has been defamed since by smug Ones who give little thought to the situation and beliefs of those that were there with the beliefs they held. Gives a fine picture of the dilemmas in Rome during the war against Fascism. Pleased that there is some parity in presentation of these difficult, horrific times. Good stuff.
Why is there no review in English as that is the language of most of ths film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly pastor angelicus 5 May 2013
By F. mcafee - Published on
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This DVD portrays the good man,the angelic shepherd,that Pope Pius XII was.Interestingly the movie includes certain things like the bloodied cassock pius got when he went to the site of the allied bombing of rome and caressed the injured there and also some of his idiosyncracies such as his respect for all God's creatures including insects.The movie shows a bee landing on his hand and rather than brushing it off or killing it,the pope opens awindow and allows the bee to fly away.When Isaw these things which I knew about from reading about his life from several sources,I knew it was accurate.The american actor who plays the pontiff is excellent.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the smeared pope gets a better treatment. 12 Jan 2013
By Michael Dobey - Published on
This is a pretty good miniseries that was made in Italy and is in english. James cromwell plays a torn pope and a man who is not in anyway a antisemite. That pope wasn't one in reality too. he didn't speak up though and he's been condemned ever since. This one does show that the pope had some what he thought were good reasons for not doing so. He never collaborated with hitler and that's a fact. He could have done alot more but then the allies didn't even bomb the railroad tracks to the death camps. At least the pope was a good man , who did not enough perhaps but he did try to help the jews of rome at least. The film looks great and features many jewish characters as well as the pope. In fact it treats the jewish people pretty well. It's worth watching and owning. the picture is great too as this is a new movie.
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