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Schindler's List - Special Edition [DVD] (1993)

Liam Neeson , Ben Kingsley , Steven Spielberg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Surround Sound, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OC6WO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Steven Spielberg had a banner year in 1993. He scored one of his biggest commercial hits that summer with the mega-hit Jurassic Park, but it was the artistic and critical triumph of Schindler's List that Spielberg called "the most satisfying experience of my career." Adapted from the best-selling book by Thomas Keneally and filmed in Poland with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, Spielberg's masterpiece ranks among the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust during World War II. It's a film about heroism with an unlikely hero at its center--Catholic war profiteer Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who risked his life and went bankrupt to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.

By employing Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army, Schindler ensures their survival against terrifying odds. At the same time, he must remain solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant (Ben Kingsley) and negotiate business with a vicious, obstinate Nazi commandant (Ralph Fiennes) who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa overlooking a prison camp. Schindler's List gains much of its power not by trying to explain Schindler's motivations, but by dramatising the delicate diplomacy and determination with which he carried out his generous deeds. As a drinker and womaniser who thought nothing of associating with Nazis, Schindler was hardly a model of decency; the film is largely about his transformation in response to the horror around him. Spielberg doesn't flinch from that horror, and the result is a film that combines remarkable humanity with abhorrent inhumanity--a film that functions as a powerful history lesson and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the context of a living nightmare. --Jeff Shannon

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Steven Spielberg's epic Holocaust drama won seven Oscars, including statuettes for Best Picture and Director. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a Nazi Party member out to profit from the war. The local Jewish population provide a ready source of cheap labour for his factory, but Oskar's mercenary instincts become coupled with more altruistic ones when he discovers that the Jews he does not employ are likely to be sent to concentration camps. From then on, he attempts to save as many Jews from imprisonment as possible, whilst keeping on the right side of the Nazi authorities.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart - rending and inspirational 19 Aug 2005
I cannot believe I have waited so long to watch this film. Its a wonderful movie that had me in buckets of tears at the end. The three hours fly by. I won't repeat what other reviewers have said, I agree with many of the comments made about how great this film is. My favourite parts of the film were the colouring of the little jewish girl's red coat (the film is black and white) - the second scene with her in, later in the film, is quite jarring and a little shocking. The second is the women as they go to be 'disinfected' in Aushwitz. The acting in that scene is some of the best in the film. Finally, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Some of their best acting ever - Fiennes as an evil nazi, confused by his attachment to a JEWISH girl, and Neeson as a nazi who berates himself for not doing enough to help (the final scene is the tearjerker). Please watch this film, even if you don't think its your thing. It's wonderful.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History in Black and White 24 Nov 2007
By Jay
Thomas Keneally's bestselling book was made into a movie of awesome power and emotional impact. Oskar Schindler was a Catholic war profiteer during World War II. He initially prospered because he went along with the Nazi regime and did not challenge it. But Schindler ultimately saved the lives of more than 1,000 Polish Jews by giving them jobs in his factory, which turned out crockery for the German army. Schindler lost his wealth, but gained salvation for many lives and the descendants that would spring from those lives.
Like Raging Bull and Rumblefish, this film is shot in black and white which accentuates the impact whenever there is the odd colour scene as in the end with the girl in the red coat after liberation of the prisoners. Despite the movie's considerable length, it is never slow or dull. It is hard to believe that Hollywood, which so often churns out mindless drivel aimed at making money, could produce something so important and powerful as this film.

Much credit is due to the three main actors -- Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ben Kingsley as his Jewish accountant (and, on occasion, Schindler's conscience), and Ralph Fiennes as the frightening Nazi commandant. The film won seven Oscars, but its best accomplishment may be reminding us that we must never forget what happened.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spielbergs finest moment 30 July 2006
In the list of major films that Spielberg has made this is the one above all others that everyone should see.

Its the true story of Oscar Schindler, a paid up member of the Nazi party who saved the lives of around 1,100 Jews in WW2.

Liam Neeson plays Schindler brilliantly, but the whole cast are excellent. It would be unfair to pick out any one person, such as Neeson, since for example Ralph Fiennes is also brilliant as a ruthless camp commandant. I've seen the film 3 or 4 times now and its one of the few films that has brought me close to tears, as true horror of the Holocaust is brought to life.

What Schindler did shows a side of humanity that most of us will never see. At great personal risk, because he realised that people were being slaughtered, he bribed Nazi officials and ensured in the process that his factory never produced anything useful for the Nazi's. Scene after haunting scene is left etched on your memory. Perhaps for me, where Schindler hoses down the people who are packed into the trains in unbearable heat sums up the whole movie for me. He needn't of helped them, they were going to die anyway, but he did. We all know about mans inhumanity to man, but here is a demonstration of one mans great humanity. So whilst the film is very sad and emotional on one level, because of Schindlers actions the film doesn't leave you in a state of manic depression at the end!

Its a fabulous movie and at 3hours and 7mins it is long, but you will never look at your watch, its that good.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Even though Steven Spielberg had made some of the most successful -- and profitable -- films in movie history (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Jaws, the Indiana Jones series), he was always perceived as a master craftsman but never as a "serious" director capable of making a grown-up film. This is an odd perception, considering that in addition to such crowd-pleasers as Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. (along with the plethora of projects he has been involved with as executive producer -- Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the Back to the Future trilogy), Spielberg had directed such serious fare as 1985's The Color Purple and 1987's Empire of the Sun, which deal with such weighty topics as race and the effect of war on children.
One film, released in late 1993 -- the same year that Jurassic Park set worldwide box office records -- changed that perception forever: Schindler's List.
Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German philanderer, member of the Nazi Party, and war profiteer whose desire to make money from Hitler's European war slowly but irrevocably morphed into a desire to save over a thousand of his Jewish labor force from the Nazis' genocidal "Final Solution," Schindler's List is a powerfully moving film. It not only never flinches from the inhumanity of Hitler's willing executioners -- there are all sorts of terrible things going on in here, including torture, manhunts, mass executions, and random acts of cruelty -- but it also touches on the central belief felt by Spielberg himself that decency and righteousness can triumph over even the most implacable tyranny and hatred.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disc wont play
disc wont play,bonus disc will play,am most displeased ,expect more from amazon,i need to know why main disc will not play,as it just comes up as unknown disc
Published 4 days ago by John M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film. DVD faulty.
It was a present for my aunt. The DVD stops half way through the film and then returns to the beginning. I tried it in my DVD player with the same result. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mr Alistair Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Schindlers List dvd
Arrived promptly & worth the slightly higher price for all the extras which come with it. A very good film worth watching again.
Published 14 days ago by Garfield
5.0 out of 5 stars heard it was a great film
and it is everyone should see it so nothing like it ever happens again. Liam Nielson is amazing as is all the cast.
Published 14 days ago by mr d a comber
5.0 out of 5 stars Schindler's List - 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy +...
This film is very good film to watch but it doe's pull on the heart strings as you delve deeper into it. Read more
Published 19 days ago by J F Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Took me a couple of time to watch the whole of this due to nature/content of the film but well worth it and mine to watch again and remind myself of the depths and heights of human... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A very thought prevoking film
A deeply moving film and frightening to remember this is factual, a very brave man doing a very brave thing.
Published 21 days ago by Eilene Keeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved it excellent service! and very impressed on when it arrived.

Watching this film is very emotional and I shall treasure it for life.
Published 23 days ago by Jared
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for my husband
Didnt get to see his in thr cinema and heard it was n amazinb true stiry. Well worth the purchade and delievered snd packed well
Published 26 days ago by Carol Howells
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Everybody should have this film in their collection. Its an absolute classic. It may be black and white, but that doesn't detract from the films impact in any way whatsoever.
Published 27 days ago by Gareth Mollard
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