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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 (333 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 (333 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OC6WO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT BLU-RAY TRANSFER!!! 9 April 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Firstly... If you haven't seen the film, this is going to be a huge treat for your first time seeing it. The film itself is so moving, powerful, superbly cast and even very darkly humorous throughout.
I need not go into detail about the story of the film right? Because you want to know what the Blu-Ray transfer is like... Well its like the title to this review states... Brilliant!

Picture: The contrasts between black and whites are what really come into play with this masterpiece. The whole film is on ONE DISC so you needn't worry about having to get up at around 1hr n'40 to change discs such as the superb DVD release from a few years back. The film flows smoothly along at about 20mbps which considering its a 3 hour film means it should look less impressive, but there are no extras on disc one at all, and just a minimal menu... So as for picture quality, it really sets the black and white tones of smoke from the trains at the start and the burning ends of characters cigarettes into a crisp clear showcase.

Presentation: I suggest that you pay the extra 1-2 for the special limited edition book edition as I have, which holds one disc on each side of the case and binds a book built into the spine which separates the two discs and keeps them well encased when not in use. It's sturdy and brittle, so it won't break if dropped (I don't suggest you use it as a frisbee mind you) and the book is very similar to the one included in the DVD special edition, but with differing illustrations and as I don't have a photographic memory OR my copy of the DVD anymore, the text may be slightly different too. Its lovely to hold and to look at, and definitely worth the extra bit of money.

Sound: This movie has a John Williams score (as do 99.
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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
Format:DVD
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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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History in Black and White 24 Nov 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spielbergs genius superbly crafted..... 24 Jan 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Theres not much one can say about a film like this, its so real so moving and artisticly perfect that it should just be watched and absorbed. But this is a picture that needs disscussion and demands involvment from the viewer so it is best watched in a non-entertainment way but as a documentery. All schools should show this at GCSE or A level as it just so perfectly speaks for itself, it teaches and makes you question your own ways of living and presents the reality of just how cruel humans can be towards one another. I saw this at GCSE level not long ago and it has completly changed the way i see the world, see evil and the oppurtunitys for change and understanding.
The genius of speilberg here is taking such dark sensetive and disturbing subject matter and bringing light to it and making it accesible for any mature audience.
Truly a film that can change your life and indeed change the world. If its message gets through to you then thats one less bad person in the world and therefore the film has served its purpose. Schools need to show this to pupils its just so important that youngsters have the chance to see true art and learn about the triumph of good over bad. Always. Steven Spielberg...thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spielberg
Steen Spielberg masterpiece.Much has been written about this movie and I cannot add to them but just to say that the transfer to Blu-ray is great and enhanced my enjoyment of... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Pauly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good read
Published 3 days ago by Colin D. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very emotional film.
Published 7 days ago by Heidi Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars This film should be compulsory viewing - it uniquely captures ...
This film should be compulsory viewing - it uniquely captures the horror and inhumanity of the holocaust. Steven Spielberg thoroughly deserved the two Oscars he won for this film
Published 10 days ago by Wagona5030
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film
Published 10 days ago by russell holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Speilberg brilliance as expected
Published 11 days ago by Dogsbody
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Published 12 days ago by Ms Dawn A Souter
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Excellent film fast del
Published 14 days ago by Leonard F
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly horowing story.
I bought this dvd after visiting Shindlers factory in Krakow. I wanted to see how the re creation of the sites compared to the real thing. The factory has changed little if at all. Read more
Published 17 days ago by A. Buyer.
5.0 out of 5 stars War
Saw this film before and wonted a copy to watch again just as good as the first time I saw it
Published 18 days ago by Mrs C A Widdowson
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