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The Grey Zone

Allan Corduner , Steve Buscemi , Tim Blake Nelson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Allan Corduner, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette
  • Directors: Tim Blake Nelson
  • Producers: The Grey Zone
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 104.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TSDMQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The true story of Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz. Nyiszli was one of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos - "Special Squads" of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. Together, the Sonderkommandos struggled to organize the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz. As the rebellion is about to commence, a group from the unit discovers a 14-year-old girl who has miraculously survived a gassing. A catalyst for their desperate attempt at personal redemption, the men become obsessed with saving this one child, even if doing so endangers the uprising which could save thousands. To what terrible lengths are we willing to go to save our own lives, and what in turn would we sacrifice to save the lives of others? SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...The Grey Zone


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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story about the Sonderkommandos in Auschwitz 3 May 2008
By AMBER
Format:DVD
Tim Blake Nelson, the director of "The Grey Zone" (USA 2001), states that this is not a movie about the Holocaust. It is about the choices a human being is ready to make in order to stay alive - even if it is just for a little while longer.
The central figure is Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew who assisted with Josef Mengele's infamous experiments. The events are based on his records and on notes of members of the "Sonderkommandos". They take place in Auschwitz, 1944.
The SS dropped the Zyklon B into the gas chambers - everything else was done by Jewish prisoners: leading the victims into the changing rooms, assuring them they were going to have a shower, locking them in.
Then, afterwards, collecting the bodies and burning them in the crematoria ovens.
There was even leisure time for them to play chess or to enjoy the items they were able to loot.
And the question for the viewer becomes: how would you have chosen?

The impact of this film results from it's coolness, it's unsentimentality. It is much worse than "Schindler's list" or "The Pianist". Those were stories of survivors.
The movie was shot in Bulgaria and the extras were recruited from the region. They were queuing up for roles women had to shave their heads for and people lying naked on top of each other as "human lettuce" in the gas chamber (information from the bonus material).
If you want to learn about the death camps in the third Reich - watch the BBC series on Auschwitz. If you want to understand more - watch this.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing 11 Mar 2004
By T
Format:DVD
This is a gruesome film and I mean this positively. It covers the reality of concentration camps that are rarely touched upon in other Holocaust films - that of the gas chambers.
There is torture, gas chamber scenes, burning in the oven scenes and shootings but running through the film is the frustration the prisoners feel at the lack of activity by the camp's Resistance leaders.
At one point someone is found alive at the end of a gasssing and things ae brought to a head here on. I won't say more so as not to spoil the storyline but it is well worth watching just to see another side to the death camps that is rarely shown on screen.
To compliment this film I would suggest reading Filip Muller's 'Three Years in the Gas Chamber' which has many similar themes running through it.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very sad. 27 April 2008
Format:DVD
Without doubt one of the best films I've seen but I'd never be able to sit through it again. Gone is the possitive message of Schindler's List, instead we have an honest look at what we are really like as a species. Anger, fear and futility predominate throughout. All aparently based on fact. The poor sods that took part in the rebellion should be remembered for what they did yet we prefer to build monuments to rich gernerals. It's alright to get all pasificst and hippy about violence and such stuff but what they were up against was intolerable.I was depressed for about three days after this film but it was worth it. All the actors perform incredibly well. Harvey Keital is terrifying as the camp functionary who has no illusiones about what awaits him when the war ends. Yet still he carries on. Almost too bad to be true it defies belief that a civilized bunch like the Germans were capable of such horror.It will break your heart but watch it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critical Review 1 April 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The trouble with the vast majority of movies dealing with the subject of the Holocaust is that they are either woefully inaccurate in their depiction of what really happened to the Jews of Europe, or else the real horror and suffering that was inflicted on them when they arrived in these camps is severely played down (in many instances sidestepped completely and only hinted at). I can only assume that this is done for reasons of Hollywood censorship and/or good taste. More often than not, both these faults are irritatingly present in the vast majority of films dealing with the Holocaust. `The Grey Zone' however, is a graphic departure from the norm and does not suffer from these irritating inaccuracies. In fact, it would appear that `The Grey Zone' has gone out of its way to be as accurate as possible in depicting the hell of Birkenau and as such, stands out from the rest to the extent that it is easily one of the best (if not the best) films to accurately depict the horror of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death factory with all its lethal gas chamber/crematoria machinery of industrialised mass murder. Grim, depressing and often harrowing, `The Grey Zone' is based on the true story of the rebellion of the Jewish Sonderkommando in Crematoria 4 (not Crematoria 3 as erroneously mentioned in the film--the crematoria at Birkenau were numbered from 2 to 5, with gas chamber and Crematoria 1 situated at the Auschwitz main camp 5 miles away) which took place in October 1944 and is based in part upon the true-life experiences of a Jewish doctor Dr Miklos Nyiszli who was a prisoner in the camp at the time of the revolt. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just so thought provoking 5 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
I watched this last night and couldnt sleep properly afterwards...This was thought provoking, brutal and shocking all at the same time. But the most incredible scene epitimising the whole "who me?" or "I was only doing my duty" kind of statements of the camp guards after the war ended was where the shot pans (at night) left to right above one of the underground gas chambers with one SS opening the vent and another (with respirators on) opening a canister of Zyklon B and pouring it down the 'vent'. My TV was on surround sound so hearing the muffled screams increase in there intensity with the realisation of what was happening was truly horrendous.

Four stars only ?? This was because of the actors having ridiculous American accents and not making one jot of effort to sound like Hungarians. Harvey keitel (as a German guard) made an effort with a German accent... but even in the store room scene on discovering the girl... he exclaims to one of the Kapos..."Dont speak Hungarian, what is he saying??" even though they are all speaking english !!... what is that all about ??

Apart from the American issues... a must see movie...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the grey zone
very good film, good to watch most interesting. what more can I say.quick delivery excellent service cant wait to watch aANOTHER
Published 3 months ago by nanny
4.0 out of 5 stars good service from start to finish thank you
Second time I have done this, a good service thank you , I will use it again when I have some spare money
Published 4 months ago by Gurkin
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Good casting.captures atmosphere of camp life.rare story of polish uprising.not your usual "Hollywood"schmaltz.interesting story and insight to life in auschwitz
Published 8 months ago by Lyn Brush
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
If ever there was a film that almost surely depicts life in a concentration camp this is the one, Its grim without revelling in the horror. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Aleppo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Look... I'm never happy about paying over 10 for DVDs, and this is no exception. Having said this, the item arrived, as usual with Amazon, in good time and as described with no... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars grey zone movie
selected at the recommendation of the tour guide while visiting Auschwitz. Very moving and still unbelievable. Enjoy would not be the correct word but glad I watched.
Published 11 months ago by glamour girl
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment
Really not as good as I thought it was going to be; very weak story line coupled with mediocre acting = not worth a watch.
Published 11 months ago by Katherine.S
1.0 out of 5 stars Grey Zone
It would be a good story for someone else but the language was far too much for me. I did think the story did not need so much bad language.
Published 13 months ago by Susan Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DVD
FANTASTICK
I AM OF TO POLAND SOON TO SEE AUSHWITZZ BOUGHT THE FINAL SOLUTION
AND WILL VISIT AUSHWITZ 1 AND 2
Published 13 months ago by Keith Emberton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Maybe I should have read a few more reviews before I ordered this DVD. I have been reading a lot on the holocaust of late and thought it would be good time to watch something of a... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by Jez Self
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