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  • Actors: Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Bill Paterson, Haing S. Ngor
  • Directors: Roland Joffe
  • Producers: The Killing Fields (1984) (Blu-Ray), The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 142.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby TrueHD ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Killing Fields is a romanticized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine story by New York Times correspondent Sidney Schanberg. Covering the U.S. pullout from Vietnam in 1975, Schanberg (Sam Waterston) relies on his Cambodian friend and translator Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) for inside information. Schanberg has an opportunity to rescue Dith Pran when the U.S. army evacuates all Cambodian citizens; instead, the reporter coerces his friend to remain behind to continue sending him news flashes. Although his family is helicoptered out of Saigon (a recreation of the famous TV news clip), Dith Pran stays with Schanberg on the ground. Racked with guilt, Schanberg does his best to arrange for Dith Pran's escape, but the Cambodian is captured by the dreaded Khmer Rouge. Accepting his Pulitzer Prize on behalf of Dith Pran, Schanberg vows to do right by his friend and extricate him from Cambodia. The rest of the film details Dith Pran's harrowing experiences at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, and his attempt to escape on his own. The Killing Fields won Academy Awards for Hang S. Ngor (a Cambodian doctor who lived through many of the horrific events depicted herein), cinematographer Chris Menges, and editor Jim Clark; an Oscar nomination went to Roland Joffe, who made his directorial debut with this film. Spalding Gray, who played a small role in the film, later elaborated on this experiences in his one-man stage presentation Swimming to Cambodia. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Ceasar Awards, David Donatello Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Killing Fields (1984) (Blu-Ray)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Serkan Silahsor on 8 May 2008
Format: DVD
David Puttnam, Roland Joffé, Chris Menges..... what a wonderful team whose individual creativity and collective synergy brought us two out-of-the-world pictures: "The Mission" & "The Killing Fields". Nothing to say about the former. Regarding the latter, the rich combination of such themes as ravages of war, power of friendship and unrequited loyalty makes it one of the powerful films in its genre and greatest films ever to have come out of the British cinema.

"The Killing Fields" takes us back to 1975s Phnom Penh, Cambodian capital, during which the communist guerrilla group Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot seized the city, formed a new government and forced the dwellers to move to the countryside to work in collective farms and labor camps with the goal of restarting of civilization in "Year Zero". During the next 4 years of their rule, these "policies" caused the death of ~ 3 million people (one third of the population) either from execution, torture, starvation, overwork, and disease. Under this apocalyptic environment, "The Killing Fields" tells the true ordeal and survival story of Cambodian photojournalist, Dith Pran, who endured the atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime: captured, tortured, punished for befriending American journalists and forced to work in labor camps in barbaric conditions.

To me, the most impressive thing about "The Killing Fields" is the ravishing cinematography by Academy Award winner Chris Menges. From start to end, The photography is nothing but gorgeous. All shots are meticulously planned, properly balanced and perfectly contrasted, harmonizing the beauty of countryside with ravages of war. The colors are well saturated and look wonderful. Subtle details are well presented, sharp and clearly visible with an emphasis on naturalism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. F. husseiny on 14 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
(THE FILM):..Every so often, there isia film that isidestinedito be talked about andirememberedifor yearsito come. When the Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh in 1975, many thought the killing would end. Instead it started a long nightmare in which three million Cambodians would die in the "killing fields." The Killing Fields is an epic story of friendship and survival produced by David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) and directed by Roland Joffe (The Mission). Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, whose war coverage entraps him and other journalists. Dr. Haing S. Ngor is Dith Pran, Schanberg's aide and friend who saves them from execution. But Pran is sentenced to labor camps, enduring starvation and torture before escaping to Thailand. Ngor also endured Khmer Rouge atrocities and saw his moving, Academy Award®-winning portrayal of Pran (one of the film's three Oscars®) as a way of bringing his nation's tragic ordeal to light....The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed. .. One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made., .
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. L. Rodin on 5 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
This film tells the true story of two journalists in Cambodia during the turmoil of 1970s Cambodia. One is the American Sydney Schanberg (played by Sam Waterston) and the other is the Cambodian Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor). As the Khmer Rouge approach the fall of capital Phnom Penh becomes imminent, the foreign embassies pack up and move out and the journalists are forced to take refuge in the French embassy. The Khmer Rouge have however demanded that all Cambodians in the embassy be turned over, and fearing attack, the occupants agree. Dith Pran is therefore in trouble. The foreign journalists come up with a plan...

The film is very well cast, with excellent acting and character depth as shown by Haing Ngor winning a well deserved oscar for best supporting actor. It is at times brutal, at others touching.

Highly Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 2 Dec. 2013
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This well researched and historically correct film is a sad tribute to all those who died in the horrific camps of the khmer rouge . Sam Waterston leading a great cast combined with good production values make this a must see. Highly recommended.
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The Killing Fields is a powerful, fact based account of the conquest of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s and the nature of their rule in the years the followed. The movie focuses on two men: Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston), a New York Times correspondent in Cambodia, and Dith Pran (Haing S Ngor) his translator and assistant.

Its a movie in two halves. The first is an account of war correspondents at work as the Khmer Rouge increasingly encroach upon the capital. This section climaxes with the nightmarish seizure of the capital by the rebels when the correspondents discover that their journalistic credentials and western privilges are no protection from an army made up, in significant part, of murderous children. The second part focuses on Pran and is the story of how he struggles for survival in a country which the revolutionary government seeks through violent collectivisation to make pre-industrial.

As a war-based thriller The Killing Fields is in an elite class. But it is also much more than that. It is also about the consequences of war on human beings and how thoughtless decisions made thousands of miles away bring devastation that no cover-up can change.

A tragic footnote on this sad film: Haing Ngor, who plays Pran, was himself a survivor of theKhmer Rouge. He won an Oscar for the role but was subsequently murdered on the streets of Los Angeles, purportedly by muggers when he refused to give up a locket containing a photo of his wife who had died in the killing fields.
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