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The Book Thief [DVD] [2013]

4.6 out of 5 stars 1,126 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Ludger Bökelmann, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Heike Makatsch
  • Directors: Brian Percival
  • Writers: Markus Zusak
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2014
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJT59I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. The Book Thief is a life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit.

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This film is a real must have! The war films never seemed to have the same appeal as this film. The usual films all concentrated on the action at the front, but this one brings the personal experiences of the people left behind at home. This film concentrates on what it was like for the German population, and it brings a tear to the eye sometimes.
A good seller, this film arrived in good time well packaged and a good film. I recommend this seller and this film to those who really want something well worth seeing and will be happy to have this film added to their personal collection.
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The story is set in 'Germany' during 'World War 2' starting a little before
when 'Liesel' and her brother are being taken to live with 'Hans' and
'Rosa Hubermann' their mother can no longer cope, sadly 'Liesel's'
brother dies before the journey ends.
When 'Liesel' attends her new school the children mock her because
she cannot read.
Her new 'Papa' 'Hans' sets about teaching his adopted daughter...
Some little while later the family are joined by a young man 'Max' a 'Jew'
who is hiding from the 'Nazi' authorities.
These are cruel times in 'Nazi Germany' 'Jews' are openly abused by
'party' members (of course this turned more sinister)
'Lieslel' befriends 'Max' however the family are taking a huge risk sheltering
him, 'Han's' gets 'Leisel' to promise not to tell anyone of their new guest.
To make ends meet 'Rosa' takes in washing and ironing work from home,
one day she sends 'Liesel' with the washing she does for the 'Burgermeister'
and his wife to their home and told to ensure she brings the payment back
home, when at the fine home she is invited in and, because she'd caught
a glance, was shown the library by the 'Burgermeister's' wife and invited to
start reading a book she'd seen.
However some while later when the master of the house see's 'Liesel' in his
home reading, he bans her, and ceases the washing/ironing work her mama
does for him.
'Liesel's' school pal 'Rudy' guesses that they have a guest in the 'Hubermann'
home, the conversation is overheard by 'bully' 'Frans' which adds to the risk
being taken.
'Max' falls ill, 'Liesel' finds a way through the 'Burgemeister's library window
and borrows books to read to her sick friend.
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This is one of my favourite book of all time. I love the fact that it is just so different to other books however it doesn't come across quite so well on dvd. Death is the narrator but I lost the feeling of empathy for the characters as the story unfolded. I enjoyed it and by the end I was in tears but it took a long time to get me there whereas in the book I was hooked all the way through as the little girl took us on a journey of what it was like to be a child in Nazi Germany. My advice; read the book first, watch the film but recognise it won't be as good as the book.
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After reading the book I was desperate to see the film, I was very disappointed. The story is still there but it has cut out too much of the book that seems essential to the storyline. The scenery and characters were very good and it was very authentic acting and that I enjoyed!
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nicely acted good story however a little bit clinical, sets too perfect. Good to see the view of the war from the German citizens point of view for a change.
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Like most adaptations of books, the film is never as good. So much was missed out that the story line lost a lot of its meaning. The redeeming feature though is Geoffrey Rush - excellent as always!
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This film definitely proves that you should never watch a film after reading the book. I loved the book, as did almost everyone else I know. There was so much left out of the film that I wondered if it was the same story.
The worst thing was without doubt the "Allo Allo" German accents. Surely we have moved beyond the need to do that now.
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Wonderful story, not a war film, but set in the time from before the war to just after, based on a true story, based in a village in Germany, and filmed in Germany. .
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