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on 3 October 2016
Schindler's List is so overwhelming, such a dramatic, deeply researched, accurate historical story that it is almost beyond review.
It is almost a presumption to comment on this superb evocation - no, harrowing experience - of the Holocaust. Did you know that
Spielberg lost relatives at Auschwitz, that he felt obliged to make the film, that he accepted no payment for his brilliant and
no doubt traumatising work?

Absolutely essential viewing for everyone who has never been through war, nor experienced the horrors of arbitrary tyranny.
This is far beyond art or entertainment , this is a labour of love, a plea for such things not to happen again, an educational
FEELING insight, in fact a spiritual experience. Of course it must be seen, several times, it shakes up one's whole being.
Brilliant performances from Liam Neeson (Schndler), Ben Kingsley , and above all Ralph Fiennes as the cruel, lost and
tormented camp commandant. An ode to the vagraries of life, the Nazi exploiter gets angry and becomes a hero, the evil
commandant starts to question his Nazi indoctrination under Schindler's influence, the inmates just cannot believe - even in a
muderous Nazi labour camp what is related of Auschwitz, the sheer horror of the supposed superior SS hierarchy corrupt and
bribable to the core.

Outstanding inciidents one could quote are everywhere. Schindler's manouvering and manipulations - for good ends. His rescue of his
protegés' children from the SS at Auschwitz - "see, little hands, not useless at all, essential to polish the inside of our shells", his
strong reprimand to Ben Kinsley for forgetting his pass & getting himself into the death wagons - and wasting Schindler's time
rescuing him, the sheer humanity of Schindler causing water to be sprayed onto the wagons in the hot sun & making himself the
butt of SS laughter. The man was a total hero, as we can all be at the right place & time, but did you know that he was also a failure
in real life & business? Fortunately he was always bailed out by the Jewish friends he had so nobly saved - at such financial, emotional,
and exhausting cost to himself.

The final scene where we move to to-day and into colour completes an absolute masterpiece. If I were Spielberg,I would rest my case
before God with this one film, feeling I justified my life, served and educated. Five stars is too little. because this film transcends the
seventh art completely and takes us right out into life & makes us reflect why we are here and have we done enough with our lives.
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VINE VOICEon 7 November 2017
This Blu-Ray disc is an HD transfer of the DVD version. It contains the three-hour movie and various documentaries about the film from the time of the original DVD release (late 1990s).
Regularly voted one of the greatest films of all time and certainly this is one of the most important films of the late 20th Century.
Spielberg often attracts rather harsh and unjustifiable criticism, as being emotional and sentimental and producing low-brow films. Schindler’s List is sometimes condemned as being over-indulgent, deliberately manipulative and historically inaccurate. I sometimes fear there are rather unpleasant overtones in this, linked to the director’s Jewishness. Spielberg can get a hard press in Hollywood – it seems that producing very well crafted films, that have huge popular appeal (Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, Colour Purple) is simply not good enough. Many of his early films were populist for sure and perhaps not at the intellectual cutting edge but I found them immensely entertaining. But with Schindler’s List, the Academy Award committee had to sit up and take note.
Schindler’s List propelled Spielberg’s filmmaking in another direction, mores serious, more poignant and more relevant. There are some historical inaccuracies for sure but maintaining the strength of the narrative for three hours is a remarkable achievement in a film. It was a hugely important film to make, and clearly a personal journey for Spielberg. The strength of its message is central. The Holocaust has been poured over and analysed and has seen innumerable fictional and documentary film productions over seven decades. To tackle it in an original and engaging way was Spielberg’s masterful achievement and the film, 24 years later, remains his crowning glory.
The acting is superb. Neeson, Kingsley and Fiennes excel in the central roles. The cinematography is crucial – you have the impression of looking in as an outsider on real events. The score adds to the poignancy. The closing sequences – Schindler saying goodbye to his workers at the factory and then the cut to modern-day Israel and the parade of the surviving Schindler Jews (placing stones on his grave) is one of the most powerful in any film.
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on 29 August 2017
Schindler's List is an amazing dramatic movie. Fantastic story and very well made. It has everything that a movie needs to have to be a great movie. Blu Ray version is great as well. Picture quality is very nice and so is the sound. If you haven't seen this movie yet just get it especially on blu ray. Great film
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on 1 April 2016
I've just watched the movie for the third time.
I've read the book twice.
What I find truly amazing about Oskar Schindler is his bravery.
He was arrested twice and faced a serious chance of being sent to Auschwitz himself.
Once he had made up his mind to help save Jews he never wavered.
He never gave up and this was in the face of a terrifying regime dedicated to total Jewish annihilation and all that stood in their way.
Reviewing the book I suggested he should be made a saint.
I still feel the same.
By the way, a good film, usual Hollywood licence with some historical bits but overall very good.
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley some of the best actors ever.
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on 28 November 2017
Great movie and also a sad movie
I think both Ralph Fiennes and liam Neeson exceed in there roles
Also I can't not forget to mention the director of this classic steven spielberg who brings back to life what it was like to be Jewish in world war 2 with a black and white picture with the rarity of colour which also makes this movie look older than it actually is
Definitely worth a watch
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on 29 September 2017
Moving tribute to a great man who saved many people from certain death,and yes the place the survivers are walking towards at the Films climax is Israel and Jerusalem the golden plays on the soundtrack so if you hate the idea of a Jewish homeland then go and believe the popular lies about this amazing little land a land of freedom for all yes even the Palastinians.
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on 6 December 2014
Probably the greatest and most personal film Steven Spielberg has ever or will ever make.

Should be shown in all school history classes as a lesson and a warning to future generations of the stark brutality of a totalitarian regime out of control when they treat a minority race as a sub human species to be rounded up and wiped out.

Also it can be watched as a master class in film composition, direction, photography and editing, with a stunning cast, acting and music.

Extremely sad, scary, haunting, beautiful, hopeful and uplifting, it shows the worst and best in humanity in equal measure.

And most important of all, it's all true, not fiction.

Very, very, very highly recommended, a timeless classic of the cinema.
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on 23 October 2017
A very well acted film deserving all the awards it received. It is mind boggling the evil man can do on the grounds of extreme nationalism which unfortunately is rearing up its ugly head again. Schindler’s list demonstrates islands of hope even in the worst situations.
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on 21 August 2017
I have watched this many times over the years and still find it shocking that this happened in real life. Why did other countries allow this to go on for so long and not intervene sooner? Liam Neeson plays a good part and certainly one of his finest films he has ever done.
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on 23 January 2017
This review applies only to the two DVD Special Edition (ASIN:B0007OC6WO). The picture/sound quality is superb. The picture with a single audio stream is 9.6GB, so it is split across the two DVDs to preserve the quality. The average bitrate is 6622kbps. Movie is in b/w. There aren't a lot of extras, but they are worth watching. The DVDs come in a standard plastic case with insert.

It's a great movie telling a great story. It deserved its Oscar haul (in a strong year).
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