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“Schindler's List" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Experience one of the most historically significant films of all time like never before with the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition of Steven Spielberg's cinematic masterpiece, Schindler's List. Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, this incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did. Schindler's List is a powerful story whose lessons of courage and faith will continue to inspire generations.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Rated: R, 3 hours 16 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English DTS-MA 5.1
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes
  • Directed by Steven Spielberg
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Some

Commentary

This is a tough movie to watch, but ultimately, a movie everyone must watch. Spielberg’s story is a history lesson depicting intense drama and character development. I might add that you would need to watch this film first in order to put his Saving Pvt. Ryan into a deeper perspective. The film does not look away from the brutality of the concentration camps, the inhumanity depicted, or the profound effect that an individual can have on the lives of people. It is fascinating to watch Schindler transform over time from a shrewd businessman to a person of conscience who helps save the lives of his Jewish factory workers. This movie is compelling on both a historic and personal level simultaneously. This is not only a great film, but an inspiring film. Never has beauty and horror been so closely intertwined in a cinematic presentation. A "must see" movie in glorious HD!

Technical

The film starts out in color, and then turns to black and white, as though the life is being sucked out of the world. Color is used mid way through the film to show a little girl in a red coat, which ultimately has a profound effect on Schindler. Spielberg oversaw the transfer of the original 35mm film stock to Blu-ray and the details and picture quality are quite wonderful. I did notice some minor edge enhancement in a few scenes where a character is silhouetted by a brightly lit window, but the film retains the original grain and feel of the theatrical release. Razor sharp details in the BD version make it the best one to watch. The movie is long, so it is spread out onto 2 (DVD) discs, but the BD is a single. Sound is front heavy but the dialog is clear, even when in hushed tones. The music score sounds wonderful as well.

Extras

A short list of extras: A Documentary (which is excellent), Featurettes , DVD and Digital Copy are included.