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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 221523364
UPC: 031398140603
UPC 14: 00031398140603
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Based on the novel by John Boyne, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is a wrenching Holocaust story about a young German boy and his forbidden friendship with a Jewish child. Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is living a charmed life in Berlin as the son of a high-ranking Nazi soldier, when his father (David Thewlis) is suddenly transferred to a job out in the country. Bruno, as well as his sister Gretel (Amber Beattie) and mother (Vera Farmiga) must all join him at his new post. Bruno is lonely and confused by his new surroundings, and he doesn't understand why he can't wander the grounds or play at a nearby farm. The "farm," of course, is a concentration camp, though Bruno doesn't know this. He soon sneaks away to explore, and meets Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) a prisoner of the camp. Shmuel is eight, the same age as Bruno, and the two form a timid, careful friendship, playing checkers and catch through the barbed wire fence. Bruno knows that his friendship with Shmuel is dangerous, but after witnessing brutal violence perpetrated against some very kind people, he has begun to question the Nazi doctrine of hate. He is no longer sure what to make of his soldier father, whom he once believed to be a hero. When he learns that Shmuel is in trouble, he vows to help him, and together the boys form an outrageous plan that culminates in the film's devastating climax.

Farmiga and Thewlis put in excellent performances, while Scanlon and Butterfield, are equally impressive, doing a fine job of carrying the weight of such a heavy film. The BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is a deeply moving and--it must be said--disturbing movie. But it is a remarkable story, told with masterly intelligence and grace.


Video Features Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/17/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video UPC UPC: 00031398140603
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Asa Butterfield
Video Cast Info Béla Fesztbaum
Video Cast Info Attila Egyed
Video Cast Info David Thewlis
Video Cast Info Sheila Hancock
Video Cast Info Rupert Friend
Video Cast Info Amber Beattie
Video Cast Info David Hayman
Video Cast Info Jim Norton
Video Cast Info Jack Scanlon
Video Cast Info Vera Farmiga
Video Cast Info Benoit Delhomme - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Christine Langan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Herman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info David Heyman - Producer
Video Cast Info John Boyne - Source Writer
Video Cast Info James Horner - Composer
Video Cast Info Mark Herman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Herman - Director

Professional Reviews

4 stars out of 5 -- "Mark Herman's adaptation of John Boyne's novella succeeds....Both Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis furnish their parental roles with real humanity." 10/01/2008 p.69

USA Today
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS adds another poignant tale to the canon of Holocaust movies....It is also a notably faithful rendering of John Boyne's novel, told from the perspective of a young boy." 11/07/2008

Los Angeles Times
"[A]n affecting drama that refuses to soft-pedal its harrowing conclusion." 11/07/2008

Chicago Sun-Times
"THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is not only about Germany during the war, although the story it tells is heartbreaking in more than one way." 11/05/2008

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he power of the story and the performances -- young Butterfield amazes -- is indisputable." 11/13/2008 p.98

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