Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Blu-ray)

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 221523364
UPC 031398140603
UPC 14 00031398140603
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/17/2013
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
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.
Empire 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
Mark Herman
David Thewlis
Rupert Friend
Vera Farmiga
Cast & Crew
Asa Butterfield - Star
Béla Fesztbaum - Star
Attila Egyed - Star
David Thewlis - Star
Sheila Hancock - Star
Rupert Friend - Star
Amber Beattie - Star
David Hayman - Star
Jim Norton - Star
Jack Scanlon - Star
Vera Farmiga - Star
Benoit Delhomme - Director of Photography
Christine Langan - Executive Producer
Mark Herman - Screenwriter
David Heyman - Producer
John Boyne - Source Writer
James Horner - Composer
Mark Herman - Executive Producer
Mark Herman - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
UPC 00031398140603
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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