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The Pianist (2002) [Full-Screen Double-Sided]

Pianist (2002) / (Full Dub Sub Dol Dts Rpkg)
Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Universal Studios (Dvd)   Catalog #: 62023631  
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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*** This title is also available in a single-sided widescreen edition here. ***

Principal cast includes: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Michael Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Jessica Kate Meyer, Julia Rayner, and Ruth Platt.

Directed by Roman Polanski.

Originally released: 2002.

Rating: R; violence and brief strong language.
Picture: Full-screen; color.
Language: English, French (dubbed), Spanish (dubbed).
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
Sound: DTS 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), Dolby Digital Stereo (Spanish).
DVD Region Code:
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DVD special features include:

- Featurette "The Story of Survival."
- Featurette "Cast and Filmmakers."
- Theatrical trailer.
- Soundtrack spot.

Roman Polanski's THE PIANIST is based on the memoirs of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody), a Polish Jew, who miraculously survived World War II. The first half of the film transports viewers to 1939 Poland, and brings it to life clearly and believably. Szpilman is a tall, handsome, winsome man who is revered for his piano performances on public radio. He lives with his family--an intelligent, loving, and spirited bunch--in an upscale flat in central Warsaw. Bombings have begun to torment the citizens of Warsaw, and step by step, the Nazis infiltrate, the Jews are branded and set apart from their neighbors, imprisoned in a ghetto, and slowly exterminated. The story is told through Szpilman's eyes, and thus carries as much confusion and fear as disgust and torment. Polanski paints Warsaw in bleak shades of gray and black, expressing the helplessness of the Jewish people and the cruelty of the Nazis with captivating photography. In the second half of the film, which takes place in the early 1940s, Szpilman is alone, having managed to avoid the trains to the death camps. His struggle to survive, with some help from non-Jews but mostly his own will to thrive, takes place in long, silent, languid stretches filled with the imagined piano music that inspires Szpilman to live. In a climactic scene of immense beauty and spine-tingling tension, Szpilman must actually perform for a German soldier who is inexplicably patrolling the near-deserted and utterly dilapidated Warsaw ghetto. THE PIANIST, in the subtlety of its sublime and heartbreaking tale, is carried by the intensely moving performance of Brody, whose transformation is truly unforgettable.
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