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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 58 (Mar 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Stephen Moyer, Sadie Frost, Radha Mitchell, Mili Avital, Eric Lively, Alexandra Holden, John Ales, Andy Nyman, Nora Brickman, Jesper Christensen & Cary Elwes

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two disc set includes cast and crew filmographies, and two audio commentary tracks: one by Jon Avnet, and the other by Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Leelee Sobieski, and Jon Voight. Supplementals found on Disc Two include two documentaries: Breaking Down The Walls

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21891
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9/DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 172
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 12/18/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jon Avnet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After Germany invades Poland in 1939, the Nazis decree that 350,000 Warsaw Jews be forcibly moved into a cordoned area known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Idealistic teacher Mordechai Anielewicz (Azaria) decides the Jews must rise up against the Nazis and creates the Jewish Fighting Organization (JFO). When the Germans begin deporting 300,000 Jews to the Treblinka death camp, the JFO begins acts of resistance that culminate with ghetto fighters firing their first gunshots against the Nazis. When it becomes clear that the JFO is a force to be reckoned with, the German High Command sends in General Stroop (Voight), who is determined to end the Uprising in two or three days. Forced to go underground into bunkers but energized by their success, the resisters fight on, ultimately holding off the Nazi army longer than the entire country of Poland.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a desaturated picture that gives the wartime story a deglamorized and aged appearance. Interior scenes can appear warm, but the picture often has a colder look with gray hues. That said, the color scheme is well balanced. There appears to be evidence of noise reduction usage, which removes fine details and can create a slightly smeared look. Edge enhancement can be bothersome, and there can be a

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