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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Classroom Edition [Interactive DVD] (2008)

Sheila Hancock , David Thewlis , Mark Herman  |  PG-13 |  Interactive DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sheila Hancock, David Thewlis, David Hayman, Jim Norton, Vera Farmiga
  • Directors: Mark Herman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Disney Educational Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00246VKGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas highlights the secret friendship between two unlikely friends--the young son of a Nazi officer and the Jewish boy he encounters. The Classroom Edition of this Heartland Truly Moving Picture® Award-winning film features exclusive educational material including an exploration of the role propaganda played in WWII Germany. Includes printable educator's guide and Public Performance Rights for classroom/educational use only.

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274 of 284 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
2008 was a very big year for films adapted from books, with several reaching the high acclaim of Academy Award nominations. One adapted film that didn't get much recognition, however, is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, based on the novel by John Boyne.

The film opens with the following quote emblazoned on the screen: "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows." As the quote suggests, this is a sort of coming of age film, and over the course of 94 minutes,those in the audience slowly watch the innocence of children unravel before their eyes as the reality of what is taking place becomes more and more illuminated.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the story of a family living in Berlin during World War II. The main character, an eight-year-old boy named Bruno (Asa Butterfield), spends his time in Berlin playing with his friends and reading adventure novels. His father, brilliantly played by David Thewlis (most will recognize him as Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter franchise), soon gets a promotion, however, and Bruno, his parents, and his sister move to the German countryside where his father will take up his new position. Unlike their time in Berlin, Bruno's parents are careful to keep their son close to home, and Bruno, an explorer and adventurer at heart, is confined to the small fenced area surrounding their house.

From his bedroom window, Bruno can see what he thinks is a strange farm off in the distance. He notices that the "farmers" act strangely and wear strange "pajamas" while they work. Later, he notices that the smokestacks on the farm give off an absolutely wretched stench when they are burning.
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137 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good, thought-provoking film. February 6, 2009
Format:DVD
After I read the novel by John Boyne and heard the news that a movie adaption was currently in theatres, I was slightly scared that the film would be too extreme and dramatic for me, because I don't do well at all with films that scare me or make me sad- and thinking about the plot of the book, I knew watching a movie version would tear me to pieces.
But, as it happened, my school went on a field trip to see the movie a few weeks after I finished the book, and I ended up having to watch the whole movie through and write a report comparing and contrasting it from the novel. And guess what?- I sobbed like a baby in front of all my friends.
Although the last parts of the movie are very sad and deeply patronizing, it is overall a very good adaption of the book that caused so much controversy among young readers like me(I'm 15 by the way).
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 10 Stars September 17, 2011
By Darrell
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By Darrell Stoddard, darrellstoddard@gmail.com

This emotionally wrenching film deserves 10 Stars. Changed my life forever and a major part of my life was spent in motion pictures. The movie will change your life everlastingly too if you open your heart to a simple fictional story of a little German boy who befriends a Jewish boy through the barbed wire fence of a concentration camp.

My heart was ripped out, but I will be a more loving, gracious, forgiving person for having seen this sensitive and also horrifying motion picture. YES, as the reviewers have said: It is "historically inaccurate to the extreme." "It is total fiction." It is "ridiculously contrived." It is "all too absurd." It is "hard to swallow." It is "forced and artificial," and "The actors have British accents instead of German."

One critic posed the question, "Did Bruno's father in the end get what he deserved?" Such moralizing and such criticisms of the film make me wonder if those viewers of the film missed the unanswered questions of the Holocaust. How could it happen? How could so many good people allow it to happen?

The most insightful reviewer said, "What is appalling to me is reading all of the one-star reviews. I now see how the holocaust (shoah) could have taken place. All that is necessary is for a nation to be composed of and ruled by people with no feelings, bereft of human compassion and sensitivity, just like several of the reviewers here."

Great Art (even fiction) reveals to us "things as they really are". Through Bruno and his mother, we see through the eyes of Germans who were totally innocent until they came face to face with with the horrors of the "final solution.
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74 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie February 16, 2009
Format:DVD
I know that many movie critics bombed this movie, but you really need to decide for yourself.

I thought this movie was very well made, the acting was excellent, and the story was very intriguing. I have read the book the movie is based from, and the movie follows the book very closely.

I have to say my favorite part of the movie is the music - the soundtrack is amazing! It was made by the same composer that did the soundtrack for Titanic and Braveheart, to name a few.

Be prepared for a shocking ending - some don't like it, but I did. I think it's a realistic approach to the Holocaust - not every story has a happy ending.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Shaking Stars August 20, 2009
Format:DVD
I knew I would hate THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS - but I knew I had to see it. I finally did. I sat on the edge of a chair for the entire viewing and shivered at what has happened and what could so easily happen again. I remember seeing SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993), walking out saying to my husband, "We must see that all of our grandchildren have a copy of this before we die."

Somehow you don't want to remember these things that must never be forgotten!

At the end of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, I did not speak and could not think. It took perhaps 48 hours before I could "begin" to think clearly. I cannot tell you the end - it would be wrong - but you must see it. And, right after I purchase SCHINDLER'S LIST for all 15 of our grandchildren, I will need to purchase another 15 copies of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS.

Saint Ambrose of Milan once said: "Not only for every idle word, but for every idle silence shall we be called to account." These two movies mentioned here need to be in every library known to man. Don't miss seeing THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS and know it could be your son, your grandson or your great grandson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than 5 stars for this
i never saw a movie like this, is very, very pretty good
Published 9 hours ago by severo
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful anti-bigotry plea as seen from the POV of children
There have been so many films depicting the Nazis over the years. The subject matter is so powerful that even now it's still fertile territory for a movie. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by lonebeaut
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Very sad movie , unexpected ending
Published 1 day ago by Ron E. Donisch
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent and heartbreaking.
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth J. Pucci
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
My wife Loved it. I thought it was Ok
Published 1 day ago by DEECO
4.0 out of 5 stars As a descendent of Nazi atrocity I found the ending ...
As a descendent of Nazi atrocity I found the ending hard to swallow, but a small part of me thought they had it coming.
Published 2 days ago by frank zeidlik
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent!
Published 2 days ago by PazFatima
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie.. Value of human life is strong
Published 2 days ago by S. Demattei
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was very moving and I was able to ...
This movie was very moving and I was able to see the family side of the people who served under Hitler's.
Published 2 days ago by Pequitta Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it - couldn't stop watching it although it was ...
I liked it - couldn't stop watching it although it was very disturbing. This was the first movie I watch on my Amazon kindle fire HDX and loved it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Shirley R.
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