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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
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  • Actors: Sheila Hancock, David Thewlis, David Hayman, Jim Norton, Vera Farmiga
  • Directors: Mark Herman
  • Format: 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 (530 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00246VKGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,677 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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225 of 232 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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123 of 133 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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66 of 72 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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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Conversation Material January 19, 2009
Format:DVD
The movie's subject matter, first and foremost is very HEAVY.

The story follows a boy in a particular German military family. He is your average adventurous and innocent/ naïve eight-year-old boy. His family is a very ordinary German family, for that time, except his father had just been promoted to a high position within the military, causing the family, much to the children's chagrin, to move out to the country (discovered in the first five minutes of the film).

In this movie, you will see a wide range of acceptance and emotion for the German political agenda. You'll see the happenings of this family from the boy's perspective, including his introduction to the Jewish people.

In my opinion, this movie is very well made, intelligent, and powerful. The messages that are being conveyed are wonderful conversation pieces. It's time to expand horizons and stimulate the brain with this very strong film. Grab some family or friends, or someone from the office and see what this movie is all about.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 10 Stars September 17, 2011
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
We were studying a unit on the Holocaust and this movie presented a better understanding of the conditions during that time. I would recommend it highly.
Published 4 days ago by Carolyn Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a very touching and moving movie. I have watched it several times. Loved it.
Published 6 days ago by Tammie Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a novel unit on the Holocaust
I am a 8th grade reading teacher and this story was great for introducing the our unit on the Holocaust.
Published 8 days ago by Kara Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Thought-Provoking!
You can read a synopsis of the story elsewhere, so I wanted add another one. This is an incredibly powerful tale which conveys the utter arbitrariness of the winners and losers in... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jus Sayin'
4.0 out of 5 stars A good historical fiction film.
This was a good film. Great acting and a heart-retching ending will make this a memorable film for anyone who is interested in the holocaust era.
Published 9 days ago by Leita Rolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars Collection material 2
Good material for my work collection. I appreciate the values that Amazon provides, it allows me to be more effective without breaking my bank.
Published 10 days ago by Movie Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully painful!!
Beautiful and painful all at once! Hard to believe all that ugliness occurred! This story was from an amazing perspective. It stayed with me for days!
Published 10 days ago by Jennie Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful accurate story
Gr8 fir the modern tween to see, understand inhumanity madness can happen. Need quiet place time to whole movie. Thank you for making such a good story.
Published 13 days ago by Dr. Melinda Boye-Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving!
This story will haunt you as you know it very well could have happened! Keep the tissues close by. Excellent!
Published 13 days ago by Louise B. Pruchnicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Such a sad story. I liked it very much and will watch it many times to come. I would recommend it to every one
Published 15 days ago by Deloris Douglass
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