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The Pianist [HD DVD]

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Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, triumphant film follows Szpilman's heroic and inspirational journey, an unforgettable opeic testifying to both the power of hope and the resiliency of the human spirit. Brought to life by visionary filmmaker Roman Polanski, The Pianist is his most personal movie ever.

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Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm award at the 2002 Cannes film festival, The Pianist is the film that Roman Polanski was born to direct. A childhood survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, Polanski was uniquely suited to tell the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist (played by Adrien Brody) who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, miraculously eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout World War II by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. Unlike any previous dramatization of the Nazi holocaust, The Pianist steadfastly maintains its protagonist's singular point of view, allowing Polanski to create an intimate odyssey on an epic wartime scale, drawing a direct parallel between Szpilman's tenacious, primitive existence and the wholesale destruction of the city he refuses to abandon. Uncompromising in its physical and emotional authenticity, The Pianist strikes an ultimate note of hope and soulful purity. As with Schindler's List, it's one of the greatest films ever made about humanity's darkest chapter. --Jeff Shannon


Special features

  • The Story of Survival

  • Product details

    • Actors: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox
    • Directors: Roman Polanski
    • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, French
    • Dubbed: French
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
      Restricted
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
    • Run Time: 150 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (889 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000XNZ7LG
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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