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85






Studio and Year: Miramax - 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Asa Butterfield, Rupert Friend
Written & Directed by: Mark Herman - Based on the novel by John Boyne
Music by: James Horner
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 19, 2011







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Film Synopsis:

Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the inspiring story of an eight-year-old boy, Bruno, who strikes up an unusual friendship with a Jewish boy during World War II. Their friendship proves both ordinary and remarkable, both inspiring and tragic.



My Take:

Set during World War II, The Boy in the striped pajamas is a story as seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno an eight year old boy who seeks adventure and friendship. Growing up in Berlin he lived a sheltered and well to do life, far from the reality of the war and the atrocities that came along with it. His father is a German SS officer and accepts a promotion that requires the family to move to a new home in the country. Once there, Bruno, lonely and searching for a playmate (s), notices a farm nearby where all the workers wear pajamas. He mentions this to his mother who sidesteps his questions and directs him not to leave the home's compound. Bruno notices that Pavel, a servant that works on the grounds, wears the same pajamas. Curious and bored Bruno sneaks off and through the woods where he comes to the fenced in farm. There on the other side of the fence he encounters an eight year old boy named Shmuel. Bruno asks questions about his clothing, his family and games he plays on the farm. Shmuel tells him that it's a work camp not a farm, he is a Jew, the soldiers put him there, and he cannot leave. The two instantly become friends with Bruno frequently sneaking out to see him. Meanwhile at home Bruno is slowly coming to the realization that what is going on at the camp is connected to his father and the war. He also sees that the people in the striped pajamas are considered vastly inferior and treated as such by the German soldiers. He is troubled by this and struggles with his feelings. The effects aren't limited to Bruno as the once happy family unit begins to fracture when faced with the realities that surround their new home. For the two little boys who see beyond the boundaries that separate them, friendship means forever

This is an evocative and poignant film in its depiction of loss of innocence, the escalation of hatred/anti-Semitism and the atrocities of the holocaust. At its heart it is really more of a story about this family and the destructiveness of secrets/lies and misguidance. The narrative as seen through Bruno's eyes is conveyed from a child's narrower perspective. It isn't perfectly constructed but bearing that in mind makes its minor shortcomings easy to forgive. This is a thematically driven film with well drawn characters that are designed to connect us with these two little boys, and what they shared. I found the culmination of the story to have an unyielding and effecting resonance that was perfectly implemented. I must admit that listening to the German soldiers speaking with British accents took a little getting used but luckily their credibility isn't integral. The performances of Vera Farmiga, David Hayman, Asa Butterfield and Rupert Friend are on point in eliciting an emotive response to their characters and the story. I thoroughly enjoyed The boy in the striped pajamas.



Parental Guide:

The rating is for some mature thematic material involving the holocaust.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 82



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Video: 88


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The boy in the striped pajamas comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate 18 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.

This 1.85:1 framed Blu-ray Disc presentation features a solid looking video encoding that boasts stable contrast, bright, detailed whites, and gradationally enhanced grays. This coupled along with punchy blacks and delineated shadow detail gives images both light and dark excellent depth. The video is crisp and definitively resolved as fidelity appears to be intact. Wide angle shots have appreciable dimension with clear rendering of objects within foregrounds and backgrounds. Close ups reveal lots of subtle refinement as the intricate textures within facial features, clothing, and objects is easily discernible. This isn't an overly colorful film. Many sequences have a filtered and de-saturated appearance that seems to coincide with the director's intention. Deep shades of blue and green stand out nicely against the muted chromatic range and look great. Skin tones rarely yield any truly defining complexional characteristics but all appear natural within the scope of the source material. On occasion sharpness wavers however it appears innate and isn't distracting. Overall quality is excellent as the video has a pristine and dimensionally strong perspective that is visually pleasing.

The DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix is perfectly suited to the source material. Dialogue is rendered clearly with good intonation and average room penetration. The bulk of the presentation is handled by the front three channels. Imaging and directional spacing is excellent as soundstage pans are seamlessly integrated. James Horner's music score is reproduced by the entire sound platform with the front channels containing the orchestrated instrumentation and the rear channels providing ambient extension. The orchestrated elements are clear, sibilant free and dynamically satisfying. Surround sound activity is limited to subtle venue replication via atmospheric ambient extension and occasional discrete sound placement.



Bonus Features:


  • Audio commentary with Writer/Director Mark Herman and Author John Boyne

  • (HD) 5 Deleted scenes - With optional commentary by Writer/Director Mark Herman and Author John Boyne)

  • (HD) Friendship Beyond the Fence featurette - 20 minute look behind the scenes with cast/crew




Final Thoughts:

The boy in the striped pajamas is the big screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by John Boyne. It is stirring and poignant in its depiction of loss of innocence, the escalation of hatred/anti-Semitism and the atrocities of the holocaust but at its heart it is really a story about family and the destructiveness of secrets/lies and misguidance. It makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate featuring excellent high definition video quality and crystal clear DTS-HD Master Audio sound. Lionsgate has ported over the bonus features included on the DVD release which consists of a making of featurette, filmmaker commentary and a handful of deleted scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed The boy in the striped pajamas and highly recommend it for genre fans.









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I was waiting for this movie to be released on blu ray. I've never seen it but have been told how good it is. I will definitely pick this up.

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This looks so good but I don't think I have the heart to watch it if it ends "badly". One of parenthood's drawbacks.

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I 100% absolutely HATED this movie. Every year I do a list of my favorite and least favorite movies, and this one won in 2009.

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"I saw a lot of terrible movies this year. Some of the contenders were Transformers 2, Pi, Prom Night, Garden Party, Closing the Ring, The Mist, GI Joe, and Synedoche New York. However, I decided to give the Worst Movie award to a movie that not only managed to bore me, but just plain angered me. That movie is The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. I know there are people out there that enjoyed the movie...I am not one of them. From the Nazis speaking with English accents (seriously, unless they were in uniform, it was impossible to tell the good guys from the bad)...to the horribly contrived plot...to an ending that was so utterly ridiculous that when we're supposed to sobbing, I'm just sitting there wanting to scream at the screen. Congratulations Striped Pajamas, you beat out a movie that featured a scene in which the main character died and went to Robot Heaven."


I realize there are certainly people out there that will have the opposite reaction (such as Ralph, or my wife for that matter)...but I just despised it. I have a feeling I would have actually liked the book a lot though.
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I 100% absolutely HATED this movie. Every year I do a list of my favorite and least favorite movies, and this one won in 2009.

excerpt:
"I saw a lot of terrible movies this year. Some of the contenders were Transformers 2, Pi, Prom Night, Garden Party, Closing the Ring, The Mist, GI Joe, and Synedoche New York. However, I decided to give the Worst Movie award to a movie that not only managed to bore me, but just plain angered me. That movie is The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. I know there are people out there that enjoyed the movie...I am not one of them. From the Nazis speaking with English accents (seriously, unless they were in uniform, it was impossible to tell the good guys from the bad)...to the horribly contrived plot...to an ending that was so utterly ridiculous that when we're supposed to sobbing, I'm just sitting there wanting to scream at the screen. Congratulations Striped Pajamas, you beat out a movie that featured a scene in which the main character died and went to Robot Heaven."


I realize there are certainly people out there that will have the opposite reaction (such as Ralph, or my wife for that matter)...but I just despised it. I have a feeling I would have actually liked the book a lot though.
To allow us to put this into context, would you consider letting us know what your favorite movies were? Just curious.

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To allow us to put this into context, would you consider letting us know what your favorite movies were? Just curious.
Sure thing (I would probably order many of these movies differently had I made the list today, but this was the order 2 years ago)

20) Burn After Reading
19) Watchmen
18) I've Loved You So Long
17) Let The Right One In (original)
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14) Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
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12) Brothers
11) The Wrestler
10) 500 Days of Summer
9) Zombieland
8) Taken
7) Old Boy (old movie, but it was new to me that year...also, in hind sight, this would probably now be much higher on the list)
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5) Elegy
4) Tell No One
3) Avatar (if making the list today, this wouldn't be as high)
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This looks so good but I don't think I have the heart to watch it if it ends "badly". One of parenthood's drawbacks.
I never viewed SL before becoming a dad. WHen I tried to watch it recently I could not stomach Schindler's List any longer once the kids start coming out of hidingunderneath the beds,etc.THis is PG-13 so I'll bite.
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Parenthood makes you realize that the world can be a nasty place that you can't control. We rarely worry about ourselves as much as we do others.

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Being a parent myself, sometimes the harsh stuff can affect me deeply but I never turn off a film. A film like this makes you feel even stronger about your children and about trying to protect the from the evil in the world.
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This is a very good movie, but it is hard to watch at times.

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I rented this on DVD when it first came out. While its a very good movie, it is also a very sad and depressing one was well. It is definitely worth seeing.
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This is a very good movie, but it is hard to watch at times.

This is even harder to watch.

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Sure thing (I would probably order many of these movies differently had I made the list today, but this was the order 2 years ago)

20) Burn After Reading
19) Watchmen
18) I've Loved You So Long
17) Let The Right One In (original)
16) Snow Angels
15) Apaloosa
14) Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
13) An Education
12) Brothers
11) The Wrestler
10) 500 Days of Summer
9) Zombieland
8) Taken
7) Old Boy (old movie, but it was new to me that year...also, in hind sight, this would probably now be much higher on the list)
6) Where The Wild Things Are
5) Elegy
4) Tell No One
3) Avatar (if making the list today, this wouldn't be as high)
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Would you mind telling us your age? I'm curious.
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Would you mind telling us your age? I'm curious.

I will turn 32 this year. Not sure why it really matters, just from that list, it should be fairly obvious that I enjoy a wide range of movies from foreign art-house films to big summer tent polls.
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I loved The Mist nice to see a non hollywood ending for a change.

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I agree, Mist had a great ending...I just hated everything while getting there (especially the jesus lady).

I'm thinking I should delete my post with the top 20....this topic is about one movie, not 20 others from 2 years ago
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Sure thing (I would probably order many of these movies differently had I made the list today, but this was the order 2 years ago)

20) Burn After Reading
19) Watchmen
18) I've Loved You So Long
17) Let The Right One In (original)
16) Snow Angels
15) Apaloosa
14) Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
13) An Education
12) Brothers
11) The Wrestler
10) 500 Days of Summer
9) Zombieland
8) Taken
7) Old Boy (old movie, but it was new to me that year...also, in hind sight, this would probably now be much higher on the list)
6) Where The Wild Things Are
5) Elegy
4) Tell No One
3) Avatar (if making the list today, this wouldn't be as high)
2) Up!
1) District 9

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I agree, Mist had a great ending...I just hated everything while getting there (especially the jesus lady).

Are you kidding? It just made offing her in classic horror fashion all the more gratuitous!

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