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The Book Thief

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Based upon the best-selling novel. The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them.
Statement of Responsibility: Fox 2000 Pictures presents ; a Sunswept Entertainment production ; produced by Karen Rosenfelt, Ken Blancato ; screenplay by Michael Petroni ; directed by Brian Percival
Title: The book thief
Edition: EnglishSpanishFrench version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 131 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
widescreen (2.40:1), 24 fps, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2013
Based upon the novel by Markus Zusak
Special features: Deleted scenes; Sneak peeks
Credits: Music, John Williams ; film editor, John Wilson ; production designer, Simon Elliott ; costume designer, Anna B. Sheppard.
Performers: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Roger Allam, Ben Schnetzer.
Summary: Based upon the best-selling novel. The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material CHV rating PG
System Details: DVD, NTSC region 1, dual layer, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, surround Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD, NTSC region 1, dual layer, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, surround Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD
Other Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), dubbed Spanish (surround Dolby Digital 2.0), or dubbed French (surround Dolby Digital 2.0) audio; Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH)
Subject Headings: Germany History 1933-1945 Drama Books and reading Drama Storytelling Drama Jews Germany History 1933-1945 Drama World War, 1939-1945 Jews Rescue Drama Death Drama Alemanes Teatro. bidex Lectura Teatro. bidex Guerra Mundial, 11, 1939-1945 Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
War films
Historical films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Books and reading
Storytelling
Jews
World War, 1939-1945
Death
Alemanes
Lectura
Guerra Mundial, 11, 1939-1945
Publisher No: 2288656
2288657
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
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Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson


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Jul 26, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Haven't read the book and didn't care for this film. They live in Germany but speak fluent English and little to no German. What was spoken wasn't proper. Far from inspirational. Why does every "inspirational" story have to have violence and war as a backdrop? Plot seemed derived and slightly twisted from Anne Frank's story with an ending stolen from the film Titantic! Terrible screenplay - the narrative made no sense. Overall, very depressing.

Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Woah! I am impressed! The movie exceeds the book, and the book is good. Story was beautiful and the development of the characters was amazing. Well Done. Great film for the family. Its rated pt-13 But its good for all ages.

This is a remarkable movie and should be seen by all. It captures the time and on a personal level was completely moved as my mother was raised and a teenager herself in Germany,. The movie portrays the time and horrors of nationalism taking over humanity. I would think it should be matched along with The Diary of Anne Frank, for reading and watching by anyone over 14 years of age
Bill Bradford

Jun 29, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pretty good movie. It shows the point of view of the average German citizens during the rule of Hitler and the Nazi party, who were being forced to be a part of the madness.

Jun 28, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie was okay, but it didn't come close at all to the the quality of the book which I would highly recommend.

Jun 24, 2014
  • jonathanhowells rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

So-so film- I felt as if I'd seen it before.

Jun 24, 2014
  • Kalkiislove rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie combines too many wonderful elements to talk about in a short review but here it goes - great acting, meaningful and lovely story line, not your typical feel good movie but one you feel good having watched even though it has many tragedies. A testament to the human spirit and love. Sets were great and Jeffrey Rush is one of my all time favorites and he delivers the goods again. Sophie Nelisse is wonderful and endearing and Emily Watson returns to her greatness.

Jun 19, 2014
  • poodlegirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read the book...loved it. Believe it or not, I liked the DVD even more (not often that happens!). Jeffery Rush was amazing, as was the whole cast.

Beautiful and well acted movie. It will touch your heart.

Lovely Sophie Nelisse was perfect for this part. First time seeing her in anything. Hope to see her again, and again in the future. A rising star!

Strong acting too, by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

The story draws you in to one of the worst periods in world history, and it is sometimes difficult to watch. Acting & directing were superb, so you keep going until the inevitable end.

Jun 09, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

wonderful adaptation of a great book

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Jul 28, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jul 18, 2014
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 28, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Other: There are racial overtones such as a child taking a liking to a black athlete and having to be told (due to Hitler's beliefs) that it's not okay to have a black person as a hero. The child tries to color his skin black. This may or may not need to be explained to some children. I don't believe the film is acceptable viewing for children.

Jul 28, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Set in the backdrop of the Holocaust. Nazi's patrolling door to door and accosting children and others.

Jul 28, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Violence: There's a lot of kicking and punching. Particularly the movie seems to "celebrate" a scene where the heroine is being bullied in a schoolyard and beats another boy senseless. She isn't punished, there are cheers, and the film's music and dismissive nature seems to see this as acceptable behavior. It's not.

Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Nothing bad. Some beatings and a sad ending.

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May 29, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Liesel: My name is Liesel Meminger. I don't have a family. Or even a place to call home. I never understood the meaning of the word Hope. But I'm about to meet the people who will change all that.

May 29, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Death on Liesel's long life: In my job, I am always finding
humans at their best...
and their worst.
I see their ugliness,
and their beauty...
and I wonder how the
same thing can be both.
I've attended all the
world's worst disasters...

and worked for the greatest of villains.
And I've seen the greatest wonders.
But it's still like I said it was.
No one lives forever.
When I finally came for Liesel...
I took selfish pleasure
in the knowledge
that she had lived
her 90 years so wisely.

I wanted to tell the book thief
she was one of the few souls...
that made me wonder
what it was to live.

But in the end,
there were no words.
Only peace.
The only truth I truly know...
is that I am haunted by humans.

May 29, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Liesel told this story in a bomb shelter:There once was
a ghost of a boy...
who liked to live
in the shadows of things...
so he wouldn't frighten people.
His job was to wait for his
sister, who was still alive.

She wasn't afraid of the dark...
because she knew
that's where her brother was.

At night, when darkness

came to her room...
she would tell her brother
about the day.

She would remind him how the
sun felt on his skin...
and what the air
felt like to breathe...
Or how snow felt on his tongue.
And that reminded her...
that she was still alive.

May 29, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Prologue: One small fact
You are going to die.

Despite every effort,
no one lives forever.

Sorry to be such a spoiler.

My advice is, when the
time comes, don't panic.
It doesn't seem to help.
I guess I should
introduce myself properly.

But then again,
you'll meet me soon enough.

Not before your time, of course.
I make it a policy
to avoid the living.
>Well, except sometimes.
Once in a very long time...
I can't help myself.
I get interested.
I don't know exactly what it
was about Liesel Meminger.
But she caught me.

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