Watch as the Sabbath flame is lit and takes one into a world of terror, humiliation, evil and unexpected heroism.
This is "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's masterpiece about the Holocaust, in a new Blu-ray/DVD combo edition. It's mostly black-and-white, and the Blu-ray detail defines why this movie is so important.
Based on a true story, "Schindler's List" (1993) has to be considered the definitive non-documentary movie about the Holocaust.
Spielberg, who should offer a master class in directing, re-creates the ghetto and camps in a way that makes us feel we are seeing the horror happen in real time.
Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler, an opportunist, womanizer and member of the Nazi Party who becomes the unlikely savior for more than 1,200 Jews. He cons the Nazis into allowing him to have his own workers in his factory, thus giving the Jews a haven during the war.
Ben Kingsley plays Itzhak Stern, the Jew who helped concoct the scheme and brings out the humanity in Schindler.
A then-unknown Ralph Fiennes plays the sadistic Nazi commandant Amon Goeth in an amazing performance that should have netted him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar (Tommy Lee Jones won for "The Fugitive").
The film is not for the faint of heart, yet it is a must-see on many levels. Some may think it's a cliche, but "never forget" should always be a part of our lexicon.
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