The reader [videorecording] /

by Daldry, Stephen; Hare, David; Minghella, Anthony; Pollack, Sydney; Gigliotti, Donna; Morris, Redmond; Winslet, Kate; Fiennes, Ralph; Kross, David; Olin, Lena; Ganz, Bruno; Schlink, Bernhard; Genius Products, Inc; Weinstein Company; Mirage Enterprises; Neunte Babelsberg Film (Firm); Weinstein Company Home Entertainment (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Santa Monica, CA : The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment ; distributed by Genius Products, [2009]Description: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.Language note: Dialogue in English with optional soundtrack in French, and with optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.Title notes: $19.99 5/7/2009 (si)BRA $19.99 5/7/2009 (si)Rental $19.99 7/2/2009 Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Schlink, Bernhard -- Film and video adaptations | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Drama | Paramours -- Germany -- Drama | Man-woman relationships -- Germany -- Drama | Oral reading -- Drama | Law students -- Germany -- Drama | War crime trials -- Germany -- Drama | Thrillers (Motion pictures) | Historical films | Feature films | Films for the hearing impairedAcademy Award winner, 2009: Best Actress, Kate Winslet.Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz.Summary: Post-WWII, Germany. Michael Berg is a teenager who becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from different works of literature. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life, only this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.
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Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in The Hours director Stephen Daldry's haunting period drama concerning the relationship between a 15-year-old German boy and a mysterious woman twice his age, and the way that it grows doubly complex when the man reencounters the woman years later and discovers a shocking truth about her past. Based on author Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel of the same name, the film opens on the character of Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) in middle age -- cold, remote, and emotionally withdrawn. It then moves back in time to 1950s Berlin, where ailing teenager Michael (now played by David Kross) has fallen ill with fever, and is discovered in the street by Hanna, a woman in her thirties. After Michael recovers, the two immediately lapse into a torrid affair and Michael falls prey to the confusion of his own burgeoning sexuality. Their liaisons are often marked by Hanna's request that Michael read to her (hence the title). Later, when Michael returns to Hanna's flat and finds it deserted, her absence becomes an emotional blow for which he is completely unprepared, and indeed, scarred for life. The film then moves forward in time by eight years. Michael -- now a law student -- walks into a courtroom and comes across Hanna, one of a series of Nazi prison guards being tried for murderous war crimes during World War II. As he watches her on the witness stand, memories of their past experiences together bring him to the point of realization concerning a startling, long-buried truth about Hanna -- and Michael knows that if he divulges this information, it could modify the prison sentence handed out and dramatically alter her fate. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

$19.99 5/7/2009 (si)

BRA $19.99 5/7/2009 (si)

Rental $19.99 7/2/2009

DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital.

Dialogue in English with optional soundtrack in French, and with optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz.

Directors of photography, Chris Menges, Roger Deakins ; production designer, Brigitte Broch ; editor, Claire Simpson ; music, Nico Muhly.

Based on the book "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.

MPAA rating: R; for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.

Post-WWII, Germany. Michael Berg is a teenager who becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from different works of literature. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life, only this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.

Special features : deleted scenes ; Adapting a timeless masterpiece: making The reader ; A conversation with David Kross & Stephen Daldry ; Kate Winslet on the art of aging Hanna Schmitz ; A new voice: a look at composer Nico Muhly ; Coming to grips with the past: production designer Brigitte Broch ; theatrical trailer.

Academy Award winner, 2009: Best Actress, Kate Winslet.

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