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Diary of Anne Frank [Blu-ray]

Millie Perkins , Shelley Winters , George Stevens    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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George Stevens (Giant) directed this 1959 film adaptation of the hit play based on the writings of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl from Amsterdam who hid in an attic with her family and others during the Nazi occupation. As Anne, Millie Perkins is something of a milky eyed enigma and--in retrospect--too old for the part; but she is surrounded by an outstanding cast, including Joseph Schildkraut as Anne's patient father, Ed Wynn as a cranky dentist who moves into Anne's "room," and Shelley Winters as the loud Mrs. Van Daan. Stevens turns the many overlapping dramas of the caged characters into the foundation of Anne's growth as a young woman, ready for life and love just at the moment the dream comes to an end. Beautifully shot by cinematographer William C. Mellor, and written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett from their stage production. --Tom Keogh

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Genre: Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 16-JUN-2009
Media Type: Blu-Ray

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story brought to the screen Feb. 17 2004
Format:DVD
"The Diary of Anne Frank" was given the big-budget treatment in the late 50s and brought to the screen by George Stevens, who had directed such classics as "Giant" and "A Place In The Sun." Stevens wanted to emphasize the cramped quarters of the tiny attic where Anne and seven of her family members and friends hid for two years from the Nazis. The studio insisted that the film be made in Cinemscope, the new widescreen process and despite this setback, Stevens did manage to convey a sense of claustrophobia by utilizing clever set design and camera angles. The film won an Oscar for set design.
A nationwide search for an unknown actress to portray Anne Frank resulted in the casting of a young model named Millie Perkins. While some critics felt that Perkins was too old to play the 13 year old Anne, I think she does a good job here and doesn't really look too old for the part at all. Her voice is a tad shrill in the voice-over monologues but otherwise she is fine. Shelley Winters won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Mrs. Van Daan and Joseph Schildkraut is also memorable as Otto Frank, Anne's father.
The only major fault with the film is its length - at 170 minutes, it is sometimes slow moving. The best sequences are the ones in which the safety of the families are threatened. These sequences are extremely well done and will have you on the edge of your seat in suspense.
Fox has done a good job with the care and resoration of this film for dvd. The picture is presented in its original widescreen format and is sharp and detailed with good contrasts between black and white. Alfred Newman's complete 7 minute overture to the film is also included here.
The supplements on side two of the dvd are fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth seeing! April 22 2013
By Muffin
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I found that Millie perkins really did an excellent job being Anne Frank. she was really sweet and very believable. As sad as this story is it is well worth watching. Shelly Winters was also excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Frank July 14 2013
By K Down
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember watching this as a young girl. It's still a good history lesson.The quality and sound is good,the delivery was fast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars POIGNANT TEAR JERKER IN STUNNING TRANSFER Feb. 3 2004
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"The Diary of Anne Frank" is based on the tragic best selling diary of a young girl's real life account of her secret existence under Nazi persecution. After the war breaks out, Anne's prudent father, Otto (Joseph Schildkraut) whisks the family underground to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. Together with another family, the Franks attempt to wait out the prospect of being discovered in a cramped attic adjacent a factory run by the resistance. Anne (Millie Perkins) endures the hardship, danger and sadness of World War II, but never without hope and astonishment for a better tomorrow. Petronella (Shelly Winters) and Hans van Daan (Lou Jacobi) are also in hiding with the Franks and their son, Peter (Richard Beymer). But the bond of loyalty that develops between Peter and Anne is threatened by Hans' greed and distemper.
Despite being forced by Fox to shoot his film in the widescreen process of Cinemascope, director George Stevens nevertheless managed to capture the claustrophobic atmosphere of a regime slowly closing in on the Frank's precarious abode. Stevens, a member of the first American film corps that liberated several Nazi concentration camps with the allies, was appalled by the overwhelming scope of genocide he encountered. His outrage is channeled on this occasion into a poignant, visceral and emotionally stirring production that not only manages to capture the essence of the period, but rightfully preserves the memory of Anne Frank - a young girl, aged well beyond her years, who had the clairvoyance to put onto paper one of the most heartbreaking and genuine accounts of the second world war.
Fox gives us a stunning B&W anamorphic picture with zero film grain, solid blacks, fine detail and remarkable clarity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the definitive movie for Anne's Diary June 28 2004
By momazon
Format:DVD
*** SPOILER if you have not read the diary or seen any of its movies yet
Absolutely no scene in movie history is as simultaneously gripping and gently conveyed as the final scene, when Peter Van Damme and Anne Frank hold hands and look out to the sky as the Gestapo beat down their door to take them to a death camp. The adults look down in the direction of the door and stand or sit still and wait for them to enter, resigned to the fact that they just can not escape the fate that the Nazis have assigned to them.
Nobody runs or even speaks, and Otto Frank puts down the newspaper and hands his wife her bag, as if they are going on a trip. Such small simple movments convey such finality for these 7 people who have shared the unimaginable experience of being caged liked animals to escape being killed like animals, because one man in power decided people of their religion and race should not live.
That scene says more than a million car chases and explosions. Watch it and see what I mean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unfortunate timing June 6 2004
Format:DVD
there was only one reason this monumental film was not awarded the "Best Picture" oscar at the academy awards. that reason is simple; the year of its release. 1959 was an unfortunate year for George Stevens to release this masterpiece of filmmaking, because released that same year was "Ben-Hur". any connesieur of classic films can attest to the magnitude of "Ben-Hur", winner of 11 academy awards. inspite of the legendary status of "Ben-Hur", "The Diary Of Anne Frank" deserves just as much recognition.
"The Diary Of Anne Frank" deserved the oscar just as much if not more than "Ben-Hur". the film was based on the diary written by Anne Frank while she was hiding out in the attic of an old house with her family and several others to avoid Nazi capture during those tragic days of WWII.
the movie is nothing less than monumental and a perfect tribute to Anne Frank and her family. it is nearly 3 hrs. long but easily maintains one's interest throughout.
there exist no words to justly express greatness of this magnificent opus of filmmaking. accolades to George Stevens for giving us this film. and God bless the entire Frank family for continuing to bring hope to the hearts of people globally for over 60 years. AMEN
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust study
This film gives gr.8 students a great understanding of what Anne and the others went through in hiding. It is something they can relate to. Read more
Published on March 9 2009 by D. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen Format
It is very unfortunate that this movie has not been put into Full Screen format. I appreciate the efforts to release it in its original Widescreen format but this is not always... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Anne Deserves Better
There is no excuse why the best and most widely read Holocaust narrative couldn't have been made into a far superior movie than this disorganized and boring flick. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & masterful Holocaust film
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once wrote that dramatizing the Holocaust was a futile task, not because dramatization could not be done, but because any such attempt would... Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Paul Kesler
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but forget about the language dubbing!
What can I say about this movie that others have not already said?! Except, that if you are interested in listening to it in Spanish or French, FORGET IT! Read more
Published on March 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Intermission?
A fine DVD representation of this great film. Good special features as well. While ALfred Newman's pre-title Overture and Exit music is presented, the Intermission music has been... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Joe NY
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK ON DVD IS MARVELOUS!
Fox has issued THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK as part of its "Studio Classics" series. They have put a great deal of time and money into making this DVD release a winner all the way. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Lisa A. Hale
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