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The Pianist


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  • Actors: Adrien Brody
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Distribution Select
  • Release Date: Dec 9 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KO08
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,859 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29 2004
Format: DVD
Even though barely deserving a rebuttal, some of the reviews here are so beyond asinine that I cannot restrain myself, particularly with regard to those reviewers who had the gall to call Mr. Szpilman a coward. Mr. Szpilman risked immediate death every time he helped to smuggle a weapon or ammunition into the ghetto. The ghetto uprising itself was essentially a suicide mission, and everyone involved probably knew that. So Mr. Szpilman was a coward because he wanted to live, then? How dare you. While I don't believe that any work of art should be above criticism no matter what its subject matter, I have not read a single negative review here that has any remotely intelligent criticism of this film whatsoever. They pretty much describe it as "boring" or "another Holocaust movie." Schmucks. One reviewer couldn't even remember the protagonist's name, yet had no shortage of would-be scathing things to say about the movie. Almost as absurd are the unfavorable comparisons to "Schindler's List." Yes, Oskar Schindler was a great man, but the very straightforward good vs. evil nature of the subject matter must have appealed to Steven Spielberg's very American sensibilities. "The Pianist," on the other hand, boldly treads a ground that is decidedly messier, morally less clear-cut, and I think that only a man like Roman Polanski, who understands the particular time and place where these events transpired, could have made this film. And Adrien Brody fully deserved the Academy Award for this performance. And, yes, he does spend a good deal of time searching like a "rat" for food. What do these buffoons think it means to survive in such an environment? Idiots. Anyhow, this film is a masterpiece, an artistic triumph of the highest rank. The naysayers have not been able to level a single legitimate criticism against it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By falcon on Aug. 18 2007
Format: DVD
this is an absolutely brilliant movie set during World War 2.it stars
Adrian Brody as Jewish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman,whose only escape
from the wartime hell is playing the piano.the screenplay is written by
Ronald Harwood,based on the book by the real life Wladyslaw
Szpilman,and is directed by Roman Polanski.the movie is touching and
heartwarming,and also heartbreaking at times.it can be depressing,but
is is also an inspiration.one man survives hell through music.but more
than that that,others too are uplifted and have hope,all because of one
humble pianist.Brody is brilliant ,as always,inhabiting his
character,as he always does.i don't think he's made a bad movie yet.or
at least,he's always been great in every film,even if the film itself
isn't.in this case,though,the film is brilliant. and say what you want
about Polanski,he knows how to direct a movie(we won't count
"Rosemary's Baby").if this film doesn't have an impact on you,i'd be
surprised. 5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poetkitty TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 19 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but the word 'cowardly' grates on my nerves when describing the action or inaction of the central character. Unless one is in the same situation, how can we know how we'll react? It's unfathomable. We must remember that the persecution, confinement, and ultimate genocide of the Jews in Europe was a process that took many years. The Jews were systematically disenfranchised and dehumanized. Watching the mini-series Holocaust hits this truth home - and there is a scene in Holocaust near the end where the main character and his friend walk resignedly off to the gas chambers...We wonder how, we wonder how 2 armed soldiers could lead twenty men shambling to their deaths....We also wonder how Jews can serve the Nazis in positions of authority over their own people. People survive in different ways. People also, after years of dehumanization, realize the futility of their own actions. When the load becomes too heavy, even death can be a relief. Different people, different situations, different responses....

As far as the character in this movie, and his lack of resistance, we are omniscient observers. We know how long the war will last and how it will all turn out. We know how many Jews are ultimately slaughtered. We understand the motivation of the 3rd Reich. The character doesn't! But he is plucked out of that line and given a chance. He survives by waiting. How do we honestly know if we'd do anything different? One could say that his inaction makes him a hero because he must be warring within himself. The gentle artistic man faced with a world of unimaginable ugliness.

This movie is a treasure.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lambert on June 30 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The movie "The Pianist" is a moving and beautiful piece that truly deserves better treatment than this unfortunate 'cash grab' by TVA Films. The video maxes out at 1080i (yes, you read that correctly - not (P)rogressive) and the sound is (shudder) only Dolby Digital - not DolbyTrueHD or DTS Master HD. Fans of this movie will need to track down the older HD-DVD copy (if you still have an HD-DVD player that is) to view this movie in true HD video and sound quality. The packaging also seems sub-par with no actual Blue-Ray logo on the plastic (like every other BD disc out there) and the "1080p" gold logo is used on the back (and that is simply inaccurate). The disc, quite frankly, seems more like a bootleg than an actual new release BD. Upconvert your DVD copy of "The Pianist" and save your money. Truly unforgiveable, TVA Films. This film gets 2 stars not for the actual disc itself, but simply due to the high quality of the story and film making effort.
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