- Number of Discs: 6
- Run Time: 9 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: June 25, 2013
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New, restored 4K digital transfer
- Three additional films by director Claude Lanzmann: A Visitor from the Living (1999, 68 minutes); Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 P.M. (2001, 102 minutes); and The Karski Report (2010, 49 minutes)
- New conversation between Lanzmann and critic Serge Toubiana
- Interview with Lanzmann from 2003 about A Visitor from the Living and Sobibór
- New interview with Caroline Champetier, assistant camera person on Shoah, and filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin
- Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and writings by Lanzmann
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/23/1985
"...The unspeakable is spoken. This is the extraordinary accomplishment of SHOAH....Unlike any other Holocaust film ever made..."
New York Times - 12/29/1985
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1985"
Los Angeles Times - 06/04/1986
"...Claude Lanzmann has accomplished the seemingly impossible: He has brought such beauty to his recounting of the horror of the Holocaust that he has made it accessible and comprehensible..."
USA Today - 10/29/1999
"...[A] 9 1/2-hour Holocaust masterpiece, which is routinely cited as one of the five best documentaries ever made..."
Total Film - 03/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] memory-bank meditation of devastating cumulative impact."
A.V. Club - 06/26/2013
"Claude Lanzmann's 1985 documentary, SHOAH, which runs more than nine hours, is a monument in celluloid, a film of almost unequalled scale, as befits the enormity of its subject."
This stunning documentary sheds light on one of the darkest hours in the history of mankind - the Holocaust. The entire program relies solely on the filmed testimony of Holocaust witnesses. Produced and directed by Claude Lanzmann. Portions of the program are subtitled. Acclaimed as the best Holocaust film, and one of the greatest films ever made.
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World War II