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The Reader
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 14, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Weinstein Company
  • O-Sleeve
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers
    • Making Of: A Masterpiece: The Making of THE READER
    • Featurette:
      1. A Conversation with David Kross & Stephen Daldry, Kate Winslet on the Art of Aging Hanna Schmitz
      2. A New Voice: A Look at Composer Nico Muhly
      3. Coming to Grips with the Past: Production Design Brigitte Broch

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography: &
Executive Production by &

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2009 - Best Actress: Kate Winslet

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 201


User Ratings: 206,873
3 stars out of 5 -- [T]he performances are outstanding and the subject matter demands respect....Winslet especially brings a great deal to a challenging role...
Feb 1, 2009
The film is notable for its nice performances, its handsome photography, and its very active music.
Entertainment Weekly
Dec 19, 2008
3.5 stars out of 4 -- Powerfully acted by Winslet and Kross, with Ralph Fiennes coldly enigmatic as the elder Michael.
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 23, 2008
Rating: 4/5 -- As such, its strength lies almost solely in [Kate] Winslet's performance; it is an astonishing and compelling portrayal of a complex woman. Full Review
Roll Credits
Oct 30, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- Daldry and Hare replicate adroitly the moral balancing act that makes the book so fascinating... Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Feb 20, 2009
Rating: 2.5/5 -- The film...hankers after something redemptive. But whatever difficult possibilities about guilt and silence it explores are dissolved into disconcerting blandness. Full Review
The Age (Australia)
Feb 20, 2009
If this film were a meal, it would be like having your pudding first, and then having to chew through one hell of a lot of wet spinach. Full Review
The Spectator
Aug 27, 2018

Product Description:

Though THE READER may boast the typical pedigree of a Holocaust film--acclaimed actors, a literary source, and an Oscar-baiting end-of-the-year release date--this drama has a significant difference: it focuses on a perpetrator, rather than the victims. Kate Winslet takes on the hefty supporting role of Hanna Schmitz, a woman who has an affair with Michael Berg (German actor David Kross), a 15-year-old boy in 1950s Germany. They spend their brief romance alternately making love and focusing on literature, with Michael reading everything from Chekov to Homer to his lover. Soon, Hanna abruptly disappears, and Michael returns to his normal life. Almost a decade later, Michael is studying law, when he sees Hanna again; she is on trial for her crimes as an S.S. guard during the war. Michael is torn between a desire for justice and his knowledge of a secret that may save Hanna.

THE READER makes full use of hindsight and historical perspective. Based on the bestselling novel by Bernhard Schlink, the story is framed by an older Michael (Ralph Fiennes) who deals with both his personal history and the collective past--and guilt--of the German people. This is a complex film that doesn't give the audience any easy answers; Hanna is undoubtedly guilty of horrific crimes, but she is a multilayered character who is always fascinating and always human, thanks to the terrific performance of Winslet, who plays Hanna over four decades. Director Stephen Daldry earned an Oscar nomination for his work on another literary adaptation, THE HOURS, and he deserves more praise for this polished film.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 7,445
  • UPC: 796019819572
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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