The Reader

Behind the mystery lies a truth that will make you question everything you know.
The Reader
444K ratings
SALE: $5.99
List Price: $14.93
You Save: $8.94 (60% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 2-5 business days
LOW STOCK:
Only 1 copy left
Format:  DVD
item number:  XSUR 01160D
Brand New

DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 14, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Alliance
  • O-Sleeve
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers
    • 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
    • Making Of:
      1. A Masterpiece: The Making of THE READER

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:

Fresh63%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 201

Upright79%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 206,873
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
Young Kross impresses with his acting ability. He's able to register multiple emotions and thoughts -- some that are complicated, especially during the trial scenes in the film's middle stretch...
Box Office
Dec 10, 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: 3.5/4 -- Screenwriter David Hare deftly navigates the tricky moral waters with the same poetic eloquence he brought to The Hours. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Jun 6, 2019
Rating: 3/4 -- You can't fault the performances. They're all top-notch, particularly that of young Mr. Kross, who is a real find, and Miss Winslet, who does her best to augment the script with her expressive face. Full Review
Washington Times
Dec 11, 2018
Rating: 3/4 -- Though Daldry's film comes across as too long, disjointed and detached to achieve greatness, to its credit, The Reader asks tough questions and doesn't give easy answers. Full Review
The Oklahoman
Aug 8, 2018
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...
Empire
Feb 1, 2009

Description by OLDIES.com:

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.

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.

Keywords:

BLACK FRIDAY

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 65,514
  • UPC: 065935825661
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Open Monday-Friday: 9am-10pm, Weekends: 11am-7pm (Eastern Time)
Se habla Español! Spanish-speaking representatives available, Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm (Eastern Time)