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Out of the Ashes [DVD] [2003]

Release Date:04/20/2004
Christine Lahti stars in Out of the Ashes as a gynecologist who survives the Nazi genocide by working at Auschwitz. The biopic comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include interviews with the actors and the director, as well as a map of the major Holocaust death camps.

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    Special Features

    • Interviews with Christine Lahti, Bruce Davidson, Beau Bridges, and director Joseph Sargent
    • "The Choices of Dr. Gisella Perl"
    • Holocaust sites map
    • Closed Captioned


    Out of the Ashes
    This powerful, politically charged cable TV movie was based on the memoirs of Hungarian gynecologist and Holocaust survivor Gisella Perl. Having spent the WWII years in charge of the woman's infirmary at Auschwitz, Perl (played by Christine Lahti) hopes to leave her living nightmare behind when the Allies liberate Europe. But when she applies for American citizenship in 1946, she is hauled into military court to explain the extent to which she "collaborated" with the Nazis during the war. The U.S. officials are especially disturbed by the number of illegal abortions Perl performed at Auschwitz without her superiors' knowledge. But as Perl struggles to explain to her relentless interrogators (the explanation taking the form of extended flashbacks), she terminated the lives of the unborn to save thousands of pregnant women from the Nazi gas chambers. Filmed on location in Canada, the U.K., and Lithuania, Out of the Ashes made its Showtime network debut on April 13, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Christine Lahti
      Christine Lahti - Gisella Perl
    • Beau Bridges
      Beau Bridges - Herman Prenitss
    • Richard Crenna
      Richard Crenna - Jake Smith
    • Jonathan Cake
      Jonathan Cake - Dr. Mengele
    • Zoie Palmer
      Zoie Palmer - Didi Goldstein

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