The Last Days [DVD] [1998]

The winner of the 1998 Oscar for Best Documentary, The Last Days is a harrowing account of the persecution of Hungarian Jews during the final days of World War II. USA Entertainment was wise to also produce a DVD that this emotionally devastating film deserves. While decent image or sound is not often seen as imperative with a Documentary, that is just what's been delivered here. The picture, in both full-frame and non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen is very sharp and lifelike. Colors have been reproduced faithfully and vintage clips from the 1930s and 40s are generally crisp. The sound, which uses a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track, is nicely realized and while not expansive, it certainly is fine for this type of presentation. Dialogue is clear and that's all that is necessary. As for supplemental features, there are a number, which also might be somewhat of a surprise. To start things off is a nice introduction from executive producer Steven Spielberg. His introduction of the Shoah Foundation is heartfelt and sincere. In addition, though far too short, are unused shots and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as photo galleries for the survivors highlighted in this film and for the production. Finally, this disc includes detailed biographies of the filmmakers and the theatrical trailer. Important films deserve something more at the very least, and kudos goes out to those that took the time to realize that with this disc.
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Overview

Special Features

  • English 2.0
  • English closed captioned
  • Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Production photo gallery
  • Steven Spielberg introduction to the Shoah foundation
  • Survivor's photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Widescreen and full-screen formats

Synopsis

The Last Days
In late 1944, at great cost while Germany was losing the war, Adolph Hitler brought the Holocaust to Hungary. In one of the last centers of Jewish culture, the Nazis deported and killed 425,000 people in just sixty days. The Last Days is an outgrowth of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, as was 1996's Survivors of the Holocaust on TNT. Created by Steven Spielberg in 1994 after he filmed Schindler's List, the organization is dedicated to recording the oral histories of as many Holocaust survivors as possible before it's too late. In The Last Days, directed and edited by James Moll, we hear the accounts of five survivors of the "cleansing" of Hungary. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Renee Firestone
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