The Reader [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 9214334
  • Release Date: 04/14/2009
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • Deleted scenes
    • Adapting a Timeless Masterpiece: Making The Reader
    • A Conversation with David Kross & Stephen Daldry
    • Kate Winslet on the Art of Aging Hanna Schmitz
    • A New Voice: A Alook at Composer Nico Muhly
    • Coming to Grips With the Past" Production Designer Brigitte
    • Theatrical trailer


    The Reader
    Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in The Hours director Stephen Daldry's haunting period drama concerning the relationship between a 15-year-old German boy and a mysterious woman twice his age, and the way that it grows doubly complex when the man reencounters the woman years later and discovers a shocking truth about her past. Based on author Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel of the same name, the film opens on the character of Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) in middle age -- cold, remote, and emotionally withdrawn. It then moves back in time to 1950s Berlin, where ailing teenager Michael (now played by David Kross) has fallen ill with fever, and is discovered in the street by Hanna, a woman in her thirties. After Michael recovers, the two immediately lapse into a torrid affair and Michael falls prey to the confusion of his own burgeoning sexuality. Their liaisons are often marked by Hanna's request that Michael read to her (hence the title). Later, when Michael returns to Hanna's flat and finds it deserted, her absence becomes an emotional blow for which he is completely unprepared, and indeed, scarred for life. The film then moves forward in time by eight years. Michael -- now a law student -- walks into a courtroom and comes across Hanna, one of a series of Nazi prison guards being tried for murderous war crimes during World War II. As he watches her on the witness stand, memories of their past experiences together bring him to the point of realization concerning a startling, long-buried truth about Hanna -- and Michael knows that if he divulges this information, it could modify the prison sentence handed out and dramatically alter her fate. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kate Winslet
      Kate Winslet - Hanna Schmitz
    • Ralph Fiennes
      Ralph Fiennes - Michael Berg
    • David Kross
      David Kross - Young Michael Berg
    • Bruno Ganz
      Bruno Ganz - Professor Rohl
    • Matthias Habich
      Matthias Habich - Peter Berg

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic movie!!!


      I don't know how anyone could not like this movie. My wife and I thought it was incredible! It's a powerful drama that grips you from start to finish. Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes(one of my personal favorites,) David Kross, Lena Olin, etc., the acting was supurb across the board. This film has a very deep, emotional and controversial plot. My only negative comment is that it's not the 'provocative thriller' they claim it to be on the cover. I would say powerful drama, thriller is not acurate. Otherwise, I would definitely buy this movie, it's worth watching more than once.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing! Beautiful!!


      I saw this film in theatres and i had no idea what i was getting myself into. The initial attraction was Kate Winslet (love her!) but when i saw the film, i didn't see Kate, I saw Hannah and the many impossible struggles she faces during the short 2hr. run time. I was emotionally drained by the end, but in a good way. So much happens, even the slow moments play a pivital role in the plot. Pay attention to every detail, this film will take u by emotional storm!!! Their are so many twists and turns throughout! Jaw dropping ending!! Acting amazing!! Can't wait till dvd release in April!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sad, but believable

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      This is a good story where there is a woman in the lead roll instead of a man. It is a story that makes you stop and think about how some people will do anything to keep their secrets. It makes you stop and think when it is done. A nice movie to watch with friends and then talk about it over dinner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not Impressed


      An alright storyline with a few weird scenes. Other than Kate Winslet it has questionable acting. Didn't really enjoy this one.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      Don't watch this one if you want to be cheered up. Otherwise, it's great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      Winslet is Phenomenal and deserved every inch of that Oscar! Bravo !!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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