Uprising [2 Discs] [DVD] [2001]

Uprising, the made-for-television tale of the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a pair of documentaries about the events depicted in the film, trailers, and a pair of commentary tracks (one recorded by the crew, the other by the cast). This is an excellent release from Warner Brothers.
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Special Features

  • Two documentaries: "Resistance" and "Breaking Down the Walls: The Road to Re-creating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising"
  • Two feature-length commentaries with director/co-writer Jon Avnet and stars Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, LeeLee Sobieski, and Jon Voight
  • Interactive menus
  • Cast/crew film highlights
  • Scene access
  • Two trailers
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Español
  • DVD-ROM features: web events, chat room access


Uprising is based on the true story of the Jewish Fighting Organization, a courageous band of youthful Polish guerrillas and freedom fighters who refused to knuckle under to the Nazis during World War II. Led by schoolteacher Mordechai Anielewicz (Hank Azaria), the organization comes into being as the Warsaw Jewish ghetto is being systemically decimated and shipped off to the Treblinka death camp by the German occupational forces. From April 19 to May 16, 1943, Anielewicz' followers staged a valiant uprising, which -- though ultimately unsuccessful in stopping the Nazi "final solution" juggernaut -- inflicted an enormous amount of damage upon the enemy and enabled hundreds of Polish Jews to escape the gas ovens and crematoriums. Much of the story is based upon the eyewitness testimony of surviving freedom fighter Simha "Kazik" Rotem, portrayed in the film by Stephen Moyer. Director Jon Avnet brilliantly combines newly filmed scenes with digitally refashioned archival footage of the actual uprising. Filmed in Bratisla, Slovakia, and boasting an all-star cast, Uprising was shown in two-hour installments on November 4 and 5, 2001, over the NBC network. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Leelee Sobieski
    Leelee Sobieski - Tosia Altman
  • Hank Azaria
    Hank Azaria - Mordechai Anielewicz
  • David Schwimmer
    David Schwimmer - Yitzhak Zuckerman
  • Jon Voight
    Jon Voight - General Stroop
  • Donald Sutherland
    Donald Sutherland - Adam Czneriakow

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