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SPHE Press Release: The Counterfeiters (DVD/Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
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    “A swift and suspenseful thriller.”
    A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    “A survival tale that turns Schindler’s List on its head.”
    Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

    2007 Academy Award®-Winner
    Best Foreign Language Film

    Based on a True Story

    THE COUNTERFEITERS

    Debuts on DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def on August 5, 2008


    Culver City, CA (June 23, 2008) –The 2007 Academy Award®-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters will be released on DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on August 5, 2008. Written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Inheritors, All The Queen’s Men), The Counterfeiters was an official selection of the 2007 Telluride Film Festival, the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. This Sony Pictures Classics film will be available for an SLP of $38.96 for Blu-ray High-Def and $28.96 for DVD. Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray will include a director’s commentary, cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes featurettes.

    Synopsis
    Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin’s “King of the Counterfeiters.” However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he’s arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. With the German army on the verge of bankruptcy, Sorowitsch makes a sobering deal with his captors: in exchange for a comfortable bed, good food and fair treatment, Sorowitsch, along with the other hand-picked specialists, must counterfeit bank notes to fund the Nazi war effort. If he does as they say, he lives another day. If he rebels, he faces the same fate as the rest of the camp’s prisoners. But if he lives, will he be able to live with himself?

    DVD AND BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
    Commentary with Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
    Making of “The Counterfeiters” Featurette
    Adolf Burger’s Artifacts Featurette
    Q & A with Stefan Ruzowitzky
    Interviews with director Stefan Ruzowitzky
    Interview with real-life counterfeiter and Holocaust survivor Adolf Burger
    Interview with actor Karl Markovics
    Deleted Scenes
    Rehearsal Footage

    The Counterfeiters was written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitsky, based on the book, “The Devil’s Workshop” by Adolf Burger. With Karl Markovics, August Diehl and Devid Striesow.

    "Academy Award®" and "Oscar®" are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    THE COUNTERFEITERS DVD
    DVD Catalog #:
    23920
    DVD UPC Code:
    0-43396-23920-3
    DVD Order Date:
    7/3/08
    DVD SLP:
    $28.96
    Running Time
    98 minutes
    Rating
    R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language
    Language
    German, with English subtitles


    THE COUNTERFEITERS Blu-ray™ High-Def
    Blu-ray Catalog #:
    26390
    Blu-ray UPC Code:
    0-43396-26390-1
    Blu-ray Order Date:
    7/3/08
    Blu-ray SLP:
    $38.96
    Running Time
    98 minutes
    Rating
    R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language
    Language
    German, with English subtitles
     
  2. Michael Reuben

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    Like The Lives of Others last year, this film is still playing in theaters here -- a tribute to the box office effect of winning the foreign film Oscar. It's a gripping film, due in no small measure to the remarkable lead performance by Karl Markovics, who turns "Sally", the king of counterfeiters, into a wily weasel who you can't help but root for, even when you can't figure him out (which is often). Though the film doesn't stint on portraying the horrors of the camps, it's not a "bear witness" film in the manner of Schindler's List. The focus is on the game of cat and mouse between Sally and his captors. It's a thriller with stakes that are very high and very real. I'm happy to see Sony offering it on Blu-ray, and I plan to pick it up.

    M.
     
  3. Richard M S

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    I agree, I saw this film the morning of the Oscar ceremony and I loved it, and I really am eager to see it again. This DVD extras look especially interesting!
     
  4. Richard Gallagher

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    I should have my review up this weekend.
     

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