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

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 23 2008 - 02:16 AM

“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


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.

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?

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.

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98 minutes
R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language
German, with English subtitles

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98 minutes
R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language
German, with English subtitles


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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted June 23 2008 - 02:59 AM

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.

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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Richard M S

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Posted June 23 2008 - 07:10 AM

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 of 4 OFFLINE   Richard Gallagher

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Posted July 23 2008 - 08:11 AM

I should have my review up this weekend.
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