CreatorParamount Vantage presents a Grosvenor Park/Bedford Falls production ; an Edward Zwick film ; executive producer, Marshall Herskovitz ; produced by Edward Zwick, Pieter Jan Brugge ; director of photography, Eduardo Serra ; screenplay by Clayton Frohman & Edward Zwick ; directed by Edward Zwick
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Tomas Arana, Jodhi May, Kate Fahy, Iddo Goldberg, Iben Hjejle, Martin Hancock, Ravil Isyanov, Jacek Koman, George MacKay, Jonjo O'Neill, Sam Spruell, Mia Wasikowska
Production designer, Dan Weil ; editor, Steven Rosenblum ; costume designer, Jenny Beavan ; music by James Newton Howard ; violin solos performed by Joshua Bell ; co-producers, Clayton Frohman, Roland Tec
The deep forests of Poland and Belarus are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold, unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into powerful freedom fighters. Based on true events.
Based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" by Nechama Tec.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Special features: Commentary by director Edward Zwick; "Return to the forest : the making of Defiance"; "Children of the Otriad : the families speak"; "Bielski Partisan survivors" (photo montage of the living survivors).
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.85:1) aspect ratio; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
In English, German, and Russian; dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Special features: Widescreen presentation -- Commentary by director Edward Zwick -- "Return to the forest: The making of Defiance" -- "Children of the Otriad: the families speak" -- Language: English Dolby digital surround 5.1; French Dolby digital surround 5.1 ; Spanish Dolby digital surround 5.1 -- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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