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Title:
The boy in the striped pajamas
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Lionsgate, 2008.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
Blu-ray, 1080p high definition widescreen presentation (1.85:1).
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust ; bonus material not rated.
Language:
English
Language Note:
English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles, or optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).
General Note:
Title from disc.

Based on the book "The Boy in the striped pajamas" by John Boyne.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Contents:
Bonus features: "Friendship beyond the fence" featurette (ca. 20 min.) ; audio feature commentary by writer/director Mark Herman and author John Boyne ; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by writer/director Mark Herman and author John Boyne.
Abstract:
Set in Poland during World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops.
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Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield star in Little Voice writer/director Mark Herman's adaptation of John Boyne's novel concerning the forbidden friendship that between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war. When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well. Increasingly bored in his sprawling yet dreary country abode and forbidden by his mother from exploring the backyard, young Bruno searches for something to do while his older sister plays with dolls and vies for the attention of handsome Lieutenant Kotler (Rupert Friend). One day, bored and gazing out his bedroom window, Bruno spies what first appears to be a nearby farm; his parents refuse to discuss it, and all of the inhabitants there are curiously clad in striped pajamas. But while Bruno's mother naïvely believes the "farm" to be an internment camp, her husband has sworn under oath never to reveal that it is in fact an extermination camp specifically designed to help the Nazis achieve their horrific "Final Solution." Eventually defying his mother's rules and venturing out beyond the backyard, Bruno arrives at a barbed wire fence to find a young boy just his age emptying rubble from a wheel barrel. Like Pavel, the kitchen worker who cooks all of Bruno's meals, the young boy is wearing striped pajamas. His name is Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), and before long the two young boys become fast friends. But the closer these two boys grow, the more Bruno becomes awakened to the horrors unfolding all around them. His mother is catching on quickly as well, a fact that causes great tension in her marriage to Bruno's father. Later, after Bruno swipes a piece of cake for Shmuel, Lt. Kotler accuses the Jewish boy of stealing and delivers a swift punishment. When Bruno's father announces that the young boy and his mother will be going to live with their aunt in Heidelberg, Bruno grabs a shovel and makes his way to the camp, setting into motion a tragic and devastating sequence of events. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi