Some movies are meant simply to be watched. It matters little in what format "Schindler's List" is enjoyed; it was powerful on DVD. But restored to the Blu-ray HD format, the film achieves a higher level of catharsis, as it did in the cinema. It remains beautifully black and white, sans red coat on small girl, but contrast is near-fully restored. It doesn't seem as if this should significantly affect the experience of watching the film, but it does; within performances of the caliber of Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, the minutia of facial expressions add depth. Here, they can be witnessed as they were in the original film.
Grain has been subtly protected as well, lending the transfer a pleasantly organic feel to an eminently human story. It doesn't fully protect the story from the savage crispness of an LED screen, but it certainly helps.
Ultimately, the story - as difficult as it is to watch - is the star here. The transition between DVD and Blu-ray with a black and white film lacking significant CGI effects isn't as visually remarkable; but reliving this compelling movie is every bit worth the 3+ hours investment.
The "Schindler's List" 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes:
· Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and hi-def sound.
· DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
· Digital Copy provides consumers with a choice of formats from a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®, Android™, computers and more.
· UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for consumers to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet™ lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.
Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayTM and DVD
· Voices from the List: Featuring documentary with testimonies from those who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler.
· USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg: The director shows how filming "Schindler's List" inspired him to establish the USC Shoah Foundation.