Blu-ray Book Release: The Killing Fields

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $27.98
Studio: Warner Home Video

The Killing FieldsThe winner of three Academy Awards, The Killing Fields turns 30 in 2014, and Warner celebrates with this Blu-ray Book.

The war movie stars Sam Waterston (TV’s Law & Order), John Malkovich (Red) and Haing S. Ngor (The Dragon Gate) and is based on the true events of the 1975 takeover of Cambodia by Khmer Rouge, the terrorist government that killed nearly 3 million people.

Waterston plays Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg, who stays in Cambodia after the government falls and convinces his friend and translator Dith Pran (Ngor) to stay too to report on the bloodbath and the U.S. role in precipitating the horror.

Released on 1984, the R rated film also stars Julian Sands (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Craig T. Nelson (TV’s Parenthood) and was directed by Roland Joffe (Vatel) from a screenplay by Bruce Robinson (The Rum Diary).

Ngor won The Killing Fields one of its Oscars for Best Supporting Actor. The other statues came for the movie’s cinematography and editing. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Waterston.

The Blu-ray is packaged with a 36-page book containing rare photos, production notes and other material.

The disc also contains these special features:

  • commentary by Joffe
  • theatrical trailer.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.