Blu-ray, DVD Release: Korczak

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 14, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

Korczak movie scene

Henryk Goldszmit is Polish icon Korczak.

Academy Award winning Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (Katyn) directs the 1990 biographical film drama Korczak.

In the 1930s, Henryk Goldszmit became a Polish icon through his writings, teachings, and radio programs for children, which he created under the name of Janusz Korczak. In later years, when the Nazis invaded Poland, the Jewish Korczak and his orphans are moved into the newly formed Ghettos, where he scrounged for food and vainly tried to protect the children from the violence and famine outside their walls. When the kids from his Warsaw orphanage were deported to the gas chambers of Treblinka, Korczak refused to abandon them, and with them he died in the Holocaust.

Written by Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) and shot in stunning black-and-white by Robby Muller (Dead Man), Korczak stars Wojciech Pszoniak as the kind and fiercely committed Pole.

Well received by the critics when it rolled out on a limited basis to theaters in the U.S. in April, 1991, Korczak received serious kudos from Steven Spielberg (War Horse), who wrote the the film was “one of the most important European pictures about the Holocaust.”

The DVD and Blu-ray include a stills gallery.

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