Burbank, California, January 2, 2009—A touching and unforgettable tale of a forbidden friendship between two children divided by war, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes to DVD on March 10, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Set during World War II, the story is seen through the eyes of the eight-year-old son of a concentration camp commandant, whose pact with a Jewish boy has heart-wrenching consequences. Bonus features, including an exclusive look at the creation of the film, add to a powerful and poignant movie experience.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas stars Asa Butterfield as eight-year-old Bruno, with Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Nothing But the Truth), and David Thewlis (Kingdom of Heaven, the Harry Potter franchise) as his parents, and Jack Scanlon as his friend, Shmuel. Farmiga earned a Best Actress award from the British Independent Film Awards and the film collected two additional nominations for Most Promising Newcomer (Butterfield) and Best Director for Mark Herman (Little Voice, Brassed Off). It received the Audience Choice Award at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is based on the internationally bestselling novel by John Boyne.
When his father (David Thewlis,) a high-ranking Nazi officer, is assigned to oversee a farm in the countryside, eight-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) misses the excitement and camaraderie he knew in his hometown of Berlin. Lonely and bored, Bruno secretly explores his new surroundings and discovers the farm is surrounded by barbed wire. When he sees Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a boy his own age, working behind the fence, he strikes up a tentative friendship, playing checkers and catch through the barbed wire. As Bruno slowly realizes that his new friend is Jewish, he becomes confused by the Nazi doctrines his tutor espouses and suspicious of the real purpose of the farm. When Shmuel needs his help, the boys form an outrageous plan that comes to a devastating conclusion. Intelligent, thoughtful and haunting, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an unforgettable portrait of a child trying to navigate in an increasingly complex and shadowy adult world.
- Friendship Beyond the Fence—This behind-the-scenes featurette shows how filmmakers balanced the tale of Bruno, the lonely son of a Nazi officer, and the sensitive reality of one of the darkest periods in world history to create an unforgettable motion picture.
- Deleted scenes—With commentary by director Mark Herman.
- Audio Commentary—Director Mark Herman and author John Boyne discuss the film.
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We like the Wii Bowling game. The movie looks really good. Thanks for having the contest!
The best game on Wii is the bowling game. Its so realistic and really gets everyone going.
I bought Wii Sports video games because they looked so good now I have to buy a Wii.
I love Tetris because it’s so addicting!
My men love Wii sports. It keeps them all active and give them a chance a bond.
I never saw this movie. Please enter me. Thank you.
I never saw this movie.
My husband and kids enjoy playing Chicken Shoot on the DS and trying to beat each other.
don’t really play video games so I wouldn’t know. Think its better to go to a museum or do a project together
Oh I would have to say the original mario brothers.. the kids love to play with daddys game he had when he was their age.
Pacman is the only one I know how to play.
Mario Kart. It’s fun for all ages so the Dad and son can both enjoy it without getting bored and the Dad wont feel like he’s playing a childs game =)
Rock Band is good.
I would like to see the movie
My kids love Lego Star Wars because you never die, so you’re given multiple opportunities to win the game.
Super Mario 3.. so many different fun levels that everyone enjoys 🙂
With all the new fancy games…..the kids favorite is Duck Hunt on the Old Nintendo game unit!
This movie was sooooooooo good!
We have the most fun with the Wii Bowling game. Thanks for the contest.
Guitar Hero is fun playing with the kids. WE always have a blast doing it.
My daughter and I love to play Scooby Doo with her V.Smile gaming system.
we like Ms. Pacman and digdug
I like to play the Wii sports with my boys. It’s non-violent and helps they with their coordination. Thanks for the giveaway.
Guitar hero, cause it gives us all a chance to sing
Pac Man does it for us – easy & fun.
We are all Mario Kart nuts. IN our house, the kids play the adults, and usually win! Thank you!
Me and my dad like playing racing games – Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, Road Rash, ect.
Wii sports games because both can enjoy it. My kids are too young to play now, but in the future I hope they spend quality time with Daddy.
WII sprots thanks for the giveaway
Interesting question given the subject matter. Anyway, let’s go with donkey kong.
No children, and I don’t play video games, but the movie sounds interesting.
Guitar Hero on the Wii makes everyone happy!
baseball on the wii
We like racing games, such as Mario Carts. We can all play, and the kids seem to be able to beat me pretty regularly.
I think Wii Sports is great for kids and dads because it allows them to interact with each other and have a good time.
Mario Kart or any racing game for that matter. My fellas like Hotwhells racing
Pacman does it for us – easy & fun.
My son and I play Guitar Hero together and he plays much better than me.
would love to win this movie
WII Sports. It’s a great family game.
Wii Sports is fun for sons and dads (and the whole family!). Plus it is nice that you can be active even while you are sitting/standing in front of the tv. Definitely makes the winter go by faster!
Our family loves Wii sports!
Any of the Lego games, like Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman!
My sons and I are big ‘Nascar’ fans and so the ‘Nascar Karting’ game for the Wii is a ‘BIG WINNER’ in our household! Thanks for the ‘great’ giveaway offering! Good luck to all!
Lego Indiana Jones is the best!
My favorite game to play with my sons is Wii Sports, they love to beat me at bowling.
I have to say taking my son to a hockey game. I don’t have custody of him but we enjoy our time.
My husband enjoys playing Guitar hero with my 9 year old son
Wii bowling…we have the best time!
Wii bowling is perfect in our family because my sons and my husband can spend hours playing the bowling against each other and have so much fun spending the time together. Thanks!
Mario Kart is my favorite game to play with the kids. It is fun for all ages and there are many courses to choose from based on skill level.
Mario Kart as my son can practice and beat everyone in the house. It is a fun time together. He is 7!
Def Guitar Hero or Rock Band
Wii Sports. It not only gets your kids moving, but it’s a lot of fun for both of you.
I think RockBand is fun for the whole family because it is interactive and energizing.
Any of the Mario games because it is a character all ages can relate to
the game joust
I think the new Wii Music game is terrific for dads and sons to play together – even if neither has a lot of experience with musical instruments or singing, the game is extremely educational, interactive, and tons of fun to boot.
We could spend hours competing in Playstation’s Twisted Metal games. Fighting cars was fun. Please accept my entry. Thank you.
Mario Kart for Wii all the way
Guitar Hero!!!! Rock on!!!
i would say depends on age but wii carnival is fun for all ages and all came play fair and have fun ..bowling is fun too.
My grandkids and their grandpa love to play bowling. It’s a game that grandpa has always loved and the kids love to tease him if he doesn’t do well on the video and then con him into taking them “real” bowling to prove he can still really bowl lol
Pac Man because it is fun and teaches kids coordination and quick thinking
My son loves Lego STar Wars and it is fun for both of us.
My family would love this. Thank you for the opportunity.
Mario Karts. It’s something that I can play with all the kids, not just the older ones.
I’d like to see this movie
I like the old Ms Pac Man- it’s easy for me and the kids.
Anything in the “Mario” universe is great for both kids and adults.
This is a good movie. Great prize!
My daughter and I play Candyland on the computer together. She loves it
I want to see this movie
I cant wait to see this…
We all enjoy playing “Mario Party 6”. It’s just a fun and competitive game that has us laughing at each other.
I would love to win this.
I would love to watch this DVD.
I think it would be a great movie. Thank you so much
I wanted to see this great prize
no favorite game, just would love to see this movie
Thanks for this great giveaway.
we love playing mario kart in our house…everyone gets so into it!
We all love playing Mario Kart on the Wii Together!! Thanks for the Chance. firstname.lastname@example.org
i want to win
Just about any type of puzzle game would work, like Bomberman or Tetris.
I’m looking forward to seeing this
I am terrible at video games, but play bowling and baseball on the Wii with my kids. I like the active part of the games.
would be a fun win
would be a fun win
Love to win and see this movie
Great Game 🙂
My bro and his son like the guitar hero game.
Guitar Hero of course, interaction and quality time.
My favorite would probably be Rock Band!
My son and I love to play Rock Band and Guitar Hero together.
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I’m not much of a game player, but have had a lot of fun with the girls playing Tetris.
Chess or Monopoly