Director Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed World War II drama Schindler’s List is scheduled to hit Blu-ray this March.
Although the award-winning motion picture has been available on DVD for several years, the film has yet to make the jump to high definition. According to the official press release, Spielberg’s drama is getting the digital restoration treatment prior to its HD release.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment President Craig Kornblau said:
“Schindler’s List is a rare masterpiece of filmmaking that remains as riveting and moving today as it was for moviegoers 20 years ago. It stands as a powerful reminder of the heroism and humanity of those willing to stand up against intolerance.”
Steven Spielberg himself reportedly supervised the restoration of Schindler’s List. In order to get the best picture quality possible, the studio went back to the film’s original 35mm prints. The Blu-ray release will essentially allow viewers to experience a version of the film they’ve never seen before in the comfort of their own home.
Both the Blu-ray and the updated DVD release of the film will come packaged with a number of interesting extras. In addition to a documentary featuring testimonies from those who survived the holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler, the set also comes with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation.
For those who haven’t seen the film, here’s the picture’s official synopsis:
“Initially a member of the Nazi party, the Catholic Schindler risks his career and life, and ultimately goes bankrupt, to employ 1,100 Jews in his crockery factory during the Holocaust. Schindler’s Jewish accountant (Ben Kingsley) serves as his conscience, as Schindler conducts business with an obstinate and cruel Nazi commander (Ralph Fiennes), who viciously kills Jewish prisoners from the balcony of his villa overlooking a prison camp.”
The trailer for the film lies below.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the Blu-ray edition of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List on March 5.