The Book Thief came out on blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox a couple weeks ago, and I was so excited to find it waiting on my doorstep! Although I didn’t have a chance to see it in theaters, I’ve been anxious to see it since first seeing the trailer awhile back (I’m always interested in reading/watching anything related to WWII). The film is an adaptation of The Book Thief book written by Australian author, Markus Zusak – a book I’ll definitely need to add to my list to read.
The Book Thief takes place during WWII in Germany, following a young girl, Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), who is separated from her family and brought to live with her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa Hubermann (Emily Watson). After being teased at school, Hans makes it a project to teach her to read, and Liesel quickly becomes enamored with books, stealing books from a book burning in their small town (hence the title).
The Hubermann family soon takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a young Jewish man on the run, who Liesel grows to idolize, and keep him in hiding from the terrible events going on around them. Narrated by Death, who “takes an interest in Liesel,” you know this movie is one to tug at your heartstrings and keep you on an emotional roller coaster throughout, as the WWII and Holocaust plot points pick up. Such a great movie though, I definitely recommend. Just make sure you have a box of tissues (or two) handy!
The Book Thief Blu-ray contains a 30-minute “behind the scenes” look into casting, set development and adaptation of the film. Additionally, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer are Available in stores now, the blu-ray copy of The Book Thief also comes with a DVD and digital copy of the film. Although the set retails for $39.99, you can snag the set through Amazon for $19.99.
*Disclosure: This blu-ray was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.