20th Anniversary of ‘Schindler’s List’ Brings it to Blu Ray!



10 years ago today, Steven Spielberg began production on what would become the first film in history to sweep every single major precursor including BAFTA, Golden Globes, and the Academy Award for Best Picture.  Schindler’s List (1993) is having its 20th anniversary celebrated on Blu Ray this coming Tuesday.

The film won seven Oscars including Best Picture.  One of the craziest misses for the film is the loss of Best Supporting Actor nominee Ralph Fiennes to Tommy Lee Jones for his performance in The Fugitive (1993).  I can’t wait until the Awards Circuit Community Awards gets to 1993 to see if our smart readership can correct Oscar’s mistake.  It’s also surprising considering the love for the film that Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson wasn’t able to make traction and get ahead of Tom Hanks for his Oscar-winning performance in Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia (1993).  Daniel Day-Lewis’ Oscar win this year for Lincoln (2012) was the first time an actor in a Spielberg film had won an Oscar.

The press release is below along with the trailer.  The film will be released on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Universal City, California, January 14, 2013 — Experience one of the most historically significant films like never before when Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List marks its 20thanniversary with a Limited Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack – featuring DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet™ – on March 5, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Schindler’s List 20th Anniversary Limited Edition has been meticulously restored from the original film negative in pristine high definition, supervised by Steven Spielberg and includes bonus features that shed unprecedented light on the story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party who risked his own life to save more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

One of the most meaningful films of our generation, Schindler’s List tells an extraordinary true story of courage and faith that continues to inspire. Spielberg personally supervised the extensive high-definition restoration of the film from the 35mm film original negative so that viewers can see this powerful story as never before. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows viewers to watch Schindler’s List anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

Schindler’s List is a rare masterpiece of filmmaking that remains as riveting and moving today as it was for moviegoers 20 years ago,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “It stands as a powerful reminder of the heroism and humanity of those willing to stand up against intolerance.”

With its initial release in 1993, Schindler’s List rapidly became one of the most honored films of all time, garnering twelve Academy Award® nominations and taking home seven Oscars®, including Best Director and Best Picture for Spielberg.  The film also earned Oscars® for composer John Williams (E.T., Star Wars), screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Gangs of New YorkMission: Impossible) and director of photography Janusz Kaminiski, as well as art directors Allan Starski and Ewa Braun, editor Michael Kahn and producers Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig.

Liam Neeson (Taken, Gangs of New York) received a Best Actor Academy Award® nomination for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler. Ralph Fiennes’ (The English Patient, the Harry Potter series) star-making performance as the cruel Nazi commander, Amon Goeth, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, as was Oscars®-winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Hugo) in the role of Schindler’s Jewish accountant, Itzhak Stern.

The historic release of Schindler’s List on Blu-ray also marks the beginning of the 20th year of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.  Inspired by the experience of makingSchindler’s List, Steven Spielberg established the organization in 1994 to videotape interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. The USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive contains nearly 52,000 testimonies, each encompassing a complete personal history of life before, during and after a subject’s first-hand experience with genocide. Through its extensive educational initiatives, including the IWitness website for middle and high school students, hundreds of college courses based on the archive that are being taught at universities on four continents, numerous teacher training programs offered in over 20 countries, and major global research partnerships, the USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making its Visual History Archive a compelling voice for education and action.  Spielberg considers this the most important work of his professional life and the legacy of Schindler’s List. Learn more and view testimony at sfi.usc.edu.

The Schindler’s List 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes:

  • Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and hi-def sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • Digital Copy provides consumers with a choice of formats from a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®, Android, computers and more.
  • UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for consumers to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-rayTM and DVD

  • Voices from the List:  Featuring documentary with testimonies from those who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler.
  • USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg: The director shows how filming Schindler’s list inspired him to establish the USC Shoah Foundation.


Adapted from the novel by Thomas Keneally, Steven Spielberg’s masterful film tells the incredible true story of the courageous Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson). 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. Filmed entirely in black-and-white on location in Poland, Schindler’s Listdoes not downplay the faults of its magnanimous and unlikely hero, but relates a story of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of horrific devastation and tragedy.


Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenwriter: Steven Zaillian, based on a novel by Thomas Keneally

Producers: Branko Lustig, Gerard R. Molen, Steven Spielberg

Co-Producer: Lew Rywin

Executive Producer: Kathleen Kennedy

Associate Producers:  Irving Glovin, Robert Raymond

Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski

Production Designer: Allan Starski

Editor: Michael Kahn



Street Date: 3/5/13

Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61124840 (US) / 61125744 (Canada)

Running Time: 3 hours, 16 minutes

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.85:1

Rating: R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence

Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish/French DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish


Street Date: 3/5/13

Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61124821 (US) / 61121205 (Canada)

Running Time: 3 hours, 16 minutes

Layers: Dual layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic widescreen, 1.85:1

Rating: R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

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  • billdale

    Aside from your little typo in the first line (which even we pedants can forgive), there is a glaring error in the press release – Ben Kingsley was NOT nominated as Supporting Actor that year.

    Though I’ve always thought it a glaring oversight… having checked, the final list was Lee Jones, Fiennes, DiCapio (Gilbert Grape), Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and Pete Postelthwaite (Name of the Father). Okay, an impressive enough list… but still! Would Kingsley have been considered as Leading? And I agree with you on Fiennes over Lee Jones… I don’t mind at all that TLJ is an Oscar winner, but Fiennes would have been (and certainly is now) more than worthy of that tag.

    Anyway… a nice tribute, Clayton, for a truly stupendous film. Watched it again very recently… it’s never “easy” viewing, but incredibly rewarding, and almost certainly ageless.

  • L511

    Hard to believe that Day-Lewis is the first actor to win for a Spielberg movie.