The Pawnbroker [DVD + Blu-ray]
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The Pawnbroker (DVD + Blu-ray) Directed by Sidney Lumet Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), a survivor of the concentration camps, which took the lives of his wife and children. Managing a New York pawn shop, he is bereft of hope and takes refuge in condemnation of humanity while seemingly numb to the circumstances of the prostitutes, pimps and thieves that frequent his store. Yet there are those who strive to connect with him, even as their intrusion into his world threatens the protective cynicism within which he has wrapped himself for so long. Oscar-nominated* for his performance, Steiger firmly established his credentials as an actor of international standing, wonderfully supported here by Geraldine Fitzgerald (Wuthering Heights) and Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird). The film also boasts a score from the legendary Quincy Jones. *1996 (38th) BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Rod Steiger. Extra Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition Newly recorded audio commentary by Maura Spiegel, author of Sidney Lumet: A Life and Annette Insdorf, author of Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust Guardian Interview: Rod Steiger (1992, 113 mins, audio only): Rod Steiger discusses his career and talks candidly about his mental health issues in this interview with film critic Tom Hutchinson. Recorded at the BFI's National Film Theatre following a screening of The Pawnbroker Now and Then: Quincy Jones (1968, 20 mins): the legendary producer, musician, songwriter and composer is interviewed by Bernard Braden for his never broadcast series Now and Then Ten Bob in Winter (1963, 12 mins): Lloyd Reckford's Ten Bob in Winter is one of the most notable shorts to come out of the BFI Experimental Film Fund
- Package Dimensions : 17.1 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 140 Grams
- Media Format : Dolby, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Studio : Bfi
- ASIN : B093RPHG6H
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It was his favourite film, it seems.
A rare cassette bought is of excellent quality and I have much enjoyed seeing the film again. It does not appear to be yet available on DVD.
For years, I have tried to buy a copy of 'The Pawnbroker' (rarely shown on TV): well worth the wait certainly.