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NEW ON DVD: Oscar-winner ‘Son of Saul’ a powerful holocaust story

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WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF 
For Digital First Media

In Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust movie “Son Of Saul” (2015, Sony, R, $30), a Jewish worker (Géza Röhrig) at Auschwitz watches in horror as a young boy survives the gas chamber only to be killed by an SS guard. Afterwards, Saul has only one goal: find a rabbi to give the child a proper burial.
Undeniably powerful, the Foreign Language Oscar-winner grips you in spite of the distracting way Nemes shoots the film with almost nothing but close-ups of Rohrig’s face and the back of his head. To Nemes’ credit, he manages to capture the hell that is Auschwitz while never allowing you to forget the nobility of Saul’s quest. Extras: commentary by Nemes, featurettes and deleted scenes.

Geza Rohrig, left, as Saul Auslander in “Son of Saul.” Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

Geza Rohrig, left, as Saul Auslander in “Son of Saul.”
Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

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