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Blu-ray Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife

July 11, 2017

By John Corrado

Based on a true story, The Zookeeper’s Wife dramatizes the lives of Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and her husband Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who used their facilities to save hundreds of Jewish people when the Nazis invaded Poland during WWII.

Although I do think there are some problems with this film, mainly in its somewhat overly by the numbers approach to the story, The Zookeeper’s Wife is still worth a look for the few emotionally stirring moments that it offers, and is held together by Jessica Chastain’s empathetic performance.  You can read my full review of the film right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a selection of deleted scenes, and two featurettes.  First up is The Making of The Zookeeper’s Wife, which offers a fine overview of the production and the largely female crew that worked on it, and The Żabriński Family is a brief but affective piece with the surviving children that introduces us to the real people behind the film.  A digital copy is also included.

The Zookeeper’s Wife is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 127 minutes and rated 14A.

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