We are pleased to tell you that a new Blu-Ray edition of The Killing Fields has just been released by Warner Home Video to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film’s debut. This Blu-Ray edition offers super high resolution and interactive access to extra features. Additionally, there is commentary by director Roland Joffé, a theatrical trailer and 36-page Blu-ray book which includes rare photos and production notes. The Killing Fields won 3 Oscars in 1984, and received 7 nominations including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Sam Waterston and Best Director for Roland Joffé.
Now, an eBook
“The Death and Life of Dith Pran” — the story on which The Killing Fields film was based — is now available electronically from Rosetta Books on Amazon.com. With a prologue written in June 2013, the new digital edition updates the entire story though the following years until Pran’s untimely death from pancreatic cancer in 2008. An eyewitness account of the fall of Cambodia in 1975, and the story of Pran’s survival during the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, “The Death and Life” was originally published in the New York Times Magazine in 1980, and republished as a hard cover book in association with the movie four years later.
Schanberg’s Cambodia War Crimes Trial Testimony
Syd Schanberg testified before the Cambodia War Crimes Tribunal in the trials of Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, via videolink from the United Nations in New York City. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia proceedings took place June 5 to 7, 2013. Each evening, a UN staff attorney ushered Syd to a conference room where the video link was established to coincide with the court’s three-hour morning sessions in Phnom Penh. UN attorney Andrew Cheatham (photo, left) acted as the witness counsel in the testimony, which occasionally became contentious when defense attorneys attempted to portray Khmer Rouge intentions as beneficial to the people of Cambodia in 1975, when 2 million people were driven out of Phnom Penh into the countryside as part of the Communist’s agrarian revolution.