A critical masterpiece, GANDHI is an intriguing story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom. But at the center of it all is an extraor- dinary man who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free. Winner of 8 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director (Lord Richard Attenborough) and Best Actor (Sir Ben Kingsley), GANDHI's highly acclaimed cast also includes Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, Sir John Gielgud, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen.
The extras include more than 90 minutes of new material, including interviews with director Lord Richard Attenborough; actors Geraldine James, Saeed Jaffrey, and Edward Fox; Diana Hawkins (Director of Publicity), Terry Clegg (Executive in charge of production), Billy Williams (Cinematographer) and Stuart Craig (Production Designer).
All the details of the DVD are listed on the back of the white plastic case. The actual DVD case itself is in a wonderfully regal dark gold color, and the back picture is of the train sequence, with the words "Be the change you wish to see" beautifully etched across the skyline. Indeed, I have never come across a packaging for a disc that has so aptly captured the film's sentiment. On this front, I give the disc a full five stars.
However, the DVD itself smacks of hypocrisy. I find that everytime a reviewer gives this disc a low star rating due to the fact that the DVD blatantly insults the fact that Gandhi spoke Hindi and that all the main actors (save for Ben) were Indian, people are quick to claim that the review was 'not useful'. I am not sure why this is, but the truth is that this is very much an Indian film, with all the important roles played by Indian actors, and yet there is not ONE mention of ANY of their names on the DVD packaging.Read more ›
The plot is brilliant. It wonderfully desplicts the life and times of this unbelievable man. The previous heavy research is obvious as they wrote according to Gandhi's words. It accurately desplicts Gandhi's beliefs, morals, and struggles. The chain of events leading to India's independence stay intact. It also wonderfully educates audiences about the wars and the fight for equal rights. The emotional value stays at its top throughout the entire three-hour film. Such difficult task couldn't have been accomplished better. Every word forces audiences to feel every characters' turmoil and struggle.
The environment accurately desplicts early 1900's India. The elaborate surroundings could lead audiences to mistake it for real-life living. The beauty and the ugliness are created wonderfully by make-up. They amazingly make Ben Kingsey almost resemble the real-life Mahatma Gandhi, regardless of desplicted age. The characters' aging processes and the fighting aftermaths are brilliantly crafted. The wardrobes accurately desplict the styles of the times and of what Ghandi wore. They amazingly maintained this through every character...an estimated 300,000 people.
Ben Kinsley won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi.Read more ›