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Gandhi (2 discs) Bilingual [Blu-ray]

Ben Kingsley , John Gielgud , Richard Attenborough    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 multiple-Oscar® winner (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley) is an engrossing, reverential look at the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who introduced the doctrine of nonviolent resistance to the colonized people of India and who ultimately gained the nation its independence. Kingsley is magnificent as Gandhi as he changes over the course of the three-hour film from an insignificant lawyer to an international leader and symbol. Strong on history (the historic division between India and Pakistan, still a huge problem today, can be seen in its formative stages here) as well as character and ideas, this is a fine film. --Tom Keogh

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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).



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soul's life. Nov. 2 2008
Format:DVD
It all began simple enough - with the purchase of a first class train ticket by Mr. Mohandas Gandhi, Esq., recently arrived in South Africa, and unaware that as an Indian, he was required to travel third class and not entitled to such a ticket. Literally thrown off the train for his transgression, the young attorney, embodied to perfection by Ben Kingsley, spent a full night sitting on the platform, musing how best to respond to such discrimination. Shortly thereafter, and after consultations with established members of his community, he wrote his first treatises and organized his first demonstrations. And when participants of a protest assembly stood up and proclaimed their willingness to die in the fight against suppression, Gandhi once and for all formulated his doctrine of nonviolent protest: "They may torture my body, break my bones; even kill me. Then they will have my dead body - not my obedience."

Shot largely on four Indian locations, Richard Attenborough's nine-time Oscar-winning biography of Gandhi is a sweeping epic that takes the viewer back to Britain's colonial past, covering all major events of Gandhi's political career from its beginnings in South Africa to the March to the Sea and India's independence, and contrasting the luxurious lifestyle of the foreign rulers with the poverty of those they governed; that India which, as Gandhi soon realized, not only the British didn't understand, but whose population also could not have cared less about the activities of the Indian Congress Party, at the time little more than a group of well-to-do city dwellers mentally and socially almost as far removed from the rest of their country as the British.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review Jan. 25 2014
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It is a masterpiece movie, seen the life of this inspiring man from where he begin was very interesting. Made you think of your own life and what you fight for
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance April 2 2013
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Ben Kingsley is excellent in this film and gives a fantastic performance. Well worth watching as the film is great
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Mahatma would not be pleased April 24 2002
Format:DVD
While 'Gandhi' the DVD is certainly one of the most visually beautiful packages I have ever seen, it is also a sad commentary on the ultimate impact this movie has made on Western studios (read : nothing). The DVD comes in a see through white plastic case, with a clear band window running on either side. This lets us catch a glance of the real case cover, which has Gandhi in white, illuminated by the multitudes of men chanting beside him and around him. When you slip the case out of its' plastic holder, you are treated to the fuller version of the same picture, which, with the wonders of Adobe Photoshop, have rendered what was once just another studio shot of Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, into something far more magical and memorable.
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.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD Rating and not the movie rating Dec 15 2001
Format:DVD
I was totally disappointed with the DVD. "Gandhi" is one of my favorite movies. But I was so much disappointed with the DVD that I almost disowned it. It does not have audio or subtitles in Hindi or any other Indian language. Gandhi was a Gujarati (mother tongue: Gujarati) and an Indian (Language: Hindi). The DVD has all sorts of subtitles and languages but does not have any language for Indians. I think the producers of the DVD owed this much to the very Mahatma - and his fellow countrymen - whose life has been depicted in the movie. Such products should not be simply weighed on money and how much revenue the sales would generate. Corporations owe something grander than that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film July 23 2004
Format:DVD
This is a great film which gives us a good portrayal of Gandhi's life and achievements.
The film portrays Gandhi as an honest, hard working and kind individual who always tried to do the right thing, even when facing overwelming resistance.
If you like the film I would suggest reading his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth, which will give you an insight into his mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Despliction of an Unbelievable Man April 13 2004
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"Gandhi", starring Ben Kingsley, is a wonderful journey through the life and times of civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi. In 1982, it earned nine Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The hardword spent on this project is rare for cinema. The twenty years spent on production paid off greatly. Director Richard Attenborough led the cast and crew wonderfully to complete one of the greatest films within the last thirty years. This has been rightfully hailed by many critics as one of the Top 100 Greatest Films of all time.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi (Widescreen Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
This is a historical movie, which I purchased to give as a present for a person of younger generation who did not see the movie.
Published on Oct. 16 2011 by K. Natarajan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film about a great man
If only the film was a little deeper, a little more complex, it could have been an all time great epic.

As it is, it comes close. Read more
Published on June 26 2011 by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars A great effort to film the thoughts of a Mahatma (saint) and history
First of all, I would sincerely thank the movie making team to produce such a good movie on Mahatma Gandhi and History of India. Read more
Published on June 12 2011 by S S
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing episode of his childhood
To All,

I would like to let everyone know that Gandhiji did steal money to pay for smoking in his childhood and in-spite of knowing well that no one would have known... Read more
Published on May 12 2008 by Nimish Parikh
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie does not do justice to the person
Richard Attenborough's movie "Gandhi" was a movie of epic proportion. Mohandas Gandhi was probably the most influential person of modern day India. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Trial Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars A soul-conquering fine work of art
Never before have I seen such a powerful work of art. It made me forget the finesse of the technological masterpiece, an advanced Macintosh computer running MacOsX, which delivered... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by balaji
3.0 out of 5 stars gandhi-whats the point?
i mean he wasnt that great was he? there are plenty of annorexic people out there. plus its not healthy. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Yohance McDouglas
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie delivers the " goods ".
I have seen this movie about 6 times and each time I do feel a deeper appreciation for it. This movie is a master piece filled with great acting, strong dialogue, great shot... Read more
Published on April 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I loved this movie about this holy saint. His movement of "soul force" has been the inspiriation for non-violent social protests for decades. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Jay
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