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NEW Gandhi (DVD)

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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). The Dvd Includes A Director'S Commentary With Attenborough, Who Also Filmed A Personal Introduction To The Film. The Featurettes Include In Search Of Gandhi, Reflections On Ben, Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad, The Funeral, Shooting An Epic In India, Looking Back, Designing Gandhi (3 Mini Featurettes) And From The Director'S Chair (2 Mini Featurettes).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soul's life. Nov. 2 2008
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film July 23 2004
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
"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie delivers the " goods ". April 15 2004
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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 locations, film direction, editing, and much more. To refer to this film as anything but a master piece would be incorrect. This in my opinon is the best movie ever made. I don't say that lightly because I have seen great works of art such as Godfather one and two, Roman Holiday, look who's coming to dinner, casablanca and ordinary people. I am also under the distinct impression that of all movies i have seen the best opening to any movie is Ghandi. Over 400,000 extras were in the first scene paying homage to Ghandi as his dead body lay covered in roses. They even quote one of the most brilliant minds ( Einstein ) as of having said something to the extent that " Generations from now man will struggle to believe a man such as Ghandie walked the face of the earth" or something like that. GREAT FILM!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Performance of the 20th Ca. April 9 2004
Should the Academy of Motion Pictures ever choose to select the greatest films and performances of the 20th ca, I'm fairly certain "Gandhi" would be in the top 5 Best Movie nominees; but there is no doubt Ben Kingsley would win for Best Actor.
Kingsley would not win based on his acting ability alone, although few (if any) in the industry's history have been better. Richard Attenborough was clearly a driving force, a superb filmmaker who spent decades crafting and refining this movie. Another force was the Indian people themselves, who become enraptured with Kingsley, lending believability to the speeches and funeral scene and enhancing Kingsley's performance. But the greatest credit clearly goes to Gandhi himself, whose meditations upon Hindi and Christian and Islamic principles crafted a philosophy of non-violent non-cooperation that brought about the peaceful independence of all Southeast Asia and prevented civil war.
When you bring talent like Kingsley's and Attenborough's together with the content of Gandhi's life, you cannot help but have a masterpiece.
Kingsley is the lynchpin to this movie. Beyond his visual resemblance to Gandhi, the physical movements, the subtle tonal inflections, and beyond the incredible range of emotion and passion Kingsley brings to the screen, his portrayal of Gandhi through 5 distinct phases in his life are what make his performance monumental.
We start with Gandhi a young man, mid 20's, working as a lawyer in South Africa. He is treated unfairly and thrown off a train (in retrospect, one of the biggest blunders ever made by the British Empire). The first phase, then, is the young lawyer outraged at injustice, unclear how to direct his outrage but with a firm moral base.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved watching it again after so many years.
Good quality DVD.
Published 11 hours ago by Shobha Chakravorty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjhoy all of Ben Kingsley's movies
Published 11 days ago by John Lenhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great show.....a collectable!!
Published 1 month ago by Ed Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars ADD THIS TO YOUR LIBRARY!
Wow. Phenomenal movie. Feels like you are living the experiences as they happened. No wonder it got so many awards. Add this to your collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
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
Published 8 months ago by ZEN GIRL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
Ben Kingsley is excellent in this film and gives a fantastic performance. Well worth watching as the film is great
Published 17 months ago by Dr. Gary H. Kramer
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
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