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Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]

Dev Patel , Freida Pinto , Danny Boyle , Loveleen Tandan    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Danny Boyle (Sunshine) directed this wildly energetic, Dickensian drama about the desultory life and times of an Indian boy whose bleak, formative experiences lead to an appearance on his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Jamal (played as a young man by Dev Patel) and his brother are orphaned as children, raising themselves in various slums and crime-ridden neighorhoods and falling in, for a while, with a monstrous gang exploiting children as beggars and prostitutes. Driven by his love for Latika (Freida Pinto), Jamal, while a teen, later goes on a journey to rescue her from the gang's clutches, only to lose her again to another oppressive fate as the lover of a notorious gangster. Running parallel with this dark yet irresistible adventure, told in flashback vignettes, is the almost inexplicable sight of Jamal winning every challenge on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a strong showing that leads to a vicious police interrogation. As Jamal explains how he knows the answer to every question on the show as the result of harsh events in his knockabout life, the chaos of his existence gains shape, perspective and soulfulness. The film's violence is offset by a mesmerizing exotica shot and edited with a great whoosh of vitality. Boyle successfully sells the story's most unlikely elements with nods to literary and cinematic conventions that touch an audience's heart more than its head. --Tom Keogh


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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait... April 2 2009
By RP
Format:DVD
Fox Searchlight released the wrong DVD for retail sales (no special features) so wait for the next release but if you've purchased it already, call 888-223-4369 and they will mail you a new copy. Enjoy!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO SPECIAL FEATURES ON DVD! March 31 2009
By Betty
Format:DVD
My one star rating is not for the film. I love this wonderful movie, and was looking forward to seeing the Special Features, as advertised on the back of the DVD, but all the DVD has for Special Features is extra trailers for other movies. There are supposed to be a commentary with the director and Dev Patel, 12 Deleted Scenes and a Behind the Scenes Documentary. All are missing. I bought my copy at an HMV in Calgary, Canada, and it appears this problem applies to DVDs sold in the States as well.

It turns out that Fox Searchlight plans on releasing DVD rental copies with NO SPECIAL FEATURES to video rental stores (a marketing ploy to force those who want the special features to go out and buy the DVD). However, it appears that they have screwed up and have released ALL DVDS INCLUDING THOSE FOR SALE TO RETAILERS with no special features as well.

IF I WERE YOU I WOULD WAIT UNTIL THIS PROBLEM IS FIXED BEFORE BUYING THE DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair Dec 5 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I don't think this movie lived up to all the hype that was going on about it when it first came out. The best thing about it is the music at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nov. 6 2013
By jandy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this movie, I don't know how true to life it is but the poverty portrayed was aweful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it on my first viewing, loved it on my 2nd Oct. 6 2013
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
A mix of the best of Bollywood, Hollywood and indie films, made
by a the protean Danny Boyle who seems always unafraid
to tackle new genres and forms.

I find the first 80% magnificent; Dickens set in India, as a street urchin spins
his horrifying tale, intercut with his unlikely success on India's version of "Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?" The ending is a bit more Hollywood than indie, but
even if it could be accused of being manipulative, it did make me cry. There's an
honest sweetness, bravery and energy to the film-making and acting that's
endlessly infectious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good things happen to good people May 31 2013
By Bonnie
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the view point in which it was written. Good things happen to good people. The setting is very true to life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film! (Missing Special Features Info) April 20 2009
Format:DVD
[...].

As for the movie, it's really great. I'm not a very good review writer... This movie has excellent cinematography; some of the shots of the slums and just the country in general are so breathtaking. The story is so touching, and the acting is very good. It's a must-see!

Anyway I just wanted to let you know about that website for Special Features issues. Good luck!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray] April 20 2009
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Picture quality 4.5/5.0
It looks great in places and weak in others. I think that was intentional.

Audio quality 5.0/5.0
Good when it needs to be.

This was a blind buy for me and I half expected to be trading it away, but it surprised me.

Some people will be put off because most of the cast is Indian; others might fear it's a musical.

Well, the cast is fantastic and there is only one song played and it's right at the end of the movie (a homage to Bollywood).

The story is quite simple, but it is done extremely well. I won't ruin the story for those of you that haven't seen it, but it is dramatic, emotional, and intelligent.

This movie won't be for everyone. Two scenes are quite disturbing, so be prepared.

It has plenty of humour to balance things out, and it definitely has a feel-good ending.

None of the actors were nominated for an Oscar, but that doesn't mean the acting was below par.

This film won eight Oscars despite not being nominated in the acting categories, and I think they were well deserved.

Danny Boyle has outdone himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
i love it, i like this kind of stories, i have seen it before first time came out in theatre, and i decided to won it
Published 17 months ago by Amy zabbal
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this movie. The subtitles are very small so you will need to watch it on a larger screen TV. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2009 by Bonnie Wells
1.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone find torture and cruelty "uplifting"?
I am sorry.....I just don't get it! How can anyone call this an "uplifting movie" when it consists of horrible torture, child abuse (including putting out a child's eyes to make... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2009 by D. Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
A good, but not great movie - see Ray's "The World of Apu" if you want to see a great movie with similar themes. Read more
Published on July 25 2009 by K. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Spectacular
After all the hubbub about this film, I finally watched it and it was amazing. It is a one-of-a-kind story. Read more
Published on May 31 2009 by F. Montpetit
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and moving
Slumdog Millionaire deserves all the hype and accolades it got. It's hard to believe this film almost did not even get a theatrical release; it's only after being a crowd hit at... Read more
Published on April 19 2009 by Matthew King
1.0 out of 5 stars all-time great movie let down by this slapdash DVD release
The movie is fantastic but don't waste any $ on this DVD release. It looks like one of those put out quickly to cash in on the Oscar buzz. There are zero extras on this. Read more
Published on April 15 2009 by Brian Maitland
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