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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 (25 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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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film, Blu-ray doesn't disappoint March 21 2009
Slumdog Millionaire on Blu-ray arrived early from Amazon.ca and this award-winning film lived up to most of the acclaim it received. Beautifully shot by Danny Boyle, the acting was superb, the story engrossing, and even the music was engaging without being overwhelming. I did not have the opportunity to see the film in theatres, so I am glad that the BD was such a quality product. The love story wasn't as emotionally gripping as I thought it would be but the life story of Jamal Malik threading itself throughout the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" questions captures your attention and doesn't let go.

The movie comes on a BD-50, with video as MPEG-4 AVC (28 mbps) that shows off the 2.35:1 original aspect ratio to good effect, and an incredible sounding 5.1 DTS-HD master audio that was as impressive to hear as the film was to watch. When they were necessary, the Hindi-to-English translations were subtle, coloured to match the scene and placed so as to avoid interfering with the view. That sort of attention to an otherwise small, and often overlooked, detail is remarkable.

The BD has plenty of special features, including a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, an exclusive short film "Manjha" (warning: the subject matter and language warrants an R rating for the short, too), music video, commentary with Danny Boyle and Dev Patel, a few previews, and a digital copy of the film on a second DVD.

Truly, this is a worthwhile addition to any Blu-ray collection. If you're debating this purchase, debate no longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonafide hustler making his name Jan. 15 2009
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Sometimes I think sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I'm clocking that game
Everyone's a winner, we're making our fame
Bonafide hustler making my name"
(M.I.A. "Paper Planes")

And so it goes - the backdrop of a Mumbai slum and a popular game show, mixed with a love story, a drama, the exotic melodies of A. R. Rahman and the unmistakable voice of M.I.A.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. Boy from the slums grows up the hard way
2. He learns from his unforgettable experiences
3. Boy meets girl
4. Boy loses girl
5. Boy finds girl
6. Boy loses girl again
7. Boy finds girl
8. You guessed it!
9. Boy risks all to find girl again
10. He doesn't take "no" for a final answer

This storyline sounds simple, but it's told as a series of flashbacks that will touch your every emotion. When a former street hustler turned tea boy (Dev Patel) inexplicably makes it up the ladder of the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" the suspicious host (Anil Kapoor) calls in the police, who proceed to extract the truth out of him in their own inimitable and sometimes shocking fashion.

His sad story is revealed piece by piece, with an explanation of how he knew the answers to all the questions leading up to the big one, and the 20 million rupees.
We learn however, that he's really after a much better prize.

Poverty, violence, religious intolerance, child abuse, betrayal and revenge are tempered somewhat by love, faith, hope, suspense, humor and music, and this exceedingly clever and well directed drama will have you laughing, crying, squirming and sometimes make you downright outraged.

This is one you MUST see, and then buy so you can see it again. Great movie, great casting, great music, great sets, great story - too many "greats" to state here.

This isn't one you should miss.

Amanda Richards
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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

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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait... April 2 2009
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
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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this movie
Published 2 months ago by Henny Penhale-Honke
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair
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.
Published 10 months ago by Aline M Carley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really enjoyed this movie, I don't know how true to life it is but the poverty portrayed was aweful.
Published 11 months ago by jandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it on my first viewing, loved it on my 2nd
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things happen to good people
Enjoyed the view point in which it was written. Good things happen to good people. The setting is very true to life.
Published 17 months ago by Bonnie
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 19 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
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