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Slumdog Millionaire [Blu-ray]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P9KR94
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,105 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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20th Century Slumdog Millionaire (Blu-ray) Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing towin 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter ofhours. He's one question away from taking the topprize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, itisn't going to be easy. Arrested by police under suspicion of cheating, Jamal is interrogated by the authorities. The police simply can't believe that a common \"slumdog\" could possibly possess the knowledge to get this far in the game, and in order to convince them of how he gained such knowledge, Jamal begins reflecting back on his childhood. As young boys, Jamal and his older brother, Salim, lived in squalor, and lost their mother in a mob attack on Muslims. Subsequently forced to rely on their own wits to survive, the desperate siblings fell back on petty crime, eventually befriending adorable yet feisty young Latika as they sought out food and shelter on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai. Though life on the streets was never easy, Jamal's experiences ultimately instilled in him the knowledge he needed to answer the tough questions posed to him on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And though Jamal makes a convincing case for himself, one question still remains: why would a young man with no apparent desire for wealth or fame be so determined to win big on a national game show? Of course, it won't be long until everyone finds out the answer to this burning question, because as Jamal sits down to find out whether he will be rich beyond his wildest dreams, 60 million viewers remaintransfixed to their televisions eager to see if he'll correctly answer the final question.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 20 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Lynch on March 21 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Slumdog Millionaire on Blu-ray arrived early from 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 By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME on Jan. 15 2009
Format: DVD
"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 By Mary Thomas on 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RP on April 2 2009
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 By Betty on March 31 2009
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.

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