Gandhi (2 discs) Bilingual [Blu-ray]
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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).
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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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.Read more ›
Really enjoyed the extra features, historical documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage. Another great addition to my DVD collection that I will watch again.
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.Read more ›
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 about it, he confessed to his father in writting about his act. His confession, clearly shows his deep rooted faith on truth and I am sure that honesty, non violance and simplicity was part of his DNA finger print.
India and world as a whole should be thankful to his parents, as well, who gifted such a noble individual to humankind.
When I see excellent reviews about him, I always wonder why schools in North America do not offer any space (atleast for one chapter) about the life of Gandhiji. (We did learn about Martin Luther King Jr. in our primary school in India.)
Gandhiji is my role model.
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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Very Good film. I recommended it. Bluray movie is much more clear that the same movie in DVDPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was really good, I interpreted with a different view than others but a movie you should see at least once. Not a favourite but Ben Kingsley was a great actor in this!Published 5 months ago by Lisa R.
This is not a review of the film itself, which is great, but a comparison of the DVD and Blu-ray formats. Read morePublished 6 months ago by From the Musician's Pen