Gandhi (2-DVD, 25th Anniversary Edition)

Gandhi (2-DVD, 25th Anniversary Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 13, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1982
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Collectors Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Surround - Spanish, French, Portuguese
    • Subtitles - English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Lord Richard Attenborough - Director
    • Introduction: Lord Richard Attenborough - Director
    • Interviews: Sir Ben Kingsley - Star
    • Bonus Footage: Vintage Newsreel Footage
    • Featurette:
      1. "In Search of Gandhi"
      2. "Reflections on Ben"
      3. "Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad"
      4. "The Funeral"
      5. "Looking Back"
      6. "Shooting an Epic in India"
      7. "Designing GANDHI"
      8. "From the Director's Chair"
      9. "The Words of Mahatma Gandhi"

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Director of Photography: &

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1982 - Best Actor: Ben Kingsley
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Cinematography: Billy Williams & Ronnie Taylor
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Costume Design
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Director: Richard Attenborough
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Original Screenplay: John Briley
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 12/01/1982
"...The embattled spirit of respect for human dignity and the need for mutual tolerance flow clearly through the film..."
Variety - 11/24/1982
"...Eloquently expressive and technically exquisite....The score, springing from the talents of Ravi Shankar and George Fenton is a major plus in evocation of the film's many emotional variations..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2002
"...Ben Kingsley's central performance shines..."
Total Film - 08/01/2000
"...A challenging and inspiring story..."

Product Description:

This Oscar-winning biopic is the acclaimed dramatization of the life of Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, from his beginnings as a South African-educated lawyer through his historic, galvanizing struggle to free India from British Colonial rule. With a large, distinguished cast, headlined by Ben Kingsley in a nuanced performance, Sir Richard Attenborough's biopic is a classic of the genre. GANDHI earned a mammoth 11 Academy Award Nominations and took home nine statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Ben Kingsley, and Best (Original) Screenplay.

Plot Synopsis:

Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi.
In South Africa, a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Fed up with the unjust political system, he joins the Indian Congress Party, which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his "subversive" activities land him in jail, masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India, Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives, so the crown responds by slaughtering 1,500 Indians. Enraged, the ascetic, spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.


Production Notes:

  • The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80753 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts.

  • Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision, 70mm.
  • Rated BBFC A by the British Board of Film Classification.
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