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Gandhi [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

Ben Kingsley , Candice Bergen , Rani Dube    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Saeed Jaffrey, Martin Sheen, Geraldine James
  • Directors: Rani Dube
  • Producers: Stuart Craig
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N18K9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,750 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Mohandas Gandhi in Lord Richard Attenborough's riveting biography of the man who rose from simple lawyer to worldwide symbol of peace and understanding. A critical masterpiece, GANDHI is an intriguing story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom. But at the center of it all is an extraordinary man who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free. Winner of 8 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director (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.


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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic showcase for blu-ray 13 May 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the review I would have liked before buying this blu-ray title. I was put off by the "Blu-ray/Upscale Comparison" review but wanted the disk so much I took the risk.

I do not understand how that reviewer could detect "little difference" between the blu-ray and DVD versions. Upscaling cannot produce detail which is not in the video signal, only interpolate to make the picture smoother.

Ghandi benefits from high definition detail in a variety of types of scene:

1) Close-ups of actors faces when delivering great performances. This movie is an epic and was a phenomenon in its time. Its 8 oscars are an indication that it wasn't just because of its historical importance - there are some great performances. High definition really brings this to life: you see every strand of hair and skin pore. The eyes and muscle tone in the face make performances utterly engaging. For example, the tension in the debriefing scene with Edward Fox after the massacre is positively palpable.

2) Wide vistas (sumptuous, colonial interiors and sweeping, panoramic exteriors) with characters in the distance. Blu-ray enables you to see the actors' performance while on DVD you just know they are there and hear them talking.

3) Complex scenes, such as the opening funeral with a crowd of 400,000 people (how do you upscale that from 720x480?), lavishly ornate colonial interiors and exteriors, and lush Indian landscapes and panoramas.

I was concerned about the age of the film. The opening scene was grainy and my heart sank. However, it was shot in low-light and there's only a handful of shots in the whole 3-hour epic that suffer in this way, a record which is substantially better than films many years younger than Ghandi.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic depiction of the Mahatma 27 May 2002
Format:DVD
Few men in human history have impacted a nation as the Mahatma did. This movie is a glorious depiction of the man and his transition to greatness.
The essence of Gandhi's awakening against injustice in South Africa is well captured. The visuals and emotions of India in the early 20th century are breath taking and deeply inspiring. Scenes like the massacre of 1600 unarmed Indians at Jalianwalagh Bagh by General Dyer followed by his shocking deposition before a British panel; Gandhi's march to filter salt that leads to commoners daring the police as they do likewise and Walker's emotional reporting of the following attrocities; a British judge's dilemna as he sentences Gandhi to jail; Gandhi's stubborn decision to fast unto death that eventually stops strife in newly independent India; and his weak, barely audible interaction with a Hindu who has killed a Muslim child as revenge for his son's death will remain etched in memory forever.
Clearly, the movie celebrates Gandhi, and the Indian freedom struggle is shown centered around him, which may not go down well for those more interested in the latter. The roles of Nehru, Patel and numerous other leaders of the time are frequently undermined. Also, Gandhi's inability to reason with Jinnah and Nehru for the seperation of India at independence is not justified.
Ben Kingsley is superb as the resolute yet obstinate, peace loving and modest Satyagrahi - "The little Indian in a loincloth".
A must see, and a must have.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soul's Life. 23 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
It all began simple enough - with the purchase of a first class train ticket by Mr. Mohandas Gandhi, Esq., recently arrived in South Africa, and unaware that as an Indian, he was required to travel third class and not entitled to such a ticket. Literally thrown off the train for his transgression, the young attorney, embodied to perfection by Ben Kingsley, spent a full night sitting on the platform, musing how best to respond to such discrimination. Shortly thereafter, and after consultations with established members of his community, he wrote his first treatises and organized his first demonstrations. And when participants of a protest assembly stood up and proclaimed their willingness to die in the fight against suppression, Gandhi once and for all formulated his doctrine of nonviolent protest: "They may torture my body, break my bones; even kill me. Then they will have my dead body - not my obedience."
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.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
"Gandhi" is a truly remarkable film of a truly remarkable story . Visually the film is magnificant, a true epic. Ben Kingsley is simply superb in the role of his life as the simple, modest and reserved man who takes on the might of the British Empire and oppressive regime through peace and humanity. If "Braveheart" was celebrated by Hollywood for the Scots whooping the British then "Gandhi" shows that Oscars can be won and the British beaten within a really outstanding film that does not celebrate the events within it with vulgarity or satisfaction. The film is aware that the occurances within it are shocking. You will bite your nails until they hurt and cry for the pain to end. As a genuine epic this film is the requisite length of a slight over three hours so it will not be to everyone's taste as the pace is slow and peaceful to reflect the subject. However if you are a fan of quality filmmaking and flawless acting and are ready to be moved and amazed by an almost unbelievable account of the man of the century then Gandhi can not be missed. The periods of calm serve only to enhance the character's tranquillity and to heighten the impact of the clashes within the picture. As with "Lawrence of Arabia" this is a film that can only be done justice on DVD and it is on this format that the beauty of the filmmaking is really evident. A must for any serious collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
This is not only a great cinematic undertaking but a great historical tale - with a solid message then and now. The cinematography is brilliant and the acting superb. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie absolutely everyone should watch!
When this first came out, I simply wasn't interested in this film. I was a bit young for it, and it went on too long for my fidgety feet and mind. Read more
Published 10 days ago by wood pigeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
It's a fantastic film historic . I have watched this film many times and highly recommend it. Ben Kingsley is amazing actor
Published 1 month ago by Janet Mein
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, immensely sensitive and powerful piece of work.
Attenborough directs with the economy and power of a master film-maker. He deftly delivers so much information and nuance about this huge political story without losing the human... Read more
Published 1 month ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi thee man of our time
What a great film about a great man, so sad he was murdered by his own kind, Ben Kingsley was made for this part.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi a film that everyone should see.
Had never seen this film but had got good reports on it. Anyone who desires peace in there lives and can,t seem to find it watch Ghadhi and you will know.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and nice movie
Authentic movie about the important part of the history of South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and an uniq men of the history of the mankind.
Published 2 months ago by S. Viktor
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap DVD but possibly not original
This DVD was a bargain - cheaper than a single cinema ticket. The film quality was good and the sound was also good, especially on my surround sound. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arkay
5.0 out of 5 stars This film deserves at least SIX stars!
Proud to have this movie in my collection

This film (and the legacy of M K Gandhi) is the antidote to the sickness we hear about everyday on the news.

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Published 3 months ago by Critic Al
5.0 out of 5 stars A man...
... who changed himself and changed his world... heat or love? commitment or imposition? the choice of path.
good for all the family!
Published 4 months ago by Fabiola García
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