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  • Actors: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Suhasini Mulay
  • Directors: Ashutosh Gowariker
  • Writers: Ashutosh Gowariker, K.P. Saxena, Kumar Dave, Sanjay Dayma
  • Producers: Aamir Khan, Reena Dutta
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Hindi, English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U124
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lagaan is a must-see movie for anyone with an interest in Indian cinema or cinema beyond Hollywood. Although very much within the mainstream Hindi cinema of Bombay/Mumbai in terms of its stars, use of song and dance and its length, Lagaan took a gamble with the domestic Indian audience. It breaks all contemporary conventions of Hindi film by being set in an Indian village during the British Raj, far away from the more usual modern metropolitan cities and exotic foreign locations.

It also seemed destined to fail internationally, given that it features a cricket match lasting longer than the average Hollywood film and avoids the melodramatic kitsch, camp style that is celebrated in the West as "Bollywood". Yet Lagaan was not only a huge hit domestically but was also only the third Indian film to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category, thanks to its outstanding performances, music and narrative.

On the DVD: Lagaan on DVD is presented with good picture and sound, but otherwise has little more to offer, despite being a two-disc package. The features are less than exciting, comprising 17 minutes of deleted footage with no explanation, the theatrical trailers for two other films rather than for this film and a list of films in which several key participants have worked with no clips. Most DVDs of Indian films have an extra menu for song selections but here one has to move through the scene menu. There are subtitles in several languages. --Rachel Dwyer

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2002
Format: DVD
I have seen many Indian movies and I think I am a bit of a connoisseur. I rate Lagaan among the all-time best. I like the historical perspective. It plays on the fanatic Indian love for cricket and places the colonials in fair light. I found the boyish Aamir came of age for his Direction, in complement to his superb acting. I have seen the film 5 times. I feel proud to say that whereas I am not Indian, my wife is and she did not have to force me to see Lagaan.
I would force many people to see it though and they would be grateful for the chance.
Keep it up Aamir and bravo Bollywood.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Sumptuously filmed and tremendously entertaining - plus being a great intro for those who know little about cricket but want to understand more!
The simmering anger of the Indian villagers and the stiff upper lip of the British Raj provides an enjoyable dynamic throughout the film.
The music and choreography are excellent.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Still on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My route to this movie is quite longwinded. I am a white englishman, so Bend it Like Beckham is the closest I have come to a Bollywood movie before now, but each year I play cricket against London Theatres and one of their players mentioned that he and a number of his team mates had been to India to play cricket in this film. I then heard that one of them had written a book about the experience "From Balham to Bollywood". So I bought and read the book (which is fascinating) and this led to me checking out the movie.
As I said, I am not experienced in the Bollywood genre, so have nothing to compare it to, but despite the cod-ness of some of the cricket scenes I found myself and my whole family thoroughly enjoying the 3 hour experience of watching this film. Good, old fashioned cinema fun that seems to be going out of fashion elsewhere in the world.
I recommend anybody, whatever race or creed to check out this DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Never has such a film been made that is so rich with culture and so beautifully conveys the most poignant spiritual message. It is a film that speaks the truth using the most uplifting music that compels you to dance infront of the sceen.
It is unsurprising that the film has a strong spiritual message since it was made by Indias finest artists. In short the film is a celebration of those who are brave enough to stand by truth.
The film is set in a small simple village in India that is under the rule of the British. The British represent the ego who dominate and try to empower the simple Indian villages by imposing high tax demands on all their crops. There has been no rain and very little food so in desparation they plead with the British rulers to reduce their tax demands. A wager is set by the British ruler. The Indians will play a game of cricket against the English and if they win they will not have to pay tax for three years but if they lose they will have to pay three times as much. The Indians did not know the game of cricket and if they lost they would never be able to afford to pay three times their normal tax. Nonetheless they took on their challenge to fight for their rights and their freedom. The film will leave you feeling embarassed to be English but inspired to make a change in this slowly degenerating world.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2002
Format: DVD
This is a movie that was made to perfect from start to finish. The story flowed so well that one would not realise that one has been in an uncomfortable chair for 3 hours and 40 minutes. Before watching this movie I did not understand cricket neither did I have any interest. Since watching the drama on screen I have been both watching and playing cricket. The camera work, direction, production and the actors were fantastic. It is a must see. A real shame it didn't get the Oscar.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kamran Rahman VINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
This is the most brilliantly indulgent film making I have ever seen. It really feels like nothing has been held back in this film, from the construction of the nineteenth century village to the unbelievable length of the film. The film is in two simple parts - the first part builds up the characters and the second part is a cricket match. But the beauty of the film is in the care, and considerable time it gives to both parts, which builds up the emotions at the end of the cricket match to a truly nail-biting crescendo. You just couldn't get away with this kind of indulgence in English or American film. The studios would cut down its length to half leaving limp characterisation and not enough of the sporting action.
I highly recommend it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Huma Yahya on 25 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The one word I can think of to describe this film is `epic'. This is a truly great and highly original film and the fact that it was nominated for an Oscar proves it.
Most Indian Blockbusters are love stories of some form, However Lagaan may have a love story intertwined into it but the actual story of the film is greater than any love story. It takes the sport of Cricket loved by Asians and makes it a crucial part of the film. What an original and exciting story! They need to beat the English in a match of cricket in order for their taxes to be cut, however, should they lose they will have to pay triple tax. For the English it is a laughable match which they believe they will win easily, but for the Indians of the village it is a match that will change their lives and is about survival. However, these are Indians who have no idea about the game of cricket!
Buvan, played tremendously by Aamir Khan, shows independence and stands up to the English Lieutenant as he takes on the challenge. The other villagers curse him and call him crazy, but he is determined to show them that they can do it if they try. Gradually the other villagers side with him as he sets up a team. A major factor in them bettering their game comes with the lieutenants sister, Elizabeth who shows them the rules and skills of the game. Set in a time when Britain ruled India, this film portrays Indian's struggles against the English. This is shown in the shocking scene where the Raj is told to eat meat when it is against his religion. Therefore, the cricket match is about the Indians standing up for themselves and maintaining their status in their own country.
The love element comes with Elizabeth finding herself falling in love with Bhuvan, causing Gori to feel jealousy, however Bhuvan only has eyes for Gori.
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