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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
This is a fabulous film and not a bad updated version of the original. I watched the old black and white version of this movie a few years ago on television and have wanted to see... Read morePublished 25 days ago by aileen mckay
India, cricket, a colonial bullying officer, a group of hard-pressed locals, a little romance, a wager and .........a cricket match! Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Austin Locke
This is an enjoyable DVD but the second disc has no English sub titles so is rather useless. Should have got the one disc version.Published 10 months ago by C. J. Jenkins
Even my wife enjoyed it - and she is totally not into cricket.
For very patriotic British viewers it will grate, and apparently there are errors, but it does not detract from... Read more
The story about extraordinary mental strength of, let say, dozen indian men from a village in Gujarat who without any knowledge of the complexities of cricket strategy and tactics... Read morePublished 11 months ago by RASTKO-R KOZLEVÈAR
I have always loved this film and bought it in video form so years ago in English, pleased to have it now in the original Hindi. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adele Valsesia
watched this and could not believe that the English people could be so racist. it really opened my eyes and i also loved the story, (even though it is a long film) it is good... Read morePublished 12 months ago by lynn corrigan