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Lagaan - Once Upon A Time In India [DVD] [2001]

Aamir Khan , Gracy Singh , Ashutosh Gowariker    Parental Guidance   DVD
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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

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Disc 1: Feature movie; 15 minutes of deleted scenes; Filmographies; Trailers
Disc 2: Feature movie

Languages: Hindi/English
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 1:2.35

From the Back Cover

Champanera small farming village in Central India. The year is 1893. On the outskirts of the village stands a British cantonment, commanded by Captain Russell (Paul Blackthorne) an arrogant and capricious man, who wields the poser of life and death over the villages under his jurisdiction.

When the villagers are unable to pay the crippling land tax imposed on them by their British rulers due to drought and famine, Captain Russell offers them a challenge. To assemble a team and face the British soldiers in a game of cricket, a game they have never heard of. If the villages win, the land tax will be waived, if they lose, it will be tripled!

One man Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), an enigmatic young farmer with courage born of conviction thinks the challenge is worth staking their entire future on. But has he got what it takes to convince the other villagers and in turn beat the English rulers at their own game?

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Fully Boxed and Sealed Original Hindi DVD 2 Disc set from Excel Home Video, All Regions, PAL Version will Play on any Region Free DVD Player with Special Features. Disc -1 - The Movie. Disc -2 - Deleted Scences. ( Including Never Before Seen Footage and Song Re Bhaiyaa Chhoote Laagan) The Spirit of Laagan. Curtain Raiser on the Music of Laagan. Trailers Over 100 Stills from Still Gallery.
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