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  • Actors: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, Rajendranath Zutshi
  • Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Vikas Swarup
  • Producers: Cameron McCracken, Christian Colson, François Ivernel, Ivana MacKinnon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JJBC5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This Mumbai-set, rags-to-possible riches tale, co-directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan, was the winner of eight Oscars at the 2009 Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an 18-year-old street kid from the slums of Mumbai. So what is he doing appearing on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? How can a young man from his background of poverty have acquired the knowledge to be only one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees? With only one more question to be asked, however, the dream turns to nightmare. As the hooter sounds to signal the end of the show, Jamal is arrested and accused of cheating. No-one can believe that he could really know all of the answers he has given. As Jamal tells the story of his life to the police, the reasons for his success begin to appear. Will Jamal be freed to hear the final question and, if so, will he know the answer?

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Danny Boyle (Sunshine) directed this wildly energetic, Dickensian drama about the desultory life and times of an Indian boy whose bleak, formative experiences lead to an appearance on his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Jamal (played as a young man by Dev Patel) and his brother are orphaned as children, raising themselves in various slums and crime-ridden neighorhoods and falling in, for a while, with a monstrous gang exploiting children as beggars and prostitutes. Driven by his love for Latika (Freida Pinto), Jamal, while a teen, later goes on a journey to rescue her from the gang's clutches, only to lose her again to another oppressive fate as the lover of a notorious gangster.

Running parallel with this dark yet irresistible adventure, told in flashback vignettes, is the almost inexplicable sight of Jamal winning every challenge on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a strong showing that leads to a vicious police interrogation. As Jamal explains how he knows the answer to every question on the show as the result of harsh events in his knockabout life, the chaos of his existence gains shape, perspective and soulfulness. The film's violence is offset by a mesmerizing exotica shot and edited with a great whoosh of vitality. Boyle successfully sells the story's most unlikely elements with nods to literary and cinematic conventions that touch an audience's heart more than its head. --Tom Keogh

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shrewlord on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
I was almost put off by a lot of hype trying to connect this film to Bollywood in some way which wouldn't have really been my cup of tea. What Danny Boyle has achieved here, however, is a stunningly vivid and touching film all about ordinary people which should translate to just about every country and culture in the world. A well deserved barrel load of Oscars and nothing to do with Bollywood at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dublinia on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
Despite the all-singing, all-dancing trailers you've seen for this movie, the reality is somewhat different. It's the story of a boy who's grown up in slums in Calcutta who somehow ends up on the gameshow Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. We cut between scenes in the studio as the tension ramps up, and flashbacks from his often harrowing upbringing. There is a lot of disturbing material here, this is no fluffy rom-com, and it's probably all the better for it. It's a well conceived story and it's beautifully rendered here, full of humour and action - just don't be misled by some of the happy clappy pre-publicity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaMs on 31 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
I think this is a brilliant film. It's original and unique in it's own way. It is entertaining and mildly humourous. Sure i think its a little over rated but i think its worth the watch and definately would recommend it to anyone.

People say this film is "slow" and "boring"? I have to disagree. Because all drama's are like this...you can't expect it to be "oh he is being tortured at the beginning and then it tells you why in 5 minutes and then he is found not guilty in another 5 minutes and then be freed to carry on with whatever". It wouldn't really be a film if you don't know why this happened or that happened would it? It tells you the story of when they were young kids living in the slums up until their teenage years so obviously its going to be long. Whether the film is boring or not it's really a matter of opinion. People thinks "feel good" means all lovey dovey stuff and a film that makes them feel good about themselves? Ok fine it has scenes of children being tortured and made to do bad things and also has scenes of violence. What films nowadays doesn't have elements of violence etc etc??? The feel good factor of this film is that in the end they find love and happiness. This isn't a fairy tale or a fantasy film...nor is it action packed for people who thought it boring if you expected it to be so.

I enjoyed the film from beginning to end. Hope anyone who watches it would enjoy it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin from Spain on 17 Aug. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A true masterpiece from Danny Boyle and some fine actors from India. Has such a great story wich is not a true one (but it should be!!!)
The 15 years rating is absolutly correct because there are some parts wich are very hard and not suitable for younger children.
One of the best movies of this time. A must see.

The Blue-ray has a good picture and great sound but if you would like to save some pounds the DVD would be goods as well.
It is the story what makes this a masterpiece. The quality of the images/sound are good but this is not what makes this film brilliant.

There are some extras on this Disc worth watching.
Overall 5 out of 5.
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77 of 92 people found the following review helpful By I. Sidhu on 28 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
As a British born Indian, I wanted to see Boyle take on his version of a bollywood film with a good mix of his direction, all the charm that most of Indian films have. Result, a good directorial effort with an Indian version of City of God; far less brutal and replaces that sardonic hardship from City of God to the hopeful dreams of a young boy from the slums, very much a style common in Indian films today.

I've been to India before and seen what this film shows. It doesn't make it less dreary by sugar coating; that's not Boyle's style, he will show what is there and this film depicts India's culture, beauty, depression, poverty, lustre, greed, vengeance, corruption and all the moralities. You might be mistaken into thinking I'm being patriotic but the fact is Boyle has made a very good film, with keeping the actual Indian viewers of this film in mind. He has given it a love story like most Indian films while providing the action and tension that so many Indian-film lovers sitting on corner streets in Mumbai and Delhi will want to see.

I've lived in West London all my life and this is as close to showing India any European film has done in the last 20 years, that includes Bend it like Beckham and Ghandi.

West-Londoner-born, like myself, Dev Patel made his début on SKINS, and excellent UK drama series involving the life of College/Sixformer teens. A good choice since learning an language and accent is easier, but also a familiar face to those who watch Skins. The main focus is on him becoming more than he is, a subtle underdog story that doesn't boast of its pious superiority. He just wants to find the girl, Latika, he met when he was a boy, save her from poverty, prostitution and give her a life she deserves.
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Bizarrely-improbable plotting that expects us to believe that every question asked by a quiz-show host would exactly and directly relate to the life of a contestant, such that he would have no problem answering any of them - despite his lack of formal education. (Like sitting an exam and finding all the questions are just and only the ones revised for in the past year!) This fatuity is not compensated-for by appealing to an audience’s sense of emotional reality overriding what they know is logically implausible.

The plot is contrived for no emotional reason since issues of Third-World poverty are skated over rather than dissected. The puppy-love story never rises above the merely cute since the actors cannot convincingly-create a romance that transcends time and place as required by the screenplay.

And it is the thinness of the script’s characterization – not the acting – which creates poor empathy for these characters. The filmmakers were clearly hoping the kids’ adorableness would overcome this problem. However, one of the themes of the film is that the feelings of the characters for one another are more important than 20,000,000 Rupees. Yet, this requires characterization-in-depth, otherwise how are we to assess the relative importance of money to them if we do not really know their minds? (The Deleted Scenes reveal the esthetic compromises made to keep the film’s running-time down – yet the characterization would have been deeper had they been left in.)

The style is very much borrowed from Bollywood - to good effect – but They Shoot Horses Don’t They? this ain’t.
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