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Slumdog Millionaire [DVD]

Dev Patel , Freida Pinto , Danny Boyle , Loveleen Tandan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JJBC5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 26 Aug 2011
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, hardhitting 14 Oct 2009
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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76 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Dec 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Never did understand why this harrowing and at times horrible film was peddled on us as 'an uplifting' tale. It isn't.

However if you're a fan - note that the ‘US’ edition of the BLU RAY on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which most aren't).

Buy the UK version instead - it's dirt-cheap now - and a looker on the Format...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slumdog Millionaire 29 Sep 2009
`Slumdog Millionaire' is the story of a poor Indian man, who grew up in the slums of Mumbai and who goes on to star in India's version of Who Want to be a Millionaire. It is told in flash backs, with each part of his life history linked to the question being asked on the gameshow. This is a novel way of progressing both stories and explained his motivation to be on the show in the first place. This film was marketed in the trailers as quite a light hearted affair, but in reality it is quite dark in places and very gritty. It shows the harsh life of those born into the slums of India and although it has the rags to riches element to it, you are also shown the more ugly side of a life of poverty. I thought the film was all the better for this and it made for a film with greater weight and depth. Everyone plays their roles very well and the acting is good from child and adult cast alike and the direction is as good as Boyle is renowned for. There is also an excellent Bollywood dance scene at the end credits which made for a delightful way to end the film. This is much better than I anticipated and the darker feel to some aspects lent it a gravitas that only increases it's appeal. This was highly commended and for good reason. This is one well worth watching.

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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 14 Jan 2009
By Marly Z
It's been a long time since I've seen a film that's affected me as much as this one has.

The film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year old slum boy in Mumbai who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. Jamal has managed to answer the questions correctly and has won 100,000 rupees, but the show ends before he can answer the final question, and whilst leaving the studio Jamal is arrested by the police who accuse him of cheating, claiming that no Slumdog would know the answers to the questions. The film opens with Jamal being tortured, but once the police officers realise that this is not working the sergeant attempts a more civil approach to get Jamal to talk by asking him how he knew the answer to each question. As Jamal explains to the sergeant the experiences in his life that led to him knowing the answers to these questions, we as the viewer see these flashbacks into Jamal's childhood, following his life from 5 years old to now and are given an insight into the slums of Mumbai, and one child's journey through all of it.

The film is incredible, and pulls at every one of your heartstrings. I cried, I laughed, I was biting my nails with tension, covering my face with my hands unable to watch, smiling, frowning - the film is an emotional rollercoaster but never allows you to ponder on any one emotion too long, jumping from place to place, mixing jokes among tears. The soundtrack is perfect, the actors are all very good (the children especially are amazing), the colours on the screen gorgeous, and for 2 hours you feel like you genuinely are transported to Mumbai - it all feels so genuine.
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