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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid biographical movie
This film is the story of the Dalai Lama, which takes us from the point of his discovery as a child to his arrival at the Indo-Tibetan border in 1959, about to begin his exile. It is a very well-made film all round, and evokes mid-20th century Tibet very convincingly and atmospherically. It even manages to avoid grossly misrepresenting Buddhism, which is quite an...
Published on 16 April 2006 by David Welsh

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quality of the actual DVD was poor I felt.
Very good film. However, speech very poor to catch and generally a dark background. Not easy to watch therefore. However, the content was to the point and well acted.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Holywood DISTORTS History Once Again., 11 Mar 2013
This review is from: Kundun [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
What started out as a good film, quickly becomes a third rate film, as the Director has NO Idea about the true history of events - He should be ashamed of himself - What a wasted Chance !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed but, 26 Feb 2013
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This is a beautifully filmed biopic of the early life of the Dalai Lama including the Chinese invasion up until his flight to India. The DVD is not "anamorphic" so I found I had to zoom in as far as possible to get the 2.35:1 format. Nevertheless the picture quality is good, as is sound quality (Dolby 5.1). I am sure this title would look particularly good on blu-ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kundun, 5 Feb 2013
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Loved the detail. I saw this in the cinema initially when it was released. I now have more knowledge of the Dalai Lama and his teachings and it was much better particularly the burial of the father. This was as it is in Tibet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Portrayal of the early years of the Dalai Lama, 7 Jan 2013
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This film is a portrayal of what happened to Tibet and the Dalai Lama - from his early years when he was recognised as the 14th Dalai Lama to his later exile to India. Beautifully filmed, the music and scenery are outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Future Classic?, 13 Aug 2012
This review is from: Kundun [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
If you were planning a biographical film of the Dalai Lama, the director of "Taxi Driver" "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas" isn't the first name you would think of. Yet Scorsese is a master of the ritualistic and his teaming here with the genius of Roger Deakin means this is a movie that will be worth watching. Long though it is, it is lovingly, glowingly shot; the non-actors are pitch perfect, as is the spirit that inhabits the film. I can't help thinking that this will be the movie that will always be his "lost" masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tibet in words and pictures, 14 July 2012
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This film was lovely. I had to do some very quick research on Tibet prior to meeting the Dalai Lama and this helped enormously. Not only was the film fascinating from an historical story-telling perspective, but it was also beautifully filmed, with the Tibetan backdrop enhancing some incredible acting. The young Kunden was particularly impressive and, having now met His Holiness, it brought home to me just how important this film is in a global context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The acting is superb and costumes truly amazing. The quality of this film is good as ..., 17 Nov 2014
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A personal view of the Dali Lamas birth family and his early years and how he was found by the monk looking for him. The acting is superb and costumes truly amazing. The quality of this film is good as is the sound. I would recommend this to anyone who is curious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Aug 2014
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Great, must see for knowledge of Tibetan history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kundun (DVD) 1988, 25 Nov 2011
This review is from: Kundun [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Does anybody know if this is available in Tibetan language.
The description says 'English Tibetan',
DVD itself doesn't show any options on 'Setup' for te Tibetan language!!!

Could Amazon shed some light on this?

Regards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 July 2014
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Just received this dvd and looking forward to viewing it.
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