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priceless theatrical heritage,
This review is from: The Mahabharata [DVD]   (DVD)
first and foremost let's get the facts straight. this is not b.r. chopra's soap tv adaptation of the epic. neither is this a bfi sponsored telly film trying to tell us the story of the mahabharata. this is the film adaptation of the famous play.
peter brookes stage version of the mahabharata ran to packed houses and set new standards . running over 6 hours long, it tried to encompass the ethos of the grand epic of mahabharata, if not it's whole content. the film version was produced much later, and shortened the play to five hours, cutting scenes, and altering landscapes.
the end result does in no way detract us from either the play or the work itself, and does manage the convey the grandeur of the scale of the effort. granted, some scenes best came out in theatre, and some adaptations (like the chakravyuha being limited to shields rather than the ingenious network of spears in the play) are not as impressive , but, let us not crib over trifles. a film version of the greatest play in broadway (my personal choice) based on the greatest story ever told, is a heritage to be treasured , for generations.
p.s. and a two disc set for 16 quid is cheap, specially since for years, the only copy in the market was a r1 dvd imported from america. i mean, you'd have to pay 60pounds a person for seeing this on stage if it ever ran again as a play!!!!