Seven Years in Tibet (Blu-ray)

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by George on 7/3/2012

I really like this movie as one of Brad Pitt's more believable roles. I believe it very much conveys the feeling in Tibet before the war and does a good job at endearing the viewer to the way of life and principles of the Tibetan Monks. Definitely worth watching at least once.

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Brad Pitt stars as the arrogant Heinrich, a famed Austrian mountain climber who leaves behind his wife and infant son to head to Himalayan expedition in 1939, only to fall into the hands of Allied forces as a prisoner of war. He and a fellow escapee, Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), make their way to the Forbidden City in Tibet, where Peter finds a wife and Heinrich befriends the western culture-obsessed teenage Dalai Lama (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk), the spiritual leader of his Buddhist nation. As Heinrich waits out the war, his friendship with the Dalai Lama begins to transform him from naughty to humble.

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Studio Sony
SKU 204110295
UPC 043396186965
UPC 14 00043396186965
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/6/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Pitt,Brad
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Cast & Crew
B.D. Wong - Actor
Becky Johnston - Screenplay
Brad Pitt - Actor
David Breashears - Cinematographer
David Thewlis - Actor
Heinrich Harrer - Based On Book By
Hoang Thanh At - Production Designer
Jean-Jacques Annaud - Producer
Jean-Jacques Annaud - Director
John Williams - Original Music By
Mako - Actor
Michael Besman - Executive Producer
Noelle Boisson - Editor
Robert Fraisse - Cinematographer
Awards
Nominee (1998) Golden Globe, John Williams, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Those expecting a heavy dose of Buddhist mysticism may be disappointed by Seven Years in Tibet, which keeps its religious elements low-key. This is essentially the story of Harrer's redemption, and, until the film's final quarter, Annaud keeps the proceedings centered on him. In fact, it's during Seven Years' last act, which depicts China's ruthless submission of Tibet during the 1950s, that the film's focus wavers...The extra scenes serve only to divert our attention from Harrer and prolong a movie that would have been more enjoyable with some additional pruning...Seven Years in Tibet is at its strongest during those sequences when Harrer is crossing the Himalayas, adapting to Tibetan society, and forging a friendship with his surrogate son, the Dalai Lama. The latter scenes are especially effective, due in large part to a remarkable performance by Jamyang Wangchuk, whose fine acting makes it possible to believe that this boy, with all the natural curiosity of someone his age, has access to the wisdom of ages.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Jean-Jacques Annaud's ``Seven Years in Tibet'' takes the true story of a bright and powerful young boy who meets a stranger from a different land and buries it inside the equally true but less interesting story of the stranger. The movie is about two characters and is told from the point of view of the wrong one...``Seven Years in Tibet'' is an ambitious and beautiful movie with much to interest the patient viewer, but it makes the common mistake of many films about travelers and explorers: It is more concerned with their adventures than with what they discover. Consider Livingstone and Stanley, the first Europeans to see vast reaches of Africa, who are remembered mostly because they succeeded in finding each other there...From the moment of the first appearance of the Dalai Lama, the film takes on greater interest. He stands on the parapet of his palace in Lhasa and surveys his domain through a telescope. He is fascinated by the strangers who have arrived in his kingdom, and soon sends his mother to invite Harrer to visit.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Pitt,Brad
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
KNX CBS Radio One of the year's best films.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader This moving story is full of breathtaking compositions...
Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle ...a perfect ratio of moving interpersonal drama and visual enchantment.

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