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Slumdog Millionaire (Blu-ray)

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Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is just one question away from winning a fortune on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? But how has this uneducated young man from the slums succeeded in providing correct responses to questions that have stumped countless scholars before him? And will he ultimately win it all or lose everything, including his true love?

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 210819620
UPC 024543574514
UPC 14 00024543574514
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/26/2015
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Patel,Dev
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Awards
Oscar (2009) A.R. Rahman, Winner, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,A.R. Rahman, Sampooran Singh Gulzar ("Jai Ho"), Winner, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song,Anthony Dod Mantle, Winner, Best Achievement in Cinematography,Chris Dickens, Winner, Best Achievement in Editing,Christian Colson, Winner, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Danny Boyle, Winner, Best Achievement in Directing,Ian Tapp, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Sound,Simon Beaufoy, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Golden Globe (2009) A.R. Rahman, Winner, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Danny Boyle, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture,Simon Beaufoy, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Slumdog Millionaire, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
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Review Slumdog Millionaire comes from director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who fashion what is at heart a romance into a mystery and a thriller with Dickensian undertones. It's tough not to think of David Copperfield when we see the "orphanage" to which the film's main character is consigned during his youth. What's more, this filmmaking team has found a new and inventive way to approach the storyline that not only invigorates the material but adds a whole new layer to it. The result is magical and life affirming, and will enrapture those who are not scared away by the mention of "subtitles." For the record, the majority of the dialogue is in English, although there are lengthy segments during the film's first 40 minutes when characters speak in Hindi. The way in which Boyle handles the subtitles is playful and colorful, and entirely unlike what we're accustomed to see. This is a subtitle movie made with subtitle-phobes in mind...The film has all the elements necessary to make it a major winner in general release, and a dark horse Oscar contender. It's superbly acted, wonderfully photographed, and full of rich, unconventional location work. Dev Patel has us rooting for the shy, good-natured Jamal from the beginning...Some films keep viewers on the outside looking in, able to appreciate the production in technical terms but not on other, more basic levels. This is not the case with Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle's feature draws the viewer in, immersing him in a fast-moving, engaging narrative featuring a protagonist who is so likeable it's almost unfair. The movie has moments of heartbreak and tragedy but it is ultimately uplifting and contains pretty much all the instances an audience will want. Boyle has come a long way to get to this point from Shallow Grave and Trainspotting but, after experiencing the pleasure of Slumdog Millionaire, I'm glad it's a road he has elected to take.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" hits the ground running. This is a breathless, exciting story, heartbreaking and exhilarating at the same time, about a Mumbai orphan who rises from rags to riches on the strength of his lively intelligence. The film's universal appeal will present the real India to millions of moviegoers for the first time...By the real India, I don't mean an unblinking documentary like Louis Malle's "Calcutta" or the recent "Born Into Brothels." I mean the real India of social levels that seem to be separated by centuries...The India of Mother Teresa still exists. Because it is side-by-side with the new India, it is easily seen. People living in the streets. A woman crawling from a cardboard box. Men bathing at a fire hydrant. Men relieving themselves by the roadside...On the other hand, the world's largest middle class, mostly lower-middle, but all the more admirable. The India of "Monsoon Wedding." Millionaires. Mercedes-Benzes and Audis. Traffic like Demo Derby. Luxury condos. Exploding education. A booming computer segment. A fountain of medical professionals. Some of the most exciting modern English literature. A Bollywood to rival Hollywood..."Slumdog Millionaire" bridges these two Indias by cutting between a world of poverty and the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." It tells the story of an orphan from the slums of Mumbai who is born into a brutal existence. A petty thief, impostor and survivor, mired in dire poverty, he improvises his way up through the world and remembers everything he has learned...The film uses dazzling cinematography, breathless editing, driving music and headlong momentum to explode with narrative force, stirring in a romance at the same time. For Danny Boyle, it is a personal triumph. He combines the suspense of a game show with the vision and energy of "City of God" and never stops sprinting.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Patel,Dev
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Bob Mondello, NPR Romantic, action-packed and always held together by an intriguing social conscience, Slumdog Millionaire is a rapturous crowd pleaser.
Claudia Puig, USA Today Director Danny Boyle's riveting and kaleidoscopic tale...is exquisitely adapted to the screen by Simon Beaufoy.
Ian Nathan, Empire Danny Boyle's finest since "Trainspotting." In fact, it's the best British/Indian gameshow-based romance of the millennium.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Four stars simply aren't enough for [Slumdog Millionaire], which just may be the most entertaining movie I've ever labeled a masterpiece...
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer ...a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great.
Todd McCarthy, Variety Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.

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