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"Slumdog Millionaire" (Blu-ray)

movie-april-2009-slumdog-millionaireSynopsis

Jamal Malik (Patel) is a teenager who, by chance, ends up on the television show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" in India.

No one thinks he will get very far, but he goes all the way to 10 million rupees, with the final question to be for 20 million during the next day's show.

In the meantime, the show's director (Zutshi) thinks Jamal is cheating somehow and calls the police. The inspector (Khan) resorts to torture in order to get Jamal to tell him how a boy from the slums knows so much. Through flashbacks, he recounts his youth and the circumstances that led to his learning such an odd variety of things that were answers to the questions on the show.

These include his becoming an orphan, being taken by a group of people who train children to be beggars, and meeting Latika (Pinto), whom he falls in love with.

 

Specifications

  • Fox Searchlight
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 28 Mbps
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan, Rajendranath Zutshi
  • Directed by Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This is an interesting tale, but in my opinion, there is no way this should have won Best Picture. Some of the acting is very amateurish, and it seemed to just go on and on, with me wondering, "How long is this movie?"

Technical

The image is razor sharp, and the surrounds are used quite a bit, although it is mostly for the music.

Extras

These include the Director's Commentary, The Director's Cut of the Movie, Production Diary, They Made Me Do it Too, # 1 Fan: A Darkomentary, Storyboard-to-Screen Featurette, and other things.