Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by bbasra, Feb 6, 2005.
Just preordered mine from play.com.
Haven't heard of this, is it any good?
I've just seen the cast, seems to have some big'uns! I'm a big fan of Shahrukh Khan and Yash Chopra's films. Is it worth pre-ordereing?
Go and get it......You'll love it!
You can check the promos at the Yash Raj's wesbite.
Have a look and then decide.... the film was a superhit last year.
Just seen some opinions on imdb, bit of a mixed bag there. Think I'll still give it a try though on the strength of cast & director
Didn't know that play did bollywood films. Interesting. May check it out to see how cheap they are.
Play are quite good for bollywood stuff, cheaper than amazon too!
Bought from play and cdguru.com many a time - Saves buying from the asian retail stores - many a dodgy copy sold.
For other decent recent releases - Swades and Kisna IMO
Most of the other releases are atypical bollywood - not that its always a bad thing
I've used cd guru too, I was quite impressed with their service. They're also quite cheap too.
Thanks for those recommendations, I'll look into those.
I got given Veer Zaara as one of those pirate dvd's which holds 4 films on it (including Black) although the quality is quite bad as it's been compressed too much.
I don't know whether to just wince and watch it or buy a new copy - what's your impressions?
Well I have given up on pirate copies since the release of Jurassic Parkat the movies, bad experience!!. I would stick to originals always. I am getting my dvds from people who actually visit India (mumbai and gujarat)and know where the legit stuff is sold. I should be getting my films next week - Veer zaara, Swades, Kisna and my moms ordered Dhoom!!! If you can hold on then i'll review them in a couple of weeks.
Cheers mate! I think I will hold off until then. I was looking at your recommendations and i have to say Swades looks the most appealing. Seems to have got some great reviews (plus the bonus of having the "Baadshah starring in it!)
Watch the original!
Forget the pirates! Compressed and most probably cut too.
I will do, the pirate has lots of sound drop outs and is very blocky. Watching this on a big plasma just makes it worse!
I agree. If you're using a plasma get the original. Heck, even if youre using a normal CRT, forget about the copies - they are usually terrible.
Swades is a good movie. The missus dragged me to the movies to watch it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Heartwarming, original story, which is miles apart from the current wave of "cool, miniskirt wearing, guys in leather trousers, wearing shades, whilst riding motorbikes....etc....." type of pop movies.
This film tackles real issues that exist in rural areas of india and pakistan, and having visited both countries I think that it gives a good account of the social and economic issues that exist. (ps. these issues do not include the presence of Gabbar Singh or some other evil, malevolent villain).
I don't know if any of you have ever ventured to www.zulm.net/forums but there are DVD reviews and screenshots of a lot of Indian DVDs. Veer Zaara has been slated as a shoddy DVD release (quality wise) which is unfortunate. It's a field-avaeraged Pal to NTSC conversion resulting in ghosting ... which is a real shame seeing as the best parts of the movie was it's great cinematography .... I saw it twice at the cinema ... it was great.
Still have to check out Swades and I really want to see Black.
It would be great if someone on AVForums would provide a professional review of Indian movies. I hate getting stung time and time again when buying Hindi DVDs and ending up with something below par quality wise. I would offer to do this but I don't have the best kit to put a film through it's paces (42" plasma)
I have about 4 copies of Pyaasa (Guru Dutt) all original versions and all pretty unwatchable.
Anyway - nice to have some fellow Bolly fans on the forums!
Muz - Thanks for that link, never knew it existed! At least it'll give me a bit more information on the latest releases!
I would have thought a 42" plasma is fine. Reviewing films is probably more about being able to criticize/praise the movie along with picking out good sound/video presentations to bad ones.
I know this is off the beaten track folks but I had to say that the "asoka" dvd is very good in its picture presentation and the 5.1 dd track is superb as was "devdas", "k3g","lagaan" and "Kal ho naa ho" 2disc version.Its a shame that not enough major english studio's release the hindi films on dvd,there are only a handful like lagaan and asoka,but they're excellent.I do find that even originals released by the indian companies are not upto the quality of the english company released gear!!Add to that the fact that PAL is far superior to NTSC and the indian companies can only release films in NTSC format for USA @ the region 0 level!!What UK needs is a company releasing films in PAL for region 2 market and only then will we see the quality that bolly films deserve!!Just look at lagaan and Asoka to see what I mean,Region2 and in Pal!! If you buy dvd's from India,then the best company at the moment releasing them there is "Shemaroo".When will we see hindi dvd's with DTS sound tracks in them,the dts logo always appears in the end credits, but is never carried thru to the dvd's.Shame!!!!!!!
Just my 2 cent worth.
Hope you Bollywood fans find this useful.
Did any of you ever see the French release of Devdas ... it's superb ... almost as good as Lagaan ...
I would recommend it ... only problem is that the French subtitles cannot be removed on some DVD players.
akarit1 - The original titles I own are DDLJ, Lagaan, Asoka, Devdas, K3G. Ive seen all of them bar Lagaan (cant find 4 hours in the evening!) To be fair, I thought that all prints werent that bad, obviously not up to their western counterparts but not fair off either! I agree though, it would be nice if we had some PAL releases!
Regarding DTS, I would have thought that it is a matter of time
Is it really that much different to the UK version? Have you got any screen grabs?
Here are a couple of links where the French version has been reviewed (including screen grabs):
Screen shots (including a comparison with the UK NTSC version):
This version is PAL by the way ... and it is beautiful to watch ...
Muz - Cheers for the links
The French version does seem pretty sharp, I may just have to re-invest!
Finally went ahead and purchased Veer Zaara(2 disc version) for £8.00 off Ebay.Hope its good.
Let us know what you think of it, I still haven't seen it yet!
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