Passage to India
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A Passage to India

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Director: David Lean

Cast: David Lean, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft

     
 

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A Passage to India comes to dual-layered DVD in a widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1 non-theatrical aspect ratio) and very limited Dolby stereo audio qualities (namely, no remastering or redigitizing in Dolby 5.1). Nevertheless, the transfer is beautifully done, with the picture doing full justice to the superbly colorful scenery, without any blurring,

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A Passage to India comes to dual-layered DVD in a widescreen anamorphic format (1.85:1 non-theatrical aspect ratio) and very limited Dolby stereo audio qualities (namely, no remastering or redigitizing in Dolby 5.1). Nevertheless, the transfer is beautifully done, with the picture doing full justice to the superbly colorful scenery, without any blurring, smudging, or artifacts; the only drawback is the letterboxed standard black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Sound quality is surprisingly sharp, and the soundtrack comes through with a rich fullness and crispness. Special or bonus features include the usual original theatrical trailers and a short (eight-minute) interview with the film's director.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
David Lean returned to the screen after a self-imposed absence of 14 years with this vivid, well-directed adaptation of the Forster classic. The director has slightly altered the focus of the novel, rendering its key event in a somewhat less ambiguous light, but, in general, stays faithful to its tale of clashing cultures. Lean perfectly captures Forster's satire of the smug insularity and poisonous racism of the British Raj of 1924, setting the myopia of its members against the exoticism and natural beauty of the subcontinent. Young Adela Quested (Judy Davis), something of a hothouse flower, is far more enlightened than her fellow Brits on matters of race, but also far more susceptible to such beauty, which induces in her a sort of subtly erotic fever. What actually transpired between she and the hospitable Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee) in the Marabar caves was left a mystery by the author, but Lean implies a fit of virginal hysteria on the part of Adela rather than any violation. This dilutes the complexity of Forster's novel, while reducing Aziz to the role of victim. Yet, as the tragedy gains momentum, the novelist's themes -- the destructiveness of colonialism, the unbridgeable differences between the two cultures, and the wisdom of the older civilization -- remain clear. Among a brilliant cast, Judy Davis seems particularly inspired, and Dame Peggy Ashcroft is memorable as well. The one glitch is the casting of Guinness as an unintentionally comic Godbole. Lean's characteristic visual splendor is nearly a forgone conclusion.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
UPC:
0043396058521
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:44:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Additional languages: French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Reflections of David Lean; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Davis Adela Quested
Victor Banerjee Dr. Aziz
Peggy Ashcroft Mrs. Moore
James Fox Richard Fielding
Alec Guinness Godbole
Nigel Havers Ronny Heaslop
Richard Wilson Turton
Antonia Pemberton Mrs. Turton
Michael Culver McBryde
Art Malik Mahmoud Ali
Saeed Jaffrey Hamidullah
Clive Swift Maj. Callendar
Ann Firbank Mrs. Callendar
Roshan Seth Amritrao
Sandra Hotz Stella
Mohammed Ashiq Haq
Phyllis Bose Mrs. Leslie
Ishaq Bux Selim
Edward Fox Actor
Peter Hughes P.& O. Manager
Rashid Karapiet Mr. Das
Z.H. Khan Dr. Pana Lal
Sally Kinghorn Ingenue
H.S. Krishnamurthy Hassan
Moti Makan Guide
Mellan Mitchell Indian Businessman
Dina Pathak Begum Hamidullah

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Eric Allwright Makeup
E.M. Forster Source Author
John Box Production Designer
John Brabourne Producer
Robin Browne Special Effects
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Ernest Day Cinematographer
Christopher Figg Asst. Director
Richard Goodwin Producer
John Heyman Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Priscilla John Casting
Nick Laws Asst. Director
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Scaife Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Herbert Westbrook Art Director
Ram Yedekar Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:15]
2. Purchasing passage [7:11]
3. Arrival in Chandrapore [7:39]
4. Doctor Aziz [2:29]
5. In the Mosque [13:04]
6. Making himself at home [4:05]
7. Tea with Godbole [10:24]
8. The ruins [10:15]
9. Fielding visits Aziz [1:02]
10. At the station [6:44]
11. The tour begins [9:45]
12. The climb [5:11]
13. In the cave [5:05]
14. Sedated [6:18]
15. Aziz arrested [:40]
16. The evidence [4:50]
17. Godbole's indifference [6:09]
18. Club meeting [4:08]
19. The trial begins [7:06]
20. Second day of the trial [1:22]
21. Miss Quested testifies [4:21]
22. Exactly what happened [6:17]
23. Accusation withdrawn [5:55]
24. Godbole says goodbye [2:38]
25. An Indian at last [7:34]
26. Srinagar [2:23]
27. Bygones be bygones [6:02]
28. Letter to Miss Quested [4:37]

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A Passage to India 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Passage to India was a film that showed the beauty of India and at the same time told a story of one womans curiosity of the mystical land and her fateful mistake that would ruin one mans reputation and life forever. It was made perfectly(in my opinion). I have never read the book and i don't want to. For me the movie was good enough. For moviegoers who are bored with meager dialogue in the beginning of a movie and mostly lush images, this movie is not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting scenes of India but it moved too slowly
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