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The Guru

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Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry

Cast: Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry

 

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The comedy The Guru debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by lead actor Jimi Mistry, a second commentary

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The comedy The Guru debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by lead actor Jimi Mistry, a second commentary track by director Daisy von Scherler Mayer and screenwriter Tracey Jackson, and deleted scenes. Universal has loaded up the extras for this film that failed to find its audience in theaters.

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The Guru delves into subject matter that's long overdue for parody, but no less ripe for the delay: the trendy celebrity obsession with Eastern religion, seen in such stars as Madonna and Richard Gere. That it does this effectively is a pleasant surprise. But what makes Daisy von Scherler Mayer's film all the more likeable is its uncommon warmth, which qualifies it as a romantic comedy or wish-fulfillment fantasy as much as a satire. Setting the tone is the exquisite Jimi Mistry as Ramu Gupta, who leaves India to pursue Hollywood pipe dreams, but encounters a new variation on stock ethnic casting while serving as an emergency fill-in for a drunken swami. That he hoodwinks the stuffy Manhattanites at the party is a detail one just has to accept, but Mistry's earnest charisma makes this -- and his meteoric rise to fame -- that much easier to swallow. Himself a newcomer to Hollywood, and therefore a kindred spirit to his character, Mistry has a true dynamism that plays well alongside his leading ladies. Heather Graham in particular does much stronger work than her track record, while Marisa Tomei embraces the trickier task of humanizing her loopy socialite, who would have been a mere fool in lesser hands. These three are hopeless optimists, but The Guru chooses to love their foibles rather than ridicule them, a determining factor in the kind of movie it wants to be. This sentimental core is clear during the film's high point: a vibrant song and dance number that's a homage to both the traditional Bollywood cinema of Ramu's native land and to Grease, the American film that taught the young Ramu to dream.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0025192198427
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
72,296

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Feature commentary with Jimi Mistry; Feature commentary with director Daisy von Scherler Mayer and writer Tracey Jackson

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heather Graham Sharonna
Marisa Tomei Lexi
Jimi Mistry Ramu Chandra Gupta
Michael McKean Dwain
Christine Baranski Chantal
Rob Morrow Josh
Malachy McCourt Father Flannagan
Sanjeev Bhaskar Cook
Thomas McCarthy Actor
Emil Marwa Actor
Ronald Guttman Actor

Technical Credits
Daisy von Scherler Mayer Director
Sean Afshar Production Designer
Tim Bevan Producer
David Carbonara Score Composer
Robert Carr Sound/Sound Designer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
David Crockett Co-producer
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Ali Farrell Casting
Eric Fellner Producer
Bruce Green Editor
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Matthew Iadarola Sound/Sound Designer
Tracey Jackson Screenwriter
Shekhar Kapur Executive Producer,Original Story
Mary Ann Kellogg Choreography
Michael London Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Cara Silverman Editor
Robin Standefer Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [2:33]
2. Chapter 2 [3:33]
3. Chapter 3 [3:54]
4. Chapter 4 [3:36]
5. Chapter 5 [5:17]
6. Chapter 6 [1:32]
7. Chapter 7 [7:15]
8. Chapter 8 [7:01]
9. Chapter 9 [4:57]
10. Chapter 10 [6:24]
11. Chapter 11 [3:12]
12. Chapter 12 [6:05]
13. Chapter 13 [2:41]
14. Chapter 14 [3:41]
15. Chapter 15 [5:00]
16. Chapter 16 [5:54]
17. Chapter 17 [5:42]
18. Chapter 18 [4:01]
19. Chapter 19 [4:54]
20. Chapter 20 [1:42]

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The Guru 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was Extemly funny... I would recommend it to every one..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. Good story line and nice music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this movie. It is hard to find a comedy that doesn't revolve around toilet humor. This movie is funny and original. I would recommend it to people 17-40 who don't fall into the church set.