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Re: Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews
« Reply #285 on: January 17, 2011, 06:54:02 PM »
I expected that you won't enjoy this one as much as the others. Too many imperfections of Bollywood are obvious. Their production values have only risen the last ten years or so.
I still think you should check out SRK and Kajol's later cooperations "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" and "Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham" because they are essential Bollywood viewing. Especially the later (KKKG) I really can enjoy again and again. So if you plan to only buy one of these, go with the second one. And you really should go Blu on this one. I even have double-dipped here.



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« Reply #286 on: January 18, 2011, 09:04:32 PM »
I expected that you won't enjoy this one as much as the others. Too many imperfections of Bollywood are obvious. Their production values have only risen the last ten years or so.
I still think you should check out SRK and Kajol's later cooperations "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" and "Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham" because they are essential Bollywood viewing. Especially the later (KKKG) I really can enjoy again and again. So if you plan to only buy one of these, go with the second one. And you really should go Blu on this one. I even have double-dipped here.

Thanks again for the recommendations. I looked for these two but they are not on UK Blu as yet and have held off on the DVD's. I also did check the earlier titles Krrish and Koi... Mil Gaya but they were silly prices at the time I checked but Krrish seems to have come down a bit now, around the £8/9 mark including postage, but although said to be 2-Disc Editions the Marketplace traders are saying it is a single disc. Koi... Mil Gaya is still silly money at over £200.
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« Reply #287 on: January 18, 2011, 09:27:43 PM »
Koi... Mil Gaya is still silly money at over £200.

I found it cheaper at Play.com.




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« Reply #288 on: January 18, 2011, 10:16:43 PM »
Koi... Mil Gaya is still silly money at over £200.

I found it cheaper at Play.com.



Thanks for that. Order now placed for that there and Krrish at amazon marketplace for a 2-disc edition

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« Reply #289 on: January 22, 2011, 09:04:27 PM »
Ghajini


Year: 2008
Director: A. R. Murugadoss
Cast: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan
Overview: Ghajini is the largest grossing Hindi Film of all time. It is the only Indian film to earn One Billion Rupees at the Box Office across India and it Grossed 4 Million US Dollars overseas within a week of it's release.

A film about a man with only 15 minutes of memory recall.  A man who was once suave, successful and had everything a man could desire.  A man who had everything he loved snatched away from him, including his identity by brutal senseless violense.  A human being who is forced to become something close to inhuman.  A story about his wounded, savage quest for revenge.  Driven by the pain of what he once was and had...

Watched: 22nd. Jan. 2011
My Thoughts: A very interesting film. A Bollywood song and dance romance but with a very dark edge. The story is well told and the film's constuction helps to maintain the story with the film having two halves with two big sections forming each half. These sections are the lighter side of the film being that they are about the romance. However they are each bookended by the dark side of the film with Sanjay (Aamir Khan) dealing with his short term memory loss and its cause. Parallels can be drawn with Memento as that also deals with short term memory loss and the protagonist's, both here and there, handle it in similar ways but I would have to rewatch Memento before I can reach any real conclusions.

My Rating: A interesting 4

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« Reply #290 on: January 22, 2011, 10:31:48 PM »
Aamir Khan, always the perfectionist, did a great job in this one. Both in the light and the dark side of the story. He usually throws himself into a movie. For this one he worked out for months to get the physique you see on the cover. When you watch Fanaa, you see that this is not his normal appearance.
Also Asin did a great job. She is really lovely in this movie. She is the only one who also played in the original Ghajini. This one you were watching is the Hindi remake of a Tamil movie. Both movies were directed by the same guy. Aamir Khan, liking the Tamil movie, convinced the director to remake his movie with a bigger budget in Bollywood. It was Asin's first role in a Hindi movie. I hope I get the chance to see her in more.



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« Reply #291 on: January 23, 2011, 12:00:28 PM »
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter


Year: 2010
Director: Mike Mitchell
Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

Overview: It started with a loveable ogre... who befriended a talking donkey... and rescued a beautiful princess in the unforgettable story that broke the mould for all animated films to follow. Now comes SHREK FOREVER AFTER, the hilarious and fitting finale to this record-breaking, Oscar®-winning* movie phenomenon.

Longing for the days when he was a "real ogre", Shrek signs a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back... but turns his world upside down in the process. Donkey suddenly can't remember his best friend; Fiona is now a tough warrior princess; ans Puss In Boots is one fat cat! Together, they have just 24 hours to reverse the contract and restore happily FOREVER after to close the final chapter in this "fine family film!"**

Watched: 22nd. Jan 2011
My Thoughts: The fourth and supposedly final chapter in the Shrek saga. Shrek (Mike Myers) is suffering from mid-life angst where every day has settled down into a standard routine. Matters come to a head and Shrek signs a contract with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) whereby Shrek is granted a day to relive his days as a feared ogre and Rumpelstiltskin receives a day from Shrek. However the day that Rumpelstiltskin receives from Shrek has ramifications far and beyond what Shrek imagined and now Shrek must try to stop Rumpelstiltskin's machinations. Overall I did enjoy this film and it seemed to me to be better than the third but still not as good as the first or second.

My Rating: An enjoyable 3

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Re: Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews
« Reply #292 on: January 23, 2011, 12:03:25 PM »
Aamir Khan, always the perfectionist, did a great job in this one. Both in the light and the dark side of the story. He usually throws himself into a movie. For this one he worked out for months to get the physique you see on the cover. When you watch Fanaa, you see that this is not his normal appearance.
Also Asin did a great job. She is really lovely in this movie. She is the only one who also played in the original Ghajini. This one you were watching is the Hindi remake of a Tamil movie. Both movies were directed by the same guy. Aamir Khan, liking the Tamil movie, convinced the director to remake his movie with a bigger budget in Bollywood. It was Asin's first role in a Hindi movie. I hope I get the chance to see her in more.

Thanks for this background info Tom.
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« Reply #293 on: January 23, 2011, 08:45:40 PM »
Fanaa


Year: 2006
Director: Kunal Kohli
Cast: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor
Overview: Choices... to choose between right or wrong is simple, but what defines one's life is the decision between the greater of two goods or the lesser of two evils. This is the advice Zooni Ali Beg (Kajol) receives from her father just as she is about to venture out into the world on her own for the very first time. Little does she know that these very words will shape her life.

Zooni, a blind Kashmiri girl, meets Rehan Qadri (Aamir Khan), a local tour guide and an incorrigible flirt. Her friends warn her against this good-for-nothing roadside Romeo, but she chooses to ignore them. It is now her time to discover life, and love. Is this really the right choice?

Rehan is fascinated by Zooni and wants her to see life as it should be seen, in its many colours. He promises her that the time spent with him will be the most precious in all her life. Zooni sees Delhi, life and love like she never has before, because of Rehan.

What Zooni doesn't know is that Rehan has another side of his life that he has kept from her - something that can not only change her life, but can also destroy it.

Fanaa... destroyed in love...

Watched: 23rd. Jan 2011
My Thoughts: Wow what a film, totally not expecting that. I'm glad that the overview didn't contain any spoilers about Rehan (Aamir Khan) and that I hadn't read any reviews that might possibly have held spoilers. Another film with light and dark elements with the first half of this film being the light side but the second half given over to the dark.

My Rating: A marvellous 4+ +

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« Reply #294 on: January 23, 2011, 09:14:40 PM »
Glad you liked it :)
So far my favourite Kajol movie, where she isn't partnered with Shah Rukh Khan.
You know, I still envy you, that you got all these Bollywood movies on Blu.



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« Reply #295 on: January 23, 2011, 11:26:24 PM »
Glad you liked it :)
So far my favourite Kajol movie, where she isn't partnered with Shah Rukh Khan.
You know, I still envy you, that you got all these Bollywood movies on Blu.

No problemo. I'm enjoying them all so far.

Well I have the Blu's of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham now ordered and the seller of those has both My Name is Khan and Taare Zameen Par listed as being available on Blu. I'm sorely tempted but will wait and see how the first two turn out as the only previous order I had from this seller was via amazon marketplace whereas these four titles are listed on their site but not on amazon in this form.
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« Reply #296 on: January 27, 2011, 09:53:57 PM »
The A-Team


Year: 2010
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel
Overview: They're armed, dangerous...and downright crazy! Buckle up for an adrenaline-fuelled, action-packed thrill-ride starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quintin "Rampage" Jackson and Sharlto Copley. Convicted by a military court for a crime they didn't commit, a daring team of former special forces soldiers must utilise thier unique talents to break out of prison and tackle thier toughest mission yet. It's going to take guts, split-second timing and an arsenal of explosive weapons - this is a job for The A-Team! This triple play edition of The A-Team contains a Blu-ray, a DVD and a Digital Copy - for you to enjoy when you want, where you want!

Watched: 27th. Jan 2011
My Thoughts: I watched the extended version and thought that it was the usual park-your-brain mindless fun. There were aspects to link back to the original TV series but in general this film took the team into a slightly different direction.

My Rating: A mindlessly enjoyable 3

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« Reply #297 on: January 28, 2011, 09:47:51 PM »
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai


Year: 1998
Director: Karan Johar
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji
Overview: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Something is Happening) is a story of 2 best friends at college. Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and tomboy Anjali (Kajol).

Unknown to Rahul, Anjali has fallen in love with him - When Rahul confesses that he is in love with Tina (Rani Mukerji), Anjali is heartbroken and decides to leave the college so that Rahul and Tina can get together.

Now, nine years have passed and Rahul is a single parent after Tina's demise.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a story of best friends.... Now they are falling in love.

Watched: 28th. Jan 2011
My Thoughts: Oh dear. What can I say. Just have to repeat myself. Another wonderful recommendation of a film. This film is a weepy romance with a comedic edge. Weepy bits start from the off and continue on and off until almost the end just over 3 hours later. The first half of the film is the story of Rahul (Shahrukh Khan), Anjali (Kajol) and Tina (Rani Mukerji) as related to Tina and Rahul's daughter via a letter written to her before Tina's death after giving birth to her. The second half is how their daughter follows her mother's wishes as expressed in that letter.

My Rating: A very enjoyable, even though it was a weepy, 3+ +

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« Reply #298 on: January 28, 2011, 11:10:03 PM »
You think that one was weepy, than wait for Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham. But it is a different kind of weepy. Supported by (IMO) great music.

As you don't seem to be put off by "weepy" movies, I have another great recommendation for you: "Kal Ho Naa Ho"
Especially if you also enjoy Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham. Try to avoid reading spoilers for it though.



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« Reply #299 on: January 28, 2011, 11:34:09 PM »
You think that one was weepy, than wait for Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham. But it is a different kind of weepy. Supported by (IMO) great music.

Okely Dokely. Hoping to get to watch this on Sunday afternoon.

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As you don't seem to be put off by "weepy" movies, I have another great recommendation for you: "Kal Ho Naa Ho"
Especially if you also enjoy Kabhie Khuchi Kabhie Gham. Try to avoid reading spoilers for it though.

Ok, I had a quick look round for it and the e-tailer I got this and K3G from has it in Blu so I'll probably be hitting the order button on Sunday evening assuming that I do like K3G. May also take the opportunity to upgrade My Name is Khan as I caught part of it this afternoon on a satellite HD movie channel.
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