(aka 'Aparajito' or 'The Unvanquished')

 

directed by Satyajit Ray
India 1957

 

"Aparajito" is the second film of Satyajit Ray's 'Apu Trilogy' (Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar) continues to document the life and maturation of one young Indian boy. The film opens with Apu, son of Harihar and Sarbajaya, wandering and exploring the Temple City of Bananas on the banks of the Ganga (Ganges river) where they reside. The story focuses on Apu leaving the embrace of his family nest to work and become educated in a more modern world than what he has become accustomed in his youth. The struggle to remain separate is exemplified by the dire need of his Mother,  Sarbajaya who is deathly ill and depressed She remains desperately lonely in her small village after the death of her husband and departure of her son. Continuing the cycle of life Satyajit Ray continues to explore the inner conflicts of conforming to a more contemporary world than our parents. The strength to overcome our bonding of birth is another universal theme of traditional respect and independent personal advancement. out of

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: 1957 - India

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DVD Review: Columbia Tri-star -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:50:24  
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.95 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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Audio Bengali (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English (non-removable)
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 12

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Comments:

This is a little cleaner than the Pather Panchali DVD but a different font on the non-removable subs. It is not as clear. There are no Extras and a meager 12 Chapter stops again. Almost insultingly the menus are (barely) animated with a transparent elephant appearing over the chapter. No liner notes. The DVD is also on the expensive side... and they went to NO expense in creating this.

I hope to compare these to the Artificial Eye versions which I suspect are about the same... maybe even superior. It is my opinion that Columbia Tri-Star really dropped the ball when they could have shown homage to one of the all-time great directors. What a shame. I give this disc out of

Gary W. Tooze





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