directed by James Ivory
USA 1983

 

The passion, violence, mystery, and beauty of India are rapturously evoked in Merchant Ivory Productions’ acclaimed Heat and Dust, based on the novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Blending east with west, and moving effortlessly between the vibrant world of modern-day India and the magnificent splendors of the Raj, Heat and Dust intertwines the contemporary story of Anne, a young woman drawn to India by her desire to unravel the scandal surrounding her great-aunt Olivia’s seduction in the 1920s by a handsome and charismatic, if not entirely scrupulous, Indian prince. For Anne, it proves as much a journey of self-discovery as the opportunity to solve an enigma. Like Olivia, she too is drawn deep into India by an allure that, in a different way, has remained as sensual and romantic as it was half a century before.

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Theatrical Release: January, 1983 - UK

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Distribution Home Vision -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:10:16 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Merchant Ivory Productions
Production Company: Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1


DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003

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Chapters: 20

Edition Details:
• New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions

• Autobiography of a Princess, a 55-minute film about Royal India starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey, directed by James Ivory, and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

• Theatrical trailer

• Conversation with the Filmmakers, part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and Richard Robbins

• 12 page liner notes with essay

Comments:

Worthy of being bumped to the Criterion Collection, with its only flaw that it is perhaps just under the image quality standard of the subsidiary company. Still colors are exquisite in a soft palette... skin tones, brightness, contrast are all top notch in this anamorphic DVD. The audio quality was also strong and clear. Unlike most DVD companies Home Vision don't scrimp on the Extra features which include an Ismail Merchant commentary track and a 55 min. "Autobiography of a Princess" short. If this disc had some outstanding flaws I didn't see them. I suspect that this is the best transfer and package of the Merchant/Ivory films to date. I have no problem giving this a rousing out of   

Gary W. Tooze





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