(aka 'The World of Apu' or 'Apur Sansar")


directed by Satyajit Ray
India 1959


"The World of Apu" is the third and final installment in the film trilogy of Satyajit Ray's (Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar) Apu has grown to manhood and has been forced to give up his studies and find employment. Unable to find work, he is writing a novel based on his life. In a representation of an arranged marriage Apu nobly stands in for a distraught bridegroom. He had never seen his wife before the ceremony but together they find brief happiness. Tragedy again befalls Apu as his pregnant wife dies in childbirth. His son is brought into the world but blamed by his father for his mothers death. Apu matures, overcomes and sets forth with his boy, Kajal, to Calcutta to continue his adventure and start a new beginning.  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 1:46:32
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Bengali (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

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

Edition Details:



Again, slightly better image quality than the first 2 but still many damage spots. A better burned-in font than Aparajito but still 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. Even the cover art is the same as the VHS tapes.

I hope to compare these to the Artificial Eye versions which I suspect are 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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