(aka "Sonar Kella" or "The Golden Fortress")

directed by Satyajit Ray
India 19


Mukul, a young boy, is being haunted by memories of his previous life. He is taken to Dr. Hajra, a parapsychologist, for treatment. On discovering some drawings by Mukul that represent scenes from the past, Dr. Hajra believes that a fortress in the drawings may be in Rajasthan. Dr. Hajra decides to take Mukul on a trip to Rajasthan in the hope that it might be a cure.

A newspaper reports alerts some bandits. They kidnap Mukul in hope of getting their hands on the treasure. The detective Feluda is engaged, along with his assistant Tapesh, to recover the child.

From SatyajitRay.org found HERE

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DVD Review: Biswas Records-  Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 2:15:52 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio Bengali (Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Biswas Records

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Rio Bio (7 text screens)
• Ray film advert (7:00)
• Indian film advert

DVD Release Date: 2003

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Chapters: 17


Not as bad as the first two CalcuttaWeb DVDs that we reviewed (Jana Aranya and The King of Diamonds), but, of course, far from perfect. A stable image (no flick on bottom indicating bootlegged from Video), nice clean, although occasionally inaccurate, subtitles. The image is washed-out , a shade dark, but much sharper than the other 2 with very minimal scratches and damage showing. This is the only available DVD version of this entertaining film, but we hope another comes along soon. out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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