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directed by Tom Piozet
USA 2003


  A definitive exploration of a well-known yet little understood subject, "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" tells the epic story of modern Tibet: a story of struggle and suffering, courage and compassion.

Ten years in the making, this award-winning documentary was filmed during nine remarkable journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. CRY OF THE SNOW LION brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world" with an unprecedented richness of imagery… from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibet’s recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film.

The story of the Dalai Lama’s efforts to maintain a non-violent struggle for justice takes on renewed relevance in a world focused on war and terrorism. In the words of Tibetan intellectual Lhasang Tsering, “All leaders in the world are talking about peace, but nobody is doing anything about it. Everybody is condemning violence, but nobody is doing anything to support non-violence.” Nevertheless, despite more than fifty years of oppression, Lhasang stresses that Tibetans “have not lost the hope and the courage to be free.” Cry of the Snow Lion powerfully examines the history of devastation in Tibet, the international significance of the Tibetan issue today, and the spiritual beliefs that continue to inspire hope for the future.

Theatrical Release: September 12th, 2003 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:44
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.19 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 English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Interviews with the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman
• Journey to Lhasa
• Khamba Horse Races
• Theatrical Trailer
• Music Video
• Sakya Masked Dances

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2004

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Shot on digital video and later transferred to film, this doesn't look too bad at all. You can tell it is not HD sourced, but the colors stand-out nicely and akin to being sharper than you might find any TV documentary to DVD. - a little hazy, but nothing tube owners could ever complain about. Audio is a sharp 5.1 track, that seems almost unnecessary for the voices in the narration, but we are not complaining. Over eighty minutes of extras, mainly consisting of extra footage not used in the documentary itself. Unfortunately no subtitles. Beautiful menus. This is a great film initiation for many westerners who know little of Tibet, but I assure you there is much more than the film is able to give in less than 2 hours. It would be a dream to have this be an HD sourced DVD, but as it stands, it is still worthy of a decent grade. out of    

Gary W. Tooze


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