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The Satyajit Ray Collection Vol.3

The Public Enemy (1990)

 

The Home and the World (1984)       Deliverance (1981)
 

Satyajit Ray is internationally acknowledged as one of the great masters of world cinema. This new collection features three more acomplished works. The Public Enemy (1990) An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' The Home and the World (1984) A Journey of a woman who recalls the events that moulded her perspective on the world. Deliverance (1981) An interesting look at the differences in the Indian caste system.


 

(aka "Sadgati" )

 

directed by Satyajit Ray
India 1981

In this interesting look at the differences in the indian caste system, an untouchable Dukhi (played by Om Puri) approaches the village Brahmin to request him to set an auspicious date for his daughter's upcoming wedding according to the Hindu astrology.

The Brahmin promises to perform the task in exchange of Dukhi slaving over household chores in return.

Excerpt of review from Artificial Eye located HERE

Theatrical Release: February 17th, 1984 (Finland)

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Runtime 45:32
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

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Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
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Audio Hindi (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English (Burnt-In), None
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Studio: Artificial Eye

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Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2010
Slim Case in Cardboard Box

Chapters 12

 

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NOTE: Criterion's Late Ray Eclipse package (containing both The Home and the World and An Enemy of the People) is reviewed HERE.

Artificial Eye's third installment in their Satyajit Ray Collection comes with three of his final works. While none of the movies in this set will ever be mistaken for his best films, even middle of the road Ray is better than the majority of the films being released today. Ray fans will be pleased to find these previously unreleased films presented in what one can only assume is their best available editions. Oddly, when I put the discs into my player all three began to play the feature without first going to the main menu.

As Gary noted in his review of Artificial Eye's first Satyajit Ray Collection, his films were typically stored in less than ideal conditions and the the image on older Indian films can sometimes border on unwatchable. While I wouldn't say that any of the discs in this collection fall into that category, they all suffer from some problems with "Deliverance" coming out the worst. The colors are off (and even flicker about around the 16:30 minute mark), the image is soft, and there is a considerable amount of scratches and dirt. What's more, the faces look to be slightly stretched vertically. While the story is better with the other two releases (i.e. stronger colors, less damage), they still suffer from some softness. On the whole, though, they're much stronger.

All three films sport Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks, with "Deliverance" and "An Enemy of the People" in Hindi and "The Home and the World" in Bengali. Surprisingly, the first two films in the set fare the best with "An Enemy of the People" sounding a little off. While all three films feature English subtitles, none are optional.

The only extra between the three discs is a 50 minute documentary on "The Home and the World" entitled "The Music of Satyajit Ray". This 1984 documentary explores just what the name implies and should be of interest to the more musically inclined of Ray's fans.

While far from ideal, this set is a major boon to Ray fans and definitely recommended.

  - Brian Montgomery

 



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(aka "Ghare-Baire" )

 

directed by Satyajit Ray
India 1984

 

Bimala (Swatilekha Chatterjee) is the wife of a landlord-king Nikhil (Victor Banerjee) who has had a Western education in England and has liberal views. She is content to live in seclusion of her inner apartments and has no desire break the custom to explore the outside world.

Nikhil is the only man she has ever interacted with, but when he decides to convince here to make those symbolic steps into the world outsider, her life will change forever.

Excerpt of review from Artificial Eye located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 4th, 1985 (India)

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Runtime 2:12:12
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Average Bitrate: 4.89 mb/s
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Audio Bengali and English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English (Forced), None
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Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• The Music of Satyajit Ray (50:40)

DVD Release Date:
Slim Case in Cardboard Box

Chapters 12

 


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(aka "Ganashatru" )

 

directed by Satyajit Ray
India 1990

 

In this adaptation of Ibsen's 'Enemy of the People', a doctor's insistence that the holy water of the local temple is the cause for an epidemic in their town, opens up a catalogue of events that ultimately lead him to be named THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.

Excerpt of review from Artificial Eye located HERE

Theatrical Release: January 19th, 1990

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Runtime 1:39:05
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16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.36 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio Hindi (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English (Forced), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic -

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date:
Slim Case in Cardboard Box

Chapters 12

 



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