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Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray


The Home and the World (1984)         An Enemy of the People (1989)


The Stranger (1991) 


The films directed by the great Satyajit Ray (Charulata) in the last ten years of his life have a unique dignity and drama. Three of them are collected here: the fervent Rabindranath Tagore adaptation The Home and the World; the vital Henrik Ibsen-inspired An Enemy of the People; and the filmmaker's final film, the poignant and philosophical family story The Stranger. Each is a complex, political, and humane portrait of a world both corrupt and indescribably beautiful, constructed with Ray's characteristic elegance and imbued with autumnal profundity. These late-career features are the meditative works of a master.



Theatrical Releases: 1984 - 1991

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DVD Review: Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray


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Distribution Eclipse / Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC
Time: Respectively - 2:18:05, 1:39:27 and 2:00:08
Bitrate:  The Home and the World
Bitrate: An Enemy of the People
Bitrate: The Stranger
Audio Bengali (original mono)
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Eclipse / Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

  •  one page (for each film) of liner notes in the transparent case

DVD Release Date:
January 7th, 2014
3 Slim Transparent Keep Cases inside a Slipcase cardboard box
16, 9, 12



The 3 main features of this boxset are housed in individual slim transparent keep cases (see image above and below) they are not sold separately, by Criterion, at this time. I am unaware of any NTSC English-friendly editions available elsewhere (we do note the Artificial Eye PAL package below) - although I won't deny that they exist. Unfortunately, Satyajit's Ray's films exist in extremely poor quality (another example HERE), often pirate, digital editions scattered throughout the web.

All three DVD discs are dual-layered. They are also progressive in their original aspect ratios (1.33:1) Bitrates are high and consistent ranging from 7.36 - 8.63 Mbps. Although we didn't directly compare you can easily see the Criterion image quality is significantly advanced over the Artificial Eye's Satyajit Ray Collection (that has both An Enemy of the People and The Home and the World) that Brian Montgomery reviewed HERE. Criterion's SD transfers are quite remarkable here - very bright - colors may be a tad misrepresented at times - but these are brilliant compared to other digital editions. All things considered, I was very impressed.

The sound is original Bengali mono - imperfect but without major issues. The dialogue is clear enough and audible - I noted a couple of instances of minor hiss, but overall it is supporting the films well enough to enjoy them. There are optional English subtitles (font samples below).

Aside from one page liner notes for each film (visible on the inner case sleeve through the transparent case cover there are no supplements - as typical for Eclipse.

These films and grouping are a fabulous selection and Eclipse are continuing with their mission statement: "...a selection of lost, forgotten, or overshadowed classics in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer."

I really enjoyed this package - watching them in chronological order - each film increasing my appreciation. An Enemy of the People and The Stranger especially I found to be wonderful films. While I didn't embrace it as much initially, I quickly warmed to The Home and the World. This is one of the most value-packed Eclipse boxsets I have seen in a long while. The overall video quality is far beyond what I was anticipating. I've always wanted The Stranger in a superior digital edition... and now I have it. Bravo Eclipse! We can give a very strong endorsement!

Gary W. Tooze

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Both a romantic triangle tale and a philosophical take on violence in times of revolution, The Home and the World, set in early twentieth-century Bengal, concerns an aristocratic but progressive man who, in insisting on broadening his more traditional wife's political horizons, drives her into the arms of his more radical school chum. Satyajit Ray had wanted to adapt Rabindranath Tagore's classic novel to the screen for decades. When he finally did, in 1984, he fashioned a personal, exquisite film that stands as a testament to his lifelong love for the great writer.


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The Home and the World (1984) aka 'Ghare-Baire'


Directed by Satyajit Ray








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In Satyajit Ray's absorbing contemporary adaptation of a play by Henrik Ibsen, a good-hearted doctor discovers that the serious illness befalling the citizens of his small Bengali town may be due to a contamination of the water at the local temple. His findings are met not with public gratitude but with rancor, along with opposition from local authorities, who are afraid the news will keep visitors away. Stately in style but with a fiery debate at its heart, An Enemy of the People gets at the tension between religion and science in everyday Indian life.



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An Enemy of the People (1989) aka "Ganashatru"


Directed by Satyajit Ray









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Satyajit Ray's valedictory film is a multifaceted character study that contains both light humor and melancholy rumination. Written by the filmmaker, The Stranger involves a bourgeois couple who are bemused by the news that a man claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle will be coming to stay with them after years of travel. Though they fear he's an impostor, they tentatively let the man into their home, commencing an eye-opening emotional journey for the family. A humanist exploration of class, faith, and tradition versus progress, The Stranger is a bittersweet goodbye from one of the world's most important filmmakers.



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The Stranger (1991) aka 'Agantuk'


Directed by Satyajit Ray










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Distribution Eclipse / Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC


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