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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Gangs of Wasseypur Parts One + Two [ 2 Blu-rays ]

 

(Anurag Kashyap, 2012)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Bohra Bros Productions

Video: CineliciousPics

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Part One Runtime: 2:40:15.456 / Part Two Runtime: 2:39:28.603 

Disc One Size: 47,549,817,488 bytes

Disc Two Size: 45,500,192,952 bytes

Feature Size: 47,537,891,328 bytes + 44,916,879,360 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.81 Mbps / 28.03 Mbps

Chapters: 17 + 16

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: July 14th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.37:1

Resolution: 1080P / 24 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio Hindi 4135 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4135 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio Hindi 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

 

Subtitles:

English, None

 

Extras:

• Audio Commentary with Director Anurag Kashyap, Actors Huma Qureshi and Richa Chaddha, Composer Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyricist Varun Grover, Associate Director Anubhuti Kashyap, and Assistant Director Neeraj Ghaywan
Official Trailer (2:11) - on second Blu-ray

12-page liner notes booklet with photos and an essay by Aseem Chhabra

 

Bitrate:

Blu-ray Disc one / Part One

 

 

Blu-ray Disc two / Part two

 

 

Description: Presented by Adi Shankar, producer of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, DREDD, LONE SURVIVOR, KILLING THEM SOFTLY and THE GREY.

From Guneet Monga, the producer of THE LUNCHBOX, the most successful foreign-language movie of 2014 to date in the U.S., GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap's ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga that charts seventy years in the lives and spectacular deaths of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs and beginning with the bandit-like career of Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) in the 1940s, the film follows the ruthless rise of his son Sardar (a brilliant Mano Bajpayee) and his offspring, the surreally-named Danish, Perpendicular and Definitive Khans and their numerous wives and girlfriends.

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR mirrors the tumultuous and explosive growth of modern India with ferocious cinematic intensity. As with Al Pacino's Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER, it's the least likely of Sardar's children - the perpetually stoned Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui)- who rises to the top ranks of the Khan crime family, vowing brutal revenge on their longtime nemesis, the wily and seemingly unstoppable Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Composer Sneha Khanwalkar's stunning soundtrack ranks with legends like R.D. Burman, but don't expect Bollywood-style dance numbers: this is a movie that up-ends every expectation of what great Indian cinema should look (and sound) like.

Anurag Kashyap is known for his prolific and award-winning career in cinema, both as a director, screenwriter and as a producer. Among his noted directing credits are terrorist thriller BLACK FRIDAY, cult classic DEV D, and UGLY, which screened at Director's Fortnight at Cannes 2013 where he also received the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. His highly anticipated neo noir drama BOMBAY VELVET is set for worldwide release in 2015 via 20th Century Fox. Widely regarded as the driving force of India's new wave of filmmakers, Anurag also recently produced Michael Winterbottom's TRISHNA and Ritesh Batra's THE LUNCHBOX.

 

 

 

The Films:

One family's hold on India's criminal underworld over six decades sets the stage for this ambitious, epic-scale crime thriller from director Anurag Kashyap. In 1941, as the departure of the British leaves control of coal mining in the North up for grabs, ruthless criminal Shahid Khan ({$Jaideep Ahlawat)) becomes right-hand man to corrupt mine owner Ramadhir Singh (Rajat Bhagat), but as Shahid becomes more powerful and well-connected, Ramadhir is forced to have him killed. Before he dies, Shahid had a son, Sardar (Manoj Bajpayee), who in the early 1960s moves to Wasseypur and becomes a killer for hire. Sadar builds a powerful criminal empire in Wasseypur, but his sons Danish (Vineet Singh), Faizal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Perpendicular (Aditya Kumar) and Definite (Zeishan Quadri) become caught up in a generation-spanning struggle to take control of the family business and claim revenge against Ramadhir and his underlings. Originally screened in two parts, with a combined running time of over five hours, Gangs of Wasseypur was an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Excerpt from the MRQE located HERE

The portentous Biblical adage about the sins of the father being visited upon the children doesn't come close to describing the circular patterns of generational revenge depicted in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur. This 320-minute crime opus covers over 70 years of carnage perpetrated by warring factions in a muddy, blood-drenched, coal-rich town in eastern India, and its narrator, a stoic, self-flagellating bystander, Nasir (Piyush Mishra), witnesses it all with deadpan clarity. In the flash-bang of an opening, Nasir describes this place as "a seemingly innocent-looking town full of insidious, rotten bastards." He's never proven wrong.

Gangs of Wasseypur is a portrait of 20th-century Indian history viewed through the vibrant, reference-heavy lens of Bollywood cinema. Beginning in colonialist India circa 1941, the film introduces nefarious characters at a furious clip. In order to protect his newfound power as an industrial mogul, Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia) decides to kill his closest competitor, Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat), an enforcer and former grain thief. This one decision sets into motion a decades-spanning feud between their two families, one that will evolve and morph with the country's changing political tide, cultural strife, and technological advances.

Excerpt from Slant Magazine located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Gangs of Wasseypur (parts 1 + 2) come to a package of 2 dual-layered Blu-rays from CineliciousPics. The image quality looks quite impressive via the 1080P resolution. Colors are bright and detail is at the high-end. Contrast shows some nice layering. Depth is frequently apparent. It looked amazing in-motion on my largest system. The visuals are often hypnotic - with a tinge of blue/teal-leaning. This Blu-ray image compliments the epic film and provides a flawless presentation. A beautiful, if occasionally brutal, film experience.

 

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Audio :

Cinelicious use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a healthy 4135 kbps in the original Hindi (slightly less robust on the second Blu-ray) with the option of a linear PCM 2.0 channel. The film has everything in terms of effects and aggressive action all sounding very rich in the lossless. There is separation in the surround and it, overall, sounds superior to the stereo. There is intense gunfire, rain, yelling - all with depth... and the film has plenty of narration. There may be a slight post sync issue or for all I know some of the actors are DUB'ed. I didn't find it bothersome in the least. The wonderful score is by Sneha Khanwalkar with beautiful, atmospheric, pieces like Jiya Tu, Keh ke lunga and plenty of traditional Indian songs (and instruments - it wouldn't be an Indian film without some musical numbers!) performed by Piyush Mishra, Sujeet (Gaya,) The Mushahar of Sundarpur etc. This is another positive for the presentation. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc as confirmed by the back cover.

 

Extras :

CineliciousPics make this a 2 Blu-ray package with a feature-long commentary, in English, with director Anurag Kashyap, Actors Huma Qureshi and Richa Chaddha, Composer Sneha Khanwalkar, Lyricist Varun Grover, Associate Director Anubhuti Kashyap, and Assistant Director Neeraj Ghaywan. So much is covered from the recreation of the era - seeking old Indian villages that help represent the time period, specific anecdotes of the production and actors with input from all - getting a turn to discuss their involvement. I found it enjoyable, laid-back and educational. There is also a 3-minute, CineliciousPics sponsored, trailer in 1080P for the film on Blu-ray disc 2.

 

Blu-ray Disc one

 

Blu-ray Disc two

 

BOTTOM LINE:
WowGangs of Wasseypur is as good as you may have heard. A crime epic comparable to The Godfather trilogy, but with a culture that many may not have been exposed to. I intended to watch a one part and save the second for the next night, but I got caught-up and watched the entire 5+hours in one evening. The CineliciousPics Blu-ray package is solid - and what a fresh film to offer consumers. This isn't something you are likely to forget soon - and, like myself, you probably be surprised at how involved you get with the film. What a formidable experience! - one we can very strongly recommend! 

Gary Tooze

July 9th, 2015

 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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