My pleasure! I wonder if Kekid minds my talking about Hindi movies in a predominantly Bengali thread
I do have a lot more to report, but shall do so when I have time. Meanwhile, allow me to express my astonishment that my 3rd order from Nehaflix was shipped 5 hours after I placed the order
. No hassle. No question. Let's see if the order arrives, and if it does, whether it contains the items I ordered (and one of which is Aparna Sen's Sati
! I look forward to seeing it).
More on the DVD of Ek Din Achanak
: it contains compulsory trailers and commercials that run for about 5 minutes before the menu shows up. They are not even good trailers, nothing like Alliance Atlantis' The New World
, or good commercials as the bikini girls for recent Shemaroo discs. I guess one can always re-author the disc with DVDShrink.
So I finished watching Aakrosh
, and what a power and beautiful film it is! I also wasn't expecting Hitchcock-style suspense. The DVD quality is actually more than acceptable, with fairly consistent color, porbably slightly better than that of Video Sound discs. Nevertheless, the DVD still has its blemishes. Beside the horrible packaging, the annoying logo indeed stays on the top left corner for the entire duration of the movie. Also, about an hour into the movie, it loses its subtitles for at least 10 minutes, although the conversation seems inconsequential for the overall narrative (taking place where Amrish Puri receives a call at night from one of the card players, and subsequently when he has a conversation with Naseeruddin Shah, who expresses his frustration at some people's appalling silence).
Now, Shyam Benegal's Bhumika
is a riot! Unfortunately, the film suffers much from the Video Sound DVDs poor colors. It's still watchable, but I feel that I am missing much of the gorgeous sepia photography of the flashback scenes. The Shemaroo disc might be better, although sometimes the company forgets about subtitles (as in their Mandi
The DVD of In Search of Famine
, on the other hand, is almost a total disaster. It's so obviously a VHS port, complete with wavy lines and fluctuations. Acquarello you are indeed generous in your assessment
Ritwik Ghatak's Komal Gandhar
is also not looking good on the Max DVD. I haven't watched the film yet, but from what I have seen, the picture is soft, hazy, with badly defined levels of black.
On a positive note, Satyajit Ray's Mahanagar
(produced by RE) looks as good as one of these Sony VHS tapes.
EDIT: If you could find Govind Nihalani's Ardh Satya
on a Shemaroo disc, then I highly recommend it. Aside from the compulsory commercials (with bikini girls), the picture looks excellent in most places, except for a few damaged frames (such as the opening disco sequence).