(2007/Blu-ray + DVD-Video)
Picture: A-/B- Sound: B/B- Extras: C Film: C
Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya (2007) is
from India and one of their various Bollywood studios that make more films than
even Hollywood, but quantity is not quality, yet Hollywood keeps hoping they
can get some imports in and create a cashstream if only U.S. audiences would
become interested. This is from the
boy-meets-girl-meets-fantasy cycle and at 138 minutes, wears thin quickly no
mater how much money is up ion the screen.
heavily on its leads, but as appealing as they try to be and as much energy as
everyone puts into this, that makes it no better than the U.S. equivalent and
the result is a gaudy run-on that is forgotten as soon as you stop watching. If the gamble is that you will enjoy it as
entertainment because it is exotic and different, that is just not enough to
make this work. Well, at least it looks
good on Blu-ray and not bad on DVD.
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is shot on film, is very colorful as so
many films from India are, often imitating the old Classical Hollywood
cinematographic style, but too often in such films is style over substance. Director of Photography Kavi K. Chandran,
I.S.C., is one of the few reasons this was picked up for U.S. release and you
get plenty of demo moments, but the number of such Blu-ray titles out there
that deliver the same and better make this for videophiles and fans of such
True HD 5.1 sound on the Blu-ray and Dolby Digital 5.1 version on the DVD have
volume issues that have you going for the remote/volume button. There is no excuse or reason for this to be
so, but someone did not re-EQ this correctly.
Extras include the opening night footage and featurette Making The Music.
- Nicholas Sheffo