Satyajit Ray’s – APU TRILOGY – available on Blu Ray

Apu TrilogyAPU TRILOGY – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (U) 1955 INDIA RAY, SATYAJIT BLU RAY ONLY £76.99
Features new 4K digital restoration of the following films – Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar

PATHER PANCHALI

Satyajit Ray’s 1955 debut film depicts rural Bengali life is a style inspired by Italian neorealism. We follow the life of little Apu and the women who shape him. His independent older sister, Durga, his harried mother, Sarbajaya who hold the family together while the man of the household is away. Finally the mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir.

SPECIAL FEATURES

New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Audio recording from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay “A Long Time on the Little Road”

New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Shampa Srivastava and camera assistant Soumendu Roy

Excerpts from the 2003 documentary The Song of the Little Road, featuring The Apu Trilogy composer Ravi Shankar

New English subtitle translation

APARAJITO

Although not planned, after Pather Panchali international success, this sequel follows Apu and his family moving from the countryside to the holy city of Varanasi. Apu moves from
child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata. The film follows Apu’s academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother.

SPECIAL FEATURES

New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

The Small Details, a new interview with film writer Ujjal Chakraborty
Audio recording from 1958 of a conversation between director Satyajit Ray and film historian Gideon Bachmann

Making “The Apu Trilogy”: Satyajit Ray’s Epic Debut, a new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson

The Creative Person: “Satyajit Ray,” a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta

New English subtitle translation

APUR SANSAR

Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening and fraught fatherhood.

SPECIAL FEATURES

New 4K digital restoration, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

New interview program with actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore

“The Apu Trilogy”: A Closer Look, a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan

Footage of director Satyajit Ray receiving an honorary Oscar in 1992

New programs on the restoration of The Apu Trilogy by filmmaker : kogonada

New English subtitle translation

In Bengali with English subtitles

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Volume 3 to the – SATYAJIT RAY COLLECTION – released on dvd

Satyajit Ray Collection 3THE SATYAJIT RAY COLLECTION: VOLUME 3 (PG)  INDIA  BENGALI £29.99

Three films from the final phase of the career of Indian master of cinema Satyajit Ray. Om Puri stars in ‘The Deliverance’ (1981), a critique of the Indian caste system, as Dukhi, an ‘untouchable’ who approaches the village Brahmin to ask him to suggest an auspicious date for his daughter’s upcoming wedding. The Brahmin promises to do this in exchange for Dukhi performing some household chores for him.

But the chores prove too much for Dukhi, who dies before they are completed. ‘The Home and the World’ (1984) explores the relationship between a woman (Swatilekha Sengupta), her husband (Victor Banerjee) and his best friend (Soumitra Chatterjee) in the chaotic aftermath of the partitioning of Bengal into Muslim and Hindu states. ‘The Public Enemy’ (1990), an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play ‘An Enemy of the People’, depicts the deep-rooted superstition and ignorance that give rise to conflict in a small Indian town.

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September releases of Indian films issued on Blu Ray

Big CityTHE BIG CITY (PG) 1963  INDIA  RAY, SATYAJIT  IN BENGALI                     BLU RAY £19.99
In order to help with her family’s financial situation, Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee) finds work as a saleswoman. Despite her husband Subrata (Anil Chatterjee)’s insecurity over this, when he loses his job, Arati becomes the sole provider for her family.
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CowardTHE COWARD (KAPURUSH) (PG) INDIA RAY, SATYAJIT  IN BENGALI           BLU RAY £19.99
Stranded in a small town, a screenwriter is shocked to discover that a girl he once loved is now married to the tea plantation owner who has offered to put him up.

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HeroTHE HERO (PG) 1966 INDIA  RAY, SATYAJIT  IN BENGALI  BLU RAY  £19.99
Bollywood drama directed by Satyajit Ray. Aditi is a pretty journalist who interviews the film star Arindam Mukherjee on a train trip to Delhi, and flashbacks are used to illustrate the main events in the actor’s life.
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Holy ManTHE HOLY MAN (PG) 1965 INDIA  RAY, SATYAJIT  IN BENGALI  BLU RAY  £19.99
A widower and his daughter as they become more and more influenced by the Holy man Birinchi Baba, but is really who he says he is?

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Lonely WifeLONELY WIFE  (U) 1964  INDIA  RAY, SATYAJIT  IN BENGALI BLU RAY  £19.99
Cited by Ray as his ‘most flawless film’, this sensitive, moving tale of a neglected housewife in Victorian-era Calcutta is adapted from a story by Rabindranath Tagore..

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