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Gandhi Blu-ray

United States
Sony Pictures | 1982 | 191 min | Rated PG | Feb 17, 2009

Gandhi (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)
Bonus View (PiP)

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Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.9 of 53.9
Audio 3.6 of 53.6
Extras 4.1 of 54.1
Based on 4 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
History37%
Period35%
Epic24%
Biography24%
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Gandhi

 (1982)

Gandhi Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Ben Kingsley stars as Mahatma Gandhi, who rose from small-time lawyer to India's spiritual leader by using his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest that helped end British rule in India.

For more about Gandhi and the Gandhi Blu-ray release, see Gandhi Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills
Director: Richard Attenborough

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Gandhi Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Gandhi's nine Academy Awards include Best Cinematography. Director of photography Billy Williams framed all the shots expertly, but there is a softness and gentle strobing throughout the Blu-ray, indicative of source material that has not aged well. The 2.35:1 presentation shows few signs of digital manipulation for an overall film-like experience that, despite the picture's softness and small grain, shows good detail and resolution. But after seeing many reference-quality BDs, it gets more difficult to be too excited about the level of definition in some of these classic catalog titles. Overall, the results are very impressive considering the source material.

Watch the scenes related to the Dharasana Saltworks protest, the preceding march by Gandhi to his hometown and the British officials discussing their response. As Gandhi sits by the sea with the New York Times reporter played by Martin Sheen, the plaid fabric of Sheen's cap shows excellent detail. The landscape appears to have depth not as convincing as a some BD transfers, but not poor either. Williams often allows backgrounds to go soft and follows moving people and objects so that focal points remain fixed while peripheral images blur. Unlike NTSC productions of Gandhi, crowd gatherings have good definition and each person appears distinct. This is demonstrated effectively at several points in the film, but at the seasalt demonstration on the beach, it is particularly noteworthy. The lines on the face of the British magistrate are also impressively resolved. At times, however, the increased resolution shows the problems the makeup team faced in trying to make some of the characters age decades. Hair and makeup show some flaws, which may be another reason Williams chose a softer look overall. And while Kingsley's acting is flawless, the camera reveals him to be in far better condition than anyone actually suffering weeks of fasting. Thankfully, the 1080p resolution reveals the hair and makeup job was more than adequate for Kingsley as he transforms himself into the character of Gandhi. As a whole, the visuals are above average, but unfortunately the picture does not rise near the level of reference quality.


Gandhi Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The audio also reveals limitations of the source material. While the music by Ravi Shankar and orchestral score by George Fenton sound clear and liquid in the midrange--and are anchored solidly across the front three speakers--the treble performance is somewhat lacking. The percussive attack of Ravi Shankar's sitar strings is missing, making for a more polite, less vivid presentation. But that is fairly normal for music recorded in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, the real problems with the audio track crop up frequently with more congested crowd noises, explosions and small arms fire that do not sound terribly convincing. The gunshots at the opening of the film--when the Mahatma is assassinated--sound boxed in and hollow rather than the open, percussive blasts common to more dynamic BD tracks. Voices tend to have this boxy quality too. They appear a bit rolled off and compressed, but maintain good clarity and vocal timbre. While Sony delivers a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track, it makes virtually no use of the surrounds and includes little content for the LFE channel. At some points in the film, the congestion of sound from crowds or car engines actually breaks up into mild distortion, which is never nice to hear.

Whether you attribute the audio track's problems to the original recording engineers or the source material, the fact remains that it holds back the BD's performance. Listen to the crowd noises as the camera follows villagers walking along the border of India and Pakistan. As the two sides erupt in violence, the music and the cries of the crowd mesh into a congealed boxed-in, rolled-off train wreck. Speaking of which, the train noises are not convincing either. Listen to the locomotive as Gandhi uses the railways to rediscover his homeland. There is no breathy chug-chugging or clacking or whistle sound. It is subdued due to rolled-off highs that would grant the track the treble cues to make it more realistic. To put it in perspective, few fans of the film would find the audio prohibitive. It won't get in the way of the average person's enjoyment of the film, but you won't want to use Gandhi to show off the merits of your HT system.



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French novelist Andre Malraux is quoted as saying "A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else." Its hard to think of a better way to describe the man that was Mohandas Gandhi. Through his nonviolent actions, he sought ...

Gandhi Blu-ray Release Gets Detailed - December 22, 2008

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the technical specs and special features for the upcoming Blu-ray release of the 25th Anniversary release of 'Gandhi', which is due to hit store shelves on February 17th. For this two disc set, video will be presented ...

Sony Announces Gandhi, Quarantine for Blu-ray - December 8, 2008

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced four new release and catalog titles coming soon to Blu-ray. For all four releases, video will be presented in 1080p AVC accompanied by a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Additionally, all titles will be BD-Live ready so ...

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