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Sivaji is a wealthy Software System Architect who returns to India. With the help of his uncle he begins to implement free health care and education for the poor. However he soon faces a roadblock in the form of a highly affluent and influential business rival Adishesan. When corruption raises it's ugly face Sivaji is left with no option but to challenge the system... with his unique style.
For more about Sivaji and the Sivaji Blu-ray release, see Sivaji Blu-ray Review published by Dr. Svet Atanasov on September 15, 2009 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Vivek, Suman
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Sivaji Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Dr. Svet Atanasov, September 15, 2009
The highest grossing Indian film of 2007, S. Shankar's "Sivaji: The Boss" arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Ayngaran International. This was the first South Indian film to enter the UK Box Office Top 10. There are no supplemental features on the disc. English-friendly. Region-Free.
S. Shankar's Sivaji: The Boss is a visual feast. The film has its fair share of problems, specifically as far as its narrative is concerned, but, technically, it is one the most impressive productions I've seen this year. The music, dancing and stunts are one of a kind.
Here's the film's plot: Software engineer Sivaji (Rajnikanth, Adhisaya Pirvai) has spent most of his life abroad. After years of hard work, he has made a fortune that allows him to have the type of life his countrymen can only dream about. Sivaji credits education for his success and believes that everyone is entitled to it.
Immediately after landing in India, Sivaji informs his family and friends that he intends to build a university where the poor will be able to get the same type of education the rich can afford. A powerful local businessman who has invested heavily into education, Adisheshan (Suman, Kurivi), quickly warns Sivaji that his ambitious plan is something the local authorities would not be pleased with. Sivaji brushes him off.
Very soon, however, it becomes obvious that in India one always has to pay the right people in order to get one's business project moving. Sivaji begins meeting all sorts of different government officials – all of them on Adisheshan's payroll – who inform him that unless a percentage of the total value of his project is paid to them, the university will never be built. Disgusted and enraged, Sivaji vows to take every single one of them to court.
Things really heat up when Adisheshan appears again and openly urges Sivaji to forget about the university. He also announces that so long as he is around, the locals will have to pay in order to get quality education. Sivaji goes berserk and tells Adisheshan that with or without him his city will have a new university. Shortly after, Adisheshan orders his goons to eliminate Sivaji.
Meanwhile, Sivaji's family urges their son to look for a wife. While wandering around with his cousin Arivu Mama (Vivek, Saravana), Sivaji encounters the beautiful Tamizhselvi (Shriya, The Other End of the Line). He tries to win her heart, but she repeatedly rejects him.
Sivaji: The Boss is an interesting hybrid of a film. It runs at well over 180 minutes (there is an intermission somewhere around the 100-minute mark) and it uses an incredible amount of actors. I did not recognize any of them, aside from the beautiful Shriya who appeared on the cover of Maxim magazine not too long ago. I did do a bit of detective work, however, and found out that Rajnikanth (also referred to as Rajini), who plays the enigmatic Sivaji, is amongst the highest paid actors in the world.
The actual film is a cross between, James Bond, Don Juan and Superman – Tamil style, of course. There is enough action in Sivaji: The Boss that would make any fan of the genre incredibly happy. The last thirty or so minutes from it clearly rival what the creators of The Matrix showed us (the camerawork is unbelievable). Yet, there is enough flirting and romance in the film that would also impress those who do not necessarily like their cinema fast and loud. Finally, there is the dancing, which I thought was simply incredible. In fact, I have now gone back four times to see the stunning Vaaji, vaaji and Sahana saral.
Different people are likely to enjoy, or not, Sivaji: The Boss for different reasons. Its story did not do much for me, but the dancing (and the beautiful Shriya) won my heart. The word "perfection" does not even partially describe how good the dancers/actors are.
Sivaji Blu-ray, Video Quality
Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, S. Shankar's Sivaji: The Boss arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Ayngaran International.
This is the best disc I have seen from Ayngaran International thus far. Clarity is very good, detail excellent and the color-scheme absolutely fantastic. The music scenes in particular are breathtaking. Reds, yellows, blues, greens, browns, blacks and whites are lush and well saturated. They are also notably stable. I did notice some contrast boosting (but it was certainly not as strong as the one seen on Billa). I also spotted plenty of mild edge-enhancement popping up throughout the film. Macroblocking, however, is not a serious issue of concern. Heavy digital noise does not plague the transfer either. There are a few tiny flecks that I spotted, but the overall quality of the transfer is excellent. For the record, there are no disturbing scratches, debris, dirt, or stains. (Note: This is a Region-Free release. Therefore, you will be able to play it in your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no PAL content preceding the main menu).
Sivaji Blu-ray, Audio Quality
There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: Tamil LPCM 5.1 and Tamil Dolby Digital 5.1. I opted for the Tamil LPCM 5.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the Tamil Dolby Digital 5.1 track for the purpose of this review.
The Tamil LPCM 5.1 track is very good. The bass is strong, the rear channels quite active, and the high frequencies not overdone. The elaborate music scenes sound incredible and the LPCM 5.1 track truly does a terrific job of allowing one to experience them as best as possible. Some of the special audio effects are also surprisingly effective. The dialog is crisp, clear and very easy to follow. There are no disturbing pops, cracks, hissings, or dropouts that I detected.
There is a sea of difference between the Tamil LPCM 5.1 track and the Tamil Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The depth and richness of sound I noted above is totally missing from the Tamil Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The lovely female singing, for example, feels incredibly flat and lifeless. I found the music scenes to be shockingly disappointing as well. The dialog is still easy to follow. All in all, I was very surprised to hear how different the Tamil LCPM 5.1 and Tamil Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are. For the record, Ayngaran International have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame. Also, I did spot a few minor syntax errors with the English translation.
Sivaji Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Most unfortunately, there are absolutely no supplemental features to be found on this Blu-ray disc whatsoever.
Sivaji Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
The dancing alone is a good enough reason to recommend S. Shankar's Sivaji: The Boss, the highest grossing Indian film of 2007. The camerawork is also beyond impressive. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of Ayngaran International, looks good and sounds terrific. Absolutely, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.
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