Everyone from Steve McQueen to Jackie Gleason were considered for the role (too tall, too portly). But taking a page from Aurens, Sir Richard went with a moderately tall actor, Sir Ben, who would play the great Gandhi, who was 5’5″.
Miraculously, he appears far shorter on screen, and it works.
As I can see neither McQueen nor Gleason in the role, the casting turned out to be not only fortuitous, but extraordinarily perfect.
What is also perfect, is Columbia’s new 4k of the film (available in that beautifully designed boxed set), that allows the individual films to be kept as needed on one’s shelves.
In an absolutely non-characteristic studio move, the 191 minute film is divided between two discs, properly separated at the intermission point, showing not only intelligence at the studio level, but respect for home theater enthusiasts as well as those involved in the production.
What a novel idea…
A truly great film, that can be considered a Lean-type production, and an absolutely perfect home theater presentation.
Not being in Dolby Vision also gives it a better chance at reproduction via projection, which works quite well with the film. I have no complaints.
The 70mm track has been reconfigured to Dolby Atmos, and is wonderful.
Everything is in the proper place with the release. Prospective viewers should have no fear of it being too biographical or too dry.
It’s an extraordinary film at every level, making the boxed set of six an absolute steal at under $100. There are rumors that in some states the price is construed as theft.
From a personal perspective, Aurens is worth every bit of $50, Gandhi at least 40, and League another 35 or 40.
Which means that three films, even if you never watch them, are free – that would be Strangelove, Maguire and Smith.
I’m a huge fan of this film. Got to spend some time with Sir Richard in London, and was able to chat about not only Gandhi, but the shoot on<br />
one of his early films, A Matter of Life and Death. Sweet gentleman.
4k Image – 5 – OLED Panel<br />
4k Image – 4.75 – Projection
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Oh, yes!
Very Highly Recommended
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