SPHE Press Release: Gandhi: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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“… a remarkable experience.” ««««
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Storytelling at its best … Ben Kingsley gives an unforgettable performance …”
– Leonard Maltin

GANDHI:
25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Two-Disc DVD of Academy Award®-Winning Film
Includes Eight New Bonus Featurettes, on DVD February 13


CULVER CITY, CALIF. (December 4, 2006) – In order to commemorate one the greatest film epics of recent memory, Sony Picture Home Entertainment debuts the Gandhi: 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on DVD February 13. The critically-acclaimed film – an international box office hit, nominated for 11 Academy Awards®, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Sir Ben Kingsley), and Best Director (Richard Attenborough) – will be available for the first time in a two-disc collector’s set with extensive new bonus materials.

The extras include more than 90 minutes of new material, including interviews with director Lord Richard Attenborough; actors Geraldine James, Saeed Jaffrey, and Edward Fox; Diana Hawkins (Director of Publicity), Terry Clegg (Executive in charge of production), Billy Williams (Cinematographer) and Stuart Craig (Production Designer). The DVD includes a Director’s commentary with Attenborough, who also filmed a personal introduction to the film. The featurettes include In Search of Gandhi, Reflections on Ben, Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad, The Funeral, Shooting an Epic In India, Looking Back, Designing Gandhi (3 mini featurettes) and From the Director’s Chair (2 mini featurettes). The DVD will be available for $24.96 SRP.

Gandhi is a riveting story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom, depicting the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian political leader who managed to free his country from the British rule using peaceful means and thus giving hope and inspiration for generations to come. In addition to four time Academy Award nominee Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Sexy Beast), the brilliant cast includes Edward Fox (A Passage to India), Roshan Seth (A Passage to India), Academy Award nominee Candice Bergen (Best Supporting Actress, Starting Over, 1980; TV’s “Murphy Brown,” “Boston Legal”), Academy Award winner Sir John Gielgud (Best Supporting Actor, Arthur, 1981), Academy Award nominee Trevor Howard (Best Actor, Sons and Lovers, 1960) and Martin Sheen (The Departed, TV’s “The West Wing”).



DVD Special Features Include:

· In Search of Gandhi Featurette
o Lord Attenborough discusses the various hurdles he faced in getting the film made, from the genesis of the project in the '60s through to the start of production.
· Reflections on Ben Featurette
o Cast and crew reflect on Ben Kinsley as he prepared for the role and memories of him during production.
· Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad Featurette
o Lord Richard Attenborough and Geraldine James discuss Madeleine Slade (Meerabahen), who became one of Gandhi's most committed followers
· The Funeral Featurette
o Cast and crew discuss the recreation and filming of Gandhi's Funeral. This scene holds the record for containing more extras than any other in film history (in excess of 250,000 people!).
· Shooting an Epic in India Featurette
o Cast and crew discuss working in India and the challenges they faced as the production progressed.
· Looking Back Featurette
o Cast and crew look back at the film. This featurette includes material about the success of the film, the impact it had on release and the Academy Award ceremony.
. Designing Gandhi - 3 mini featurettes
o Stuart Craig talks about three different elements of Set & Design.
- Building the Ashram
- The Tent
- Finding Trains
· From the Director's Chair - 2 mini featurettes
o Lord Attenborough shares his views on two areas of the production.
- On Casting
- On Music
· Ben Kingsley Talks About Gandhi - Featurette
· Four Vintage Newsreel Shorts
· The Making of Gandhi – A photo montage of behind-the-scenes stills
· Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
· Online Content Syndication
· Audio: English, Portuguese, Spanish
· Subtitles: English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish


Gandhi Deluxe Edition has a run time of approximately 188 minutes and is rated PG. Artwork is available at www.SPHEPUBLICITY.COM. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.

DVD Catalog # 17437
UPC Code: 0-13396-17437-5
Order Date: 1/11/07
SLP: $24.96
 

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I'll be getting the R2 which seems to have an audio commentary which this version is missing.
 

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Jeff, from the above press release: 'The DVD includes a Director’s commentary with Attenborough, who also filmed a personal introduction to the film'

Davis DVD published the specs but failed to mention the commentary...
 

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I'll pass.
Have the old disc. Still good enough. Waiting for The Last Emperor though.
 

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They should also include the mtv celebrity deathmatch clip from several years ago where Gandhi fought Genghis Khan....and won.

Now THAT would really make this set a winner.
 

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is it really necessary for people to to post messages simply saying they are not going to buy the disc? What's the point. I could spend my whole time posting messages to say I'm not buying this that and the other disc. But why should anyone care?
 

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This movie gives me nightmares. As a Senior in High School, we were taken on a field trip to see this movie. At first it seemed like a great idea...getting out of class and all. But that was much to long to sit in a theater, especially when they separated boys and girls to prevent fooling around. Ugh...makes me want to go find my happy place and just rock back and forth
 

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