Satyajit Ray dvds collections and other Indian Classic films - which & where to buy ?

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#1 Jun 7th, 2011, 23:59
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I will be visiting New Delhi soon but my stay will be short as I will go to Leh and Sringar.

Anyone know if there is any good collections of this great master in any box set or new release ?

I have collected his Apu Trilogy(Panther Panchali is my all time best movie !!) but very few of his others.
Is his other movies all good or selective ?
Can someone give some recommendations ?

Which other director's or movies will you recommend me to collect ?
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All Satyajit Ray films are available on DVD..all of them great to watch and cherish! You can easily get them in MusicWorld or PlanetM stores.
I can recommend Bengali films of Ritwick Ghatak. He was a great master of films around the same time as Satyajit Ray. Try 'Meghe Dhaka Tara'..a true classic!
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Hello pat2, and welcome to IndiaMike from another Satyajit Ray fan! I agree with Funny_in's post above. Ghatak is a brilliant director.

ALL of Ray's films are worth watching, but you may get a feel for which you want to see first by looking here:

http://www.satyajitray.org/index.shtml

My personal favourites are "Charulata" (starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee) and "Aranyer Din Ratri" (Days and Nights in the Forest), starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore, amongst others), closely followed by "Agantuk", starring the incredible Utpal Dutta.
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pat2,

For more about Ritwik Ghatak:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/books...atak-t60026/5/
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Pratidwandi aka The Adversary (based on a novel by Sunil Ganguly), Jana Aranya aka The Middleman and Seemabaddha aka Company Limited (based on novels by Shankar)and Nayak aka The Hero (original screenplay by Satyajit Ray) are some of my favourites. And all Ray movies are classics by the way.
There are some DVD collections of Ray which may be less costly than buying individual DVDs.
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Beware of defective DVDs. Try them out ASAP. Shops like PlanetM has only a 7-day return policy. I'd crossed that limit once with one Satyajit Ray boxed set. It took me a lot of trouble to finally be able to exchange it for something else, -- and that was only because they didn't want to lose an old customer like me. Unlikely to work for one-off purchases.
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TQ & Quality questions

TQ everyone.
Glad to know that there are so many helpful SR fans here.
I will like to get the box set if it's cheaper but do you mean that box set original dvds may have problems too ?
I never have problem with originals bought anywhere else.
I have even copied(pirated) dvds from China but they don't give me any problem.
Getting SR's box set all the way from India back to Malaysia and cannot see will be very disappointing.

Are there manty different sets of SR movies ?
Is there any website from these dvd stores that I can check out the items and prices before visiting them ? That will save me a lot of time.
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I have seen mostly collection of 3/4/6 dvds. That is a good marketing strategy actually since some movies are bound to be common on different collections
However, I think I heard of one collection with 26 dvds. Not sure which company brought it out.
Some of the movies are now digitally remastered shooting up the price.
Some has offers like buy one and get one free.
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There is no official box-set with all the films, since the films are brought out by different companies. What the stores(like, MusicWorld, PlanetM) do, is to wrap all the single DVDs together with cellophane paper and tie them up together..giving the feel of having a 'total' collection. They off course reduce the price of the package as compared to buying them separately.

Personally, I have never heard of anyone facing an issue with quality in any of the SR DVDs.
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Originally Posted by pat2 View Post ... do you mean that box set original dvds may have problems too ?
I never have problem with originals bought anywhere else.
Originals of junk would still be junk, right?

Mine was a 3-movie boxed set (not 3 individual DVDs wrapped together). One of the three was defective. The other two played fine. But I lost faith in the quality control of that brand, and don't buy their stuff anymore.

In India, better buy only from big name brands, AND still try them out within the time limit for exchange (refund of money is virtually an unknown concept).
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It is a fact that DVDs of Bengali movies are brought out by not-so-reputed companies, so the quality can vary a lot. As rightly suggested, it is always prudent to come back and check each DVD if it runs properly. If there is some defect, normally the store will not refund but try to give you another copy of the same title, or at best a different title of the same price.
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Originally Posted by suricate View Post Originals of junk would still be junk, right?

Mine was a 3-movie boxed set (not 3 individual DVDs wrapped together). One of the three was defective. The other two played fine. But I lost faith in the quality control of that brand, and don't buy their stuff anymore.

In India, better buy only from big name brands, AND still try them out within the time limit for exchange (refund of money is virtually an unknown concept).
Thanks for informing, otherwise I will never suspect a original box set can be junks , can I have the name of that brand so that I can try to avoid it.
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I have all the movies of Satyajit Roy on DVDs which I bought from Angel Videos. Unfortunately, at least one (Chworinghee) could not even be played.

So I went on the Net and downloaded Chowringhee. many other movies by Ray are avaliable on Internet.

Apart from the ones already mentioned, I recommedn the following :
- Kapurush Mahapurush
- Abhijan (Soumitra in an entirely different role)
- Debi
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Chowringhee is not by Ray! It is an Aparna Sen film.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081968/
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Chowringhee is not by Ray! It is an Aparna Sen film.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081968/
Aparna Sen has not directed any movie called 'Chowringhee'!

'Chowringhee' was an old Bengali movie starring Uttam Kumar and Supriya, and was a big hit.
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