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A Passage To India (1984)

Sony

Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Judy Davis, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Victor Bannerjee.

Rating: PG-13

Run time: 164 mins

Genre: Drama

Verdict: Brilliant (see rating system)

This is the special 2-DVD edition David Lean fans have long been waiting for and Sony doesn't disappoint.

As well as a gleaming new high-definition transfer, this release is packed with a wealth of information on famed director Lean's final movie contained in seven featurettes. It's also available in Blu-Ray.

The movie is based on E.M. Forster's final novel of the same name and set in the 1920s during the declining years of the Btitish Raj. Judy Davis plays Adela Quested, a youg Englishwoman who goes to India with her elderly friend Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft). It's not just a sightseeing trip as Mrs. Moore hopes Adele will marry her son Ronny Heaslop (Nigel Havers), a young magistrate.

The two women quickly tire of English upper class "club life" and accompany a handsome young Indian man, Dr. Aziz (Victor Bannerjee) to see the famed Marabar Caves. It is here that the story takes an unexpected and shocking turn that leads to a major scandal.

Paced to perfection and featuring spectacular scenery and fine performances (Ashcroft won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) the movie is a treat for the senses. And frequent Lean composer Maurice Jarre again provides an Oscar-winning musical score.

As well as new cast and crew interviews - including an archive interview with Lean himself - the extra features reveal fascinating details of the location shooting and there's an audio commentary from producer Richard Goodwin.

It's a must-have film for collectors.

 

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