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Friday, April 3, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire DVD Review


On DVD: March 31st, 2009


Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Canada Rated 14A; Language may offend, violence.

Running time: 120 minutes

Danny Boyle (dir.)

Dev Patel as Jamal Malik

Madhur Mittal as Salim

Freida Pinto as Latika

Anil Kapoor as Prem Kumar

Irrfan Khan as Police Inspector

Link to our theatrical Slumdog Millionaire reviews.

DVD Specs

Slumdog Millionaire single-disc DVD will be presented in widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio) with English/ Hindi 5.1 Dolby Surround

Bonus Features: Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle & The Making of Slumdog Millionaire, Slumdog Cutdown

Deleted Scenes: Chase Through Slums (Longer Version), Boys At Container Yard/Beanbags/Yellow Dress, Prem At Police Station, Frederick Stevens Question, Jamal at Opera, Boys Leave Agra, Jamal Searches, finds Arvind, Chowpatty Beach And Tulip Star, Jamal Returns To Tulip Star, Jamal Wakes In Slum, "Why Can't You Leave It Alone", Jamal Loses Latika, Calls Salim, The Folder.

Commentary: by Director Danny Boyle and Actor Dev Patel, Commentary by Producer Christian Colson and Writer Simon Beaufoy

Bonus Features on the two-disc Blu-Ray set:

Everything on the single-disc, plus,

From Script To Screen: Toilet Scene

Indian Short Film - Manjha

Bombay Liquid Dance Music Video

The second-disc is a Digital Copy of the film

Our reviews below:


Slumdog Millionaire DVD Review By John C.

**** (out of 4)

Click Here to read original theatrical review

When I first saw this film back in November, there was talk of a Best Picture nomination. I never imagined it would turn out the winner. Well, you know what? It deserves it just as much now as it did than. This didn’t just win because it was an event film like Titanic, but because it is, quite simply, an excellent movie. I haven’t heard from anyone who hates this film, because I don’t think anybody does.

The film follows the story of Jamal Malik, a young man in India who has gone on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, and ends up winning 10 million rupees. How can a Slumdog be this smart? The answer is: he must have cheated. When the film starts, he is being tortured and questioned. We find out that every important moment in his life gave him a clue to the answers. It was his destiny. Once the film gets to the suspenseful and exciting ending, we have come to really care for the characters. As uplifting as it is thought provoking, at times hard to watch, but all the time impossible not to watch. This is one DVD that should be added to anyone’s collection. Fully deserving of all the awards it has won.

The one-disc DVD set includes a 22-minute making-of featurette titled Slumdog Dreams, Slumdog Cutdown which is a five minute edited down version of the film set to the Slumdog theme song, Jai Ho. Audio-commentary’s by director Danny Boyle and lead actor Dav Patel, and another one with producer Christian Colson and writer Simon Beaufoy and twelve deleted scenes. It is also available as a two-disc Blu-Ray set, which includes everything on the one-disc, plus an extra featurette on the “Toilet Scene”, an Indian short film called Manjha and a music video. The second disc is a digital copy of the film.


Slumdog Millionaire DVD Review By Erin V.

**** (out of 4)

Click Here to read original theatrical review

In my original review of Slumdog Millionaire back in November, I had called it a movie definitely deserving of receiving a Best Picture nomination. Now here we are, over a month after it has actually won. This truly is an amazing work of art that you will want to own.

Slumdog Millionaire, as most of us probably already know, tells the story of Jamal Malik; a boy from a slum in India who on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,’ is on the verge of winning the top prize of 20 million Rupees. Convinced that a young man ‘like him’, could not possibly know all of the answers, he is suspected of cheating, and taken in for questioning, which includes torture. Through flashbacks he describes how he knew the answer to each of the questions. For each one, the answer can be found in his childhood. As the movie cuts back and forth, it gets closer together as Jamal recounts more recent events, until finally we are in present day. This is a film that is important to see, and will change the way you view things.

On the DVD, there is a 22 minute featurette with Danny Boyle, the director of Slumdog Millionaire. It talks about some of the challenges of making this extraordinary film. It is very informative and interesting to watch. Also on the DVD is a well edited montage of the story of the movie, set to the main song from the film, Jai Ho, (which won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards). I have yet to see the movie with the commentary, and all of the deleted scenes, but I can tell you right now that the DVD is definitely worth it. You will want to own Slumdog Millionaire.


Slumdog Millionaire DVD Review By Nicole

**** (out of 4)

Click Here to read original theatrical review

Slumdog Millionaire is just as compelling a movie on DVD as in theatres. The bonus features are interesting. I enjoyed the 22 minute making-of featurette, as well as the music video. There are also two commentary tracks, as well as deleted scenes, which although I did not have time to , I am really looking forward to seeing. Slumdog Millionaire is definitely a movie you will want to own.


Slumdog Millionaire DVD Review By Maureen

**** (out of 4)

Slumdog Millionaire is as powerful a movie on DVD as it was in theatres. If you missed this Best Picture Oscar winner in theatres then now is your chance to see for yourself how good this movie really is. If you did see it in theatres you’ll still want to own a copy of it to watch it again. The extras are interesting to watch and give a sense of how difficult this movie was to make. It also gives insight into how Danny Boyle works as a director.

This is definitely a must-add to any movie lovers collection. To read my original thoughts on this movie, Click Here.


Slumdog Millionaire DVD Review By Tony

**** (out of 4)

Click Here to read original theatrical review

The DVD includes the usual extras that add to our appreciation of the film: two commentary tracks, a production featurette, and a number of deleted scenes that fill in some of the plot holes.


Consensus: Slumdog Millionaire is powerful and moving. A Best Picture winner that deserves all of the praise and recognition it gets. This is one that you will definitely want to own. **** (Out of 4)

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