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DVD Reviews: Monsoon Wedding

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 18 March 2003
Distributed by:
The AV Channel
Running Time: 109 Minutes

One of the first things that you will notice about this film is that it is an absolute feast for the eyes. The colours and cinematography to put it mildly are striking and at time almost overwhelm you.

The story is a complex one full of situations that most of us in Australia would not have to face in our lifetime. It deals with an arranged marriage that our heroine Aditi is being wed into. Whilst still in love with her ex boyfriend, she wants the security of a married life, however still sees her boyfriend in secret. When caught out, her groom to be reacts in a totally unexpected way that will surprise you.

Something that I noticed about the film is that although you do have your main characters, the film focuses on everyone in it and there are really almost no "bit" players. Each person is an integral part to the whole that is the movie. It absolutely makes for compellingly enjoyable viewing as the families all get ready the wedding preparations and relationships are examined.

The transfer of this DVD is brilliant with no visible flaws that I could see. Audio is just as good with the surround only being fully utilised when it was needed to make a point or to compliment the music score for the film. The soundtrack is in English/Hindi and Punjabi and is supported in 5.1 sound for all languages.

There are also a number of extras on the DVD with a wonderful commentary from director Mira Nair to accompany the onscreen action. It is interesting and informative and you will be listening raptly from start to finish. The other features are interesting however this is the cream of that particular pie.

I recommend this disc as a product that screams quality from everything from story to cinematography and is highly recommended!

Monsoon Wedding Features

  • Directors Commentary
  • Mira Nair Interview
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Cast & Crew Biographies
  • Trailer
  • Awards & Nominations
  • Madman Propaganda


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