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Buddha of Suburbia, The (1993) (DVD)

Before Velvet Goldmine, there was Buddha of Suburbia. The coming of age story of Karim, an assimilated Indian in London during the swinging seventies. Winner of seven international film awards. Soundtrack by David Bowie.

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Special Features

  • Commentary by writer and director
  • David Bowie music video

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 238 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001451HVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buddha of Suburbia, The" on IMDb

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kasey M. Moctezuma on March 16, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This movie (miniseries, actually) remains on my top ten list of favorite films. The writing, the acting , the storyline, everything, just leaves me wanting to watch more (after four hours, that is saying a lot!). This film is inventive and captivating without a lot of special effects or high budget - it is just good. The basis of the story is the coming of age in 1960's London, of Kareem, (played by Naveen Andrews, from the English Patient) who is the son of and Englishwoman and Indian man. His place in English culture, in Indian culture, among his respective extended families on each side, as well as his place in life - exploring his career options, his [body], etc. - make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience. This movie is very entertaining and quite funny, especially when Kareem's ... father decides to jump on the East-West Hindu yoga and spirituality bandwagon of the sixties to make money. I just cannot describe all of the amusing and touching scenes from this film that make it such a gem. Very well made, and it has a very good soundtrack as well, featuring some good David Bowie songs. This film is a must-see.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "umd_cyberpunk" on February 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Wonderful BBC film adaptation of the Hanif Kureishi novel of the same name. The translation to the small screen worked well primarily because Kureishi himself co-wrote the screenplay.
A satirical witty look at bi-racial issues in the teeming London (and its suburbs) of the 1970's. The film is unexperimental on a cinematographic level but carried brilliantly by a well writen screenplay and superior acting.
Narrated from the perspective of a selfish young man, this is on the surface a tale of a suburban London youth trying to get laid and make it in the world.
Issues of family and commitment are looked at with a subtlety that is refreshing in a world of films that often try to beat you over the head with their moralizations.
Karim is confussed about the world around him (as young people all are) and trying to balance loyalty to his quirky family with the duality of his racially mixed background. All of this is set upon a backdrop of a young man trying to find sex and excitement and his place in the world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MarcG on June 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I loved it. Fantastic attention to detail with its 70's setting (Walnut Whip package, teenager room walls, the cars...) Humorous. Insightful, enlightening. Lovely how this care free-drifter type grows assertive and aimful after finding his niche in life. There is more to this movie then what is visually presented to you. Seemingly dynamic main character. I was sad when it was over, only because there wasn't a third tape to put in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ZAPMAMA on December 14, 2009
Format: DVD
As a great fan of the novel, it's difficult for me to understand such rave reviews of Naveen Andrews in the role of Karim. He almost ruined this series for me, and his range of expression is limited to three expressions: smug arrogance, self-pitying puppy-dog-eyed loser, and insipid smirk. He is surrounded by amazing talent, especially the actors who play his father, his cousin, and his cousin's wife Changez. The rest of the production is mostly well-done, from setting the scene in 1970s England and portraying the political issues of the time, to creating a believable relationship between Karim's father and his wife and mistress Eva. The fact that Andrews neither looks remotely like the actor playing his father, nor is he biracial, irksomely detracts from the realism of the inner conflict about his identity. Brenda Blethyn plays her typical shuddering, insecure and repressed working-class Brit and is annoying as ever. Watch if you love the novel and for the overall quality of the production, but mindful of the fact that the casting and direction has let the novel down on several key characters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This movie documents the struggle of Asian-Pakistani immigrants to Britain and how racism, culture and Britain in the 70s and 80s affected this family and the main character Kareem. In many ways this movie reminds me of a American movie Mi Familia that documents the life of a Mexican-American family throught the 70s to present day. It also shows that second generation people have many problems to encounter besides the usual racism and stereotypes. Naveen Andrews is a great actor and has done much for Asian-Indians all over the world. If you have an open mind watch this movie if not there's always the next blockbuster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
but perhaps thats what happens when the author writes the screenplay. no one but naveen andrews could have played creamy; no one else can possess quite the same mixture of vulnerability and endearing snottiness and manage to be so sexy at the same time. though the novel and the film are set in the 70s, the genX feeling is overwhelming, allowing me to connect w/ creamy in a way that few other protagonists in contemporary novels/film have allowed me to do. perhaps its kureishi's voice and narrative, perhaps its the presence of an arguably genX actor. but anyway you slice it, _buddha_ is a wonderfully real escape that doesnt end before youre ready--its 4 hours long!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
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Hanif Kureshi's television film production is wonderfully adapted. I encourage you to read the novel, and then view the film. Both the film and novel are great. Bowie's soundtrack to the film is both creative and different from his usual works. Too bad this film does not have a huge following in the US. I highly reccomend purchasing or viewing this film; rare to find in a video rental shop so buy the video here.
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