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Kites [Blu-ray] (2010)

Hrithik Roshan , Barbara Mori , Anurag Basu  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori
  • Directors: Anurag Basu
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046ZYETI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kites [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Hot, sexy, exotic, and wild are the only words to describe this "lovers-on-the-lam blast of pure pulp escapism." (The New York Times) Indian superstar Hrithic Roshan stars as J, a Las Vegas hustler engaged to the daughter of the city's most powerful and dangerous casino owner. But all bets are off when he falls in love with the ravishing Natasha (Barbara Mori), an illegal immigrant engaged to J's jealous and violent future brother-in-law. When their illicit romance is discovered, J and Natasha flee for the border with the police and relentless hired killers on their trail. Pulse-pounding action and sensational musical numbers propel this passionate love story to its stunning conclusion. This special edition contains the "deliriously entertaining" (Variety) full-length version that became the first Bollywood movie to make the American box office Top Ten, and Kites: The Remix, the edgier and sexier English language version produced by director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand).

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See June 28, 2010
Format:DVD
'Kites' was specifically made to appeal to Western sensibilities--it's not the first Bollywood film to try to crossover, but it is the first to succeed at it, and it does so while remaining true to the essence of Hindi cinema. 'Kites' looks like an American film, but it feels like an Indian one.

It's not the best Bollywood movie--not by a long shot--but by stripping itself of the typical trappings of Hindi films (and making itself stylistically familiar to Westerners), it reveals the heart of Bollywood--a beating, bleeding operatic heart. Hindi cinema is ultimately not about language or culture or musical numbers; it's about exalted melodrama that draws you in despite yourself and affects you with life's corniness and agony.

The story is set in Las Vegas; the actors speak a combination of Hindi, English, and Spanish; there is only one dance scene; and the plot follows a single sequence of events--all of which help make the film accessible to non-Indian audiences. Director Anurag Basu was the perfect choice for this project as his style naturally lends itself to the objective. Had his previous film, 'Life in a...Metro' (2007), been marketed abroad as aggressively as 'Kites' has been, it would have garnered the same critical praise in the U.S that his latest film has. Cinematographer Ayananka Bose produces sharp, gorgeous shots of the glitz of Las Vegas, the desolation of the desert, and the beauty of the leads, Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Barbara Mori.

Roshan and Mori play struggling immigrant hustlers Jay and Linda, who are about to marry into money--they are engaged to sister and brother Gina (Kangana Ranaut) and Tony (Nick Brown), the children of a ruthless crime boss/casino owner (Kabir Bedi).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
With the glittering spectacle of Las Vegas as its backdrop, the Bollywood film "Kites" got a better than average U.S. distribution upon its release relative to other films of its type. Consequently, it stands as one of the highest grossing Bollywood stories shown in mainstream American theaters and even broke into the box office Top Ten for the week of its debut. It certainly seems appropriate as this hybrid tale of romance, music, action and heightened drama clearly takes its plotting influence from Westernized big budget films. "Kites" doesn't aim for realism, far from it! It is a bold, colorful and glossy film product that shuffles together several genres, adds two appealing leads, splashes in some stylized romanticism and a dash of charm and emerges as a crowd pleaser. This truly international tale of lovers on the run features performances in English, Spanish, and Hindi as well as variations and combinations of each. Sure, it may be a bit overstuffed and chaotic at times--but it is grandly entertaining!

The primary plot point is pure romance novel pulp. A streetwise Vegas hustler does whatever is necessary to bring in the cash. While romancing the daughter of a wealthy and dangerous casino boss, he becomes entangled with her brother's beautiful fiance. This begins a chain reaction with dire consequences. Seeking retribution, the hot headed brother relentlessly pursues the young lovers with vengeance and murder on his mind. With some pretty ridiculous (in an entertaining way) car chases, a couple of shoot-em-ups, and some double crosses--"Kites" kicks into action mode as the chase heads toward the border. Never fear, though, the sweethearts have plenty of opportunities for chaste canoodling, sassy banter, and a musical montage or two.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 21, 2011
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This movie blew me away from the beginning to end.I recommend this movie to anyone who loves good music and romance
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood version? March 23, 2011
By Susana
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I didnt know that it was a Hollywood version of that beautiful movie. What a shame! I think the Bollywood version it s such way much better. And I noticed because I saw the original one. Looks like its something missing in the movie. I had to explain to the others why certain things happened. Looks like discontinuous sequences. Where is the scene with the dance with J. and Julia (the girl who danced with him at the Dance Contest?) i dont understand why they deleted that gorgeous scene. And they added the love scene! for what? i felt disappointed!
I really thought you were sending me the Original version (the next time im gonna write it down this: I WANT THE ORIGINAL MOVIE MADE IN INDIA)
Thanks any way.
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S.G.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kites Remix March 24, 2012
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Kites

I bought this movie as I loved the Hindi version and wanted to experience an English version. (I don't speak Hindi, but thanks to the movies I'm learning a few words).

I enjoyed this movie as one of Hrithik Roshan's newer films, especially as I was able to understand the dialogue without having to read it, but I think it lost a bit in the remix.

Hrithik plays the part of J a young guy who falls in love with the wrong woman Linda/Natasha played by Barbara Mori. It has a sad ending, so be warned, but it is still a beautiful love story and one of my favourites.

The story is basically the same (30 minutes cut with a bit extra included), but the sound track is completely different to the Hindi (Original) version. That was a big loss to me. I love the music Rajesh Roshan put to the original movie - I also bought that soundtrack. The car chase (should I say truck chase) scene is not quite the same without Tum Bhi Ho Wohi as the background tune.

Hrithik can dance and this was a big part of the attraction of this movie for me. The part where J takes up with Gina and they compete in a dance contest is cut (just a very small part of their dance is kept) and I felt that this is a big loss to the movie. The part that is cut also shows how J is accepted into the family.

I agree with the statement on the back of the DVD cover "hot, sexy, exotic and wild" but I was quite happy with the more modest Hindi version. It is not as explicit as some Hollywood movies (thank goodness), I prefer movies that leave things up to your imagination!

This is the 2 DVD set from Amazon and it has both the Hollywood Remix and the Bollywood version packaged in it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hrithik Roshan, AMAZING ACTOR....come discover about him!!!
Loved this movie...Hrithik Roshan is such an awesome actor. I watched the original "Kites" (Bollywood version) and then the "Kites the Remix" (condensed U.S. version). Read more
Published 23 days ago by DonnaH
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie.
I saw preview of this movie and want to watch it. So i bought it and it was very good.
Published 1 month ago by Raquel Liriano
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
If you enjoy Bollywood without the show, you shall love this.Mr. Roshan is perfect in everyway on this feature. Barbara whom I've seen on Telenovelas performs much, much better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Rivera
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Hrithik is do beautiful who cares about the movie! LOL. Movie is fairly lame and the lack of the Hindi dancing and cultural twists really
reduces this to a just ok area. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donna's List
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent talent talent!
Hrithik Roshan has so much talent! He can act from Krishna the simple love struck fool to this awesome dance instructor who only cares about money and not love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie!!!
I got it brand new for a wonderful price and you wont regret buying this amazing movie. It is a bit exaggerate on the action packed part, but the love story and the actors in it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Serch
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I am Mexican American and I LOVE this movie! Barbara Mori looks beautiful and Hrithik Roshan is a doll. Great chemistry and great love between them. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
First saw this movie on Netflix. Fell in love with it, had to have it, searched high and low for it and finally found it on amazon. Thank you amazon! Read more
Published 15 months ago by SmartShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR PASSION BROKE ALL THE BOUNDARIES.
I NEVER KNEW THAT A DVD HAD BOTH THE BOLLYWOOD AND HOLLYWOOD REMIX. BUT KITES-ACTION BEYOND BORDERS IS A MOVIE WHICH IS WORTH THIS MUCH EFFORT. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ricky norris
4.0 out of 5 stars for all romance lovers
I showed it to a friend who is NOT into Bollywood, telling her "there are no dance songs" (which is true!) and she enjoyed the story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Barb
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