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Salaam "Bombay Dreams" (2004)

Andrew Lloyd Webber , AR Rahman  |  NR |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrew Lloyd Webber, AR Rahman, Meera Syal, Steven Pimlott
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 246 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00024I19Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Creative team interviews: composer A.R. Rahman, writer Meera Syal, lyricist Don Black, director Steven Pimlott, producer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographers Anthony van Laast and Farah Khan, and designer Mark Thompson
  • Sights and Sounds: Shakalaka Baby, The Journey Home, Chaiyya Chaiyya, How Many Stars, Shakalaka Baby the single, Love's Never Easy the single
  • From Page to Stage: a look at the rehearsal process
  • All Rise: The Visit of Her Majesty the Queen

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

In June 2002, London’s West End was taken by storm when Andrew Lloyd Webber presented a new musical phenomenon – AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams. This lavish and breathtaking production which combines the glamour of the movies, heart-aching romance and epic spectacle, won the acclaim of audiences and critics alike. It was labelled as London’s "hottest most exotic new musical", "one of the wonders of the West End" and "the best musical since The Phantom of the Opera".

Salaam Bombay Dreams is an exclusive and exciting look behind the scenes of the musical and includes footage and interviews with the team behind this spectacular epic. From Madras and Mumbai, to London, you can follow the producer, the creative team and the cast as they bring together this lavish production. Glimpse into the world of phenomenal Indian composer AR Rahman, of magnificent sets, glittering costumes, inspirational choreography, superb script writing and brilliant lyrics.

From rehearsal to opening night and a Gala Performance with a visit by Her Majesty the Queen, Salaam Bombay Dreams also features the sights and sounds of the show providing a fascinating journey through this Bollywood musical hit.

Additional Features

The documentary Salaam "Bombay Dreams" provides the background behind Bombay Dreams, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced musical that stormed London and Broadway stages in 2002 and 2004. Lloyd Webber recounts how he became entranced by the vigorous energy and hypnotic music of India's "Bollywood" musicals, and other members of the creative team, such as composer A.R. Rahman and director Steven Pimlott (but none of the actors), discuss the genesis of the show. The 90-minute main program doesn't have a lot of on-stage footage, but there's plenty of scenes from rehearsals as well as a workshop from when the musical was in its earliest stages. There are also additional performances and music videos among the bonus features, as well as extended interview segments and other featurettes. At a total running time of over four hours, Salaam "Bombay Dreams" is itself about as long as a Bollywood musical, but it's separated into manageable chunks and will be of interest to fans of the show or anyone who wants to see how a stage musical comes together. --David Horiuchi

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look at the Production June 29, 2004
The main feature here is a 90-minute look at the origins of the musical, "Bombay Dreams," and work leading up to its finished production. Among the highlights are hearing to hear how producer Andrew Lloyd Webber came upon the idea, watching A.R. Rahman improvise during recordings (to the distress of his English counterpart in the sessions) and discuss his work, the remarks of the English choreographers to the background, habits and conditions of the Indian dancers (esp. working on concrete floors), and the on-the-fly adjustments made by the director as the musical is rehearsed on the stage.
The disc is filled with extras: a ton of interview footage, another featurette on the production, a look at the preparation of a performance for the Queen of England, four songs from the actual performance, and two promotional videos. You'll only wish there were more songs included, but that doesn't take anything away from what's here.
Recommended to fans of the show, of course, but also to anyone who is tempted to explore the Bollywood scene. I only had a couple Bollywood DVDs prior to watching this, but I have since ordered more and cannot wait to watch TAAL and others.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment November 3, 2004
This was not a DVD of the exccellent Bombay Dreams show.

The whole four hours are filled with the "making of Bombay Dreams" with about four or five video musical numbers from the show.

Very disappointing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HELLOOOOO,'s NOT THE SHOW.... December 29, 2006
....its a documentary. So to slam it because it didn't show all the show numbers is a little unfair. Granted, I really lust after getting my hands on a DVD of the full production, but until that happens, and for what this DVD is, it does the show great justice.

Then there are the few reviewers who seem to hate the show itself; well, it's their loss and I couldn't disagree more. This is a musical fashioned in the Bollywood style which is indeed quite different than what the stock and trade American Musical looks and feels like. One really need to be a bit more sophistocated to see beyond the what is normally expected and to understand the different style and then to go with it. Of course if you are expecting A Chorus Line and mentally demanding not to be challenge, then of course you are not going to "get" "Bombay Dreams," but that's not a weakness in the production, but perhaps the result of a closed mind.

This wasn't a tourist trap show as one comment refered to it. The reason it had a short run (only relatively speaking -- it could have run MUCH longer if it were in a smaller house) was because it followed a musical genre which many theatre-goers were not familiar with, ESPECIALLY tourists. For all those out-of-towners who go to the real tourists traps and sit there with open mouths -- "42nd Street," "Babes in Arms," "Cats," et al, "Bombay Dreams" was just too off-center for those who have limited meat & potatoes tastes.

Talking with both the stage manager and house manager at the very last performance the day it closed, I asked why in the world was this marvelous show closing?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Is Alive September 1, 2006
By Nick
Although it could be shorter and the DVD lacks the energy that live theatre offers, there are some little moments when they show the rehearsals in India that were just fantastic and it shows how it all began.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Salaam "Bombay Dreams" November 4, 2006
I was extremely disappointed when I received this DVD and realized that it was about the making of "Bombay Dreams" and was not the musical itself. I had seen "Bombay Dreams" on Broadway, enjoyed it very much, and could not understand why it had such a short run. But a DVD about the making of the musical was not something I would have watched more than once, out of curiosity, which is why I returned the it without opening the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for DVD extra - this is not the show July 12, 2007
This is an excellent DVD if you accept what it is: the DVD extras without the show. There are several of the musical numbers, but it is about the genesis of the show, it is not the show itself. I missed the actual show when it came through and, having watched this, I am very disappointed. I am equally disappointed that it seems to be playing nowhere in the world, and that the book (mentioned in the interviews) does not seem to be available either. I ordered the CD Bombay Dreams (2002 Original London Cast) as a result of this and look forward to watching more Bollywood releases.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I was looking for February 22, 2013
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I was looking for a film version of the stage performance, this was more of a behind the scenes look at the production. It was still fine, but not really what I wanted.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 21, 2012
Very disappointed. I expected the DVD of the musical which I was looking forward to. Even all the songs are not included
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the movie "Bombay Dreams"
This is NOT a DVD of the movie; it is a DVD of how the movie was made and behind the scenes. There are several segments that are fair but much less interesting if the title were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Dyson
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE SHOW
I purchased this thinking it was the stage show how wrong !!!!

I will be very carefull next time BUT it should have stated that.
Published on November 2, 2011 by not happy
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD Zone
I would have liked to be informed wich DVD Zone the product had before i purchased it. It turned out i was DVD 1 Zone product, while i live in Europe and in a DVD zone 2 area. Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by Ole Jacob Wickmann
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indugent backgound story of the production
Anyone who saw the live stage of this musical will be greatly disappointed. As some already has mentioned in their previous reviews, this is not the musical play itself but making... Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by S. Nakao
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Bombay Dreams Musical!!
This is a dvd on the making of the musical, not the musical itself. Description of product is very deceptive. Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by Rebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Salaam "Bombay Dreams"
The making of "Bombay Dreams" not the actual theatrical play. A good account of back stange and how the whole play came together. Read more
Published on May 14, 2008 by B. mason
2.0 out of 5 stars cheated
I wanted the soundtrack for the play and while i found that it showed this DVD with it so I bought it thinking it was a DVD of the play, when I got it today found out that the DVD... Read more
Published on January 30, 2007 by Steven J. Gray
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