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Sita Sings The Blues - 2011


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  • Actors: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya, Reena Shah
  • Directors: Nina Paley
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Lost Sock Productions Inc
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OYRDEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the Indian tale The Ramayana, Sita Sings the Blues follows Hindu Goddess Sita and her exiled husband Prince Rama. Together the two make their home in the woods. When Rama goes hunting and Sita is kidnapped, unfortunate events unravel that make Rama question his wife s fidelity. Created with vivid colors and the music of Annette Hanshaw, director Nina Paley uses the ancient Indian story to parallel events from her own life.

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The colors are vivid, the art work is astonishing, the music was beautiful.
Jesse Duperon
They aren't breaking any laws, but it's always better to see the money go to the people who did the work, instead of someone taking advantage of an open copywrite.
Andrew Buckles
I was spellbound throughout the entire video, which lasted nearly an hour and a half.
Mike Tarrani

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Nina Paley on June 15, 2011
It's a great film, but I have no idea how the quality of this pressing is. Unlike other editions, this one's not Endorsed by me. The one sold above is still perfectly legal, as long as whoever is distributing it is paying the required fees to the corporate music rights extortionists: [..] I actually encourage as many distributions as possible, so that's fine. I also encourage knowledge-sharing and informed decisions, which is why I'm letting you know I don't get any money from this particular version (and again, I have no idea if the copy quality is any good). If you want a DVD that actually supports me, go here: [...]
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 24, 2012
I am not going to get drawn into the debate about endorsed or official version of this product because it is a gift that can be copied by anyone based on the author's unique and generous views on intellectual property rights. Note that some of the music contained in this video does fall under separate licensing, which may be a concern. There is an "endorsed" version available - Sita Sings The Blues- for those who want to avoid any rights concerns, and the truly wise will research this movie on the web before making any final purchase decisions (you may just discover that it is directly available from the author.)

About the movie: I personally think it's a work of genius. Nina Paley, the author and animator, has somehow managed to take her personal story and expand it into a modern day epic based on (and paralleling) the Ramayana. She does so using some interesting and entertaining devices, including the main cast of characters from the Ramanaya, wayang kulit (Indonesian shadow puppets) to provide commentary explaining to non-Indian audiences some background information, and Annette Hanshaw - a 1920s jazz singer - as both an animated character and vocals to add yet another dimension to this epic tale.

The story itself is entertainment because you are treated to a visual masterpiece with some great background music from a bygone era, and dual storylines (the Ramanaya and Ms. Paley's personal story.) You also learn more than a little about Indian culture through one of their epics as depicted in an abbreviated version as part of the parallel story and further explained courtesy of the animated Indonesian shadow puppets.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckles on July 10, 2011
They aren't breaking any laws, but it's always better to see the money go to the people who did the work, instead of someone taking advantage of an open copywrite.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By willsumner on October 26, 2013
No doubt about it, SITA SINGS THE BLUES is a brilliant achievement that should be on every movie lover's must-see list. It's definitely worthy of a five star rating. So why only one star here? To alert potential consumers to get the official edition that directly benefits the filmmaker, Nina Paley. Plus, the quality of the official edition is the best available, so why not do yourself a favor as well?
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By Ann L Kollar on October 30, 2013
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This DVD is amazing in content, music and performance of the characters! It is a must see for any age. Loved it. The only problem is I'm watching it over and over for the fun of it!
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