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THE APU TRILOGY 3-Disc set [Pather Panchali-Aparajito-The World of Apu] (1959)

Satyajit Ray  |  DVD
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  • Directors: Satyajit Ray
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Bengali
  • Subtitles: English, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: PDEntertainment South Korea
  • Run Time: 323 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018Z2IJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Import from South Korea , All Regions NTSC ****Bengali Sound with English or Korean subtitles****Satyajit Ray's Box Set includes: Pather Panchali [1955] , Aparajito [1956] ,Apur Sansar. The World Of Apu [1959]

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Reason to Love Film December 30, 2008
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I saw the first film in the trilogy in my early twenties, and I've returned to the films again and again, never tiring of their truths and beauties. The story of how much Ray had to go through to finish the first film is a drama in itself--after mortgaging his house, exhausting his savings, the local government came to his rescue. His many fine films were never popular with large audiences and if you are not into masterpieces, or world cinema, this isn't for you. What makes this film so great? The story of a young Indian writer is taken through three stages--his childhood in a small village, his adolescence when the family moves to the city, and his adventures as a young writer independent from his family. It's the film's uncanny grip on humanity, the perfect casting, the moments of beauty and joy caught in ordinary life, and its visual integrity that make it so rare. Everyone has their own favorite images. Mine are the children discovering a train for the first time,the wedding party where the groom is discovered to be mad, the boy riding on his father's shoulders, the pages of the hero's novel showering down a hillside. Those images just touch the surface. In a recent showing to high school students, the third film, The World of Apu,left them in real tears--many were astounded that a film could leave them so moved. The films stand by themselves, but if you have the time, they are best seen in sequence. If you only have time with one, I would recommend The World of Apu because of its faster pace. The films move slowly, especially the first, Pather Pachali, so you'll need some patience.
There is no better portrait of rural Indian life to be found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Films You've Never Seen July 30, 1998
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Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy - "Pather Panchali" (1955), "Aparajito" (1957), and "The World of Apu" (1959)- are so emotionally resonant and beautifully made that the much-abused term "masterpiece" fails to connote their achievement. They are, to put it simply, three of the greatest films ever made. The three films portray the life of a young man who emerges from rural poverty in Bengal to go to university in Calcutta and finally into marriage and family life. Although this sounds rather tedious, Ray invests this seemingly ordinary life with a poetic power and lucidity which enables the viewer to witness Apu's growth not as some labored progression of plotted scenes but as a living process. Comedy and tragedy blend so fluidly that they appear as part of life's natural rhythms and yet, by some miracle, Ray avoids the dullness of most other directors' attempts to convey "real life" on the screen. Ray's art depicts a real! ity that transcends reality. I believe he accomplishes this by avoiding the pitfall of many independent directors who believe it's simply enough to present life "as it is", devoid of special effects or big stars, to give their films integrity. Ray knows better - his depictions of rural life, city life, university life are jumping-off points from which he explores these different milieux and how they affect his characters. He never falls back into the attitude that simply depicting hardship and struggle is enough; he probes deeper into how these experiences shape an individual's character at the several stages of his life. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD Edition September 2, 2009
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After years of watching the APU trilogy on bad prints or wretched VHS tapes with undecipherable subtitles, this incarnation is a tremendous improvement. (Moreover, do not be concerned that these discs are not the right "region" for playing in the U.S.) As for the films themselves, they are magnificent creations worthy to take their place alongside the best films of Renoir, Carne and Visconti. Each film in the series is better than the last and each is replete with the truth and humanity of the greatest art. Here are some of the most emotionally charged and touching moments in the history of film. The window they provide on mid-20th century India is also invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars India through Ray's rich lyric realism February 2, 2002
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Pather Panchali(1952): From the opening titles in Bengali to the first scenes of young Durga stealing guavas from an orchard and skipping away this film transports one completely into the world of an Indian family living in the country. When the young Apu is born and begins to grow he and his big sister Durga share all kinds of childish adventures. Durga and Apu are very entertaining and Ray captures childhood better than any other director. The adults are also well drawn. Stoic mother and dreaming want-to-be writer father living on the brink of poverty gives the film an attractive balance between adult and childs concerns. Made in the realist style in beautiful black and white , a mesemerising two hour film.
Aparjito(1956): This takes up right where the last one left off. The family moves to the city and there some of the most beautiful scenes are of the citizens and holy men going about their daily ablutions on the stone steps leading down to the Ganges. Apu growns up quickly(and the young actor is missed, replaced by an awkward adolescent with sprouting moustache)and this middle film follows Apu through his years at school in Calcutta. One of the best scenes is when the still young Apu is asked to read out loud in class and he does so in the most musical and poetic voice to the amazement of all his teachers and so eventually wins a scholarship. The first film all took place in the rural country. This one contrasts the industrial city and its sophisticated inhabitants and the rural countryside and its simpler inhabitants and focuses on the growing division within Apu himself.
The World of Apu(1959): Apu is a young man(and the original actor who played the little boy returns to play him as a young man). Rays filmic style has also become more sophisticated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful human story
I first saw these films 50 years ago. I am as impressed today as then. I purchased the set to share with grandchildren this extended story of a family living in a land strange to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Family
A simply told and visually complex story of a family stuck in poverty whose children experience joy, sadness, and love.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Bilakos
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class
Impossible to say anything bad about these films. There are passages of film in all three of these that are among the best I have ever seen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
I bought this box set I think in 2003 and I remember it completely changing how I viewed films .I couldn't stop thinking about it, it was so different to anything I'd seen and so... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hitch22
5.0 out of 5 stars Satyajiit Ray--impeccable artist of the visual portrait. India's...
Another film (trilogy) I've seen many times, and now, in my dotage, still worthy of my small library of the best of the best. Go out of your way to see it at least once.
Published 14 months ago by HR Hibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
If you respect understanding of the human condition no doubt will you find consolation identifying with his classic works. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Catoptric
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic Indian film that touches the viewer time and time again. Who can forget the moment when the maturing Apu throws his manuscript out into the landscape? Read more
Published 18 months ago by John McPhee
4.0 out of 5 stars The Apu Trilogy
A classic film trilogy with music by Ravi Shankar. Especially liked seeing India in the 1950s. Even though it is filmed in black & white, you get the feeling of how beautiful parts... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Wanda Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Imports Should Be
Have so far only watched the first part of the Trilogy, and am very impressed, both with the film, and the fact that this is an English speaking friendly import. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Schpaack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
A classic. Must see. To understand Appu one must watch all the three parts. Actors have done a great job to highlight the culture and tradition
Published 20 months ago by KUNCHERIA JOSEPH
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