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The Far Pavilions (2011)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 307 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SI5VUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Production notes from Amy Irving and Ben Cross
M.M. Kaye biography and book list

Editorial Reviews

"Pomp, pageantry, and adventure" --Houston Chronicle
"Opulent … and glitteringly picturesque" --The Washington Post

As seen on HBO

Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) and Amy Irving (Crossing Delancey) star in this haunting love story set against the spectacular sweep of battle, treachery, and intrigue in the India of the British Raj.

Born to British parents but raised as Indian, Ashton Pelham-Martyn returns to India as a young military officer, where he fights both local unrest and the cultural prejudices of society. Struggling to reconcile his place in two different worlds, he finds happiness with his childhood sweetheart, Indian princess Anjuli--but she is promised to marry another man. From the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas to the fabled palaces of Bhithor, M.M. Kaye’s evocative novel is brought to life in this stunning and lavish production.

The all-star cast also features Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings), Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia), Rupert Everett (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Sir John Gielgud (Gandhi).

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TALE OF ROMANCE AND DERRING DO IN COLONIAL INDIA... December 30, 2001
Based upon M. M. Kaye's best selling novel of the same name, this film is well acted and absorbing. It is a story set during the time of the British Raj in India. The two characters central to the film are Ash (Ben Cross), an Englishman who spent the formative years of his life believing that he was Indian, and Anjuli (Amy Irving), a half caste Indian princess. Ash and Anjuli spent a portion of their childhood growing up together, until palace intrigues forced Ash and his Indian foster mother to flee. As a prepubescent youth, he is informed of his English heritage and sent to England for his education and Anglicization.

Returning to India many years later as a young man, Ash becomes a part of a British regiment called the Guides. He has some difficulties adjusting, as he is not an Englishman comfortable in his own skin, as he also feels that is Indian in many ways, a view that brings him into conflict with the way the native Indian population is viewed by the British. Meanwhile, Anjuli has continued living as a half caste Indian princess. She and Ash have not seen each other since he and his foster Indian mother fled, and she has no idea that Ash is not Indian, but British.

The film is an amazing cornucopia of adventure, derring do, and romance. It provides a tantalizing glimpse into colonial India. All of this, however, merely serves to propel the story towards the uniting of Ash and Anjuli, as the film is, first and foremost, a love story set against the romantic and lush backdrop of colonial India. When the paths of these star crossed lovers intersect, it is under a most unusual set of circumstances. It is a story that will keep the viewer riveted to the screen.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picturization and impressive acting September 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I loved 'Far pavillions' the book. I got myself the video after I read the book from end to end. The good thing about the movie is that the picturization is perfect. Like all other Ishmail Merchant movies, Far Pavillions is finely done with lots of attention paid to the details. My only complaint is that the director did not spend much time on Ash's (the hero's)childhood and just showed bits of it during the titles. Ash's grown up life has a lot to do with the childhood that he spent at Gulkote. None of that is shown. There are times when it feels as though the film maker is trying to fast forward things. I know that this is a 5 hour film, but then it is based on a book that is at leat 1000 pages long and took 14 years to complete. Why not give the author some credit for her work. I like the way india has been depicted and both the lead actors (Ben cross) and the lady who plays Anjuli did a great job. The cast also includes some famous Indian and Holywood actors like Saeed Jaffery, Omar Sharief, Rossano Brazi etc. If you love the book, you will probably love the film. The only problem is that you will feel it is all on fast forward.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie, terrible DVD July 4, 2003
By Rick
i was so looking forward to the DVD verison of this film. i had taped the entire 6 hours when it was on HBO so many years ago. i missed the narrater intoducing the next parts, and the picture quality, which i expected to be outstanding didn't happen. they took a print and ran it to a DVD, no fixing, no nothing. when i want to watch this one, i put in the old VCR tape, it's better and clearer than the DVD. hard to believe! the people that put this one together didn't give a "flip" about the bad...
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining...... May 9, 2001
I have not read the book THE FAR PAVILIONS and did not see the original film version--which was longer, apparently--however, I did find this DVD entertaining, colorful, and long enough (six hours). It sounds trite, but I suppose you might consider PAVILIONS a 'feast for the eye."
PAVILIONS was partially shot the state of Jaipur in India and many of the buildings shown in various scenes date from the Mogul dynasty. In case you don't know, the Moguls reigned before the British came to India in the 1600s. I'm sure the buildings destroyed in the fighting scenes between Afghans and British and Indian soldiers were sets, but they too are quite good.
The shots of the marriage procession from Rawalpindi displays a cast of hundreds with plenty of livestock including gaily painted elephants. When one of the princesses says she's sick from riding in the royal litter mounted on the back of an elephant I can see why. The darn things bobble about like corks on a wind-swept pond. The marriage journey takes several days and includes Indian-style camping scenes that are both frightening and intriguing. I was sure someone was going to be stomped by one of those big elephant feet, but true to form the British soldier (Ashe) takes charge and gets the camp sqared away.
In spite of the fine cinematograpy, I can't give the DVD 5 stars. PAVILIONS is a fluffy action/romance tale not high art. Sorry if that sounds snobby, but JEWEL IN THE CROWN ruined me. That's the reason you should never read good literature--it ruins you for the "good read' which I am sure PAVILION is. So, if you enjoyed the book you will probably love the DVD.
I found the plot incredibly predictable and thin. Ashe/Ashtok and Anjuli have far too much access to each other.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in Casting
I realize I don't appreciate Cross and it was annoying that they used a white woman instead of an Indian girl for the main actress. So I didn't really enjoy it.
Published 5 days ago by RingoRascal
4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic and exciting
The costumes and scenery are wonderful. The acting is sometimes too much Bollywood. The plot is marvelous, though predictable and amazingly au courant in Afghanistan.
Published 19 days ago by Stephanie S. Pettys
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
This is one of the great classics. A wonderful epic about British India, and the culture. The DVD were in great shape like new.
Published 23 days ago by Pirkansas
3.0 out of 5 stars I am not so sure....
I found it interesting to watch but it had a lot of stereotypes and that detracted a bit from the impact. But it spurred me on to read the book that's was a good effort.
Published 1 month ago by suzz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Adventure/Love Story
I was happy to buy this DVD when I discovered that my video tape had begun to deteriorate. This is not something to view once, but a library builder.
Published 3 months ago by TLMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for friend
I purchased these DVD's for a friend who had watched the series on TV. She loves it and has watched it more than once.
Published 3 months ago by L. B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but a bit schmaltzy.
I am a big lover of both mini series and stories about colonial India. The all time best is Jewel In The Crown so my advice is go for that one, it's phenomenal. Read more
Published 3 months ago by filmlover
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching for the scenery alone. The scenery of India in this...
Worth watching for the scenery alone. The scenery of India in this series is breathtaking. The series is focused on forbidden love in the late 1800s in the border area of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen P. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story, but poor picture quality
The movie is great, script wise. Great, well known actors. The reason it didn't get 5 stars is the quality of the picture. It is poor for a DVD.
Published 4 months ago by Terry Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story, perhaps based on he lives of real people. The film, in my opinion truly reflects life as it was in India in the 1800s
Published 5 months ago by Louis Barbeau
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