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Monday, November 12, 2007

Chak De! India Special Edition DVD has arrived!


It's time to celebrate. DVD of Bollywood's most successful film of the year so far, Chak De! India, has arrived!

No wonder, just like the film and the impact it has made amongst cine goers this year, the DVD is big too. Reason being that apart from the film in itself, as a viewer one gets to open a box off goodies which come with ton loads of special features. Read on to know more about them:

Duration:
While the film's duration is 152 minutes, features in the second DVD also add up to another 135 minutes approximately.

Movie Details:
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan & the on-screen hockey team
Director: Shimit Amin
Writer: Jaideep Sahni
Music: Salim-Sulaiman
Director of Photography: Sudeep Chatterjee

The Film:
Released worldwide on 10th August, 2007 with minimal hype and publicity, Chak De! India opened to surprisingly low collections for a Shah Rukh starrer. With Yash Raj Films backing the project, it was nothing short of shocking. However by the time it was Friday evening, the word of mouth caught like wild fire and collections jumped drastically. A film which many expected to do well only at multiplexes turned out to be a bumper box office scorer across all nooks and corners of the country.

Special Features:
Now this is where the fun begins. Even though many have already seen the film on the big screen multiple times and would love to repeat the same in their comfort of home too, the Special Edition DVD is what multiples the fun quotient.

The DVD comes with number of added features such as:

# Exclusive Deleted Scenes
# The Making Of The Film
# Chak De Hockey - CNN-IBN
# Cult of Chak De - NDTV 24X7
# SRK - A Presidential Experience - CNN-IBN
# Somerset House - UK Premiere
# Music Videos: a) Kuch Kariye b) Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke
# Making Of Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke
# Theatrical Trailor & Promos
# Photo Gallery - a) Posters b) Working Stills c) Player Profiles

Of course, what takes the cake is 35 minutes of Deleted Scenes which more than compensate the price of the DVD!

Instead of some random shots of one off irrelevant scenes left out on the editing table, the section here has more elaborate sequences. In fact most of the 22 scenes (yes, you read it right - 22 scenes) make you wonder if they may would as well have been brought to the big screen as a part of the narrative.

Towards the end of the DVD it is Shah Rukh Khan all the way as he shares experiences about his meeting with the President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil for whom a special screening of the film was arranged for.

Titled SRK - A Presidential Experience - CNN-IBN, it has Shah Rukh Khan at his verbose, exciting and overwhelmed best. Yet another evidence of his super stardom is visible when the DVD takes a viewer through the UK Premier at Somerset House.

Also the music videos of the song Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke as well as the cult track Kuch Kariye are shown in their full versions.

Technical Details:
# 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio)
# Optional Subtitles In 7 Languages
# 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound, Optional Stereo Sound
# Digitally Re-mastered From The Original Film

Conclusion:
Today, Chak De! India stands as the most successful film of year 2007 with a 100 day run behind it.

Even the worst detractors of Shah Rukh Khan have acknowledged that he has stepped ahead of super stardom with Chak De! India and finally come up with a worthy act that combines art with blockbuster success.


Chak De! India DVD...don't miss it!

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