Thursday, October 27, 2011

[DVD] Singham (2011)

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I noticed that the the window between the cinema debut for a Hindi film and its subsequent DVD release is getting shorter, perhaps in a bid to combat piracy, and perhaps it's good news for fans fans of any film if they so desire to rewatch the movie in the comfort of their home and for those little extras packed inside the DVD release. Some may argue that a shorter window may spell disaster at the box office since many can afford to wait, but the collective and communal cinema experience is something yet to be accurately replicated with a home theatre system, well not just yet.

And films like Singham, which is and meant to be a lot of fun, is best viewed with large masses of folks, preferably vocal and rowdy, since there are plenty of opportunities in the film for you to go wild and cheer the hero on as he goes on a stylized rampage to rid his community of the evil that comes in the form of an influential city gangster. You can read my review of the film here, and the second round at home was just as fun as the first, only without the crowd experience.

The Region Free DVD by Reliance Home Video presents the film in an anamorphic widescreen format without blemish, and audio is available in its original Hindi language with options in Dolby Digital 5.1 or Stereo. Subtitles are available throughout the feature film in English and Arabic, with scene selection over 20 Chapters.

As with most DVD releases of Indian movies, there will be a menu option for Songs, and Singham only has three in its entire movie, with the title theme song Singham (3:50), Saathiyaa (3:14) and Maula Muala (2:48), which goes into the point in the film they come on, and then exits back to the menu. There's also the Play All option.

The Special Features turned out to be one massive Making Of broken down into separate sections, with a Play All option, presented in letterbox format in a mix of English and Hindi, and as such no subtitles are available here. Making of Singham "Action" (6:42) showcases the usual behind the scenes look on the choreography of many stylized fights with the help of plenty of wires. Interviews with the star Ajay Devgn, director Rohit Shetty, actress Kajal Aggarwal and supporting cast members such as Prakash Raj, Ashok Sarat, Sonali Kulkarni and Sachin Khedekar are available in all the sections such as Character Sketches (6:47) where they talk about their roles, and share their respective Difficulties in Making of Singham (5:07) especially from the heat experienced in Goa while shooting the film outdoors.

Those who always marvel at the way Bollywood does its song and dance sequences will find plenty of material in Making of Singham Title Song (5:03) and The Making of Maula Maula (4:38).

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