SRP $24.96 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

SONY has released a 25th Anniversary Edition of "Gandhi."  David Lean was purported to have had a desire to make a film about Gandhi before his death, and the sheer importance of this legendary figure made it a daunting task, worthy of the great director. Attenborough is decent, but not a "great" director, and the same can be said of the film.  Ben Kingsley is terrific in his Oscar-winning performance, but he's encumbered with the trappings of such a needlessly bloated script, scenes that are ridiculously drawn out for far too long, and many other examples of the director's self-indulgence, that he can't save the film from its own sense of self-importance. It's kind of similar, in a sense to "CHARIOTS OF FIRE". This critic didn't like that film either, but critics raved about it in a way that made regular viewers feel stupid for not loving it.

SONY has provided a 2.35:1 transfer with 16:9 enhancement.  Being a film that's 25 years old, this new transfer is extremely impressive.  It's a polished transfer, with minimal grain and detail quality that's often striking.  Contrast is excellent, making darker scenes all the more impressive. Fleshtones appear natural.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  It's a terrific mix. While not "aggressive," there are plenty of surround and discrete effects, but most of the discrete effects are delegated to the front soundstage.  Ambient effects are impressive and numerous, but a visually impressive transfer and great sound mix doesn't help the film from feeling too, too long.

An audio commentary with the film's director is provided and it's to Attenborough's credit that it's "never" dull!!!! It's more entertaining than the film.

A 2nd disc offers a variety of supplements, many short, but some worthwhile interviews.