Apu Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1955) / Region 1
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Apu Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray's breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made, essential works for any film lover.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 13 2015
  • Production Year 1955
  • Empire SKU 1758220
  • UPC Code 715515154710
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

New 4K digital restorations of all three films, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L'lmmagine Ritrovata
Audio recordings from 1958 of director Satyajit Ray reading his essay "A Long Time on the Little Road" and in conversation with film historian Gideon Bachmann
New interviews with actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Shampa Srivastava, and Sharmila Tagore; camera assistant Soumendu Roy; and film writer Ujjal Chakraborty
Making ""The Apu Trilogy"": Satyajit Ray's Epic Debut, a new video essay by Ray biographer Andrew Robinson
""The Apu Trilogy"": A Closer Look, a new program featuring filmmaker, producer, and teacher Mamoun Hassan
Excerpts from the 2003 documentary "The Song of the Little Road", featuring composer Ravi Shankar
"The Creative Person": Satyajit Ray, a 1967 half-hour documentary by James Beveridge, featuring interviews with Ray, several of his actors, members of his creative team, and film critic Chidananda Das Gupta
Footage of Ray receiving an honoary Oscar in 1992
New programs on the restorations by filmmaker kogonada
New English subtitle translations
Plus: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Girish Shambu, as well as a selection of Ray's storyboards for "Pather Panchali"

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Bengali Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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