The Best Picture of 2008, at least according to some unnamed Academy, arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 31, 2009 – and is sure to be as big of a hit as it was in theaters. While I would argue that Fox’s decision to release Slumdog Millionaire on DVD while it is still going strong in theaters is rather stupid, it is here nonetheless, and I am going to review it.
Slumdog Millionaire is a true rags-to-riches story, not just due to its plot but its against-the-odds path to the golden statue of excellence. The film was once owned by another studio and was almost given a direct-to-DVD release before being passed on to Fox Searchlight. The fact that a movie like this almost went straight to DVD makes one wonder what other great films have been left to waste away on the shelves of Blockbuster (though history dictates that most movies that go straight to DVD deserved to do so).
I would argue that there were eight better movies released in 2008 than Slumdog Millionaire, but the feel-good drama is still an enjoyable, well-directed picture by Danny Boyle.
The winner of eight Academy Awards, Slumdog Millionaire has finally found itself in its original home – on disc – but those looking for a lot of extra features will be disappointed. The DVD does include two separate commentaries, one with Boyle and actor Dev Patel and the other with the producer and writer, but other than that, there isn’t much. A slew of deleted scenes are included, but none really add that much to the overall picture, and there’s also a montage called “Slumdog Cutdown,” of which I’m still trying to determine its purpose.
The 20-minute making-of featurette, which focuses primarily on an interview with Boyle, is worthwhile; the documentary feels pretty raws and shows Boyle’s enthusiasm about the project and how he worked with the child actors, who spoke primarily Hindi and had never acted before.
Other than that, nothing. The Blu-Ray version has a few more special features, but nothing that looks remarkable. Still, as with all DVDs, the decision to buy has to be based on the film, and Slumdog Millionairre is a very good one.
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