Gandhi Blu-ray

GandhiSquareRichard Attenborough’s Oscar-sweeping biopic of Indian spiritual leader Mohandas K Gandhi remains the very definition of ‘timeless classic’, its epic sweep matched only by the controlled explosion of then-unknown Ben Kingsley’s quietly affecting performance as the Mahatma. Given India’s rise from third world country to putative superpower in the quarter century since it was made – to say nothing of the success of Slumdog Millionaire – the film is arguably more relevant than ever, although one might expect more from the hi-def realisation of one of Britain’s last great epics, which remains shamefully grainy in parts.

EXTRAS: A new introduction by the director, an entertaining and informative pictorial fact-track, and Attenborough’s anecdote-laden commentary almost make up for the otherwise unforgivable absence of the tremendous extras from the 2-disc standard-def edition released in 2007.

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