Set in Southern India in the 1930s, a time when the British Empire is losing their grip of rule on the country, Henry Moores (Roache) is an Englishman intent on starting a spice plantation in Kerala. When Henry finds he will need to build a road Before The Rains, in order to make his plantation feasible, he enlists the help of his friend T.K. Neelan (Bose) to help him get support of the local people. But when Moores and his married Indian housekeeper Sajani (Das) have an erotic tryst while collecting honey, two local boys witness the liaison and word eventually gets back to Sajani's husband. With his dream of a plantation in tatters, will Henry be able to spare the local people he cares for from futher devastation. (Stacey Pendry)
Colors, in the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD, show natural saturation and balance. The greens of the forest look lush and not overly bright or bold. Black levels are solid, but there are scenes where definition is lost in the shadows. Fleshtones are natural and well defined, and contrast is balanced well. Shimmering artifacts can be recognized on occasion, and there are instances when resolution is smeared. But there are times when the image is incredibly sharp. Edge enhancement is strong, though, and will be a distraction for some. (Danny Richelieu)
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