Slumdog Millionaire

Featured In Issue 140, May/June 2009

WSR Score5
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Danny Boyle & Loveleen Tandan (India)
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Based on the novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog Millionaire won eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director (Danny Boyle), Best Cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle), Best Editing (Chris Dickens), and Best Sound. Jamal Malik (Patel), a young boy from the slums of Mumbai, is just one question away from winning a fortune on India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But how has this uneducated young man succeeded in providing correct responses to questions that have stumped countless scholars before him? And will he ultimately win it all or lose everything, including his true love? (Gary Reber)

Special features include audio commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Actor Dev Patel; commentary by Producer Christian Colson and Writer Simon Beaufoy; the making-of featurette (HD 22:58); behind the scenes of the "Toilet Scene" (HD 05:25); 12 deleted scenes (SD 33:51); the short film Manjha (SD 41:03); the "Bombay Liquid Dance" music video (SD 03:00); Slumdog Cutdown (HD 05:26); the theatrical trailer; the European theatrical trailer; plus up-front previews; and a digital copy of the film.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture quality is superb, with an outstanding epic cinematic visual characteristic. Colors are nicely saturated but not overpowering, with warm hues. Fleshtones are accurately rendered throughout. Contrast is excellent, with excellent shadow delineation and deep solid blacks. Resolution is impressively revealing of fine facial features and textures. The textural complexities are eye candy, with endless color and detail. Image clarity is pristine, with the slightest film grain barely noticeable but not objectionable. The cinematography is wonderful in the widescreen aspect ratio, with at times, an impressive dimensional quality. The visuals are
stimulating and beautifully depict a diverse Indian culture. Every aspect of the filmmakers' craft is perfectly realized, for an impressive cinematic experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is outstanding and fully energizes the soundfield with impressive holosonic® surround envelopment. The sound is very dynamic, with powerful and deep bass energized in the .1 LFE channel, frequently below 25 Hz. At times the SPL is effectively loud, and at other times low-level resolution is impressive. Atmospheric sound effects are used quite effectively to create a startling sense of reality with trains and thunderstorms and other natural effects. Foley effects also are impressively executed. During such events, sounds are directionalized with pans and localization, even phantom center back surround. The music score is wonderful, with a very aggressive surround presence. The recording quality is excellent, with defined instrumental and vocal timbres. Dialogue sounds perfectly natural, with good spatial integration with the on-screen imagery. This is one carefully crafted soundtrack that will fully energize a good home theatre sound system. (Gary Reber)