Sony Picture Home Entertainment will release a "Gandhi: 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition" on February 13th.
The critically-acclaimed film – an international box office hit, nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Ben Kingsley) and Best Director (Richard Attenborough) – will be available for the first time as a 2-Disc collector’s set with extensive new bonus materials.
The extras will include more than 90 minutes of new material, including interviews with the director; actors Geraldine James, Saeed Jaffrey, and Edward Fox; Diana Hawkins (Director of Publicity), Terry Clegg (Executive in charge of production), Billy Williams (Cinematographer) and Stuart Craig (Production Designer).
The DVD will also include a Director’s commentary with Attenborough, who also filmed a personal introduction to the film. The featurettes will include "In Search of Gandhi," "Reflections on Ben," "Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad," "The Funeral," "Shooting an Epic In India," "Looking Back," "Designing Gandhi" (3 mini featurettes) and "From the Director’s Chair" (2 mini featurettes).
A complete list of special features follows after the jump.
"Gandhi" is a riveting story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom, depicting the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian political leader who managed to free his country from the British rule using peaceful means and thus giving hope and inspiration for generations to come.
In addition to Ben Kingsley, the cast includes Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, Candice Bergen, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard and Martin Sheen.
The film will be presented on DVD in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) with audio in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), as well as French, Portuguese and Spanish (Dolby Surround Sound). Subtitles will be provided in English, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
The DVD will be available for the Suggested Retail Price of $24.96, but many stores will be offering this for as little as $17.00.
"Gandhi" Special Features Include:
· In Search of Gandhi Featurette
Lord Attenborough discusses
the various hurdles he faced in getting the film made, from the genesis
of the project in the '60s through to the start of production.
· Reflections on Ben Featurette
Cast and crew reflect on Ben Kingsley as he prepared for the role and memories of him during production.
· Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad Featurette
Lord Richard Attenborough and Geraldine James discuss Madeleine Slade (Meerabahen), who became one of Gandhi's most committed followers
· The Funeral Featurette
Cast and crew discuss the recreation and filming of Gandhi's Funeral. This scene holds the record for containing more extras than any other in film history (in excess of 250,000 people).
· Shooting an Epic in India Featurette
Cast and crew discuss working in India and the challenges they faced as the production progressed.
· Looking Back Featurette
Cast and crew look back at the film. This featurette includes material about the success of the film, the impact it had on release and the Academy Award ceremony.
· Designing Gandhi - 3 mini featurettes
Stuart Craig talks about three different elements of Set & Design.
- Building the Ashram
- The Tent
- Finding Trains
· From the Director's Chair - 2 mini featurettes
Lord Attenborough shares his views on two areas of the production.
- On Casting
- On Music
· Ben Kingsley Talks About Gandhi - Featurette
· Four Vintage Newsreel Shorts
· The Making of Gandhi – A photo montage of behind-the-scenes stills