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Abhijan (The Expedition) in May

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Masaki Satyajit Ray's Abhijan (The Expedition) as part of their Masters of Cinema Series for 29th May 2006 priced at £19.99. Abhijan was Satyajit Ray's most popular film in Bengal: a "conscious" effort to communicate with a wider audience. The project was originally conceived by his friends and Ray stepped in when they panicked at the prospect of directing. Ray's mastery turned a starkly conventional plot into a subtly nuanced story which topped the Bengali box office for months.

Starring Waheeda Rehman — one of the greatest stars of 'Bollywood' cinema — as Gulabi, a prostitute; Rabi Ghosh as Rama, Narsingh's right-hand man; and Ruma Guha Thakurata as Neeli, Abhijan was honoured with the National Award of India in 1962. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Abhijan for the first time on DVD in the West, restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Film Archive.

Features on this R0 NTSC DVD include:

  • New progressive transfer from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Film Archive restoration
  • Video interview with Professor Dilip Basu, director of the Ray FASC (20mins)
  • Ray Foundation & Study Centre film (15mins)
  • New and improved optional English subtitles
  • 36-page full colour booklet with reprints of Ray's original production sketches; writing by Marie Seton, Waheeda Rehman, and Joseph Lindner

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