David Lean’s often-overlooked gem A Passage To India comes to DVD and is making its Blu-Ray Disc debut also in April, complete with new special features.
Set in 1928, this film portrays an indelibly sardonic picture of British life in territorial India. The story concerns Adela Quested, who is a free-spirited British woman, played by (Judy Davis), who has settled in India and is to marry Ronny Heaslop (Nigel Havers), a town magistrate. She is befriended by the charming Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), but it’s a friendship that ultimately leads to tragedy.
This new Special Edition version of the film will come with a Commentary Track with producer Richard Goodwin among many other extras. Look for a number of Featurettes, such as “E.M. Forster: A Profile of an Author”, covering elements of Forster’s life and some of the main themes within the book are covered. In “An Epic Takes Shape” the cast and crew talk about the genesis of the project, while “An Indian Affair” covers the main period of production over in India.
“Only Connect: A Vision of India” is a featurette covering the whole area of Post Production and also includes the final days of shooting in the studios at Shepperton, while “Casting a Classic” gives viewers a look at the casting the film and the challenges of bringing characters from the book to life.
The disc’s highlights will be “David Lean: Shooting with the Master” a featurette that takes a look at Lean as a Director with emphasis on this film being the last of his career, and “Reflections of David Lean” a featurette on David Lean that appeared on the last DVD release of the film already.
The Blu-Ray version will also contain Enhanced Graphics and a Trivia Track.
The journey begins on April 15 and you can get your ticket for only $24.96 on DVD and $28.95 on Blu-Ray.