• Three Reasons: The Music Room Three Reasons: The Music Room

    Those are our three reasons. What are yours?

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  • By LJ
    July 13, 2011
    02:20 PM

    I have not seen the film yet. ( Blu-ray is in the mail!) I do love Classical Indian music, it has such a emotional purity in it's performance that is completely unique to this art form. (though its improvisational nature is similar to jazz or fusion) This should be a special first viewing. Great job Criterion.
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    July 13, 2011
    04:36 PM

    Unfortunately, I haven't seen the film, but as soon as I do, you will definitely have my three reasons, but judging by the look of the film, I think it looks like a brilliant tour de force.
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  • By Craig J. Clark
    July 14, 2011
    08:58 AM

    1. Because it will introduce Ray's work to a wider audience. 2. Because Indian cinema is underrepresented in the Collection. But most of all... 3. Because it may pave the way for the long-anticipated release of the Apu Trilogy.
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  • By dudu
    July 14, 2011
    10:18 AM

    Blu-RAY, man!
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  • By Kevan
    July 17, 2011
    11:07 PM

    Finally, FINALLY one of Ray's films gets the treatment it deserves. Now you guys better be prepping a launch of Apu! Seriously though...wondering whether I need the Blu Ray. Is Blue Ray necessary for a 50+ year old film?
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  • By chris browning
    July 18, 2011
    09:47 AM

    It makes a huge difference with older films if done right! Criterion for example has released many blus that blow the Dvd versions out of the water. Depth, richness of color, no more compression artifacts...the list goes on and on.
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  • By minxfilms
    July 19, 2011
    02:34 PM

    Damn! Love love love love love this film. from the opening credit shot of the chandelier to the end. I saw this in 1993 on BBC4 in ireland - and it made a perma-impression in my heart - i bought a terrible DVD version in Bombay 10 years ago that held me over until some Ray retrospective would come around to a Museum and i could see it again on the big screen. Im so happy Criteron came through to share the love....
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  • By Justin A. Merkin
    July 19, 2011
    04:56 PM

    I am jumping! This is one of Ray's great movies and he made many. It is hard to fathom but perhaps his vision was so subtle, which such depth, it seems to have yet to fully reach it's impact, even with the many years since his passing. What a searing look at passion, relationships, and the complexity of our own humanity this film is. More Ray on Blu Ray. Please.
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  • By Kevan
    July 19, 2011
    10:40 PM

    ^ I don't believe Criterion can justify NOT doing more of Ray's movies after this release. I seem to remember several years back that the official answer for the lack of Indian movies in the Collection was that they didn't have the rights. Well, hopefully this is the first release that will see that rather sizable hole filled. After seeing about 7 of his movies on poor-quality Indian and Asian discs with atrocious subtitles and a dearth of special features, I'm thrilled that Criterion has finally come through.
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  • By Rajesh Balkrishnan
    July 25, 2011
    07:09 PM

    1. One of Ray's greatest but most under-appreciated works where he just exudes a complete mastery over the cinematic form... 2. Chabi Biswas's towering career-milestone performance which ranks amongst teh finest ever seen in Indian cinema... 3. Vilayat Khan's superb score, which features the legends of Indian classical music and dance...
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  • By Stan Glick
    August 18, 2011
    06:26 PM

    Embarrassed to admit that this is the first of Ray's films that I've seen. Still better late than never, and the Criterion DVD is a great way to experience this wonderful film. Hopefully more or Ray's films will be added to The Collection, and soon.
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  • By Luc Labelle
    August 19, 2011
    08:36 AM

    I saw the Criterion BluRay of "The Music Room" a week ago. An absolute masterpiece from Ray. The themes of the movie are really thought-provoking (i.e. old aristocracy v. the "nouveaux riches"). PLEASE add the Apu Trilogy in the Criterion collection. I have a DVD version of these movies. They are watchable but a lot of dirt, scratches and the sound is not very good either. I bought the two novels in India - that served as the base for the Apu trilogy - some time ago (in English) and it is very very good. Other very good movies from Satyajit Ray: "Desi" (The Godess) and "Charulata"
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  • By Thubten C.
    September 20, 2011
    07:39 PM

    1. Satyajit Ray 2. It's an unforgettable film, one of the best EVER made 3. Excellent example of the suffering of change So glad this is finally on disc (DVD/Blu-ray). I often think of this film, and have since first seeing it at a Satyajit Ray film festival in 1994. When I think of Ray, I don't first think of his masterpiece Apu trilogy, I think of "The Music Room." I look so forward to seeing this again! It's one of my favourite films of all-time.
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  • By Bibhuti Bhusan Banerjee
    September 13, 2012
    10:54 PM

    I bought Jalsaghar on Criterion, and it's superb. We have been waiting for other Satyajit Ray films on Criterion -- maybe we can get one per year? Please?
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  • By Sean
    November 20, 2012
    06:04 AM

    The Three reasons should be different on this one as I noticed it's the same as the trailer when viewing the film on the info page about the film it's self but yes Indian music is fascinating and am into world music just to say.
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  • By Saffia S.
    February 05, 2013
    02:00 AM

    Would love to see this superb movie, where will it be available?
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  • By Johnny Jagwani
    August 15, 2013
    06:53 AM

    I really look forward to the day that The Chess Players ( Shatranj Ke Khilari ) will be given the criterion treatment - I hope it will look as gorgeous as Kurosawa's Ran, which sadly is not available on bluray by CC.
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