Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 19th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: UK / India, 2014
Director: Ravi Kumar
Writers: Ravi Kumar, David Brooks
Cast: Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav, Fagun Thakrar, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik
DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English / Hindi, Dolby Digital Stereo English / Hindi
Subtitles: Non-Removable English for Hindi Dialog
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
This film’s plot a dramatization of the Bhopal disaster. In 1984 there was a chemical outbreak at a plant located in Bhopal that manufactured methyl isocyanate for a U.S. corporation named Union Carbine. This film explores that immediate and permeant effect that this industrial disaster has had on hundreds of thousands of lives. The narrative is told from two perspectives, the citizens of Bhopal and the executives that worked for the Union Carbine, including its CEO.
Content wise, this film does a great job setting up the events which lead to the gas leak at the plant. Another strength of this film is how it builds up its characters. And when it comes to their subsequent actions there is no grey area since everyone’s motivations are always crystal clear. Also when it comes to pointing towards who is responsible for the gas leak? The film is fair and balanced in its placement of blame. It shows that there were more than just decisions that were made by Union Carbine that lead to this tragedy and how the management at the plant who were constantly cutting corners to save money.
From a performance standpoint the entire cast are all great in their respective roles. And though the cast does feature several well-known Hollywood actors like Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) in the role of Union Carbine’s CEO and Mischa Barton (‘The O.C.’) in what is nothing more than a glorified cameo. It is ultimately the performances of the Hindi actors’ performances that have the most potency. Overall Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is a solid dramatization of what is widely considering the world’s worst industrial disaster.
Revolver Entertainment presents Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s intended ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Details generally look crisp and black levels are at best adequate. And though this transfer does a good retaining this film’s intended look, there is edge enhancement that varies in degree throughout this transfer.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English / Hindi and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English / Hindi. It should be noted that the Hindi spoken dialog that non removable English have been provided. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
This release comes with no extra content.
Overall Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain gets a good audio / video presentation from Revolver Entertainment.