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Like Stars on Earth (Two Disc DVD + CD)
Like Stars on Earth
Two Disc DVD + CD
Actor: Aamir Khan
Director: Aamir Khan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG     2010     2hr 45min

Ishaa Ishaan is an 8 year old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colors, fish, dogs, and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things lik...  more »

     
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Actor: Aamir Khan
Director: Aamir Khan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/12/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 2hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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One of the best movies ever
Just a guy | 04/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am only two weeks shy of turning 59, but I have to say this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. This story of a child shunned by his teachers, his own father, his peers, as someone who is lazy and does not apply himself to the way of success is happening in India, but could be happenning anywhere in the modern world.

He has trouble with reading and writing as letters seem dancing in front of his eyes. Everyone blames him for not concentrating and trying harder instead of even considering he may be suffering from dyslexia.

I am not going to say more about him because I do not want to spoil the story of this beautiful film.

The film is bilingual, Hindi and English. I am quite concerned that Amazon is listing English as the only language for this release. Surely there is enough room on a 3-DVD set for two tracks, the original and the English dub! That is an absolute must, a condition without which I have no intention of buying it.

Even though I do not speak Hindi, the use of the two languages intertwined so freely adds to the charm and beauty of this movie. I could follow the story quite well even if I did not understand the Hindi words. The acting and the cinematography were so good that understanding the Hindi words was not necessary.

Please, Disney, do not insult our intelligence by butchering this masterpiece!"
The film is truly heartwarming, inspiring and I admit it mad
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 01/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 2007, director Aamir Khan ("Earth", "Ghulam", "Ishq", "Rangeela" and a long list of other popular films) and writer/creative director Amole Gupte began work on "Taare Zameen Par" (Like Stars on Earth). After its screening in theaters, the film received was critically acclaimed, amassed several awards but most importantly raised awareness of dyslexia in India but also around the world.

Now this remarkable film is available on DVD in the US from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment with a special 3-disc set which includes a bonus DVD with special features and the original soundtrack for the film. Plus two postcards featuring the two award winning artwork from the film.

"Like Stars on Earth" revolves around an 8-year-old boy named Ishaan Awashthi (played by Darsheel Safary), a boy who is repeating his third-grade. A child who is imaginative and also creative but once he sees words or mathematical problems, they are backwards. But because of this, it affects his young life and teachers including his family look at him as disobedient and always causing problems.

Unfortunate for Ishaan, things continue to get worse and worse and it comes to the point that his parents, especially his father has had enough of his disobedience and sends him off to boarding school.

Young Ishaan doesn't understand why his parents did this and now a young boy without a family continues in boarding school and yet again, the teachers and students don't understand what his problem is. That is until a new art teacher named Ram Shankar Nikumbh arrives and having worked with children with disabilities, he is drawn to Ishaan because he is depressed and often scolded and feels the need to help him.

Seeing Ishaan as a little boy who's spirit has been crushed by the adults and people around him, Ram discovers something special about the boy and now, more than anything, wants to help him before its too late.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"Like Stars on Earth" is a beautiful film presented in Widescreen (2:35:1 - enhanced for 16×9 televisions). Capturing various areas of India but also inclusion of breathtaking scenes. One thing that helped is Khan's commitment to perfection, from the scenery and the shots that he wanted, together with cinematographer M. Sethuraaman, they managed to capture many pieces of scenes that show the emotional side of Ishaan but also capturing the many children at the school and the various surroundings. Vibrant colors matches its artistic presentation. Picture quality is very well done as you can expect from a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release.

As for audio, the film is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, English and Hind Language tracks. I watched the film with both audio and first, the English dub is terrific. Although not explained, I'm guessing that the talent re-recorded the dialogue in English and these are not dubbed English tracks that sound Western. Fantastic English dubbing and one of the best dub jobs I've seen on a live action film that remained true to the original film. Ff course, the Hindi track is well-done and dialogue is clear and understandable on both audio tracks. Also, the music is very nice and clear as well. Audio is mostly front and center channel driven but I preferred to watch the film with stereo on all channels for a more immersive soundtrack.

Subtitles are in English and Hindi.

I really hope that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment considers releasing this film on Blu-ray because it sports beautiful visuals and audio. It's one of those films that you definitely want to see in HD.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"Like Stars on Earth" comes with the following special features. Included are:

DVD DISC 1:

DVD disc 1 contains the film but you have the option to watch the film with an isolated music score.

DVD DISC 2:

* Panel Discussion on Children - (43:05) Director Aamir Khan hosts a panel on dyslexia featuring Masarrat Khan (a clinical psychologist and member of the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association), Dr. Vrajesh Udani (pediatric neurologist), Dr. Harish Shetty (psychiatrist) and Medha Lotlekar (educationist and teacher). A featurette with Aamir Khan raising awareness of dyslexia in India.
* Deleted scenes - (20:15) A total of seven deleted scenes: Loo bully, Ishaan watches TV, Ishaan cries, high jump, family at restaurant, Nikumbh's house, Ranjeet bullies Ishaan. Featuring an introduction by director/actor Aamir Khan for each deleted scene and explaining why the scene was cut.
* Making of - (1:02:51) An intriguing featurette on the making of "Like Stars on Earth". How the film came to be, working with the young Darsheel Safary and how he was cast, filming of certain scenes and filming at the boarding school, creation of the paintings, the music and more.
* Promo - (8:38) Featuring a total of six song promos and six dialogue promos for the film.
* Trailers - (4:11) Featuring the teaser trailer and the original theatrical trailer.
* Stills Menu - Featuring six photo galleries which people can cycle through using their remote control.

DISC 3: Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) - The Original Soundtrack

DURATION: 49:58

1. Ishaan's Theme (A)
2. Thrown to the Dogs
3. Bully Fight/Ishaan's Theme (B)/Ishaan's Theme (A)
4. Gola Painting
5. Mission Impossible
6. Absent Note Discovered
7. Nightmare
8. Ishaan Sinks
9. Children's Theme
10. Melancholy Sunset
11. Nikumbh's Theme
12. Nikumbh Meets Parents
13. Everybody Wants a Topper
14. Mother Watches Home Video
15. Nikumbh Talks to Ishaan
16. Ishaan Makes Boat Plane
17. Nikumbh Ishaan Montage
18. Solomen's Island
19. Ishaan Gets Read for Art Mela
20. Where is Ishaan?
21. Ishaan Wins
22. Last Day of School

JUDGMENT CALL:

Fantastic! And definitely an easy, deserving pick for one of the best DVD releases in the US for a foreign film for 2010.

Before watching this film, I was intrigued that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment picked up an Indian film for release but I'm glad they did. "Like Stars on Earth" is a wonderful film that is just heartwarming and captivating that I really enjoyed the message of how children with dyslexia can grow up to become talented individuals. People such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and even Walt Disney himself were among people who grew up with dyslexia during a time when people didn't know what it was and I would assume, like Ishaan's character, had challenges in early childhood that probably were heartbreaking.

The fact that the film has changed things and risen awareness in India is wonderful but most importantly, for US viewers, I think it also drives home the fact that any child who has some sort of disability, it's not the end. With help, these children can grow up to be talented individuals.

It's a shame that the film was not selected for consideration for an Academy Award for "Best Foreign Film" and part of the reason is that the film is quite long at 165 minutes and that it has a lot of musical content. And I applaud director Aamir Khan for not cutting up the film just to achieve an award. There is a reason why this film is long and it's a story arc to show Ishaan being misunderstood, to Ishaan being separated from his family and attending boarding school and the final arc in which his teacher notices his special talent and tries to help him overcome dyslexia. As for the music, what kind of Indian film would this be without the music. Music is important to this film and even those little bits of pieces of scenes included in the music is important and yes, although the music is featured in longer duration and not short pieces, it would be very difficult to cut out.

As for the DVD release, I applaud Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment for releasing the film with the DVD and bonus DVD but also the inclusion of the musical soundtrack. In the past, when it came to foreign films, this was seen as a positive for those releasing Japanese movie, anime or video game soundtracks and it only fostered the growth in the US and internationally. I want to see more of this from Walt Disney and the film features beautiful music from Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani and more.

For parents who are interested in purchasing the film. It is worth it and I watched it along with my six-year-old. There is scenes of violence but it is integral to the film to show how the character of Ishaan is seen different not just by his teachers and family but also other kids. Because he has been told that he's wrong all the time and has this disability, his spirit has been crushed and although he doesn't react and doesn't speak that much, the kids pick on him and there is a scene where he does get hurt, he leaves school but its important to watch and explain things to your kids about those scenes. This happens earlier on in the film but trust me, there is a great reward once you reach the end of the film.

The film is truly heartwarming, inspiring and I admit it made me shed a couple of tears. Overall, "Like stars on Earth" is a fantastic release and definitely is highly recommended! A+"
What an event!
Phoenix | USA | 07/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't believe I have seen a quality movie such as this from Bollywood. Maybe Salam Bombay.

I am getting to know this Amir Khan dude. WoW! freaking amazing work.

This ain't your typical bollywood fare...and neither is this a pseudo "intellectual" garbage from West Bengal. I mean, no offense.. I like those eye candy movies from Bollywood. But this was absolutely shockingly good.

Now, I am sitting here googling to find out who those players are... particularly the kid. I was endeared to this kid in about 2 minutes. Yup, it took me no more than 2 minutes to identify with him and take him in (Darsheel Safary as Ishaan Awasthi).

Amir Khan..Bravo!

IF Disney does not provide for language choice. English (dubbed) and the original English/Hindi (Hinglish), you may want to try to get the original version or a copy of the original and watch it in its original Language. The best place to get this is in Indian grocery stores where they would either sell a copy for $2 or you may be able to rent it from there. Ask around. The Original movie title is "Taare Zameen Par". Just google for Indian grocery stores near you and call them up to see if they have copy you could buy or borrow and you don't even have to wait for the Disney release.

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Edited to Add: Apparently Disney made the wise choice to leave the original language track in there in addition to the english dub. so thats a non issue."
The best film ever
M. J. Smith | Paradise, CA | 03/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is BRILLIANT. It is the most beautiful, touching film I have ever seen. My family and I have seen it in the theaters five times. This film is truly an experience. It stays with you for days. The music is hauntingly beautiful. Everyone should see this film."