Blu Ray Review: Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)


Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by
  • Shobu Yarlagadda
  • Prasad Devineni
Screenplay by S. S. Rajamouli
Story by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring
  • Prabhas
  • Rana Daggubati
  • Anushka Shetty
  • Tamannaah
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Vincent Tabaillon (International Version)

Technical Aspects On the Blu ray Disc:

Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Audio Hindi: Dolby Atmos
Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English
Discs Single disc (1 BD-50)
Playback Region free

Movie Review:

I watched S. S. Rajamouli’s Maghadheera and Eega before this one, and I must say with Baahubali, he really outdoes himself.

The cinematography is top rate, the visual feel was astounding! Zooming in an out of landscapes, Mountain Tops to individual people, close up details in certain scenes and even the battle landscapes. First rate!!!

The story, even though weak at some points, with clichés, it held off quite well. The movie grips you; and mostly the reason the way the way the story is told, as well the performances. Ramya Krishnan stands out, wow. Loved her here. The rest of the cast were excellent as well. Tamnnah’s character was the only one I didn’t quite get. Fierce warrior one minute, then letting her stalker have his way with her the next???

I liked the music, even though I thought M. M. Kreem could have made a better attempt at keeping within the time period of the movie. The background music pieces were brilliant. The Carnatic influence stood out, especially during the Statue lifting ceremony. The Dolby TruHD pounded my speakers, but more of that a bit later. While the music was soft and pleasant, there wasn’t that one track that caught you by the throat like ‘Panchadhara Bomma Bomma’ did in Maghadeera. The songs needed a bit of a more rustic feel. Something more classically inclined. He could have even retained the tunes, but change the instrumentation.

I didn’t mind the dubbing and after about 5 minutes into the movie, I didn’t even notice it was dubbed.

Picture Quality:

PQ on the 110″ screen projector held excellently. Colours were strong, lighting was brilliant especially during the night and waterfall scenes. I loved this so much.

Screenshots from the BD disc, click on them:

Audio Quality:

AQ was thunderous, The movie has a massive soundstage, and the soundtrack carries it off with panache. a Dolby Atmos enabled receiver, so this defaults to Dolby TruHD 7.2. I now want to watch this on an Atmos receiver to see and feel what this track adds to the movie.

Rating

Film:  /
PQ: /
AQ: /

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