“One of the most heart-warming and heart-wrenching films of the year”
Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
“One of the best pictures of 2016”
Rex Reed, New York Observer
Six Oscar® Nominations
Arriving on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand April 11, 2017
Available on Digital HD March 28, 2017
The journey begins for audiences everywhere when Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company release the critically acclaimed LION on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand April 11, 2017 and on Digital HD March 28, 2017.
Garth Davis’ directorial film debut garnered six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture. The film features an astounding cast with Best Supporting Actor nominee Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), David Wenham (300), Best Supporting Actress nominee Nicole Kidman (Academy Award® winner for The Hours) and newcomers Abhishek Bharate and Sunny Pawar. Additional Academy Award® nominations include Best Music (Original Score), Best Cinematography and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
LION follows five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) who gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham), and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart.
As an adult, not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo (Dev Patel) suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. Armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Inspired by a true story, LION shows us that even if we lose our way we should never lose hope. LION is “majestic and moving” Pete Hammond.
The Blu-ray and DVD bonus content includes Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes Gallery and “Never Give Up” Official Lyric Video performed by Sia. I was treated to Saroo’s favorite treat jalebi this week and we really liked it! Have you tried this popular sweet found in countries of South Asia, West Asia, North Africa, and East Africa. It is made by deep-frying maida flour (all-purpose flour) batter in pretzel or circular shapes and then soaked in sugar syrup. You can see why kids like it! You can find an easy recipe for this treat on VegRecipesofIndia.
Note: We were provided with promotional materials for this review but all opinions are our own.