Film/TV

Beautifully Restored Sabu Dastagir Box Set On Criterion DVD


Out now on Criterion DVD in a wonderful box set is three beautifully restored movies starring  Indian star of the 1930s and 1940s, Sabu Dastagir. Discovered by documentarian Robert Flaherty, Sabu became the lead in Elephant Boy (1937), based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai Of The Elephants". In The Drum (1938), Sabu starred as Prince Azim who helps British officers escape from a dastardly villain (Raymond Massey). In the fabulous Jungle Book (1942), he plays Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the wilds who has the ability to talk to the animals and a secret treasure lorded over by a cobra. This film directed by Zoltan Korda has always been a "public domain" nightmare with muddy VHS copies. The lustrous Technicolor is lovingly restored and the movie is pure magic.  



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